SKECHERS Receives Company of the Year Award
Footwear Plus Awards Global Lifestyle Footwear Brand and Fashion Brand Marc Ecko for Design Excellence
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a global leader in lifestyle footwear, today announced that Footwear Plus magazine's 8th annual Plus Awards have acknowledged the brand as Company of the Year. SKECHERS is the first company to win the coveted award two years in a row.
The magazine also presented its Men's Streetwear Design Excellence Award for the second straight year to Unltd. by Marc Ecko footwear - which SKECHERS designs, develops and markets alongside Marc Ecko's Rhino Red footwear for the United States and select global markets.
"To be singled out by our industry peers is a true honor - particularly since they've recognized us for two distinct, independently marketed brands two years running," said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. "Always on the pulse of the latest trends, retailers have an eye for relevant brands that are resonating with consumers - and we look forward to building on these back-to-back successes."
"Congratulations to SKECHERS for winning the Plus Award in the 'Company of the Year' category for the second straight year," said Greg Dutter, associate publisher and editor in chief of Footwear Plus. "Retailers recognized SKECHERS' ability to deliver design excellence across a multitude of brands, categories, and distribution tiers. The ability to design, market and sell one brand well is difficult enough in a challenging and highly competitive retail landscape, and the fact that SKECHERS is achieving this for 10 brands makes the Plus Award in the 'Company of the Year' category all the more deserving."
Dutter added, "The retailers have spoken for the second year in a row: Marc Ecko is the winner of the Plus Award for design excellence in the Men's Streetwear category. A fast-moving brand dependent on cutting-edge looks, Marc Ecko has consistently delivered the right looks at the right time. Whether it's for a hook-up with Marc Ecko apparel or a statement all its own, Marc Ecko footwear is in step with the latest street fashions."
Presented today at the World Shoe Association's The Shoe Show tradeshow in Las Vegas, the prestigious Plus Awards are nominated and voted on annually by footwear retailers nationwide, and recognize design excellence for the year.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of men's, women's and children's footwear under the SKECHERS name, as well as under nine uniquely branded names. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, as well as in over 100 countries and territories through the Company's global network of distributors and Canadian and European subsidiaries. Please visit www.skechers.com or call the Company's information line at 877-INFO-SKX.
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Source: SKECHERS USA, Inc.
Released Feb 1, 2007 • 8:00 am EST