The UK Fashion and Textile Association has announced its annual award shortlist, selected by a judging panel that includes designers Henry Holland, Patrick Grant and Harvey Nichols buying director Anita Barr.
Among the nominees are directional young menswear designer Alex Mullins, accessories brand Mi-Pac, luxury womenswear designers Erdem and Teatum Jones, menswear labels Blood Brother and bespoke tailor Timothy Everest and street-style kidswear brand Ruff and Huddle, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the UK industry.
Welsh cashmere sock and knitwear company Corgi Hosiery Ltd, Yorkshire cashmere fabric firm Joshua Ellis & Co and North London womenswear supplier Sourgrape have been nominated for the Let’s Make it Here award, while East London tweed supplier Dashing Tweeds, London bespoke screen printing and dyeing Insley & Nash and Joshua Ellis will compete for the Textile Business award.
The Rise Newcomer award, which supports the next generation of individuals in the fashion and textiles industry, will be contested by menswear designer Alex Mullins, luxury men’s accessories brand Alice Made This, sunglasses brand Finlay & Co, mens’ loungewear and underwear brand Hamilton & Hare and premium menswear brand L’Estrange London.
Alex Begg & Co, luxury womenswear label Huishan Zhang and leather goods brand Troubador Goods will compete in the Exporter category, and backpack brand Mi-Pac, hat label Noel Stewart Millinery and Piers Atkinson will battle it out in the Accessories category.
Erdem, jewellery designer Imogen Belfield and Teatum Jones have been nominated in the Designer Business Award.
The Menswear award category contains Blood Brother, Drake’s and Timothy Everest and Huishan Zhang, ready-to-wear and accessories brand Karl Donoghue and Teatum Jones have been shortlisted in the Womenswear award category.
In the Childrenswear category, The Bonnie Mob will go head to head with Ruff and Huddle and Tootsa MacGinty, while the Lingerie Award will be bestowed on Asceno by Beautiful Bottoms, Olivia Van Halle or Pistol Panties.
The Natwest Outstanding Achievement Award will also be presented on the night, as will the Retailer Award, which recognises an influential retailer, and their support of the UK fashion and textile industry.
Patrick Grant said: “The nice thing about the UKFT Awards is that it isn’t about heaping praise on designers over high-street brands just for the sake of it – it’s a very level playing field and that’s why it’s a good award.”
The awards will take place on May 21 in London, presented by model and presenter Jack Guinness and model Amber Le Bon.