Accessories Council opens applications for 2021 Design Excellence Awards


The Accessories Council has announced that entries are now open for the third annual Design Excellence Awards, a competition that seeks to recognize outstanding products in the fashion accessories sector.

Categories at the Awards feature footwear over $250, footwear under $250, handbags over $1,000, handbags under $1,000, fashion jewelry, and fine jewelry. Personal accessories are split into two categories, one of which covers soft accessories, scarves, SLGs, gloves, belts, hats and umbrellas, while the other includes travel accessories and luggage.

There are also categories for personal protective equipment (PPE), optical eyewear, and sun eyewear, as well as social impact, sustainability, and tech and innovation. Entries are open through July 16, 2021.

Finalists and the Hall of Fame Winner will be announced on August 2, when the public will be invited to vote for their favorite products. Winners will be revealed at a virtual awards ceremony hosted on Wednesday, September 8.

Finalists and winners will receive an “AC Seal,” which denotes a product’s excellence and can be displayed at trade shows, in annual reports and on social media, among other events and platforms. This year’s winners will also feature in the Fall edition of AC Magazine.