Primark scoops top gong at Drapers Fashion Awards
Primark scooped the top gong at the Drapers Fashion Awards, while its founder Arthur Ryan was recognised for his contribution to the industry.
Credited with reinventing the value sector, Primark’s notoriously media-shy founder Ryan took home the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award, while the company he set up was crowned Larger Multiple of the Year.
The awards, which were attended by 900 from across the fashion retail industry, took place at Grosvenor House on Wednesday (November 21).
Young fashion chain River Island won Retailer of the Year as voted for by the readers of InStyle magazine.
The chain fought off tough competition from nominees including Zara, Cos, Reiss, Topshop, Whistles, H&M and Warehouse in the first ever collaboration between Drapers and InStyle.
Asos picked up a duo of awards, taking home both Growing Retailer of the Year and Larger Etailer of the Year.
Bag specialist Cambridge Satchel Company picked up the Smaller Etailer of the Year Award.
Independent retailers flew the flag for the high street, with London indie Trunk Clothiers scooping Premium Retailer of the Year and Dorset indie Yard winning Best New Business of the Year.
Young Fashion Brand went to Little Mistress, with Barbour taking the Menswear title. Womenswear Brand of the Year went to Selected Femme.
Other notable winners on the night included luxury British brand Burberry, which won the gong for International Retailer of the Year.
Drapers editor Caroline Nodder said: “Winning a Drapers Fashion Award is a real mark of excellence, and our winners this year have been judged by a panel of the fashion trade’s biggest names so they should be especially proud of themselves and their teams for that fantastic achievement.”