Oh what a night
From John Legends’ powerful opening to Iris Apple’s hilarious 2020 version to the greatest moments of the night with Cardi B and Rihanna, there was a lot to experience at the first virtual FN Achievement Awards.
And the biggest perk of the event is that our winners all have a bond in common: they are the entertainers, executives, designers, and retailers who create change at a critical time. Their voices have never been so used – or so powerful.
Read some of the best quotes from the winners and presenters below. If you missed the show tune in here.
In 2020 a year like no other:
“2020 was difficult, but I think I definitely used this time to be more self-reflective. You know a lot [what] was in the past like the red carpets and the Met Gala – God knows, I love a Met Gala – but it often distracts who you are as a creative person and who you want to be in the world … So for me I was very thoughtful about how I want to spend my time on this planet, what I want to be and what people should remember me for. “- – Person of the Year Aurora James
“2020 was an incredible year in retail where we could stand up for the people we believe in and our community,” said Whitner, accepting the award. “For years we have focused on developing retail and keeping our community center stage. So it is a great achievement for us to be recognized for the work we love so passionately. ”- – James Whitner of the Whitaker Group, Retailer of the Year
“Summer 2020 once again showed us how important and how important youth culture is for our future.” Hall of Fame Award Winner and CEO of Foot Locker Inc., Dick Johnson
“I only have two options: to be positive or negative, and I’m a person who prefers to say the glass is half full. I don’t really know if I was like that, but I trained myself during this pandemic. “- – Iris apple
The story goes on
“This [award] is really unreal considering the year I’ve been through. Beirut has been through so much between the economic collapse, the revolution and the pandemic, and to top it off, there was the explosion. (The August 4th explosion killed more than 150 people, injured thousands, and wiped out Wazen’s shop and offices.) – Andrea Wazen, emerging talent winner
A crucial moment for social justice
How the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others sparked a movement:
“These murders made it clear to the public what blacks already knew: Racism is real, ugly, and tied into the systems that run our daily lives. [The deaths] has sparked a new commitment for people around the world to end the violence and destruction of systemic racism, but if the past few months have taught us anything, it is so powerful and essential that we come together for a common cause. – – John Legend
Raise your voice
“I was really pleasantly surprised that you were the guy to speak out because so much of my experience in fashion with other blacks is that I usually look stupid when I open it because I’m the only one saying something … [With you]I immediately felt protected and camaraderie because we weren’t afraid of puckering feathers. “- – Kerby Jean-Raymond in conversation with the Person of the Year Aurora James
The power of fashion
“I’m trying to give you variety. I could do a birkin with a swimsuit and then I could just do the latest Louis Vuitton leather jacket. I like to be raunchy and I like to be chic and elegant. I get bored doing just one thing. I’m glad people all like my looks. I wish I could have given you more, but [COVID] is a fucking ass bitch. “- – Style influencer Cardi B.
“I’ve just come from a fan of sneakers. I remember all the moments when I opened boxes, opened sneakers, and waited in line. I think I’m trying to restore that emotion and that nostalgia. – – Designer of the Year Salehe Bembury
“Birkenstock has been pretty close to my family all my life. I had my first couple when I was 13. I even met my wife [Lisa Bonet]and she had them on. I do all of my shoes that I fight in and do stunts out of Birkenstock. We take them and shape them and depending on the character I’m playing we build our own look based on Birkenstock. “- – Jason Momoa, who presented Birkenstocks as Brand of the Year
“This is for the culture, this is for the children. This applies to all of our customers, our customers and our community. We love you guys and can’t wait to build this further. We are very honored to have this, and we can’t wait to see if we can turn this off year after year. “- – Rihanna, who was named Employee of the Year with Amina Muaddi and Jahleel Weaver
Have a purpose
“At Timberland, we strongly believe that a greener future is a better future, but these words only matter when you leave resources and action behind. Corporate social responsibility has never been a silo for Timberland. It’s embedded in the business we do every day. “- – Tracy Smith, VP and GM of Timberland Americas, accepted the Sustainability Award
“I am proud of our brand’s focused and inclusive culture and the work we have done this year to enhance our diversity and inclusion efforts through a strategic and collaborative approach. We have rotated and used our domestic manufacturing, manufacturing PPE, and accelerating our digital transformation to respond quickly to changing consumer needs. “- – Joe Preston, CEO of New Balance
“Crocs stepped up in the face of adversity to provide comfort when it was needed most. The company has reiterated what it always stands for – that the right thing is right for the brand, its employees and the community. It’s important to me that I work with brands that recognize that they can do well when they do good to others. I’m proud to work with a brand like Crocs that shares the same values as me. “- – Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who presented Crocs with the “Brand of the Year” award
“Our mission is to make this industry better than we entered it. Our mission is to make sure this industry does more. This award really inspires us to do more for future generations. Our goal is to show this industry what can happen when you invest in your consumers. They see and appreciate them as more than just consumers. “- – D’wayne Edwards, founder of the Pensole Academy and winner of the Icon Award for Social Impact
“My father always stood out from the crowd with his charismatic, generous character. He had the gift of fine-tuning like no other and could manipulate a shape by changing a millimeter and eventually perfecting and transforming a silhouette. – – Gianvito Rossi on his late father Sergio Rossi, who was inducted into the FN Hall of Fame
The hot shoes:
“The Nike Dunk is by far one of the Swoosh’s most iconic sneakers as a younger generation has arrived to revisit history. … [The Dunk] has shifted from college basketball to skate culture and is now established as a streetwear staple. “- – Yoon Ah, co-founder of Ambush, who presented the Nike Dunk with the shoe of the year
“I am firmly convinced that the Nike Dunk is one of those special shoes that has crossed over the years between a sporting icon and a culturally relevant canvas.” – – Off-White CEO and Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, who presented the Nike Dunk together with the shoe of the year
“I’m the # 1 Ugg fan,” explained Talley. “In fact, you’ve seen me in the front row so many times [during] Fashion Weeks … in the international global fashion cities – Paris, London, Milan and Rome – wear the classic Ugg boot. “- – André Leon Talley, who named Deckers Brands Company of the Year
Start gallery: The FNAA winners 2020: In their own words
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