American Apparel and Footwear Association

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Each year, AAFA organizes educational events, programs, seminars, and webinars related to every aspect of the apparel and footwear industry. 

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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. 

See the 2017 Getty photo gallery. Many thanks to the 2017 guests and supporting sponsors who made it all possible.

Here's a 2-minute look back at the incredible evening our industry shared in 2016. Stay tuned for our 2017 highlight reel!

Meet the 2017 Honorees

Company of the Year:

Marc Fisher Footwear


Accepted by
Marc Fisher, Founder

Susan Itzkowitz, President




of the Year:

Andrew Rosen

Founder and CEO,


Designer of the Year:

Stuart Vevers


Executive Creative Director,
Coach Inc.


Lifetime Achievement:

Ed Nardoza


Former Women's Wear Daily

Fashion Maverick:

Nick Graham

Designer and Entrepreneur


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; 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


American Image Awards News:

AAFA Honors Industry Leaders During 2017 American Image Awards

AAFA Names Honorees for the 2017 American Image Awards (2/13/17)

AAFA Announces 2017 American Image Awards Partner – FMI, Council of Fashion Designers of America (8/4/16)

In the News

Nardoza, Vevers, Rosen To Be Honored at American Image Awards - WWD (2/13/17)

Andrew Rosen, Nick Graham, Stuart Vevers to be Honored at 2017 American Image Awards - MR (2/13/17)

2017 American Image Awards to Honor Marc Fisher - VAMP (2/22/17)

AAFA Names Honorees for the 2017 American Image Awards - Accessories  (2/22/17)

AAFA Chooses Beneficiary for American Image Awards - WWD (8/4/16) 

AAFA's Image Awards to Benefit CFDA New York Manufacturing Program - Footwear News (8/4/16)


A look back

A look back at the 2016 honorees 

A look back at the 2015 honorees

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