The deadline to enter this year’s Boutique Star Awards has been extended until Sunday 31 July. Following the success of its 2019 launch, the competition includes five new categories with a winners’ party planned to take place at The May Fair Hotel in London on Tuesday 8 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.
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.
To be in with a chance of winning, indies and brands are asked to write a short synopsis of their business and provide supporting evidence. Entries will undergo a preliminary round of judging and the shortlist for each category will be announced in the coming weeks. A panel of judges, which includes Young Ideas CEO Anne Wright and Bira’s Andrew Goodacre, will meet in London to decide on the ultimate winners.
The inaugural competition in 2019 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.
Tickets for the winners’ party will go on sale soon and cost £150 (special early bird rates also available); contact E: firstname.lastname@example.org more information.