The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) represents more than 1,000 world famous name brands, retailers, and manufacturers as the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its more than three million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $470 billion in annual U.S. retail sales.
The AAFA American Image Awards began in 1977 to honor those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including design, manufacturing, and retail. The gala has become a spectacular celebration of our industry’s finest leaders, companies, and vision, bringing together a unique cross-section of influencers to celebrate creativity while drawing attention to public policy impacts on fashion and design.
Celebrating our seventh year of partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation, The CFDA Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created to raise funds for charity and industry activities. Through innovative partnerships with brands, retailers, and CFDA designers, the Foundation is able to leverage fashion and effectively generate awareness and funds for these charitable causes.
Your commitment as a ticket or table holder enables AAFA and the CFDA Foundation to help fund the future of our industry and the development of invaluable philanthropic programs.
AAFA promotes trusted trade partnerships; inspires more sustainable, traceable, and responsible supply chains; drives accountability, authenticity and innovation; and supports diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity so that every day we wear values along with our fashions while improving lives and livelihoods in the U.S. and around the world. For more than 45 years, AAFA has hosted a gala that honors excellence, achievement, stewardship, collaboration – and celebrates true visionaries and inspired leaders across EVERY corner of the industry - from design and manufacturing to retail and e-commerce. Honorees will be announced in the new year! Follow along on social with #AmericanImageAwards