Boutique Star Awards to launch in celebration of independent retailers and individuals

Boutique magazine is launching its own independent fashion retail awards to celebrate the success of indies, suppliers and individuals.

The Boutique Star Awards will be open to all fashion and lifestyle independents around the country operating bricks-and-mortar businesses as well as brands and industry insiders. It is the only awards of its kind in the UK and will highlight the triumphs of fashion indies while giving recognition of their hard work and achievements.

Retailers will be able to enter six different categories to be in with a chance of receiving an award. Accolades on offer include: Womenswear Independent of the Year, Independent Group of the Year, Occasionwear Specialist of the Year, Creative Visual Merchandising Independent of the Year, Social Media Channel of the Year and Multi-Channel Independent of the Year.

Entries will open online via at the beginning of April 2019. Indies will be required to write a short synopsis of their business and provide supporting evidence to be in with a chance of scooping an award.

The first round of entries will close at the end of May 2019 and a shortlist of finalists will be compiled by an esteemed panel of judges. The winners will be announced at the Boutique Star Awards ceremony this October, which will take place in a glitzy Central London venue overlooking the Thames.

A further four categories will also be open to suppliers including Agency of the Year, British Brand of the Year, International Brand of the Year and Fashion Distributor of the Year. Meanwhile, two nomination-only categories – Lifetime Achievement and Newcomer – will be awarded to outstanding individuals.

Boutique magazine is the voice of the industry and we feel that now is the perfect time to launch our own awards,” says publisher Julie Neill. “It will be dedicated to the triumphs and achievements of independent fashion and lifestyle retailers and their suppliers. It will not only celebrate the crème de la crème of the industry, but will offer recognition and provide a platform for the brightest stars.”

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