NY NOW announces 2019 Legacy Award winner

Emerald Expositions, the organizers of NY NOW, announced that Ron Robinson is the winner of the NY NOW Legacy Award. This award is given for the recognition of a lifetime of dedication and contributions made in our industry. Nominations were submitted by friends, colleagues and retailers, and the winner chosen by top industry retailers and designers.

In 1978, Ron Robinson, Inc. opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue, and has grown exponentially ever since. Recognized as one of the original pioneers involved in the Fred Segal brand’s growth, Robinson found it to be the perfect time to take his knowledge and expertise and build on the traditions he had learned, as well as make some of his own. Since then, his stores have continually changed the face of shopping and fashion!

Today, Ron Robinson boutiques are located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles since 1978, and on Fifth Street in Santa Monica as the Flagship location. In the late 70's, Robinson started with a men's casual sportswear store then grew to offer a variety of hard-to-find labels spanning from local L.A. designers to unique Japanese and international brands. He expanded with a beauty boutique that he named APOTHIA (a blend of the words "apothecary" and "utopia") and a children's fashion store named LIFESIZE. Robinson's desire to cultivate a shopping experience with key lifestyle and design items - the fashion you live with - created StylObjects.

In 2000, Ron Robinson launched a signature fragrance, IF, for the APOTHIA store. The success of IF perfume led Robinson to expand and create APOTHIA Los Angeles, a line of fine fragrances and award-winning interior aromatics. Today APOTHIA Los Angeles has spread worldwide, continuing to build a global brand of world-class items based on Ron Robinson's tradition of quality and style.

"I see the fashion and good design in all product categories as a form of communication and expression - it is in many respects the ultimate personal point of view,” said Ron Robinson. He continued, “for me, being a retailer means providing people the tools to express who they are, which is incredibly exciting. I want to procure and present the elite of design in a dynamic, organic environment; I want to curate cool. More than anything, I love the history and loyalty that we experience from the shoppers who continue to turn to us, for what's unique and chic!" “I love to blend my knowledge of yesterday with the innovations and creativity of today and tomorrow, developing an ethos - Old World Values & New World Vision. I think it's significant to do so, especially in today's world."

Robinson will be recognized at the first NY NOW Awards Party on Monday, August 12. Register for the NY NOW summer market and join in the celebration.

Originally posted Tuesday, Jul. 30, 2019