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

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

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.

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