Dune was crowned Multiple of the Year for the second year running at the Drapers Footwear Awards 2015 tonight (June 4) as Ted Baker picked up two awards for Men’s Fashion Brand and International Business of the Year.
Judges praised Dune for its international expansion, “superb” product and sound business operation.
During the ceremony at London’s Tower Bridge, Don McCarthy’s contribution to footwear, which spanned companies including Kurt Geiger, Shoe Studio and House of Fraser, was recognised with the Drapers Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Best New Business Award, sponsored by Gabor, was won by sandal brand Solillas, while Joseph Cheaney picked up Best Store Design of the Year for its Jermyn Street shop.
Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Pentland, was awarded to Cheshire-based Shoetique, which was praised for its strong online business. Meanwhile the Footwear Pure-play or Multichannel Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Mocks, went to Schuh.
River Island won Best Footwear Offer in a Fashion Multiple or Department store, while Best Innovation in Footwear went to slipper brand Mahabis.
Iris van Herpen for United Nude picked up Footwear Designer of the Year, sponsored by Schuh. Kids Brand of the Year Winner went to Kickers.
Mainstream Men’s Brand of the Year was awarded to Timberland while the women’s counterpart went to Skechers. Women’s Fashion Brand of the Year went to trainer label Superga.
This year also marked the launch of Draper’s Graduate of the Year Award in partnership with CAT Footwear, which was awarded to Tobias Rush for his design of a hybrid sneaker-inspired outdoor boot called Colorado Sneakerboot.