By Brecken Branstrator
Jewelry designers Monica Rich Kosann (left) and Kendra Scott (right) have been named to the initial list of honorees for the Accessories Council’s 2017 ACE Awards.

New York--Two jewelry designers have been named to the initial list of honorees for the Accessories Council’s 2017 ACE Awards.

The awards, now in their 21st year, honor those that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. They are presented to designers, brands, retailers, celebrities and media who have helped to enhance sales and promote accessories.

This year’s event will be held on Monday, Aug. 7 at Cipriani 42nd St., marking the second time the organization has held it in the summer time.

Fine jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann has been given the “Trailblazer” award.

In addition to creating her highly successful jewelry line, Kosann also has expanded her business to include book launches, home products and opening up her own freestanding boutique in the Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City.

“It just seemed like a good time to stop and celebrate everything that she has accomplished,” Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council, said to National Jeweler.

She added that the council held an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York last summer in which Kosann participated and which was very well received.

“We’re really excited to be able to recognize her in this way,” Giberson said.

A second jewelry designer on the list is Kendra Scott, whose eponymous brand of affordable jewels has been on fire of late. She will be given the “Breakthrough” award.

Scott launched her first collection in 2002, but it seems that within the past few years her name has started popping up everywhere. She became popular for her jewels that feature plated metals, silver and stones, with most priced under $150 at retail, and for the brand’s create-your-own-piece feature.

She has expanded into fine jewelry, launching a line of gold and diamond pieces, as well as home products. Scott also has started opening her own standalone retail stores--which now number more than 50 across the country--creating a shopping environment that has found a real way to connect with its consumers.

“She is right on target with what’s happening in the market,” Giberson said.

Other Ace award winners this year include Loeffler Randall as Brand of the Year, Polaroid Eyewear with the Legacy Award, PVH Corp. with the Sustainability Award, Shopbop for Retailer of the Year and musician for the Fashion & Technology award.

Giberson also told National Jeweler that the list of honorees for this year isn’t finished growing, noting that they’ve got a few more “surprises up (their) sleeve,” with additional awards to be announced soon.

Past award recipients and guests at the event have included: Sarah Jessica Parker, Alexander Wang, Lady Gaga, Diane Von Furstenberg, Shinola, Jennifer Lopez, Bulgari, Coach, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Lorraine Schwartz, Alex and Ani, Naomi Campbell and many more.

The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit international trade association established in 1994, created to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products.

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