New York, NY (June 7, 2004) ï¿½ Sean ï¿½P. Diddyï¿½ Combs took top honors at the 2004 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards being named menï¿½s 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 industryï¿½s elite.
This is the first win for Sean ï¿½P. Diddyï¿½ 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 womenï¿½s collection, which is slated to launch in 2005. In addition to P. Diddyï¿½s recognition, his business associate and friend Zac Posen also took home the Perry Ellis award for new ready-to-wear talent.
Said Sean ï¿½P. Diddyï¿½ Combs, ï¿½Iï¿½m 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.ï¿½
Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean ï¿½P. Diddyï¿½ Combs and made its fashion debut with a menï¿½s 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.