Underlines Magazine, organisers of Stars Best Shop Awards, are thrilled to announce this year’s prestigious winners. Stars Best Shop Awards 2017 in collaboration with headline sponsor, LYCRA® (a trademark of INVISTA), took place last night in Shakespeare’s UnderGlobe, celebrating the best stores, shops and e-commerce sites in the underwear, swimwear and legwear sectors.
A total of 15 awards were presented, with the brand new Industry Hero Award introduced for 2017. And the winners are…
Best Newcomer: Odette
Best Concept Store: Kinari
Large Department/Chain Store: House of Fraser
Independent Department Store: Jarrolds of Norwich
Specialist Etailer: Lingerie Outlet Store
Multi-product Etailer: Bravissimo.com
Legwear Retailer of the Year: Fenwick of Colchester
Personal Touch: Pretty Things of Buckhurst Hill
Reference Shop: Harts of Monmouth
Special Care Recognition Award: Lincoln Bra Lady
Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award Runner-up: Embrace
Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award: Belle Femme
Editor’s Choice: Winch & Blatch
Superstar Award: Chantilly of Rochdale
Industry Hero Award – New for 2017: Shaun Moorey, Operations and Finance Manager of Chantelle Lingerie
Supplier of the Year 2017: Wacoal Europe
We would like to thank our Headline Sponsor INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA® fibre brand, for their continuing support and encouragement; new sponsor Lascana for sponsoring the Champagne reception; Melas Hosiery and ITEM m6 for co-sponsoring the Legwear Retailer of the Year Award; Anita for the sponsorship of the Special Care Recognition Award; Wacoal Europe for sponsoring the deluxe photobooth; Eurovet (organisers of Salon International, Mode City and Interfiliere) for sponsoring the special prize draw for a wonderful trip to Paris, and Panache Lingerie for the compere and after Awards entertainment.
We would also like to thank Jackie Upton of Sheen Uncovered who sponsored the brand new Industry Hero Award, as well as DKNY, Lise Charmel, Maidenform and the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB).
Underlines Magazine is delighted to announce a brand new STARS AWARD in 2017: INDUSTRY HERO – The Retailer’s Choice.
This inaugural Award is the original idea of Jackie Upton of Sheen Uncovered, to pay tribute to an unsung industry figure that has been a consistent and reliable support to retail outlets in good times and bad. Sponsored by this leading boutique (themselves an Award Winner), all nominees have been invited to suggest their industry heroes which have been presented to a panel of 4 well-known and established retailers (Sheen Uncovered, Carol’s of Bishop’s Stortford, Chantilly and Guilt Lingerie).
Underlines is delighted that STARS has been chosen as the stage for this unique accolade, aimed at recognising essential and important but often modest people in our industry. The winner will not be revealed until Thursday 9th November at the Gala Stars Evening.
Underlines Magazine, organisers of Stars Best Shop Awards, are thrilled to announce this year’s finalists. Stars Best Shop Awards 2017 in collaboration with headline sponsor, LYCRA® (a trademark of INVISTA), takes place on Thursday 9th November in Shakespeare’s UnderGlobe with 350 retail and brand guests.
Stars is primarily aimed at recognising the value of specialist and independent shops in these competitive sectors of the market and is now in its 9th season, drawing retailers from every part of the UK and Ireland. Congratulations to the 104 finalists!
Stars’ awards include the Reference Shop Award, Concept Store Award, Personal Touch Award, Best Newcomer Award, Department Store (Standalone), Chain/Department Store, Best E-tailer Award (Multi-product), Best Specialist E-tailer, Legwear Retailer of the Year Award, Special Care Recognition Award, Editor’s Choice, Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award (decided by public vote) and Supplier of the Year Award. The ultimate award is the SuperStar Award (only for bricks & mortar shops that have been in business for 20 years or more), and for 2017 a brand new award will be announced.
With thanks for the continuing support of our headline sponsor:
And Stars‘ 2017 list of sponsors:
Panache Lingerie is the latest big name sponsor to join the line-up for the Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards. This brand established in the early 1980’s is passionate about brand fitting and is working closely with lingerie retailers in their new global marketing campaign, Find Your Fit, which runs until the end of October 2017.
Panache is delighted to support this unique Award ceremony, entirely aimed at retailers, and is sponsoring the evening’s compere and after dinner entertainment.
Lascana is the latest high profile brand sponsoring the Stars Best Shop Awards in 2017. The award winning brand is part of the powerhouse that is the Otto Group (the fifth largest online retailer globally). With over 900 points of sale in Germany, Switzerland and Austria alone, the brand is growing from to strength to strength in the USA and has now been launched into the UK at Dessous London, The London Swim Show and INDX for Spring/Summer 2018.
Represented in the UK by APM Agency (Department Stores and Key Accounts) and Russell Gotkine (Boutiques and Independent Stores), Lascana has already received considerable interest from major retailers. The Lascana product offer is fully comprehensive: lingerie to a G cup, lounge and sleepwear, and an extensive swim collection, as well as an offer from licensed brands – Bench, S.Oliver, Marie Claire, Venice Beach, Buffalo and Sunseeker.
Underlines Magazine, organisers of Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards, would like to remind nominees that the deadline to return their forms is Friday, 1st September 2017. If you have any trouble, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 6th, The Best of Intima magazine held the 13th edition of its annual The Best of Intima Awards at New York City’s elegant Tribeca 360°. 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Intima Media Group and to celebrate, the most prestigious North American retailers were honoured with a unique Champions Edition of the contest, where for the first time past winners could re-enter the competition.
The jury, formed of representatives from twenty of the world’s most renowned intimate apparel brands, put forward 300 nominees, and when the votes were counted 36 finalists emerged spanning five categories. Concept, stores with a strong theme reflected in their dècor and unique product offer; European Flair, for a boutique with a continental feel and a strong selection of imported brands; Reference, stores with a large, comprehensive product offer; Personal Touch, for a retail space that reflects the individuality of its owner with a focus on one-to-one customer service; and The Best of Intima’s Choice.
The 2017 Best of Intima Awards Winners are:
Reference – Top Drawer Lingerie
Personal Touch – The Pencil Test
European Flair – Giorgia Lingerie
Concept – Jenette Bras
The Best of Intima’s Editorial Choice – I.C. London
Champion’s Award – Town Shop
Francesca Spinetta, Co-owner and Editorial Director of the Intima Magazines, welcomed guests before introducing Zvi Ertel, CEO of Dana-Co, to officially open this year’s awards ceremony. One store among this year’s nominees stood out and was given a very special mention at the ceremony, with the following extra category prize awarded: Lifetime Achievement Award – Blum’s.
The 2017 Jury comprised of representatives from Anita, b.tempt’d, Chantelle, Commando, Cosabella, Curvy Kate, Empreinte, Freya, Hanky Panky, Hanro, Le Mystère, Lise Charmel, Montelle, Natori, Panache, Simone Pérèle, Skarlett Blue, Squeem, Triumph and Wacoal. With the special participation of Saxx, the celebration of Hanky Panky’s anniversary and sponsored by the Iluna group.
With thanks for the continuing support of our headline sponsor:
And Stars‘ 2017 list of sponsors:
Stars Retail Awards 2017 has once again secured headline sponsorship from LYCRA® (a trademark of US fibre giants, INVISTA). These Retail Awards for the underwear, swimwear, nightwear and legwear sectors are organised by leading UK b2b publication, Underlines Magazine.
This year the gala presentation evening will return on 9th November to Shakespeare’s UnderGlobe, with approximately 350 special guests. Stars is primarily aimed at recognising the value of specialist and independent shops in these competitive sectors of the market.
Unique in their field Stars 2017 has 13 key Awards* with a Supplier of the Year Award. Nominations are created by the jury of 25 brands and not self-nomination and over 400 stores, shops and etailers are nominated each year.
Other important sponsors include Anita & Rosa Faia, Wacoal, hosiery brands ITEM m6 and MELAS co-sponsoring the Legwear Retailer of the Year, Mode City/Salon International de la Lingerie and Interfiliere. Industry bodies lend their support including the Fashion Association of Britain, American brand leaders Maidenform and DKNY and renowned French label, Lise Charmel.
Stars Awards debuted in the UK in 2007. The competition is held in the USA (Best of Intima Shops); Germany (Sterne der Wäsche), Italy (Stelle dell’Intimo) and France (Top 100) with sister publications in those countries.
*Reference Shop Award, Concept Store Award, Personal Touch Award, Best Newcomer Award, Department Store (Standalone), Chain/Department Store, Best E-tailer Award (Multi-product), Best Specialist E-tailer, Legwear Retailer of the Year Award, Special Care Recognition Award, Editor’s Choice, Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award and Supplier of the Year Award. The ultimate award is the SuperStar Award (only for bricks & mortar shops that have been in business for 20 years or more).