American Apparel & Footwear Association names 2022 American Image Awards winners


WASHINGTON, January 11, 2022 / PRNewswire / – The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) announces exceptional individuals and companies who will be honored for their leadership, excellence and extraordinary accomplishments in all sectors of the apparel and clothing industry. footwear, including design, manufacture and retail. They will be honored at the AAFA American Image Awards which will take place on Tuesday April 26, 2022 at the Plaza hotel in New York City.

List of the winners of the American Image Awards 2022

The winners include Chip Bergh – Person of the year; Gap inc. – Company of the year; Prabal Gurung – Designer of the year; Third love – Fashion maverick; and Fashion initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Eco-steward of the year. The event will be hosted by Segun Odulowu of People TV and will benefit Fashion Designers Council of America (CFDA) Foundation for a sixth year of philanthropic partnership.

“The American Image Awards have always been about excellence and achievement. In a new climate – both the realities of a global pandemic and increasingly challenging business and environmental realities – innovation and management remain paramount, ”said Steve lamar, President and CEO of AFOA. “The 2022 Laureates are true trailblazers who galvanize their employees and peers across this industry’s large supply chains to ensure impactful contributions to the U.S. and global economies, our community of stakeholders and into the future. of fashion. “

Person of the yearChip Bergh, President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

At Levi Strauss & Co. – one of the world’s largest branded clothing companies and a global leader in denim clothing, Chip Bergh has led the company to continued global expansion, a dramatic market turnaround through outstanding performance and a return to the center of culture. The Levi’s® brand as well as Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. ™ and Denizen® are sold in more than 110 countries through a combination of retail chains, department stores, online sites and a global presence of approximately 3,000 retail and boutique stores. In april 2019, Chip was named one of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine, and he has been widely recognized for his position on values-based leadership, including his statements and actions on issues such as gun violence prevention, climate change, and social and racial justice.

Company of the year – Gap Inc., accepted by Sonia Syngal, CEO

Gap Inc., a collection of lifestyle-focused brands, is America’s largest specialty apparel company offering apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women and children under the Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta. The company uses omnichannel capabilities to bridge the digital world with physical stores to further enhance its shopping experience. Gap Inc. is driven by purpose, inclusive, by design, and pride themselves on creating products and experiences our customers love while doing the right thing for our people, communities and the planet. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase worldwide at company-operated stores, franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. The turnover for fiscal year 2020 was $ 13.8 billion. Gap Inc. CEO Sonia Syngal will accept the award.

Creator of the yearPrabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung launched its eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style and a strong sense of glamor. The designer chooses to manufacture in New York City meet quality standards while supporting the local community. The brand recognizes the importance of national production, especially with regard to the quality of the finished product and helps raise awareness among an international audience. Her emphasis on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion with designs worn by prominent women, including the First Lady. Michelle obama and the duchess of Cambridge, to only cite a few. The designer has also collaborated with Target, MAC Cosmetics, TOMS and Bryant Street. He was appointed Global Creative Director of global jewelry brand Tasaki in september 2017.

Fashionable maverick – ThirdLove, accepted by Heidi zak, Co-founder & CEO

ThirdLove is a women’s lifestyle brand focused on premium quality essentials through bras, underwear, loungewear and more designed to help women feel comfortable. and confident effortlessly. To date, more than 19 million women have found their fit with ThirdLove’s original Fit Finder® quiz and can now experience the next-generation interactive 3D fit and style experience through the new virtual fitting room at ThirdLove. ThirdLove. ThirdLove supports the community at large through its TL Effect program, created to encourage and support start-ups led by women entrepreneurs of color and through the donation of over $ 50 million value of products to women in need.

Eco-steward of the year – The Fashion Initiative of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s fashion initiative ‘Make Fashion Circular’ was launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017 and brings together fashion industry leaders to work with cities, philanthropists , NGOs and innovators. The Foundation’s Fashion Initiative is leading international efforts to end waste and pollution by creating a circular economy for industry, where products are used more, are made to be remade and are made from inputs safe, recycled or renewable.

“Through the American Image Awards, AAFA raises awareness of the important issues facing our industry while celebrating its leaders who are at the forefront of advancement and change,” said Steven kolb, CEO of CFDA. “We are grateful for the continued support of AFOA and look forward to our continued collaboration for years to come. “

Additional information about the American Image Awards, including table purchases, is available at

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About the American Apparel & Footwear Association
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, who compete in the global marketplace. Representing more than 1,000 world-renowned brands, AAFA is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its three million American workers and its contribution of over 350 billion dollars in annual retail sales in the United States. AFOA is advancing three key priorities: brand protection; Supply chain and procurement; Trade, logistics and manufacturing. AFOA approaches this work through the lens of goal-oriented leadership in a way that supports each member’s ability to build and maintain inclusive and diverse cultures, achieve and advance ESG goals and to rely on the latest technologies.

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