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Young Ideas takes top gong at Drapers Independents Awards

Irving Goodman received the Lifetime Achievement Award at this week’s Drapers Independents Awards, while Derbyshire store Young Ideas picked up two prizes including the coveted Independent Retailer of the Year gong.

The awards, which were held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London today, saw Goodman celebrated for his 65 years in the industry.

Young Ideas also picked up Womenswear Independent of the Year while Joseph Ribkoff won Womenswear Brand of the Year.

Edinburgh store Jane Davidson won Premium Fashion Independent of the Year, with judges describing the business as “an institution”.

Gant scooped Menswear Brand of the Year, while Harrogate retailer Lynx picked up the Menswear Independent of the Year award for its “rock solid, customer-facing business with strong product.”

Marc Cain beat Armani Jeans, Barbour, Paul Smith and Ted Baker to be crowned Premium Fashion Brand of the Year and Little Mistress picked up Young Fashion Brand of the Year.

Cornwall-based Ann’s Cottage Surf Shops took home Lifestyle Independent of the year and Young Fashion Independent of the Year was picked up by Aberdeen’s Concept Clothing, which judges praised for being “active in the community and ambitious in a competitive year.”

Brothers Dave and Barry Conaghan were awarded Best Independent Multichannel Operator for their store Chocolate Clothing in Northern Ireland, with judges praising their “constantly evolving” business model.

Fashion Agency or Distributor of the year was claimed by London-based agent Chiltern Street Studios.

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