2015 The Accessory Designer of the Year Award Nominees

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The Accessory Designer of the Year Award Nominees

The Accessory Designer of the Year Award will be presented to an outstanding Canadian fashion accessory designer who has made a significant creative impact in the Canadian fashion industry.



The basis of ela, a Canadian handbag and accessories brand co-founded by husband and wife team Ela and Martin Aldorsson, is the idea of humble luxury, where refined and sophisticated silhouettes strive to showcase, rather than upstage, the wearer. From subtle asymmetry to luxe hardware and leather, every design element is infused with a high level of craftsmanship, materials and a signature aesthetic. All ela handbags and leather goods are crafted in Spain using premium leather and hardware. Read More…



Jerome C. Rousseau

I launched my eponymous label with the Fall 2008 collection. Born in Quebec, my interest for design was shaped through art and music. I started drawing shoes as a teenager after watching a Deee-Lite videoclip. I was influenced by its unique styling, but it was the overstated retro footwear that first caught my attention. I built a strong technical knowledge in footwear design at London’s Cordwainers College, and designed for various labels for ten years before starting my label in order to gather the knowledge and solid experience to venture on my own. In 2010 the label was awarded the prestigious “Who Is On Next” accessories prize by Vogue Italia. Read More…


Herschel Supply Company

Herschel Supply is a privately owned family business run by two brothers, Jamie and Lyndon Cormack, with over 20 years of shared experience inside the fashion industry. The eldest of the two brothers, Jamie, is responsible for the production and overall design aesthetic for all Herschel Supply products. On any given day, Jamie spends time sourcing materials, designing innovative silhouettes and brainstorming new ideas for future products. Lyndon heads up the sales, marketing and operations departments at Herschel Supply. After years of experience working with brands inside the fashion industry, Lyndon has developed a keen eye for styling and long term brand direction. Lyndon and Jamie’s ambition, commitment to consistency and ability to execute on a timely basis can be attributed to Herschel Supply’s rapid growth. Read More…


Jenny Bird

Jenny Bird launched her namesake line in 2008 in response to a calling too poignant to ignore: the mass market had a gaping void, lacking fashion-forward accessories that were beautifully designed, well constructed and accessibly priced. She couldn’t help but create. Read More…





Mackage was created around the belief that outerwear is an integral element of fashion. When the weather calls for layering, a coat isn’t just a part of an outfit — it becomes the outfit itself. Designers, Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan launched Mackage in 1999 and have since grown to become one of the most prestigious contemporary outerwear brands in North America. Read More…