Sass and Edge wins Drapers’ Womenswear Independent of the Year 2023

Rachel Hunt and Sally Gott

Sass and Edge has been crowned Womenswear Independent of the Year 2023 (with over £1 million turnover) in this year’s Drapers’ Independent Awards. Owners Sally Hunt and Rachel Gott, who are both on the Boutique Star Awards judging panel, say they are absolutely delighted to have won the accolade and thanked their “fantastic customers and amazing team” for making it possible.

The glittering lunchtime awards ceremony took place at Grosvenor House London and was attended by around 300 fashion retail professionals. Drapers editor Jill Geoghegan said that publication is “proud to support the independent retail sector, as it has done throughout its 136-year history.”

Other award winners include The Pantry Underwear for Best Multi-Channel Independent, Domino Style for Best Use of Social Media, Young Ideas owner Anne Wright for Community Champion and Maison SL in Notting Hill for Womenswear Independent of the Year (with less than £1 million turnover). Helene Rapaport, founder, owner and head of buying at Esher’s Bernard Boutique was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Frank Lyman Designs, meanwhile, won Womenswear Brand of the Year and Marc Darcy was crowned Menswear Brand of the Year.

See below for the full list of winners…

2023 WINNERS LIST

MENSWEAR INDEPENDENT OF THE YEAR

Joshua Adams Menswear, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire

WOMENSWEAR INDEPENDENT OF THE YEAR (<£1m turnover)

Winner Maison SL, Notting Hill, London

Highly commended Kitch Clothing, Tunbridge Wells

WOMENSWEAR INDEPENDENT OF THE YEAR (>£1m turnover)

WINNER Sass & Edge, Winchester

Highly commended TDR Bridal Birmingham

KIDSWEAR INDEPENDENT OF THE YEAR

Stampede, Tunbridge Wells

BEST MULTICHANNEL INDEPENDENT

The Pantry Underwear, London

BEST PUREPLAY INDEPENDENT RETAILER

Cult Mia

BEST NEW BRAND

Cro-Che

WOMENSWEAR BRAND OF THE YEAR

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WINNER Frank Lyman Design

Highly commended Aspiga

MENSWEAR BRAND OF THE YEAR

Marc Darcy

KIDSWEAR BRAND OF THE YEAR

Grass & Air

BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Domino Style, Stratford-upon-Avon

COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD

Anne Wright, Young Ideas, Ashbourne

BEST CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Bride To Be Studio, Reading

BEST STORE DESIGN

The Business Fashion, Leicester

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD

Wuka

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Helene Rapaport, founder, owner and head of buying, Bernard Boutique, Esher