Canadian Retailer - Holiday 2016 - 8
Albert "Aldo" Bensadoun honoured for a lifetime of influence in the fashion footwear industry.
Montreal-based international shoe retailer Aldo Shoes founder
Albert "Aldo" Bensadoun recognized for a career of excellence in
the fashion footwear industry
BY SEAN C. TARRY
THE Footwear News Achievement Awards (FNAA) were held recently in New York City to honour the very best in the world of
fashion footwear. The annual event-often referred to as the "Shoe
Oscars"-boasted attendees the likes of Kanye West, Blake Lively
and Serena Williams. And this year, Albert Bensadoun, founder of
Aldo Shoes, took home a Lifetime Achievement award for his work
and influence in the fashion footwear industry.
The recognition is a real honour for Bensadoun, who receives
the same award other iconic, world-renowned shoe designers like
Manolo Blahnik and Stuart Weitzman have won.
"I feel humble to be recognized," he said speaking to the Economic Times. "It's nice to be recognized by the world and the shoe
industry. It's fantastic!"
Being recognized for incredible fashion sense and ingenuity is
nothing new to Aldo, however. Celebrities all over the world have
been wearing Aldo styles for years. In fact, the Prime Minister of
Canada Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wears
Aldo shoes, as does the outgoing President of the United States,
Barrack Obama-things which are not lost on Bensadoun.
"We have a lot of fashion influencers and artists who love the brand.
The younger crowd is very into the brand. It's a big compliment."
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Another Aldo wearer, Diane J. Brisebois,
President and CEO of Retail Council of Canada, also commented on Bensadoun's honour.
"I think it's an amazing achievement for Aldo
to have been recognized in this manner," she
said. "Albert and Aldo Shoes are both iconic
symbols of everything that is great about retail
and Canada. Aldo personifies entrepreneurship, creativity, business acumen and style-the
entire industry joins us in applauding this great
man and this great brand."
This year's edition of the FNAAs was the
30th anniversary of the awards presentation.
In addition to honouring Aldo Bensadoun, it
also recognized Rihanna for her Fenty Puma
Creeper for Shoe of the Year, Gucci and Schutz
for Brands of the Year and Manolo Blahnik x
Vetements as Collaboration of the Year. Bergdorf Goodman fashion maven Linda Fargo
and famed Italian designer Rene Caovilla
were inducted into the Hall of Fame.