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Calvin Klein Collection to be Honored at the 2012 Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala

Creative Directors Francisco Costa, Italo Zucchelli and Ulrich Grimm to Receive Designer of the Year Award


NEW YORK, NY, JUNE 26, 2012 Calvin Klein, Inc. announced today that Calvin Klein Collection will be honored at the 15th annual Accessories Council Excellence (ACE) Awards Gala on Monday, November 5th, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.


The ACE Awards highlight individuals and brands that have made a significant contribution to the accessories industry. This year, Calvin Klein Collection’s Francisco Costa (Women’s Creative Director), Italo Zucchelli (Men’s Creative Director) and Ulrich Grimm (Men’s & Women’s Shoes & Accessories Creative Director) will receive the Designer of the Year Award. Calvin Klein Collection is known around the world for its modern, sophisticated and timeless designs. The brand’s women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections, designed by Mr. Costa and Mr. Zucchelli respectively, set the tone and direction for the overall brand and its complementing shoes and accessories, overseen by Mr. Grimm. This marks the first time the Designer of the Year Award will be presented to three designers from one brand.      


Other honorees announced thus far for the 2012 ACE Awards Gala include Constance White (Mary Lou Luther Award for Fashion Journalism), Theodora & Callum (Brand Launch), C. Wonder (Speciality Retailer), Stella + Dot (Retail Innovation) and Vince Camuto (Visionary Award).


“We are excited for this year’s honorees and ceremony. These brands and the people behind them have been industry leaders and set the tone for the growth of accessories as a whole,” remarked Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson.


Tickets and tables for the 2012 ACE Awards Gala are currently available for $1,000 per person or $10,000 for a table of ten for Accessories Council members ($1,500 per person and $15,000 per table for non-members).  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Accessories Council at 212.947.1135 or e-mailing 


Launched in 1995, the ACE Awards were created to pay homage to those individuals and groups that have made great strides in raising the awareness of the accessories industry. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate those who have had a positive impact on accessory consumption during the prior year. Awards are given to designers, retailers, journalists, celebrities and emerging companies. Honorees are nominated and voted upon by their peers in the accessory industry, retailers, and the Accessories Council Board of Directors. For more information, visit


Calvin Klein, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], is one of the leading fashion design and marketing studios in the world. It designs and markets women’s and men’s designer collection apparel and a range of other products that are manufactured and marketed through an extensive network of licensing agreements and other arrangements worldwide. Brands/lifestyles include Calvin Klein Collection, ck Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear.  Product lines under the various Calvin Klein brands include women’s dresses and suits, men's dress furnishings and tailored clothing, men’s and women's sportswear and bridge and collection apparel, golf apparel, jeanswear, underwear, fragrances, eyewear, women’s performance apparel, hosiery, socks, footwear, swimwear, jewelry, watches, outerwear, handbags, small leather goods, and home furnishings (including furniture). For more information, please visit


PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide.  It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Bass and G.H. Bass & Co., and its licensed brands, including Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Ike Behar and John Varvatos. For more information, please visit


The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, national advocacy organization established in 1995. Our mission is to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. We serve the industry globally which generates over $30 billion dollars annually in the United States alone. Over the past 5 years, membership has grown to include over 150 corporations representing the world's leading brand names, designers, publications, retailers and associated providers for the accessories, eyewear and footwear industries.



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Malcolm Carfrae                    

EVP, Global Communications         

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Jennifer Crawford

SVP, Corporate Communications

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