Optical Community Represents at 2013 ACE Awards

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NEW YORK—The Accessories Council threw their 17th Annual ACE Awards Nov. 4 at Cipriani 42nd St. The ACE Awards, which stands for Accessories Council Excellence, honors the industry’s brightest leaders, designers and best-accessorized personalities.

The 2013 honorees included Alexis Bittar for Brand of the Year, Charming Charlie for Specialty Retailer, Diane Sullivan of Brown Shoe Company for Business Visionary, Hamish Bowles of Vogue for the Marylou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism, Kate Young for the Influencer Award, Leandra Medine (Man Repeller) for the Digital Influencer Award, Nordstrom for Omni-Channel Retailer, Olivia Palermo for the Distinguished Style Award, Phillip Lim and Wen Zhou for Designer of the Year, Rag & Bone received the Breakthrough Award, Stacy Keiber for Style Ambassador, The Fry Company for the Legacy Award, Warby Parker for Retail Innovation and Iman was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

In addition to the honorees, presenters and celebrities in attendance, optical community executives came out in force to represent what Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker called “the ultimate accessory” in his acceptance speech – eyewear.

Several images courtesy of Getty Images and Dan Derrico.


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The legendary Joan Collins presented the Brand of the Year Award to jeweler Alexis Bittar.

VSP Global’s Kate Renwick-Espinosa with Mark Ginsberg of Marchon, one the of the event’s Silver Event Sponsors.

Supermodel and beauty mogul, Iman was inducted into the Council’s Hall of Fame.

One of the night’s other Silver Event Sponsors, the Luxottica team was out in full force.

TV host and actress, Stacy Keibler took home the Style Ambassador Award.

Designer Jason Wu with Distinguished Style Award winner Olivia Palermo.

Safilo’s Robin Ettinger and Viva’s Timm Parker.

Tommy Hilfiger presented the Legacy Award to The Frye Company.

Zyloware’s Christopher Shyer with Margie Connelly of Via Spiga/Brown Shoe.

The board of the Accessories Council.

Cipriani 42nd Street was decked out in the evening’s signature color; green.

Jobson’s Marge Axelrad (l) with VSP’s Renwick-Espinosa at dinner.

(L-R, top) Viva's David Bowen and Mark Mischik with (bottom) Carrie Bauer, Jessica Podolak and Darienne Brenner.

Dave Gilboa (l) and Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker accept the Retail Innovation Award.

(L-R) Accessories Council chairman, Frank Zambrelli, with Digital Influener Award winner Leandra Medine (a.k.a. Man Repeller) and Karen Giberson, president of the Council.

(L-R) 20/20 Magazine’s Christine Yeh with Marchon’s Ashley Santucci and Robert Schienberg, vice chairman of the Accessories Council, and Vision Monday’s Deirdre Carroll.