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Shortlisted brands vie for UKFT Export Awards

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) this week confirmed the finalists for its annual UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards, which celebrate excellence in international trade across the industry.

This year’s finalists include contemporary brand Bolongaro Trevor, jewellery and accessories label Fiona Paxton and ethical kidswear label Kite Kids, which have all been shortlisted for New Exporter of the Year.

Knitwear label Eribé, accessories brand Lie Down I Think I Love You and lingerie label Pistol Panties all made the grade for the Small Business of the Year shortlist.

Pistol Panties was also shortlisted for Lingerie Exporter of the Year, alongside Damaris and Lascivious.

Elsewhere, the Alan Paine, Baracuta and Johnstons labels are the finalists in the Heritage category, while Alan Hannah, Anna Scholz and Ariella Fashions made the cut in the High Octane Glamour category.

LXY Brands, which owns the Strutt Couture label, was shortlisted alongside casual footwear brand Esska and Miss L Fire, which also owns the Shellys young fashion footwear brand, in the Footwear Exporter of the Year category.

Jewellery brands Alex Monroe and Anna Lou of London and sunglasses brand Linda Farrow are the Accessories Exporter of the Year finalists.

The Textiles Exporter Award shortlist comprises cashmere specialist Begg of Scotland, wool weaver Marling & Evans and leather supplier Pittards.

Winners of the Contemporary Urban, Designer and Gold Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony, which takes place on May 13 at the Landmark Hotel in London. The event, which attracted a record number of entries this year, will be attended by Princess Anne and hosted by actress Joanna Lumley. Tickets cost £140 for UKFT members and £170 for non-members.

Paul Alger, deputy director of UKFT said: “Even during a recession, there are some great export stories, which confirms that those businesses that have a unique product range, great organisational structure and well-executed marketing strategies can deliver increased sales and market share. The weak pound and strong euro has helped this, so too has a return to quality and a renewed interest in sourcing from the UK.  As last year, the judges saw an impressive number of applications from companies that have established themselves as the best in their field and have developed over the past three years to become significant international players.”

Carol Bagnald, regional commercial director for London at HSBC, which sponsors the Gold Award, added: “These awards recognise the hard work and commitment of UK exporters in this innovative and exciting industry. We are working with fashion and textile businesses in the capital, and across the UK, to help them make the most of the recovery and believe that trading internationally can help British businesses to get ahead in the current climate.”

For more information about the awards, email paul.alger@ukft.org.

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