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Buyer/Buying Team of the Year: Mark Bage and the buying team, Sarah Coggles, 91-93 Low Petergate, York

Brands include Acne, Belstaff, Bolongaro Trevor, Comme des Garçons, D&G, Diesel, Paul Smith

Mark Bage and his Sarah Coggles buying team know exactly what they are looking for and have an unrivalled knowledge of both commercial and niche brands from around the world. Bage and his team continually research new brands, attending trade shows such as Margin in London, Capsule in New York and Pitti Uomo in Florence as well as constantly attending industry networking events and scouring just about anywhere for the next big thing. Sarah Coggles stocks more than 200 brands, which are split evenly between menswear and womenswear. Every season about 20% of the stock comes from new brands. Any brand that has not performed is dropped, ensuring that each seasonal mix is always fresh. A unique product range also helps attract a global audience to the York retailer’s Coggles.com website.

Finalists

Highly commended

1. Martyn Sole

Infinities, PO Box 325, Congleton

Brands includeBarbour, Evisu, Firetrap, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren

Martyn Sole has exceptional buying experience having founded Infinities almost 20 years ago. He has kept his finger on the pulse by scouring the world’s trade shows and looking closer to home at what young men on the football terraces are wearing.

2. Anthony O’Hagan

Camp Hopson, Northbrook Street, Newbury

Brands include Crew, Gant, Hackett, Jaeger, Lacoste, Ted Baker

Anthony O’Hagan has worked for Newbury indie department store Camp Hopson for 36 years. He knows the store’s demographic inside out but is not afraid to move the offer on with new brands while ensuring he caters for its loyal customers.

3. Helen Spencer

John Lewis

Brands include Elle Macpherson, Fantasie, Freya, Myla, Wonderbra

Helen Spencer has been credited with introducing a boutique lingerie assortment to John Lewis’s offer featuring brands like Stella McCartney, Myla and Mimi Holliday, as well as growing the department store’s own-brand offer.

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