uri and rebecca minkoffNEW YORK, Jun 19, 2013/ — Uri Minkoff, Co-Founder and CEO of Rebecca Minkoff LLC and Rebecca Minkoff, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Rebecca Minkoff LLC, were awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 New York Region Award in the retail and consumer products and services division selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at the Marriot Marquis.

The Award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

The Award brings a rewarding sense of achievement for both Rebecca and Uri. “It has been such a fantastic experience to found and grow a company with my sister”, Uri Minkoff stated.

“It is so rare that siblings start businesses together and to do so with such a talent as Rebecca has been amazing. The Ernst & Young Awards are the pinnacle of entrepreneurship recognition, and we are so honored to have been recognized by them. What a journey it has been and it is only just the beginning,” Uri continued.

With a vision of building a lifestyle brand for the downtown romantic, San Diego-born designer Rebecca Minkoff founded her company in 2001 after she developed a small apparel line.

She spent the next few years working on the small collection until 2005 when Rebecca developed the “Morning After Bag”. The bag became an overnight sensation and Rebecca began solely concentrating on developing additional styles to build out her romantically themed day-to-night handbag collection.

After four years of consistent growth in accessories under her belt, Rebecca returned to her original love of apparel design and introduced a ready-to-wear collection in 2009.

Rebecca Minkoff’s designs are a favorite for modern, trend-setting everyday women and celebrities alike.