CHICAGO--Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today announced that it has received five Image of the Year (IOY) Awards from the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD), including a “Best of the Best” award. Presented by the Image Apparel Institute (IAI), a division of the NAUMD, the 2016 IOY Awards recognize fashion, function, creativity and innovation in apparel design.
“For 17 consecutive years our fashion designers and clients have been recognized with NAUMD IOY Awards,” said Kristin Sharp, Director of Design and Merchandising at Cintas. “Through collaboration with our clients, we create apparel collections that not only deliver a high image, but are also designed to perform in the work environment.”
The Cintas program for Monarch Beach Resort, an Orange County luxury resort, was not only recognized in the hotel single-unit category, but also as the “Best of the Best” which spans across all categories. Designed by Fourmy, Cintas’ luxury brand, the uniform program was inspired by the society, lifestyle and the surrounding local environment. Mediterranean inspired, tailored pieces were designed in a washed out color palate with subtle textural juxtapositions and a restrained use of bright accents. As a result, this custom created apparel collection reflects the essence of modernity, simplicity and a contemporary fashion aesthetic.
“Our property is the premier coastal destination for guests with active lifestyles, so we wanted to create a modern, yet functional apparel program that projects that image,” said Adam Knight, Resort Manager, Monarch Beach Resort. “Fourmy designed a program that complements the luxurious interiors of our newly renovated beach-front property perfectly. They also seamlessly worked our association with the Monarch butterfly into an exquisite cocktail server dress.”
Winner for multi-unit hotels, the Cintas apparel program for Embassy Suites is designed to inspire the Embassy Suites’ predominantly millennial employees. It features softer fabrics and silhouettes that allow for individuality and personal style, while maintaining brand identity. The collection also includes eco-friendly garments.
Cintas’ uniform program for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, MN won in the entertainment category for its classic, tailored apparel with accents of red to match the Ordway brand and building décor accents. Cintas designed the collection in coordination with the Ordway’s 30th anniversary and grand opening of their new Concert Hall.
Winner in the gaming category, the Greektown Casino-Hotel in Detroit, MI apparel program from Cintas went hand-in-hand with its new image. Designed so team members look sharp and feel confident, the fun and vibrant collection features bold cobalt blue apparel for dealers, created so they stand apart from the crowds on the casino floor, and a black/blue combination for bartenders that presents a hip, cool look.
“Our goal in working with Cintas to design these uniforms was two-fold,” said Jason Gregorec, general manager, Greektown Casino-Hotel. “First, we wanted to create a fresh, modern look that our team members and guests would love. But, most importantly, we wanted to engage our team members in the process, gathering feedback from them to ensure they were comfortable with our final selection.”
To view the winning programs and past winners, visit www.cintas.com/imageawards.
For more information about NAUMD or the IOY Awards, visit www.naumd.com or call (516) 393-5838.
About Cintas Corporation:
Cintas Corporation helps more than 900,000 businesses of all types and sizes get Ready™ to open their doors with confidence every day by providing a wide range of products and services that enhance our customers’ image and help keep their facilities and employees clean, safe and looking their best. With products and services including uniforms, floor care, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, fire extinguishers and testing, and safety and compliance training, Cintas helps customers get Ready for the Workday™. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
About The Image Apparel Institute
The Image Apparel Institute (IAI) is the producer of the Image of the Year Awards Program, the IAI Summit and is responsible for the development of the Image Apparel Institute Education Tracks presented during the NAUMD Convention & Exposition. The group is also responsible for the Best Practices Webinars and publications focused on the needs and issues facing the Image Apparel Business community. Award recipients have been recognized in such notable outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC and numerous websites and media outlets.
The Image Apparel Institute works to protect the interests of its members through a series of advocacy, education, and public relations campaigns intended to arm them with the tools needed to retain and capture business in a global economy. The institute has authored a number of position papers and has an extensive library of information from which members can further their understanding of the image apparel marketplace. The Image Apparel Institute also conducts a series of professional development seminars, and in conjunction with the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors, hosts an annual convention and exhibition where attendees can source products, learn about the latest trends, and gain practical, image apparel, fabric, sourcing and marketing knowledge to better run their business.