The Headwear Association Hosts 111th Annual Dinner and Fashion Show In Central Park
“Industry gatherings are a great place to see, be seen, and catch up with old friends. But rarely do they present as warm a feeling of camaraderie as the assemblage that the Headwear Association gathered together last week at New York’s Central Park Boat House. Kudos to The Headwear Association for creating a spirit of good will within its membership as the industry’s designers continue to create innovative headwear that turns heads.” David Rose, MR Magazine
Founded in 1908, our 111-year-old organization is the oldest of its kind in the USA. The mission of our founders was to encourage friendship and fraternity in the hat trade, and this goal has been achieved and maintained for more than a century.
Every year, The Headwear Association honors recipients in three categories. Retailer of the Year was presented to Joyce Locks of Hatsationa!
The Ben Rosenthal Award, which honors years of excellence in the headwear industry, was bestowed upon Douglas Highsmith, President/CEO of Dorfman-Pacific Co., Inc.
The final honor was awarded by S.H.Baik of Young An Hat Company who donated an FIT Scholarship of $100,000 on behalf of the Headwear Industry. The talented recipient of this generous award was FIT Student, Marisa Belfiore from Long Island.
This year’s dinner also treated guests to a fashion show highlighting the best in headwear and millinery. The show included exquisite custom designs from The Milliner’s Guild.
As always, it was a fantastic night at the Central Park Boathouse.