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27 Sep

WWD Honors Recognize Hilfiger, Anderson, Sartori and Burke

When the world’s top fashion executives gather in person next month for the WWD Apparel and Retail CEO Summit, they’ll not only compare notes on the way to manage the unruly market, but stop to have fun their very own in a time of ceaseless change. 

The summit — entitled “An Era of Agility: The Path Ahead” — will probably be held Oct. 25 and 26 at Cipriani South Street in Recent York City and can feature the WWD Honors awards on the primary night, recognizing firms and individuals who’ve stepped up, embraced change and are available out ahead. 

“In a 12 months of unpredictability across not only our industry and the world at large, it’s our great honor to have fun the brands who’ve risen to the occasion and performed at exceptional levels,” said James Fallon, WWD editorial director. “The distinguished creative and business leaders being recognized at this 12 months’s event truly define the impact of agility in overcoming obstacles to remain on top and will probably be those to observe as we navigate the trail forward.”

Topping the bill on the Honors ceremony is Tommy Hilfiger who will receive the John B. Fairchild Honor recognizing a profession of influence and distinction, as previously revealed.  

Hilfiger got here from humble beginnings to construct what has turn into a $9.3 billion global retail business, successfully keeping his brand current by capitalizing on celebrities, music and entertainment.

That sort of agility — which Hilfiger has proven to have in spades — is a typical thread among the many movers and shakers who can even be taking home honors on the ceremony this 12 months. 

Jonathan Anderson will receive the WWD Honor for Women’s Wear Designer of the Yr, marking his work at Loewe, where he has been pushing the Spanish house to be more arty, experimental and playful. 

Alessandro Sartori

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Alessandro Sartori will receive the WWD Honor for Men’s Wear Designer of the Yr recognizing his work as artistic director of Ermenegildo Zegna, where his spring collection pointed to a recent path for the brand. “The suit now becomes a mix of separates,” he said.

Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer at Louis Vuitton, will receive the Honor for Creative Leadership. Burke has steered Louis Vuitton since 2012 and, most recently, managed to guide the powerhouse luxury brand from strength to strength through pandemic, war, inflation, the specter of recession and more. 

Michael Burke

Jean-François Robert/Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

And Burberry landed the Corporate Citizenship Honor, acknowledging the brand’s efforts to push the environmental, social and governance boundaries — in a great way. The brand’s operations are carbon neutral globally and 84 percent of its products have no less than three social or environmental advantages. 

WWD can even recognize top performing firms in fashion, retail and sweetness with Honors by category. The winners are: 

• Hermès, Best-Performing Fashion Company, Large-Cap

• Jacquemus, Best-Performing Fashion Company, Small-Cap

• Macy’s Inc., Best-Performing Retailer, Large-Cap

• Jenni Kayne, Best-Performing Retailer, Small-Cap

• Ulta Beauty Inc., Best-Performing Beauty Company, Large-Cap

• Amyris, Best-Performing Beauty Company, Small-Cap

“This 12 months’s list of honorees is phenomenal not only of their performance available in the market, but for leading through an unprecedented time of change. We’re all in a moment of learning and growing as leaders and we’re thrilled to be honoring the most effective of the most effective at this 12 months’s event,” said Fairchild Media Group president Amanda Smith.

And just how far and how briskly fashion has come will turn into much more clear on the Summit, where executives from across the industry weigh in on all that change. 

The speaking lineup includes Louis Vuitton’s Burke, Roblox’s head of fashion and sweetness partnerships Winnie Bure, Kohl’s Corp.’s CEO Michelle Gass, model and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss and plenty of more. 

Collectively, they’ll go deep on the burning topics of the moment, from sustainability and managing through crisis, to creativity, technology and just how the subsequent generation goes to handle all of it.

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