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Next Generation Awards Winners Announced
Three LIM College students win $2,500 each in Accessories Council competition
Samantha Vigorito, Meaghan O'Malley, and Kristine Lusardi are the winners of the Next Generation Awards competition, a program developed by the LIM College and the Accessories Council that focuses on cultivating the business skills of tomorrow’s fashion industry leaders.
The students' $2,500 cash awards were presented at a breakfast at LIM College on September 24. The Next Generation competition required LIM College students to create a plan for a new fashion accessory product. Samantha (pictured above) won the “Innovative” category with a plan to create “Bring on the Rain,” a line of rain boots, tote bags, and umbrellas which would utilize hydrochromatic ink to make artwork appear on these items when they got wet. Meaghan won in the "Small Leather Goods" category for a MetroCard holder, and Kristine's products made from recycled tires took top honors in the "Eco-Friendly" category.
The judges were:
Peggy Freeman, Director of Licensing - Amiee Lynn Accessory Company
Bob Conrad, Senior Vice President of Design and Product Development - Henri Bendel
Linda Lombardi, Vice President, Global Creative and Store Design - Godiva
Alexandra Patino, Director of Jewelry Design - Jones Jewelry Group
Lonna Conte, Design Director of Classic Brands - Jones Jewelry Group
Winners were selected based on a combination of elements, including an oral presentation, visual presentation materials, and the overall strength of their marketing concept.
Says LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse, “The Next Generation Awards recognize the next wave of executive talent in the fashion industry. All of the participating students did a great job of synthesizing all of the fashion and business education and experience they've acquired so far at LIM College into one project.”
About the Accessories Council
The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, national advocacy organization whose mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. Its membership includes more than 150 corporations representing the world's leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.