IMAGE HONORS: Four high-profile executives and brands will be honored at the 35th annual American Image Awards on May 16. The black-tie gala for the American Apparel & Footwear Association is scheduled for the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City and 40 percent of the net proceeds from the evening will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wes Card, chief executive officer of The Jones Group Inc., will receive the Man of the Year award. Saks Fifth Avenue will be singled out as Retailer of the Year, an award that will be accepted by ceo Stephen I. Sadove and president Ronald Frasch. New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. has been selected as Brand of the Year with president and ceo Rob DeMartini expected to accept the honor, and Rebecca Minkoff has been chosen as Designer of the Year.