The people and companies set to be honored May 24 at the 38th Annual American Image Awards in New York are Joseph Abboud, BBC International LLC, Shinola Detroit, Christian Siriano and Iris Apfel.
The AAFA American Image Awards honors those who have exemplified leadership, excellence and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including education, design, manufacturing and retail.
BBC International will be honored as Company of the Year for its dynamic design, innovation, product development, sourcing agility, marketing savvy and a growing portfolio of top global brands and licenses. The award will be accepted by Robert “Bobby” Campbell, BBC International chairman and founding member.
Shinola Detroit will be bestowed the The Retailer of the Year award for its dedication to creating world-class American manufacturing jobs and crafting watches, bicycles, leather goods and journals that are built to last. The award will be accepted by Jacques Panis, president of Shinola Detroit.
Siriano, who launched his signature collection in 2008, is the Designer of the Year. The Christian Siriano collection, known for elaborate evening gowns and cocktail dresses and tailored sportswear, as well as detailed shoes and accessories, is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Siriano opened his first store on Elizabeth Street in New York in 2012. The collection is also sold at Neiman Marcus and other department and specialty stores around the globe.
Apfel, a businesswoman and interior designer, will be given the Fashion Maverick award. Apfel consults and lectures about style and other fashion topics, and her career includes teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin and White House restoration projects for nine U.S. presidents. She is the subject of “Iris,” a documentary film that premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2014.
The Person of the Year is designer Joseph Abboud. The chief creative director of Tailored Brands Inc., Abboud launched his namesake brand in 1987. He is a two-time winner of the Menswear Designer of the Year from the CFDA, was honored with The Cutty Sark Award for the Most Promising Menswear Designer in 1988, a Woolmark Award for Distinguished Fashion in 1989 and the Special Achievement Award from The Neckwear Association of America in 1994. The Joseph Abboud collection is sold at the brand’s flagship in New York, on josephabboud.com and at Men’s Wearhouse stores nationwide.
“Every year, the apparel and footwear industry eagerly waits for the American Image Awards as a time to celebrate true innovation and leadership,” said Rick Helfenbein, AAFA president and chief executive officer. “This year’s honorees epitomize the best of the industry from design through creativity, to business and marketing achievements. We’re so proud to recognize their successful contributions.”
The American Image Awards, hosted by AAFA, bring together a cross-section of influencers to celebrate creativity while drawing attention to public policy impacts on fashion and design. For the second year in a row, the event will benefit Mercy Ships, a global organization committed to providing the world’s impoverished with free basic healthcare and life-changing medical surgeries. Since 1978, Mercy Ships has served in 70 countries, touched 2.5 million patients, and provided over $1.2 billion in services.