L&Co., an industry-wide known brand engagement company, and the Accessories Council, the only non-profit organization dedicated to serving the accessories industry, have joined forces to launch the first Emerging Designers Competition.  

This initiative is the first of its kind and it will identify the country’s most high-potential and up-and-coming design and business talent in the accessories industry.  Executives from the retail, fashion and accessories industries, along with representatives from L&Co. and the Accessories Council will review all applications submitted. The judging panel will choose up to ten finalists, but only one winner will be chosen to receive a full year of mentoring and full-service strategy and communications support from L&Co., the Accessories Council and other industry partners who have agreed to volunteer their services to cultivate young talent.  In addition the winner will receive a booth at WWDMAGICAll applications must be submitted through this website no later than Monday, September 28th, 2015. The winner will be announced on Monday, November 2rd, 2015 at the Annual ACE Awards, an annual accessories industry event held in New York City and produced by the Accessories Council.


Launched in 2005, Lividini & Co is a brand strategy company that specializes in driving established and emerging brands to success through an innovative, cross-competency practice and approach. 

With an extraordinary team of professionals whose areas of expertise surpass those of traditional marketing communications agencies, L&Co. is widely recognized for delivering exceptional results with strategically grounded, creatively executed and measurably effective brand and business solutions.


The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, international trade organization established in 1994. Our mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. We serve the industry which generates over $50.8 billion dollars annually in the United States alone.

Over the past 20 years, membership has grown internationally to include over 260 companies and organizations, representing the world’s leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.



To enter, applicants must submit a portfolio which may include lookbooks, product information, wholesale distribution, and a business plan. A panel of industry experts from the retail, fashion and accessories sectors, as well as executives from L&Co., The Accessories Council, and its' members will serve as our judging panel.  The panel will select up to ten finalists by Friday, October 2nd, 2015.  One winner will be announced at the ACE Awards, an accessories industry event in New York City, on Monday, November 2, 2015.


The Emerging Designers Competition is open to all accessories companies that fit the following criteria:

1.  The company has been in business for less than five years

2. The company is ready to expand their business and is looking to strengthen their brand identity, marketing outreach, industry credibility and/or distribution in order to grow the brand

3. Your business is primarily based in the United States

4. The finalist must be willing to use social media to promote their involvment in the competition 

5. You may be asked to submit product for review

6. You are available for an in-person interview, in October 2015, if you are named one of our finalists


Must be 18 years or older at the time of entry; By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, accurate and complete; Must be able to provide own transportation to and from the trade show events as well as accommodation if you do not live in New York City; One entry per person; The five finalists will be notified via email, the winner will be notified via phone; By winning the competition the winner agrees to such promotional activity and materials as required; No part of the prize is exchangeable for any other prize; Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified; Any person that is: (a) an employee of any company involved in the contest, or a family member of such employee is not eligible to enter the competition; Membership is not required; Lividini&Co have the right to amend this competition at any time; Lividini&Co and Accessories Council accept no responsibility for the return of any entries unless stated otherwise; Lividini&Co accepts no responsibility for entries lost, damaged or delayed due to computer error in transit; Lividini&Co accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrants in entering the competition, including as a result of any entrants winning or not winning; 


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