• PVH CEO Manny Chirico is to receive the 'Person of the Year' award at the American Apparel & Footwear Association's 2018 American Image Awards.
  • 'Company of the Year' will be the Camuto Group.
  • The event celebrates those that "epitomise leadership and innovation" in the apparel and footwear industry.

The CEO of US apparel giant PVH Corp, Manny Chirico, is among those to be honoured by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) at its American Image Awards next year.

The event, which will take place in New York in April, celebrates those that "epitomise leadership and innovation" in the apparel and footwear industry.

"This is an opportunity to honour the finest individuals and organisations throughout the entire supply chain, including designers, manufacturers, and trendsetters," explains Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the AAFA.

Chirico will receive the 'Person of the Year' award after serving PVH for more than 20 years, as CEO since 2006 and as chairman since 2007. Under his leadership, PVH has become one of the largest apparel companies in the world, with its portfolio including Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.

Meanwhile, Camuto Group will be awarded the 'Company of the Year' accolade. Founded by Vince Camuto, Camuto Group is a global business with more than 5,400 distribution points in more than 70 countries. As a leader in the design, development, and distribution of women's fashion footwear, the company provides both wholesale and licensed products in the space. The award will be accepted by the company's CEO Alex Del Cielo. 

Eponymous retailer Fred Segal, which is known for opening the first jeans-only store, will receive the 'Retailer of the Year' award, while 'Designer of the Year' will be presented to Joseph Altuzarra. Born and raised in Paris, Altuzarra launched his namesake brand in 2008 to provide luxury women's ready-to-wear and accessories.

For the second year, AAFA has partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation to serve as the gala's beneficiary. The CFDA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that raises funds for charity and industry activities.

"We are honoured to once again be the beneficiary of the American Image Awards," says Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the CFDA. "The money raised will help fund our business development and philanthropic programs. We are grateful to Paula Zusi, Rick Helfenbein and the entire team at the American Apparel & Footwear Association for the continued support."

The AAFA American Image Awards is owned and operated by AAFA. Starting in 1977, the awards honour those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, and outstanding achievements in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including education, design, manufacturing, and retail.