With International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and Women’s History Month all taking place in March, this issue is all about celebrating powerful and inspirational females.
Gender inequality is still a global issue and we’re pleased to see so many fashion brands joining the crusade to empower women. Whether they’re pushing the boundaries in fashion or tackling global challenges like poverty, discrimination and climate change, we round up some of our favourite change makers over on pages 36-37.
This month we also interview Willow and Wolf founder Isabella Wookey. Having opened her first shop with a small bank loan at 19 years old, she’s now running a hugely successful award-winning retail business. Even more impressively, she’s achieved all this before she’s even turned 30 while raising two small children to boot. Learn more about her inspiring story on pages 51-54.
Speaking of talented women, one of the new categories in this year’s Boutique Star Awards line-
up is Female-Founded Brand of the Year. Following its success last year, the competition is back for 2023 with a host of new categories. Retailer awards up for grabs include Fashion Independent of the Year, Independent Group of the Year, New Independent of the Year, CreativeVisual Merchandising Independent of the Year and Social Media Strategy of the Year. These are joined by new awards Sustainable Advocate of the Year and Community Hero of the Year. A further seven awards are open to suppliers alongside three nomination-only categories.
Entries open online later this month so please do spread the word among fellow indie owners, agents and brands. The Boutique Star Awards are a celebration of all the brilliant people working in this industry
who are making real changes to their community and wider world. The competition is open to all independent retailers regardless of size or turnover. Turn to page 11 to find out everything you need to know.
Gemma Ward, Editor
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