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AAFA Names Brooks Brothers CEO Its Person of the Year

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) announced on Friday that Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers, will receive the Person of the Year award at its 37th Annual American Image Awards on April 27 in New York City.

“Every year, the AIA awards honor those who are true leaders and innovators in the industry,” president and CEO of AAFA Juanita D. Duggan said. “Claudio is a global leader of great distinction, making him a natural selection for AAFA’s highest honor.”

Del Vecchio has been the chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers, the country’s oldest clothing retailer since 2001. His efforts and history within the industry embody the spirit of the American Image Awards, which honors those who have represented leadership, excellence and outstanding achievement in every sector of the apparel and footwear industry, including education, manufacturing, retail and design.

“For nearly 200 years Brooks Brothers has stood for quality, innovation and American style,” Del Vecchio said. “I am proud that we, as a global brand, are able to continue this tradition and we are honored to be recognized by the AAFA.”

The award will feature a new emblematic design of the American Image Awards statuette devised by world-famous artist Ruben Toledo, who was also a 2011 American Image Awards Fashion Maverick recipient. The ceremony will highlight new charity partner Mercy Ships, a global organization devoted to providing impoverished people with health care and medical attention.

Other previously announced honorees include Brown Shoe Company as Company of the Year, Holt Renfrew as Retailer of the Year, Cynthia Rowley as Designer of the Year and Kelly Osbourne as Fashion Maverick.