As the year winds to a close, the American Apparel & Footwear Association has revealed the honorees of its 2019 American Image Awards. Birkenstock has nabbed the Company of the Year mantle in recognition of the German brand’s strong comeback story, which has been fueled by a series of buzz-y fashion collaborations and a bevy of celebrity fans. David Kahan, CEO of the brand’s Americas division, will accept the award.
Isaac Ash, CEO of United Legwear & Apparel Co., has been named Person of the Year. Since its launch in 1998, Ash’s New York company has grown into a fashion hosiery and accessories powerhouse, boasting such licensed brands as Skechers, Champion, Weatherproof, Starter and Pro Player. The company also produces its own lifestyle collection, Fun Socks.
Entertainment giant Disney and designer Ruthie Davis will be honored for their magically whimsical Princess collaboration. The power partnership has seen Davis put a high-fashion spin on “Snow White” with colorful, ornately detailed heels, boots and sneakers inspired by themes such as the poisoned apple, the Seven Dwarfs and the age-old good-versus-evil conflict. Davis also released a “Mulan”-inspired capsule this year.
A look from the Ruthie Davis x Disney Snow White collection.
CREDIT: Courtesy of Disney
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