The winners of this year’s Drapers Independents Awards, which recognise the best independent retailers, brands and agencies across the UK and Ireland, were revealed at a ceremony in London today.
Accent Clothing in Leeds took home the gong for Menswear Independent of the Year, while denim boutique Son of a Stag was highly commended in this category. Courtyard in Guildford won Womenswear Independent of the Year, sponsored by Frank Lyman Design.
Alnwick-based menswear independent Hotspur 1364 scooped the award for Best Customer Experience, which was judged this year on both the entry forms and an independent mystery shopping exercise.
The Edit in Hale won Best Store Design for its elegant, monochrome palette, while Best Multichannel Operation, sponsored by Lightspeed, went to Henmores.
Menswear indie Master Debonair in East Boldon was named Best New Business. Womenswear boutique The Square in Monmouth, Wales, was highly commended in this category.
Niche Fashion Retailer of the Year went to Edinburgh lingerie retailer Odyssey Boutique, with nearby bridal shop Rachel Scott Couture highly commended for the second consecutive year.
The award for Lifestyle Independent of the Year, which recognises those retailers with a mix of fashion and lifestyle products, sponsored by Trouva, went to 32 The Guild. DressWise came away with Young Fashion Independent of the Year.
In the brand categories, Menswear Brand of the Year went to Marc Darcy, while Womenswear Brand of the Year was scooped by Collectif.
Paul’s Boutique won Accessories Brand of the Year, and Fantasie took home the accolade for Lingerie Brand of the Year. Just Consultancies won Agency or Distributor of the Year.
The award for Lifetime Achievement went to Mrs B, or Joan Burstein, honorary chairman of London designer independent Browns.