Super-lux Blackglama at The Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards

Saga Furs put super-lux at the podium of the Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards in New York. Saga presented six unique accessories collections where the legendary BLACKGLAMA mink was used.

 Design Excellence Awards competition celebrates outstanding new and innovative products and it offer the designers and brands an exciting platform to celebrate products. This is why Saga Furs was honored to be part of the awards for a second year in a row with its own program. This year, the Saga Furs’ Award was titled the Saga Furs Blackglama to highlight the auction house’s exclusive sale of the mink.

“Saga selected six top designers that were asked to design accessories collections based upon their creativity and ongoing cooperations with Saga Furs. The designers were teamed up with New York City fur factories and given the task of thinking outside the box in designing their Blackglama accessories”, says Charlie Ross, Saga Furs’ Business Manager, North America.

Each designer was also aware that they were using a sustainable and certified fur product coming from the finest fur farms in Wisconsin and Utah in the USA.

“What I am very proud of is that all of the Blackglama pelts used in the accessories are traceable all the way back to the individual farms using the newly launched Saga Trac RFID technology.”

There are only handful of farms that can provide Blackglama pelts and understandably also the ranchers were excited to see the outcome of their work in finished accessories designed by top fashion names.

“With our groundbreaking Saga Trac technology, we can give complete transparency in the whole supply chain from the farm to shop floor.”

Needles to say, we are excited to see the Saga Trac in full use by all the fashion brands and designers. While we wait for that, have a look at the exquisite accessories the Saga-selected designers made together with the prestigious USA-based manufacturers.


The finalists of the Saga Furs’ BLACKGLAMA award

Bibhu Mohapatra

Bidhu Mohapatra used his talented eye to design a fitted stripy vest with zipper. His tote bag has the designers name as a detail whereas the belt bag with double pockets brings luxurious practicality to any outfit.



Burnett saw the Blackglama mink as a way to upgrade a simple gown to glam. The designer created an airy look by mixing golden details to accentuate the dark colour of the mink.

Funtastic Furs

Funtastic Furs used their fantasticness to the max by producing gloves, a sleek backbag, simple clutch and a kimono-styled vest.

LaQuan Smith

LaQuan Smith used the mink tails as eye-catchers in his designs. The tails fringe the computer bag and also a long scarf. The mink shines also in the hat with a large brim.


At Pologeorgis, the Blackglama mink inspired to design a sleek vest with balloon strings and an a-lined cape. Also, a handbag was crafted using the fur.

Romeo Hunte, the winner of the Saga Furs Blackglama award


Romeo Hunte makes it possible to travel with style! His subway-tile designs include a tote bag, a utility vest and suitcase. Romeo Hunte combined fur with denim to make the accessories more street appropriate.


Design Excellence Awards by the Accessories Council
The Accessories Council is a not-for-profit, international trade organization established in 1994. Its mission is to stimulate global consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. The Accessories Council Excellence Awards gala was created in 1996 to celebrate the contributions of designers and design houses that have made outstanding achievements in accessories design. ACE Awards are given to designers, retailers, journalists, and celebrities. Recognition is also given to the accomplishments of journalists and publications, as well as individuals from the entertainment arena for their personal style and influence on fashion. The event garners major multi-media attention at the consumer level as well as within the fashion and accessory industries.

For more than 50 years, BLACKLAMA brand has stood for unsurpassed quality. The production of the world’s finest dark mink is an art, and it is always coming from North America. Since 2020 BLACKGLAMA mink is sold exclusively through Saga Furs auctions in Finland. In these AC Design Excellence Award collections pelts from the following ranches were used: Patrick Fur Farm, W.Brown Farm, David Dittrich, Ryan Holt, Blasel Fur Farm, Benjamin Blasel, and Thomas Geige.