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Editor's Comment: Celebrating the very best of British fashion retail

Keely Stocker

The Drapers Awards acknowledge and applaud the best of British fashion retail. This year, it was indeed a night to remember.

Now in their 26th year, the Drapers Awards honour the greats of fashion retailing.

We gathered more than 800 individuals from the fashion industry at Old Billingsgate in London to celebrate the very best the fashion industry has to offer.

The sector is facing a time of uncertainty and 2016 has by no mean been easy. However, despite all that this year has presented, we’ve seen some fantastic achievements in fashion.

Now is a time that we must look at the opportunities, innovate and surprise. Great product, seamless operations and fantastic customer service build the foundation of any fashion business persevering through difficult trading conditions.

From categories such as Best Place to Work, Best Store Design and the CSR award to the more general Fashion Retail Business of the Year awards ranging from £30m to £500m+ turnover, each highlights what it takes to stand out from the crowd.

I must thank our esteemed panel of judges, who gave up their time to look through each shortlisted entry and, after much debate, choose the final winners. I would also like to thank our sponsors and supporters, without whom this event could not happen.

The Drapers Awards recognise the top-performing and most innovative businesses in the fashion sector alongside the people that work in them, pushing boundaries and achieving greatness. It’s a time to remember what makes this industry great.

Drapers Awards 2016 judges

  • Adrian Mountford Managing director, Pep & Co
  • Beth Butterwick CEO, Karen Millen
  • Ed Connolly Fashion and beauty buying director, John Lewis
  • Jo Jenkins Director of womenswear, lingerie and beauty, Marks & Spencer
  • Liz Evans CEO, Oasis and Warehouse
  • Nigel Oddy CEO, House of Fraser
  • Paul Finucane Group stores and trading director, Harvey Nichols
  • Peter Ruis CEO, Jigsaw
  • Richard Price CEO, F&F
  • Terry Betts Head of business development, Thread
  • Wendy Hallett Founder and managing director Hallett Retail – The Concessions People, Hallett Retail Logistics and



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