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Harris Tweed and Raeburn win UKFT awards

Harris Tweed Hebrides picked up two of the top gongs at this year’s NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards, as Christopher Raeburn was named Designer of the Year.

Raeburn, who won the UKFT’s Rising Star Award in 2011, beat off the competition to take the award “not only for his continued commercial success in the UK and abroad, but also for his unique and innovative approach to fashion design”, judges said. Scarf and textiles designer Emma J Shipley picked up this year’s Rising Star Award.

Harris Tweed Hebrides won Textile Business of the Year and UK Manufacturer of the Year, in recognition of its “beautifully crafted fabrics made in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides”.

Luxury department store Liberty won Retailer of the Year, owing to its support of quality British collections, while Ted Baker was named Brand of the Year.

TV presenter Fearne Cotton’s range with Very scooped the Best Celebrity Design Collaboration.

Meanwhile, The Cambridge Satchel Company – which has already snared a Drapers Footwear & Accessories Award this year – won Exporter of the Year after strong international growth.

Nadja Swarovski of the eponymous crystals business collected the Outstanding Achievement Award for her “exceptional contribution to the fashion industry”.

The awards were presented yesterday by Princess Anne, who is also president of UKFT, in London’s One Mayfair.

UKFT chief executive John Miln said the winners’ talent, creativity and innovation was “truly inspiring”.

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