accessories innovation committee

The Accessories Council AIC Program is a brand mentorship program designed to empower emerging talent in accessories innovation. The mission is to help participating brands amplify their business over a period of five months. Finalists will benefit from the Accessories Council’s network of industry leaders, mentorship based knowledge, educational seminars, networking opportunities, experience and exposure.

The Accessories Innovation Committee is a collective group of industry experts with experience and influence in today’s fashion community. AIC believes in a “brands for brands” mentality that benefits each other and the future of the Accessories Industry. The AIC Mentorship Program is designed to empower the next generation of accessory brands by providing a shared network of resources with the necessary tools to launch, sustain and grow a successful business. Candidates are carefully selected by the Committee on qualities of innovation, business potential, and design.


Jay Lakhani, Founder and Designer of Deepa Gurnani

Committee Members

Florence Shin, Co-Founder of Covry Sunwear
Charlie Roberts, Product Director at Echo Design
Carrie Sporer, Brand Strategist and Founder at CS Consulting
Freida Rothman, Creative Director of Freida Rothman
Kimberly Lai, Founder and Designer of JAUNT
Liz Anthony, Founder of Mariposa Communications
Heather Hubbard, Creative Director of MR.
Jonathan Meizler, Founder and Creative Director of Title of Work
Kate Falchi, Co-Creator of Lovard
For more information on the AIC Program email

elaine gold launch pad

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.

Bond Hardware, Graham Tyler, Rui Zhou, Shanel, Tribe + Glory

Adrian Cheng | K11, Antoine Phillips | GUCCI, Becca Mccharen-Tran | CHROMAT, Brad Schmidt | CADET, Carly-Ann Fergus | CONSULTANT, Danilo Venturi | POLIMODA Frank Zambrelli | DESIGN QUADRANT, Greg Armas | ASSEMBLY NEW YORK, Jake Sargent | MAGIC HOUR, Jinal Shah | CONSULTANT, Julie Gilhart | PRESIDENT, TOMORROW CONSULTING / CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, TOMORROW LTD., Karen Giberson | ACCESSORIES COUNCIL, Keanan Duffty | PARSONS, Leila Larijani | UBS, Marshall Cheek | TORY BURCH, Rassi Mazdack | MILK STUDIOS/ CAMP DAVID, Megan Salt | CONSULTANT, Michelle Tulac | EMF, Sara Kozlowski | CFDA, Sarah Blair | CONSULTANT, Sebastien Park | IDEO, Steven Kolb | CFDA, Thomas Gibb | TIDAL NEW YORK