Byline: Karyn Monget

NEW YORK — It was a reunion of sorts Monday evening for Burton Tansky, chairman and chief executive officer of Neiman Marcus, and Massimo Ferragamo, vice chairman and president of Moda Imports, the U.S. distribution unit of Salvatore Ferragamo Italia SpA.
Both executives attended the 22nd annual Dallas Fashion Awards party at Doubles, the upscale club at the Sherry-Netherlands Hotel here, where more than 100 members of the media and fashion industries were feted at a cocktail gala. The party honored the winners of this year’s awards, sponsored by the International Apparel Mart in Dallas.
Ferragamo accepted the Fashion Excellence Award for the 70-year-old luxury footwear, apparel and accessories business, which is operated by the Ferragamo family in Florence.
“Massimo was an excellent trainee when I was at Saks Fifth Avenue — I would hire him back in a minute,” said Tansky before the awards presentation. The Dallas-based merchant was on hand to show support for the winners.
“I’m very honored, because he hired me in Florence and was my very first employer — but I was packing merchandise in the stock room,” recalled Ferragamo, who now oversees the $220 million-plus annual volume done by Ferragamo in the U.S. The U.S. market is estimated to represent 41 percent of the total revenues of Ferragamo.
Jokes aside, Tansky further noted, “Ferragamo is a very big business with us at Neiman Marcus, and it’s been growing extremely well, year-in and year-out.”
While the Fashion Excellence Award winner is named by the Mart, the other Dallas Fashion Award recipients are determined by votes of several thousand retailers, said Bill Winsor, chief executive officer of the Dallas Market Center, parent of the mart.
“The awards are growing in importance primarily because of the people who make the decisions — the retailers,” Winsor said.
The following additional companies will receive awards during a runway show at the Mart in Dallas on Oct. 17: Brighton for accessories; Nahdree by Victor Costa, after-five; Baby Guess, children’s wear; Laundry by Shelli Segal for contemporary; Ron Leal for designer women’s wear; Barbara Lesser Dresses, dresses; Barse & Co., jewelry; Dollhouse, junior contemporary, and Central Falls, sportswear.