PERSON OF THE YEAR: Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and chief executive officer of Brooks Brothers, has been named Person of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Del Vecchio will be honored at the AAFA Image Awards Gala on April 27 in New York City.

“Every year, the AIA awards honor those who are true leaders and innovators in the industry,” said Juanita Duggan, president and ceo of AAFA. “Claudio is a global leader of great distinction, making him a natural selection for AAFA’s highest honor.”

Del Vecchio said, “For nearly 200 years Brooks Brothers has stood for quality, innovation and American style. I am proud that we, as a global brand, are able to continue this tradition and we are honored to be recognized by the AAFA.”

AAFA had previously announced other honorees for the event, which takes place at 583 Park Avenue.

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