This award will be presented by celebrity stylist, Ann Caruso. This year Rafe Totengco of Rafe New York, will receive the 2013 IHDA ICONOCLAST Award. Since its launch in 1997, the Rafe New York brand has been celebrated by women around the world for its timeless silhouettes, unexpected mix of materials, bold use of color, handcrafted details and original prints. Whatever the season, his collections are always an amalgam of diverse references reflective of Rafe's global perspective and love for travel. Rafe's success is due to his drive, talent and independent roots which why he is the 2013 IHDA ICONOCLAST Recipient.
Designer and entrepreneur Patricia Nash moved to Knoxville in 1999 where she began creating handbags for dozens of household brands. She loved Tennessee so much that when the company decided to move to Los Angeles, Patricia left the company to stay in Knoxville. Considering her next career move, Patricia was lured to New York City and commuted there weekly for several years designing for other brands. In 2007, Patricia moved back to Knoxville and launched a company to license and produce handbags for other brands. Soon however, after much inspiration and encouragement, she launched her namesake brand Patricia Nash Designs in 2010 - a line of affordable hand-crafted leather bags inspired by memories of travel, family, and her life. Her collections pay homage to vintage craftsmanship through delicate, hand-finished detailing and a fresh take on timeless styles. Patricia Nash's lifestyle brand has now grown to include Gift Items, Scarves, Luggage, Footwear and Nash for Men, and can be found in major retailers across the US including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, and HSN. In 2019, the brand will launch Jewelry and Fashion accessories, and can also be found on QVC.