New York, NY- April 30th, 2014- Last night, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) awarded RUTHIE DAVIS 2014 Footwear Designer of the Year at their annual American Image Awards. AAFA and the awards recognize outstanding achievements within the U.S. apparel and footwear industry. This year’s event was held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City and served as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.
Academy Award winning actress, MARLEE MATLIN hosted the evening along with presenter and Olympic figure skater, MICHELLE KWAN. Other notable guests that came out in support of Ruthie and the Special Olympics included recording artist and actress, ASHANTI (appropriately sporting Ruthie Davis heels) and CFDA designers STEVEN COX and DANIEL SILVER of Duckie Brown and JOHN BARTLETT. FERN MALLIS and former pro-basketballer SAM PERKINS were also in attendance.
A leading independent designer and the only Luxury Female American Shoe Designer Label in the industry, Ruthie Davis currently has over 100 accounts and is carried in over 35 countries worldwide. As a New York City resident, designer and President of her eponymous label, Ruthie Davis understands how to design shoes modern women covet and has become the go-to red carpet shoe designer for fans including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Sophia Vergara, and more. Featured in New York & London Fashion Weeks and appearing in top tier magazines such as Vogue, Elle, NYLON and InStyle. Ruthie Davis heels are celebrated for their effortless ability to imbue any wardrobe with a dash of cosmopolitan edge.
“I am so excited to be awarded AAFA’s 2014 Footwear Designer of the Year. It is a huge honor to be listed amongst past recipients of these awards such as John Bartlett, Badgley Mischka, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta. Being an American woman and designing for the American woman is something that is extremely important to me, which is why this award is so near to my heart,” said Ruthie Davis.
First awarded in 1977, the Annual AAFA American Image Awards stands as an emblem of honor for those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including education, design, manufacturing, and retail. This year, with the Special Olympics as their charity partner, forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will be donated to the organization.
About Ruthie Davis
One of few American female luxury shoe designers, Ruthie Davis has written her own fashion story. Her eponymous collection is sold in top retailers worldwide including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales, Harvey Nichols and Luisa Via Roma. With devoted fans like Beyoncé, Lady GaGa, Zendaya Coleman, Sophia Vergara, Emma Roberts and Naomi Campbell, the Ruthie Davis brand is for women with a strong sense of style and self, much like the designer, who was recently named by Goldman Sachs as one their “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2013.”