NatWest UKFT Awards 2014

Just before I left for the Philippines, the judges for the NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards met to discuss this year’s entries. After a day spent going through all the companies with the proverbial toothcomb we (Hilary Alexander, Laura Weir, Sunday Time Style; Alexandra Fullerton, Stylist; Peter Ackroyd MBE, Woolmark Company; Heather Melville, NatWest; Graeme Moran, Drapers, and myself) produced our shortlist for each category.

We were looking not only for excellence in design and creativity, but evidence of commercial performance and innovation that had allowed the entrants to grow over the past 12 months despite difficult economic conditions. (There is one award we don’t judge: the winner of the MyDaily UKFT Designer Collaboration Award is decided by a public vote via www.mydaily.co.uk (voting open until 31st March).)

The shortlist comprises:

MyDaily UKFT Designer Collaboration Award 
Eudon Choi for River Island Design Forum
Isabel Marant for H&M
Liberty X Nike
Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop
Oscar de la Renta for the OUTNET

UKFT Rise Award
Hentsch Man
Native Youth
Okun Beachwear

UKFT Accessories Award
Alex Monroe
Drake’s
Simon Carter

Smart Currency UKFT Exporter Award
Ariella
Luxury Fabrics
Penrose London

UKFT Textile Award
Abraham Moon & Sons
Litmans
Vanners

CapitB UKFT Let’s Make it Here Award
Insley & Nash
Milliken European Airbag Products
Vanners

UKFT Designer Business Award
Damaris
House of Holland
Matthew Miller

UKFT Brand Award – Menswear
Christopher Raeburn
Luke Roper
Oliver Spencer

UKFT Brand Award – Womenswear
House of Holland
Little Mistress
Margaret Howell

UKFT Brand Award – Childrenswear
Angel’s Face
Emile et Rose
Kite Clothing

UKFT Brand Award – Lingerie & Beachwear
Beautiful Bottoms London
Curvy Kate
Olivia von Halle

The UKFT Retailer Award and NatWest UKFT Outstanding Achievement Award winners will be announced at the gala evening, which will take place at East London’s Tobacco Dock on 22nd May 2014.

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