September issue out now

Entries closed for the Boutique Star Awards 2023 earlier this month and we’ve been absolutely bowled over by the submissions. The finalists for this year’s competition are all outstanding and it’s going to be a very difficult task for our judges to decide on the ultimate winners. Turn to page 12 to find out who’s made the shortlist. We’d like to thank every person who took the time to send in a nomination or entry. As ever, it’s been so inspiring to read about some of the amazing businesses in this industry.

We originally launched the Boutique Star Awards in 2019 to celebrate independent fashion retailers and their suppliers. Last year the winners’ party took place at London’s May Fair Hotel, where industry insiders gathered to raise their glasses to all the finalists. For 2023, we’re planning an even bigger and glitzier event at the same iconic venue. However, this time we’ll be taking over the hotel’s ballroom- inspired Crystal Room – providing a sensational backdrop for what’s sure to be a memorable event. The party takes place on Thursday 9 November and tickets are on sale now – turn to page 11 to find out more. 

Inspiring businesses is a running theme throughout this issue as we highlight some of the best new launches, collections and brands. In this month’s Shop Talk section, we speak to Doodie Stark founder Liz Jefferson about her stunning new store. Located in the retail group’s original home of Lindfield in Sussex, it features an interior that wouldn’t look out of place on Grand Designs with a u-shaped shop floor and serene outdoor courtyard. 

Its home is a former derelict bakehouse, which underwent a radical transformation led by Liz and her husband, Rupert. The result is absolutely breath-taking – turn to page 55 for more. 

With the autumnal equinox coming up later this month, we also pick out some cosy homeware and accessories brands on pages 28-29. And for anyone who’s got the ‘back to school’ feeling, don’t miss our hybrid-working edit on pages 34-35

Gemma Ward, Editor 

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