Last night the sectors of underwear, swimwear and legwear gathered at The Underglobe at Shakespeare’s Globe in London to celebrate the best stores, shops and e-commerce sites across the UK and Ireland at the 8th edition of Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster Vanessa Feltz, 330 guests and over 100 finalists attended the star-studded evening, sponsored by headline sponsor INVISTA (owner of the LYCRA® fibre brand) and organised by leading B2B title, Underlines Magazine.
A total of 14 awards were presented, with the brand new SuperStar Award introduced for 2016. And the winners are…
We would like to thank our Headline Sponsor INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA® fibre brand, for their continuing support and encouragement; ITEM m6 and Melas Hosiery for 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 and Panache Lingerie for the champagne reception, as well as DKNY, Eurovet (organisers of Salon International, Mode City and Interfiliere), Lise Charmel and Maidenform. Stars is supported by national show organisers, ITE Moda Lingerie & Swimwear Exhibition and the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB) – all of whom gave generous prizes to the winners.
And Stars‘ 2016 list of sponsors:
Back by popular demand, BBC Radio presenter and Stars 2014 host Vanessa Feltz will once again take the stage at Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards, with following entertainment by singer Ben Ofoedu. The only independent recognition of excellence in the sectors of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and legwear, the 2016 Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards will take place on Thursday 10th November 2016 at the Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.
Congratulations to the 115 specialist shops running for the awards, the only independent recognition of excellence in the sectors of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and legwear. The Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 10th November 2016 at the Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.
With thanks for the continuing support our headline sponsor:
And Stars‘ 2016 list of sponsors:
The Cornish lingerie specialist, Mish, brings back to Wadebridge their 2nd industry award to sit alongside last year’s Stars Award for Best Specialist E-Tailer. Mish won Best Niche Retailer of the Year at the Drapers Independents Awards 2016, where they were judged for their extensive range of specialist lingerie, potential for future growth and shopping experience.
“It’s amazing to have won Best Niche Fashion Retailer of the Year! We focus a lot on providing problem solving lingerie and accessories for our customers, such as the Halto and Bandelettes, so it’s a massive achievement to be recognised in the industry for our niche product range,” said Michele Poynter, Managing Director of Mish. “We’ve been nominated for the Drapers Independents Awards a couple of times before, so I’m over the moon to finally bring the award back home to my team and for my customers.”
Mish caters to the needs of women who require larger cup sized bras and swimwear, and since the last year have also expanded their range to include up and coming independent lingerie brands. “The fashion industry should take note of its best independents, as they provide inspiration on so many levels. Offering some of the best customer service in the fashion industry, indies know how to keep their customers happy – and keep them coming back,” said Keely Stocker, Editorial Director of Drapers.
Underlines Magazine is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2016 edition of Stars Best Shop Awards! Celebrating the 8th edition of these popular and independent retail awards, the gala ceremony will be held on Thursday 10th November 2016 at the Underglobe at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Stars are the only recognition of excellence in the sectors of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and legwear. Congratulations to the nominees, and please remember the deadline for returning your self-evaluation forms is Wednesday 31st August.
And Stars‘ 2016 growing list of sponsors:
On July 31st, The Best of Intima magazine held the 12th edition of The Best of Intima Awards to honour the most accomplished independent retailers in the intimate apparel, beachwear and loungewear sectors from the United States and Canada. An array of the most influential and prominent names in the field gathered for a cocktail at New York City’s exclusive Tribeca Rooftop and Francesca Spinetta, Co-owner and Editorial Director of the Intima magazines, welcomed guests before introducing Guido Campello, CEO and Creative Director of Cosabella to officially open this year’s awards ceremony.
This year, 33 finalists were chosen out of over 350 nominees put forward by the jury, covering five categories: Concept Store, European Flair, Reference Shop, Personal Touch and The Best of Intima’s Choice. The 2016 Jury was comprised of representatives from twenty prestigious brands: Anita, b.tempt’d, Chantelle, Commando, Cosabella, Empreinte, Epure, Fantasie, Freya, Hanky Panky, Hanro, Le Mystère, Lise Charmel, Natori, Panache, Rosa Faia, Simone Pérèle, Skarlett Blue, Triumph, Wacoal.
The 2016 Best of Intima Awards Winners are:
- Concept Store: Inside the Armoire, presented by Lida Orzeck, Co-Founder and CEO of Hanky Panky;
- European Flair: Coup de Foudre, presented by Kerry O’ Brien, Designer and CEO of Commando;
- Reference Shop: Allure Intimate Apparel, presented by Sonja Winther, President of Chantelle America;
- Personal Touch: Bra-La-La, presented by Mary Alice Kelly, Director of Eveden;
- The Best of Intima’s Choice: Brooklyn Fox, presented by Francesca Spinetta, Co-Owner and Editorial Director of Intima magazines.
Some stores also struck a chord with the editorial team, who decided they deserved a Special Recognition Prize:
- Best Store Design: Gena Lisa Lingerie
- Best Inspirational Story: Sweetest Secret Boutique
- Best Newcomer: Lace & Day
Two prestigious intimate apparel brands also decided to celebrate their anniversaries during The Best of Intima Awards gala. German brand Anita awarded its 130th Anniversary Award to Town Shop and Lingerie Emma, while Colombian brand Leonisa offered its 60th Anniversary Award to Classic Shapewear.
Stars 2016 is delighted to unveil the new sponsors of the Legwear Retailer of the Year Award. German legwear giant, Medi, with their distinctive and award-winning ITEM m6 (the intelligent legwear) brand will be co-sponsoring Legwear Retailer of the Year with Melas Hosiery (owners of the Jonathan Aston, Charnos and Levante brands).
Reports have come in from the Derby Telegraph that iconic British manufacturer Courtaulds, established in 1919, ceased its operations yesterday resulting in a loss of 350 jobs. CUK Clothing which merged with Courtaulds in 2006 also went into administration, and the company partially blamed the BHS collapse for the situation as the high street retailer was one of Courtaulds’ largest customers.
Dilip Dattani, partner at RSM Restructuring Advisory and one of the administrators to Courtaulds, said: “The administration of BHS has added to the challenge of operating within a fiercely competitive market for seasonal products. This has left the directors with little choice but to place the companies into administration. Regrettably, we have been forced to make 350 employees redundant to align with the current order book, and we are assisting them with their claims to the Redundancy Payments service.”
Some of the brands produced in the Belper factory were Pretty Polly and Aristoc as well as private-label garments for retailers including hosiery, lingerie, casual wear, jackets and coats.
Underlines Magazine, organisers of Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards, would like to remind members of the jury that nominations for the eight edition of Stars close on Friday, 27th May 2016. Launched in 2007, Stars Awards are unlike any other retail competition in the UK and Ireland as shops and stores cannot nominate themselves. All nominees are determined by Stars’ jury of 25 leading brands representing the intimate apparel, swimwear and legwear markets.