Drapers Inspiring Independents Awards 2013
The Drapers Inspiring Independents Awards are an unmissable date for both industry and consumers. It’s an event that sets the trend for 2013.
Monday 11th February, trade magazine Drapers, in partnership with Pure London, awarded the 100 most inspiring retailers of the country, congratulating those who made the list as they were chosen by their peers.
The event was held at the 6th floor of 99, Kensington High Street in The Roof Gardens; it was a parade of amazing outfits, sky-high heels and extravagant matches and combinations; the room was full of creative people who set the trends instead of following them.
Two screens plugged into a laptop showed live comments tweeted by the guests themselves.
At 8pm, Editor-in-Chief Caroline Nodder, stood on the stage and announced the first ten positions of the list. She said: “The retailers here tonight are the heart of this industry. Drapers will always champion you. The reason why you are here is that you peers choose you, not us. For this reason you should be even prouder.”
Miss Nodder and her Deputy Chief Ana Santi announced the names together: the top ten is a mixture of older retailers and newer activities.
Julian and Rhona Blades (eighth place) opened their first Jules B store in 1985, a skilful management lead to an increasing profits margin during the crisis. Another regular name is Steve Cochrane – in the industry for the past 30 years – and the owner of Psyche (fifth place) is dedicated especially to young fashion. New entry Black and White Denim (fourth place) owned by Jo Davies, had a massive impact on the market in a very short period, Davies opened the shop in 2010.
Deryane Tadd made the first place with her shop The Dressing Room; she was welcomed on the stage and said few words. Tadd had an amazing year committed to the growth of her activity through bringing new products in the store and relying on a new and more efficient website.
At the end, Miss Nodder invited the crowd to keep enjoying the party and take a magazine to check which position their shops made.
Photos: Monica Guerrasio