Superdry, Bolongaro Trevor, Barker Shoes and Linda Farrow were among the winners of this year’s UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards, held in London today.
The awards, which are run by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), were set up to recognise excellence in selling overseas.
Barker Shoes, which is celebrating its 130th birthday this year, took the Gold award. The footwear brand and retailer has enjoyed a consistently strong record in exports and has opened two stores in London.
The first Lifetime Achievement trophy was awarded to nightwear brand Derek Rose and the first award for Textiles was given to leather specialist Pittards.
Young fashion retailer and brand Superdry picked up the Contemporary Urban award, vintage sunglasses specialist Linda Farrow took the Accessories prize and the UKFT’s deputy chairman John Wilson took home the Chairman’s Award.
Other winners included luxury womenswear label La Petite Salope, which won the Designer Business Award, LXY Brands, which won the Footwear category, Johnstons Cashmere, which took home the Heritage trophy, and occassionwear label Ariella, which won the High Octane Glamour Award. Lingerie brand Damaris won the Lingerie category.
Bolongaro Trevor, the young fashion brand set up by the founders of All Saints, won the New Exporter Award and accessories brand Lie Down I Think I Love You picked up the Small Business Award.
The UKFT’s deputy director Paul Alger said: “There has been an uplift, particularly among American and Japanese buyers, for UK brands with a strong heritage or with a contemporary, urban feel. This has helped many of our winners to increase their overseas business even in these tough times. Interestingly, some businesses, particularly those with specialist UK production, have a much larger footprint overseas than they do in the UK.”
Drapers’ editor Jessica Brown, the Financial Times’ Nicola Copping and Dolly Jones of Vogue.com were among the judges on a panel chaired by Steve Newbold, managing director of Emap Connect.