Chip Berg, President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co will be awarded the Person of the Year award by the American Apparel & Footwear Association at the 2022 American Image Awards, on April 26 at The Plaza Hotel in New York. Bergh has led the company to continued global expansion and through a dramatic turnaround. He has been widely recognized for his position on values-driven leadership, including his statements and actions on issues like gun-violence prevention, climate change and social and racial justice.
Gap Inc will receive the Company of the Year award. Through its Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta brands, Gap has omnichannel capabilities to bridge the digital world and physical stores to enhance its shopping experience, drumming up fiscal year 2020 net sales of $13.8 billion.
Designer of the Year award will be given to Prabhal Gurung for his eponymous collection that blends modern luxury, style and glamour. The Fashion Maverick Award will be awarded to ThirdLove a women’s lifestyle brand focused on elevated essentials across bras, underwear, and loungewear. The brand supports the broader community through its TL Effect program, created to encourage and support early-stage companies run by female entrepreneurs of color and through the donation of more than $50 million worth of products to women in need.
The Eco Steward of the Year award will be given to The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Fashion Initiative for its “Make Fashion Circular” program that is leading international efforts to stop waste and pollution by creating a circular economy for the industry, where products are used more and are made to be produced again from safe, recycled or renewal inputs. The event will be emceed by Segun Oduolowu of People TV and will benefit the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation for the sixth year.