American Image Honorees: Brown Shoe, Brooks Brothers, Holt Renfrew Among Winners

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has named its 2015 American Image Award honorees for their outstanding achievements in their respective industries.

The winners this year make for an impressive list. Claudio Del Vecchio, CEO and chairman of Brooks Brothers Group Inc., was named Person of the Year.

St. Louis-based Brown Shoe Co. won Company of the Year. Chairman, CEO and President Diane Sullivan will accept the award.

High-end Canadian retailer Holt Renfrew won Retailer of the Year. President Mark Derbyshire will accept the award.

Cynthia Rowley won Designer of the Year, and Kelly Osbourne is taking home the Fashion Maverick award for her contributions as a fashion designer and personality in the industry.

At the annual AAFA gala in New York City on April 27, winners will be on hand to accept their honors. The annual American Image Awards honor industry leaders who have exhibited excellence, leadership and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industries.

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

This year’s event also includes a new charitable cause, Mercy Ships, a global organization committed to providing health care and medical services across the globe.

“For nearly 200 years, Brooks Brothers has stood for quality, innovation and American style,” said Claudio Del Vecchio in a statement. “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.”


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