Entries are now open for the Boutique Star Awards 2022 after a three-year hiatus. Following the success of its 2019 launch, this year’s competition includes five new categories with a winners’ party planned to take place at a brand-new Central London venue this November.
The Boutique Star Awards are open to all UK-based fashion and lifestyle independents operating bricks-and-mortar businesses as well as brands and industry insiders. Retailers can now enter six different categories including new awards Sustainable Independent of the Year and New Independent of the Year. These are joined by Womenswear Independent of the Year, Independent Group of the Year, Creative Visual Merchandising Independent of the Year and Social Media Strategy of the Year.
A further seven categories are open to suppliers including new awards Black-Owned Brand of the Year, Sustainable Brand of the Year and Accessories/Footwear Brand of the Year. These join 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.
“We’re so excited about the launch of our 2022 awards, especially after such a difficult period for the industry,” says Boutique magazine MD Julie Neill. “We’d like to invite all indies and brands to enter this year’s awards – regardless of size or turnover. We are planning a big celebration of all the hard work that’s been achieved over these incredibly tough few years and we hope the winners’ party will be something for everyone to look forward to. It’s so important that retailers and brands are recognised for all the fantastic accomplishments – now more than ever.”
Entries are open online now where indies and brands are asked to write a short synopsis of their business and provide supporting evidence. The first round of entries will close at the end of May and a shortlist of finalists will be compiled by a panel of judges. The winners will be announced at the Boutique Star Awards winners’ party in Central London this November. Please click here for competition rules.
The 2019 competition attracted a number of high calibre entries from indies including Psyche, Union 22 in Liverpool, The Edit and Energy Boutique in Stamford. Young Ideas in Derbyshire was the big winner of the evening, receiving three gongs for Womenswear Retailer of the Year and Independent Group of the Year as well as Multi-Channel Retailer of the Year for its sister store Henmores.