Famous designer Carlos Falchi received the first Lifetime Achievement Award at this event. Falchi has changed the landscape of accessory design. For more than three decades, he has earned international acclaim as an innovative designer of modern, cutting-edge handbags and accessories.
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.