First Annual Accessories Council Summit Will Be Held at LIM College

The Accessories Council is partnering with LIM College, the NPD Group and WWD to hold the first annual Accessories Council Summit on July 27 at LIM. The event, which is designed to foster new relationships, educate fashion professionals on the changing landscape of retail, media, design and marketing, and inspire innovation across the industry, will be attended by more than 100 executives in fashion and other industries.

The day will begin with a networking breakfast supplied by Kusmi Tea, followed by welcome remarks from Karen Giberson, President of the Accessories Council. The NPD Group’s nationally-recognized Chief Industry Analyst, Marshal Cohen, will deliver a presentation on the state of consumer behavior. Real estate developer, entrepreneur and mom Ivanka Trump will discuss how she grew her eponymous fashion and accessories brand. Mark Bozek, CEO of EVINE Live, will round out the morning with a presentation on how a proven retail concept can evolve into a true digital commerce business available on multiple digital platforms.

After lunch, attendees can participate in a Q&A with Kate Spade CMO Mary Beech. Roberto Ramos of The Doneger Group is slated to discuss diversity and what is needed to develop a truly global strategy. Pastry chef Dominique Ansel will speak about disrupting an industry (which he did with the creation of the “cronut”) and how it can positively affect business.

The afternoon will conclude with a series of panels: Linda Kearns of Matchbook Company will moderate a talk with costume designers Dan Lawson (The Good Wife) and Jenn Rogien (Orange is the New Black, Girls); Karen Harvey will discuss the challenges new brands face with Jodie Fox of Shoes of Prey; and a media- focused panel will be helmed by the editorial director of InStyle and People Stylewatch, Ariel Foxman.

In the evening, 2015 Accessories Council Hall of Fame honoree Ed Jankowski, who leads Luxottica’s North American luxury division, will be recognized by his colleagues, friends and peers, with proceeds raised benefitting One Sight.