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Feb 08, 2018

LYCRA® brand team members gathered in New York City this week to attend the Femmy Awards, the premier event of the Intimate Apparel Industry. The Underfashion Club, a charitable organization comprised of industry professionals, hosted the fundraising gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 6.

Save-the-date, FEMMY Awards 2018

The group’s mission is to attract new talent to the industry and support their education through awards and scholarships. The LYCRA® brand took home the Diamond Jubilee Award, which recognized its 60 years of revolutionary innovations. Coincidentally, the Underfashion Club is also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

FEMMY Awards 2018 
Bob Kirkwood, EVP Marketing & Technology, The LYCRA Company Apparel

It takes a team

Bob Kirkwood,  The LYCRA Company Apparel’s Executive Vice President of Marketing & Technology, graciously accepted the award on behalf of the LYCRA® brand. In his speech he acknowledged the miracle fiber’s inventor, Dr. Joseph Shivers, who will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this May. He also thanked members of the brand team who continue to drive innovation forward today, as well as the mills, garment makers, brands and retailers whose ongoing support makes the brand’s success possible.

FEMMY Awards 2018 
Dita Von Teese and Bob Kirkwood

Other award winners

The FEMMY gala also included the 15th Annual Student Design Contest, which featured designs of Fashion Institute of Technology students based on the theme, “60 Years of Intimate Apparel Design.” The talented winners received cash awards. The evening’s other honorees were:

  • Retailer Award: TARGET
  • Manufacturer Award: Komar Intimates
  • Supplier Award: Texco Hook & Eye Tape Ltd.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Donald R. Allen, Jr.

FEMMY Awards 2018_Lingerie student designs 

Join the celebration

The 2018 FEMMY Awards were the first in a year-long series of events celebrating LYCRA® fiber’s milestone 60th anniversary! Visit our press center, follow us on social media, or subscribe to our e-newsletter to stay informed of anniversary news as soon as it’s posted.

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The LYCRA Company Michelle SCHLEGEL Senior Account Manager - Intimate Apparel & Swimwear +1-302-683-3345 USA