NAUMD Announces 2019 Image of the Year Award® Winners

Competition honors best dressed businesses in North America; Delta Airlines named “Best of the Best”

2019 Transportation/People and Best of the Best Winner, Delta Airlines, manufactured by Lands' End (Photo: Lands' End Business Outfitters)

OMAHA, Neb.--()--The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) announces the Image of the Year Award® winners for the best dressed businesses and apparel programs in North America. The industry’s highest achievement, the awards recognize the most fashionable, forward-thinking and innovative apparel designs and the companies that manufacture them.

Ten companies received the best dressed nod, with Delta Airlines also winning the prestigious “Best of the Best” award, which spans across all categories. The award-winning look, created by renowned designer Zac Posen and brought to life by Lands’ End Business Outfitters, includes dresses, suiting, outerwear and accessories. Lands' End incorporated innovative features like high-stretch fabrics for improved comfort and movement; wrinkle- and stain-resistance for easy care, water repellant and windproof fabrics to keep wearers dry and comfortable; anti-microbial finishes to help keep fabrics fresh; anti-static to minimize cling and moisture-wicking properties to help keep team members fresh and comfortable throughout the day.

The 2019 Image of the Year Award® winners by category are:

  • Entertainment Venues: Fast Furious Supercharged, created by Universal Orlando
  • Gaming: MGM Springfield, created by Cintas
  • Healthcare: ImageFirst- Healthcare Laundry Specialists, created by Superior Group of Companies
  • Hotels - Single Location: Sea Island Resort, created by Cintas
  • Hotels - Multiple Locations: Hyatt Regency, created by Cintas
  • Restaurants – Single Location: CityWalk Cinnabon, created by Universal Orlando
  • Restaurants – Multiple Locations: Boston Pizza, created by Unisync Group Limited
  • Service/Industrial: Huntington Bank, created by Twin Hill
  • Transportation – People, and Best of the Best: Delta Airlines, created by Lands' End
  • Transportation – Products: Republic Services, created by Cintas

Since 1978, the IOY Awards have honored 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 April 9th during the association's 2019 Annual Convention, held in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency. 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 1932. 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. 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


Steve Zalkin