New York, April 25, 2017 – Last week, Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers was recognized among creative forces in the fashion industry with the 2017 Designer of the Year award by The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) at the American Image Awards.

Since joining Coach in 2013, Vevers has been at the helm of the brand’s reformation, including the introduction of a new ready-to-wear collection, Coach 1941, and creating a new visual language through its ad campaigns. Vevers, born in the UK, is recognized for energizing the brand with his outsider take on American luxury—infusing cool American archetypes with a thread of counter-culture. His designs, which explore the tension between toughness and a gentle femininity and the charm of nostalgia recontextualized with a modern twist, have ignited a cool contingent of fans.

Accompanied by Coach, Inc. CEO Victor Luis as well as friends of the brand, Dilone and Emma Roberts, Vevers stated, “It is such an honor to be awarded AAFA’s Designer of the Year. I’m very proud of what we have achieved at Coach during the last three years. To have our work recognized is truly a special moment.”

The American Image Awards were attended by hundreds of industry leaders, media and celebrities with proceeds supporting the CFDA Foundation’s Fashion Manufacturing Initiative. Vevers has also been nominated for the Accessories Designer of the Year award by the CFDA; winners will be revealed at their annual gala on June 5th.

About Coach: Coach, Inc. is a leading New York design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands. The Coach brand was established in New York City in 1941, and has a rich heritage of pairing exceptional leathers and materials with innovative design. Coach is sold worldwide through Coach stores, select department stores and specialty stores, and through Coach’s website at In 2015, Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman, a global leader in designer footwear, sold in more than 70 countries and through its website at

About AAFA: Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $361 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry and delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. AAFA enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. AAFA’s comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.

About the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative: The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). FMI was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The program includes: FMI Grant Fund offering matching grants to facilities committed to improving their services through innovation and technology; Apparel Skills Training Courses to generate a stronger workforce; a New York City Production Database on; and ongoing professional development sessions, industry events and collaborative partnerships.