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SEAN P. DIDDY COMBS NAMED MENS WEAR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR BY THE COUNCIL OF FA

Posted By on November 30, 1999

New York, NY (June 7, 2004) � Sean �P. Diddy� Combs took top honors at the 2004 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards being named men�s wear designer of the year for his Sean John collection. Sean Combs has the distinct privilege of being the first African-American to win this prestigious award, which is voted on by the fashion industry�s elite.


This is the first win for Sean �P. Diddy� Combs for Sean John after four consecutive nominations. The award comes at a time when there is a great deal of anticipation for the Sean John women�s collection, which is slated to launch in 2005. In addition to P. Diddy�s recognition, his business associate and friend Zac Posen also took home the Perry Ellis award for new ready-to-wear talent.

Said Sean �P. Diddy� Combs, �I�m overwhelmed and humbled by the recognition the CFDA has given me. This award is especially meaningful because I am the first African-American ever to win it. This sends a signal to kids all over America…they too can be a successful fashion designer regardless of their race.�

Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean �P. Diddy� Combs and made its fashion debut with a men�s sportswear collection for the Spring 1999 season. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $450 million, Sean John is sold in better department and specialty stores across the country as well as select retailers around the world.