Ray Kelvin, Ted Baker founder and “the closest man to Ted”, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list along with Katherine Hamnett, Alice Temperley, Beatrix Ong, Tanya Sarne and Wendy Dagworthy.
Kelvin, who was awarded a CBE, said in a statement: “I am absolutely thrilled to be receiving this honour and am extremely proud of what has been achieved by the teams at Ted Baker over the years. I would like to recognise the input of the many hundreds of different people over these last 30 years and the way that help has aided my career, its development and the success of the brand. Ted Baker has been, along with my family, my enduring passion and commercial focus since 1988.”
Kelvin added: “I learnt so much from my parents about managing a fashion business from working in the family business as a youngster and would like to thank my beloved parents for their unswerving and generous support in the intervening years. My recently departed mum would have loved this occasion and I know they’re all looking down at me with real pride right now. This one’s not an ‘ology’ mum…”
“Tomorrow is another day and I’ll be back to the shop floor concentrating on doing what we do best, making our customers happy.”
Meanwhile Katherine Hamnett, who is perhaps best known for her political and environmental campaigning through her controversial slogan T-shirts - she famously wore a T-shirt with the slogan ‘58% Don’t Want Pershing’ to meet then prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s - was also recognised with a CBE.
Alice Temperley, founder of Temperley London, will also receive an MBE. Temperley recently confirmed plans to return from New York to show her catwalk at London Fashion Week in February.
Footwear designer Beatrix Ong is also awarded an MBE.
Designer Tanya Sarne, who set up Ghost and who now owns contemporary womenwear label Handwritten, will collect an OBE.
Wendy Dagworthy, the head of London’s Royal College of Art’s fashion program, also collects an OBE.