NEW YORK—The deadline is approaching for those who want to vote for the eyewear and sunwear product finalists in the Accessories Council's 2023 Design Excellence Awards (DEA). Votes (one per person) must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 27. Details about the annual DEA awards and those nominated and their categories are posted here as VMAIL reported in September. Eyewear is a big part of the DEA, along with a range of fashion accessories companies in fine jewelry, fashion jewelry, handbags, general accessories and footwear. Products embodying social impact, sustainability, and tech and innovation are included.

Building on its history of honoring individuals and companies, the Accessories Council launched the Design Excellence Awards in 2019 to expand the recognition of outstanding products. All finalist products selected are available for purchase in the U.S. via retail stores, e-commerce, TV retail, or direct marketing between Oct. 1, 2023, and Dec. 31, 2023. DEA sponsors are: Marchon Eyewear, FashionGo, Fashionphile, LIM College.

More can be learned about the finalists here.

Votes can be cast here.

Winners of this year's Design Excellence Awards will be announced Nov. 8 at a special presentation at the Fashionphile showroom in New York. Details of that event are posted here. Each finalist and winner also receive an “AC Seal” that can be used on products for the life of the item such as trade shows, annual reports, social media, and more. Finalists are featured in the Fall issue of AC Magazine and the winners will be featured in the Winter issue of AC Magazine, which will be published the first week of January.