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Wesley Card, Rebecca Minkoff Among American Image Award Honorees

Saks and New Balance will also be honored at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s annual event on May 16.

Wesley Card of The Jones Group Inc., designer Rebecca Minkoff, Saks Inc. and New Balance will be honored at the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s annual American Image Awards on May 16.

The event, to be held aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, recognizes outstanding achievements in the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. “The honorees of the 35th Annual AAFA American Image Awards represent the exemplary leadership that is required to drive our industry forward,” said AAFA president and chief executive officer Kevin M. Burke.

Card, the ceo of The Jones Group Inc., will be recognized as man of the year. Saks Inc. will receive the retailer of the year award, which will be accepted by chairman and ceo Stephen I. Sadove and chief merchandising officer and president Ron Frasch. New Balance will be honored as brand of the year, and the company’s president and ceo, Rob DeMartini, will accept the award. Rebecca Minkoff will accept the designer of the year award.

Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Over the past 10 years, AAFA has donated several million dollars to benefit various charity partners, among them Autism Speaks, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.