NAUMD Announces 2018 Image of the Year Award Winners

 Annual competition honors best apparel programs in North America;

Air Canada named “Best of the Best”


2018 Best of the Best Winner: Air Canada, Designed by Christopher Bates and Manufactured by Unisync


March 28, 2018 04:10 PM Eastern Daylight Time


  1. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) announces the Image of the Year (IOY) Award winners for the best apparel programs in North America. The industry’s highest achievement, the awards recognize the most fashionable, forward-thinking and innovative commercial apparel designs.

“Apparel designs have a significant impact on how a customer views a business, and can make a substantial difference in customer retention, which is why so many companies are investing in programs that enhance their brand”

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Ten companies received the best dressed nod, with Air Canada also winning the prestigious “Best of the Best” award, which spans across all categories. The award-winning look, designed by Christopher Bates and developed and manufactured by Unisync, brings the brand to life through a fully coordinated clothing collection. Standout items include tailored suiting and dresses colored in black and charcoal, signature dress shirts, custom designed 100% silk print ties and scarves, and signature Air Canada red belts and handbags.

The winners by category are:

  • Entertainment Venues: Universal Orlando, created by Universal Orlando
  • Gaming: Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, created by Unisync Group Limited
  • Healthcare: Fresenius Kidney Care, created by Fashion Seal Healthcare
  • Hotels – Single Location: InterContinental Washington, DC, The Wharf, created by Cintas/Fourmy
  • Hotels – Multiple Locations: Moxy Hotel, created by Cintas/Fourmy
  • Restaurants – Single Location: Robert Irvine’s Public House, created by Cintas/Fourmy
  • Restaurants – Multiple Locations: McDonald’s, created by Twin Hill & Way to Be
  • Service/Industrial: Mercedes-Benz, created by Aramark Uniform Service
  • Transportation – People, and Best of the Best: Air Canada, created by Unisync Group Limited
  • Transportation – Products: Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., created by Cintas

Since 1978, the IOY Awards have honored the image apparel programs and the organizations, manufacturers and distributors that have created them. Winning this award shows that these organizations have mastered the concept of fashion and function using the best image and brand projection planning. Specifically designed to assist in identifying staff professionals, image apparel can also extend a company’s brand, increase safety, enhance interior décor and improve employee morale.

“Apparel designs have a significant impact on how a customer views a business, and can make a substantial difference in customer retention, which is why so many companies are investing in programs that enhance their brand,” said Steve Zalkin, NAUMD president. “The IOY awards recognize the businesses that have made employee appearance and guest satisfaction a priority to create a competitive edge in their markets.”

NAUMD honored its award recipients last night during the association’s 2018 Annual Convention, held in St. Louis, MO, at the Marriott Grand. For more information about the NAUMD or the IOY Awards, visit, or email Steve Zalkin,


The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors (NAUMD) has served as the voice of the uniform and image apparel industries since 1933. Its 500+ members include manufacturers, designers, producers, and retailers of uniforms, as well as those who produce products and services for the industry at large.

The NAUMD 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 association has authored a number of position papers and has an extensive library of information from which members can further their understanding of the uniform marketplace. NAUMD also hosts an annual convention and trade show where attendees can source products, learn about trends, and gain practical, take-home knowledge to better run their business.


Steve Zalkin, 402-639-0498


UNISYNC Receives NAUMD “Best of Best” Overall Design Award for New Air Canada Image Apparel Program

Unisync Update on Alaska Airlines New Custom Uniforms

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – February 01, 2018) – Unisync Corp. (TSX VENTURE: UNI)

Alaska Airlines unveiled on January 18th at its SeaTac Hanger its new custom uniforms collection, which will be manufactured by Unisync Group Limited (“Unisync Group”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Unisync Corp. The design, which has been more than two years in the making, will clad 19,000 Alaska, Virgin America and Horizon Air uniformed employees starting in late 2019. Unisync Group was selected as Alaska Airlines’ new uniform partner in mid 2016 and has been working extensively with Alaska Airlines and Seattle-based designer Luly Yang on the project. The unveiling included a fashion show with employee models walking the runway, showcasing over 90 garments and accessories to thousands of employees. “Luly’s designs perfectly capture our fresh, West Coast vibe and we’re absolutely thrilled with the collection. Unisync has delivered on making a high quality product and their added depth of knowledge and experience only gives us that much more confidence in our ability to deliver a successful program to our employees” said Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing.

The new custom uniform program is scheduled to officially rollout starting late 2019 where Unisync Group will be responsible for all aspects of the program including manufacturing, quality, safety, inventory planning, online ordering, customer service, and warehouse and distribution. “Unisync Group is thrilled to be the selected partner of Alaska Airlines” said Michael Smith, Unisync’s senior vice president of service and supply chain. “Unisync has worked hard to position itself as a leader and innovator to the airline industry with a focus on service, safety and transparency for our customers. The entire team here is truly excited at the opportunity to work with Alaska and Luly on this project.”

Alaska Airlines will also be one of the few custom uniform programs worldwide to adhere to the industry-leading safety program STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. The STANDARD 100 BY OEKO-TEX® is one of the most progressive textile standards in the world and is known for ensuring that textiles are free of potentially harmful substances and allergens. STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® ensures that substances used in textile production of a garment meet or exceed global safety standards; it also requires suppliers gain certification to produce each garment component, down to the color, material, thread and dyes.

“We have the trifecta of excellence in our uniform partners,” said Ann Ardizzone, vice president strategic sourcing and supply chain for Alaska Airlines. “We knew that the unique combination of Luly’s vision, in partnership with the discipline and depth of Unisync and OEKO-TEX, would yield great things. By building safety into the sourcing of materials and applying that standard throughout the process, we’re able to deliver a uniform that not only looks beautiful, but is safe for our employees.”

The uniforms made their official debut Monday, January 22nd, with 130 employee wear testers — flight attendants, pilots, customer service agents and lounge employees — putting the uniforms through their paces for the next 60 days.

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