The winners of this year’s Boutique Star Awards 2023 were announced last night at a stylish party at London’s May Fair Hotel. Over 100 guests attended the event including boutique owners, brand founders, agents and their teams.
Guests enjoyed a drinks reception and posed for photos next to an illuminated ‘BSA’ letter installation. After sitting down for a sumptuous three-course dinner in the hotel’s stunning Crystal Room, television presenter Hayley Sparkes took to the stage to crown the winners of 16 different categories.
This year’s winners included Domino Style for Fashion Independent of the Year, Young Ideas for Independent Group of the Year and Doodie Stark for Creative VM Independent of the Year. Kiti was also crowned Social Media Strategy of the Year while MinimuMaximum took home the award for New Independent of the Year sponsored by City Goddess. Both Young Ideas’ founder Anne Wright and Velvet and Rose’s Shirley Leader were crowned joint winners of the Community Hero of the Year award.
Supplier awards meanwhile went to Pomodoro for British Brand of the Year, Claire Hill Designs for Accessories/ Footwear Brand of the Year and Orientique for International Brand of the Year. Three special awards were also presented to Renes Fashion for Outstanding Business, Jan Shutt for Lifetime Achievement and Jen Shutter for Newcomer sponsored by City Goddess (full list below).
The Boutique magazine team took to the stage to thank category sponsor City Goddess as well as all the attendees for their support. In a speech, publisher Julie Neill said the annual awards evening is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the industry and acknowledge all the retailers and brands that continue to thrive and inspire in our continuing challenging times.
This year’s winners were all selected by an esteemed judging panel of industry experts including Sass and Edge owners Rachel Hunt and Sally Gott, The Resilient Retail Club founder Catherine Erdly, Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre, fashion agency founder Diane Sykes and Boutique magazine editor Gemma Ward.
The Boutique Star Awards first launched in 2019 to celebrate independent fashion retailers and their suppliers.
FULL WINNERS LIST
Creative VM Independent of the Year
Accessories/ Footwear Brand of the Year
Claire Hill Designs
Fashion Agency of the Year
The Brand Ambassadors
Social Media Strategy of the Year sponsored by City Goddess
Fashion Distributor of the Year
Independent Group of the Year
Female Founded Brand of the Year
New Independent Retailer of the Year sponsored by City Goddess
Highly commended: JB and Boom
International Brand of the Year
Newcomer sponsored by City Goddess
Jen Shutter, Hyve Group
British Brand of the Year
Sustainable Brand of the Year
Community Hero of the Year
Anne Wright, Young Ideas
Shirley Leader, Velvet and Rose
Fashion Independent of the Year
Jan Shutt, Sunday Best