Thanks to a generous gift left behind by the foundation of Elaine Gold, a former board member and friend of the Accessories Council, we will be starting the Elaine Gold Launch Pad to help honor and continue Elaine’s legacy. This is a four year, accelerator program, in partnership with the CFDA.

The program is designed as a competition between designers & companies less than three years old. The winning company will receive funds to support their business and design endeavors.


Becca Mccharen-tran, Chromat | Brad Schmidt, Cadet | Carly-Ann Fergus, XRC Labs | Claudia Gorelick, Fjord | Danilo Venturi, Polimoda | Greg Armas, Assembly New York | Jake Sargent, Soft Matter Ventures | Karen Giberson, Accessories Council | Jeanan Duffty, Parsons | Leila Larijani | Lisa Smilor, CFDA | Marshall Cheek, Tory Burch | Mazdack Rassi, Milk Studios Camp David | Thomas Gibb, Tidal New York Sara Kozlowski, CFDA | Sarah Blair, Barneys New York | Sebastien Park, Ideo | Steven Kolb, CFDA


Adiff, Ashya, Occhii, Tyche & Iset Eyewear, & Cyril Studio.