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IMAGE GALLERY: Johnstons of Elgin triumph at UKFT Export Awards

Boxfresh, Johnstons of Elgin and Asos were among the winners of this year’s UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards, held in London yesterday.

The awards, which are run by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), were set up to recognise excellence in selling overseas.

Scottish cashmere and woollen brand Johnstons of Elgin scooped the top award, the Gold Award, which is given to UK companies who boast a long standing record of export success, with export of major importance to their profitability.

In the last two years Johnstons of Elgin has grown export sales significantly due to increased global demand.  There has been particular growth in China, where there is an appreciation of British taste and style from luxury consumers.

Group managing director James Dracup said: “We are very proud of the fact that we make sought after luxury products in the UK for some of the most dynamic brands in our sector internationally, create employment within our local communities and demonstrate that textile manufacturing in the UK has a bright future. “ 

Additional winners from the awards were footwear brand Butterfly Twists, which won the New Exporter trophy. Yorkshire-born designer Karl Donoghue won the Great Brit award for his collections which use shearlings, leathers and furs, Mary Katrantzou was named winner of the Designer Business category.

Streetwear brand Boxfresh picked up the Brand of the Year award, after acquiring fans of the brand in Europe and Asia. Premium accessories brand Alex Begg & Co won the Textiles Award with Asos scooping the Retailer/Etailer category as it launched to shoppers worldwide over the last 12 months.

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