STYLE Accessories Council Announces Finalists for 2021 Design Excellence Awards, Voting Now Open for All Categories By Staff Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has announced the finalists for its 3rd annual Design Excellence Awards virtually. The finalists span a range of categories, including optical frames, sunglasses, personal accessories, tech & innovation, sustainability and social purpose. 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 October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.Finalists were selected by the Accessories Council board of directors based on the criteria of excellence in design, unique appearance and/or function, consumer needs addressed by product, appropriate aesthetics, innovative materials or technology, market positioning and competitive performance, social images, emotional appeal, and sustainability. The final winners in each category will be selected by popular vote which is taking place this year on the JOOR website. Anyone can vote one time. These winners, along with the winner of the Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes one single iconic product that has stood the test of time as determined by the Accessories Council Board, the Blackglama Exclusively by Saga Furs Award and the NPD Award will all be announced on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 12 p.m. EST via Zoom. Each winner will receive a trophy designed by Marchon Eyewear. The finalists, by category, are as follows: *Finalist product descriptions & imagery can be found here. HandbagsOver $1000 RetailFinalist 1: Alessia Large Boa Tote by EtoileFinalist 2: Gold Mesh Purse by GeorginaFinalist 3: Salomea Bucket Bag by Katherine RiardantFinalist 4: Signature ‘21 by Kimberly PucciFinalist 5: Joanna Cage Bag by MELE + MARIEUnder $1000 RetailFinalist 1: Picasso Bag by Anita BilardiFinalist 2: Maxi Pleated Clutch by CALLISTAFinalist 3: The Lady Tote by lovardFinalist 4: Classic Tote Bag Bundle by POP BAG USAFinalist 5: Natalie Patchwork Crossbody by Sharon WilkesEyewearOpticalFinalist 1: BE2332 by Burberry presented by LuxotticaFinalist 2: State Street by Ray-Ban presented by LuxotticaFinalist 3: Maylin by Selin Olmsted Studio for RaenFinalist 4: Identity by Silhouette, 380 EUFinalist 5: Bio Classics by TED BAKER presented by TuraSunwearFinalist 1: Kalaallit by Big HornFinalist 2: Bahjat by C-Life presented by L’Amy AmericaFinalist 3: LNV112S by Lanvin presented by MarchonFinalist 4: PR16WS by Prada presented by LuxotticaFinalist 5: Reunion by State x Maxwell by State Optical CoFootwearOver $250 RetailFinalist 1: White Boot + Oakley Strap by AlterreFinalist 2: CHASE High-Top Sneaker with Crystal Sole by Lori Silverman ShoesFinalist 3: Marilyn Mule PVC by Mia BecarFinalist 4: Galina by Veronica Beard Presented by CaleresFinalist 5: Femi by Vince Presented by CaleresUnder $250 RetailFinalist 1: HUNTER by Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Presented by CaleresFinalist 2: ECO Tall Boot by Franco Sarto Presented by CaleresFinalist 3: Sleeker by ModernistFinalist 4: Pashion FootwearFinalist 5: Lug Loafer by SARTO Presented by CaleresJewelryFashionFinalist 1: Angelite Bead Bracelet by BRETT LAUREN JewelryFinalist 2: Gold Luxe Glam Stack™ by Bytten Inc.Finalist 3: Popcorn Earrings by Deepa GurnanFinalist 4: Ostrich Handmade Earrings by Farah Naz New YorFinalist 5: Strength Bracelet by Freida RothmanFineFinalist 1: Custom Little Icons™ Heart Triple by Alex WooFinalist 2: Pearl Ring by Brady LeglerFinalist 3: Green/Navy No. 3 by Daria de KoningFinalist 4: Wish Petal Necklace by Philanthropy Is Beautiful Jewelry by Joan HornigFinalist 5: Luxury Ring with Green Tourmaline and Diamonds in 18K Gold by Stephen DweckPersonal AccessoriesFinalist 1: Jacqui Lux Pocket Belt by ALEXA STONEFinalist 2: The Menagerie 35” Silk Square by Echo New YorkFinalist 3: Round Trip Toiletry Case by Kelly WynneFinalist 4: Hug Shrug by Kerri RosentalFinalist 5: 0041/NS by Missoni Presented by SafiloTech & InnovationSmart and Other Tech AccessoriesFinalist 1: Necklace Reading Glasses by Coti VisionFinalist 2: Zero Coral by INPULSE,Finalist 3: SmartEarrings™ by PeripheriiFinalist 4: Eyewear by The No. 2Finalist 5: UVClean by ZEISSSocial Impact—Charity, Diversity, InclusionFinalist 1: Unlock-It Bracelet by AkolaFinalist 2: Vertical "Crystalized Metal" Healing Pendant by Elliot Young Fine JewelryFinalist 3: Diversity Rocks Bracelet by Katherine Parr JewelryFinalist 4: Pals Milk & Cookies Series by Crowded Teeth by PalsFinalist 5: Sorai Chukka by VeldskoenSustainabilityFinalist 1: Amorosa by Agsam Fashion FernFinalist 2: Wave Ring by KBH JewelsFinalist 3: Vintage Diamond Locket Collection by Monica Rich KosannFinalist 4: The Ocean Cleanup Sunglasses Presented by SafiloFinalist 5: Cotton ReImagined by Vera BradleySponsors of the 2021 Design Excellence Awards include Blackglama Exclusively by Saga Furs, JOOR (Tech & Innovation Award), Qurate Retail Group and Marchon Eyewear. For more information on categories and finalists, please visit the site here. The Accessories Council, a not-for-profit international trade association established in 1994. Its mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. The Accessories Council serves the industry globally, which generates over $54 billion dollars annually in the United States alone. Membership is represented internationally by the world’s leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.