2017 American Image Awards
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 design, manufacturing, and retail. Each year, the gala and red carpet event brings together hundreds of influencers including industry executives, designers, members of the media, and celebrities. AAFA is dedicated to partnering with a beneficiary partner each year. Here's a 2-minute look at the incredible evening our industry shared in 2016.
Company of the Year:
Marc Fisher Footwear
Marc Fisher, Founder
Susan Itzkowitz, President
of the Year:
Founder and CEO,
Designer of the Year:
Executive Creative Director,
Former Women's Wear Daily
Founder, "Joe Boxer"
Honoree bios are all available here.
Award winning stage and screen actor Alan Cumming will emcee the gala.
Our partnership with CFDA:
AAFA is pleased to partner with the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), a program within the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation. FMI was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The program includes: FMI Grant Fund offering matching grants to facilities committed to improving their services through innovation and technology; Apparel Skills Training Courses to generate a stronger workforce; a New York City Production Database on CFDA.com; and ongoing professional development sessions, industry events and collaborative partnerships.
“The CFDA Fashion Manufacturing Initiative is an important program to preserve garment manufacturing in New York. With the support of the AAFA, we are able to continue and expand those efforts.” - Steven Kolb, President and CEO of CFDA
“AAFA is honored to partner with the CFDA and support its Fashion Manufacturing Initiative as our 2017 American Image Awards grant partner. We are committed to advancing the people, policies, and processes that are imperative for our industry to grow and profit in a rapidly evolving economy.” - Rick Helfenbein, AAFA President and CEO