While creating this issue we’ve been reflecting on the past 12 months and there’s no denying it’s been a tough year. Despite life returning to post- pandemic normality, a war in Europe, economic crisis and death of a much- loved monarch will surely put 2022 in the history books as one of the most explosive years in living memory.
But there’s a flip side to all the negative stories that unfolded. It’s been nothing short of phenomenal to see so many indies and small business owners spreading so much joy to their customers. Our highlights of 2022 include visiting physical trade shows and feeling the palpable optimism among brands and buyers. We’ve loved seeing the nation’s continued affection for indies and rise of alternative shopping campaigns such as Colour Friday.
Of course, our standout memory from this year was celebrating at the Boutique Star Awards winners’ party in London. After two years of covid restrictions, it was just wonderful to be able to host such a positive in-person event to celebrate the industry and recognise all your hard work. Turn to pages 47-51 for a look back on 2022 (but be warned, it’s a quite a ride). Also don’t miss pages 53-56 where industry insiders reveal their biggest moments of 2022 as well as their hopes for the new year.
Speaking of 2023, this issue also includes some essential dates for your buying schedule. Turn to page 25 for the ultimate fashion trade show guide and pages 36-37 for must-visit showrooms around the UK.
Elsewhere this month Velvet Ladieswear owner Deborah McDermott tells us what’s selling well in her stores on page 62, while Bira’s Andrew Goodacre reveals how some indie retailers were able to meet King Charles recently on page 60.
Last but not least, we’d like to thank you for all your support this year. We know the future seems uncertain but we’re more than confident about this industry’s ability to weather any storm.
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and happy new year.
Gemma Ward, Editor
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