BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor for World Liberty TV
Phyllis began her career as a sales manager at the retail chain CIGNAL, a division of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises at their upscale Great Neck, New York location.
From there she was hired as an Associate Buyer for The Fur Vault personally picked by Mr. Fred Schwartz (“Fred the Furrier”). Her sales at its Westbury, New York store exceeded all store branches earning her the title of “Million Dollar Baby”.
In 1989, Phyllis transitioned to the Fashion Footwear Industry when Mr. Dick Jacobson, its President & CEO offered her a position at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). She was hired as an Account Executive and swiftly moved up the ranks and promoted to Executive Vice President by the Board of Directors.
Phyllis not only spearheaded the association’s showcases, she was intimately involved in its philanthropic endeavors. In 2014 she was awarded the prestigious Recognition of Outstanding Commitment and Dedication Award by FFANY and the Fashion Footwear Industry.
FSNYE’s mission is to support and preserve the footprint and the vibe of the Shoe Shows in NYC during “FFANY” Market Week. FSNYE is a recognized management company that produces hotel shoe shows during “FFANY” Market Week.
FSNYE organizes and produces a networking platform for buyers and sellers in the shoe industry. Promoting a consistent & vibrant marketplace two times a year in June and December. Shopping the collections and latest trends under one roof makes it efficient and easy to do business in NYC.
Discover new brands, visit with industry partners, and get the first look at the latest footwear trends. Four weeks of FFANY Market Week each year bring together independent store owners, boutique buyers, department store merchants, and industry press in New York City, the heart of the fashion footwear industry.
Some of the Shoe brands that exhibited included: Alegria Shoes • ALL BLACK • ALL BLACK Handbags • ALL BLACK Italia • Amalfi by Rangoni • Angel Footwear • Angelsoft Shoes • ASH • AZALEA WANG • Beautiisoles by Robyn Shreiber • Bertier Shoes • Blackstone Shoes • Brit Footwear • Calzaturificio Dolcast srl • Calzaturificio • Sab Shoes srl • Camper • Calzaturificio Victor srl • Chie Mihara • Cougar Shoes • Edition Bags & Wallets • Evox • Freedom of Movement • Gabor • Grace Belts & Wallets • Haflinger • Handmade Leather Ties by WEEF • Handstitched Bags by Seventyfour • Highline United LLC • Hopewell Footwear • In-Sport Fashions • IMBOX Protection • Italian Shoemakers • Jean Laurant • Jodam Manufacturers • Johnston & Murphy • Johnston & Murphy Collection • Johnston & Murphy Women’s • Jon Josef • Katy Perry Footwear • Kingston • L37 Handmade Shoes • Lamo • Lamo Sheepskin • Loft37 Sp. z o.o. • Makar “Heels Reimagined” • Marie Vigue Official • Minnetonka Moccasin • Mono Footwear • NDSS Trading • Nikkita Footwear • Nottingheels • NTH Global SDN BHD • Oneofeach • Oomphies • Pink Flamingo • Rangoni America • ROK N ROLL by Alegria • S2 Showroom NYC • Saint&Summer • Sanctuary • Seven 7 Footwear • Seventyfour Leather • Storm by Cougar • SAFLEC • Studio Mihara • Teplov Shoes • Terhi Pölkki • Terhi Pölkki Mens • Think! • Valentina Rangoni • Veldskoen Shoes • VOIT 1922 • VOIT USA • WEEF| Handmade Leather Ties • Zambezi Grace.
It was a truly a great 3 days of showcase of some of the best, shoes, for men and women, every style you can think of was on display. South African had a huge representation at the show, bringing wonderful designs of shows, never seen before in the USA. They had wonderful designer bags made from cow leather and sustainable recycled materials. One of the designers showed us a picture with Idris Alba, superstar actor, wearing his shoes.
A cocktail took place at the end of first day, where people drank Champagne and sipped on wine and networked amongst themselves, the Cocktail hour was sponsored by The South African Consulate here in New York.
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