Young Ideas crowned Drapers Womenswear Independent of the Year

Drapers crowned the winners of its Independents Retail Awards in London last night, with Young Ideas taking home the gong for Womenswear Independent of the Year.

The Derbyshire indie group scooped three accolades at the first ever Boutique Star Awards in 2019, when it was named Womenswear Independent of the Year and Independent Group of the Year alongside Multi-Channel Independent of the Year for its countrywear store Henmores.  

The awards were held at the Hilton London Bankside with attendees including former British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman. Retailers and brands battled it out for a chance to win 18 different awards, with categories including Rising Star, Best New Retailer and The Covid Community Champion Award.

Drapers says the awards “recognised the fashion retailers and brands that have innovated to survive, supported their local communities, and built stronger businesses under the toughest of circumstances.”

Among the winners included Killarney indie Brian James for Menswear Independent of the Year, Islington’s The Pantry Underwear for Lingerie Independent of the Year and Willow and Wolf for Lifestyle Independent of the Year.

Scottish countrywear retailer A Hume and traditional British brand Barbour both secured two awards each.

Barbour was named both Best Womenswear Brand and Best Menswear Brand while Kelso-based A Hume won Multichannel Independent of the Year, and its managing director, Rachel Thomson, received the Rising Star award.


Best Customer Experience

Winner: Mish


Best New Retailer

Winner: Aura

Highly commended: D.A.Y.


Best Store Design

Winner: Restoration Yard


Best Use of Social Media

Winner: Sass & Edge


Kidswear Brand of the Year

Winner: A*Dee


Kidswear Independent of the Year

Winner: Rosie Cheeks


Lifestyle Independent of the Year

Winner: Willow & Wolf

Highly commended: Sandersons Department Store


Lingerie Brand of the Year

Winner: Fantasie, Wacoal Europe

Highly commended: Pure Chemistry Lingerie


Lingerie Independent of the Year

Winner: The Pantry Underwear


Menswear Brand of the Year

Winner: Barbour


Menswear Independent of the Year

Winner: Brian James

Highly commended: Suave Owl


Multichannel Independent of the Year

Winner: A Hume

Highly commended: Sandersons Department Store


Rising Star

Winner: Rachel Thomson, A Hume


The Covid Community Champion Award

Winner: Lisa Aynsley, Hotspur 1364


The Innovator Award

Winner: Dea Baker, Aqua & Rock


Womenswear Brand of the Year

Winner: Barbour


Womenswear Independent of the Year

Winner: Young Ideas


Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: John McElhinney, McElhinneys Department Store