The Best of Intima Awards 2016


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.

ITEM m6 and Melas Hosiery sponsor Stars

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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).

Courtaulds Ltd goes into administration following BHS collapse


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.

Nominations for Stars Best Shop Awards close next week

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.

Stars gives special thanks to our headline sponsor, LYCRA® (a trademark of INVISTA), for their continued support, and also welcomes Maidenform and DKNY to Stars’ growing list of sponsors.



Panache joins Stars’ group of sponsors

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Panache, with leading brands Panache Lingerie, Cleo by Panache, Sculptresse, Panache Sport and Panache Black, is once again sponsoring Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards.  The specialist lingerie and swim company will lend its support with sponsorship of the champagne reception.

Denise Shepherd, Global Sales Director at Panache, comments: “We are delighted to be involved with these awards, as they mirror Panache’s approach to business, striving for excellence in our industry with good business practices.”

Eurovet to sponsor Stars Awards 2016

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International show organiser Eurovet is the latest addition to Stars’ growing list of sponsors. Eurovet is responsible for Salon International de la Lingerie, Mode City and Interfilière, the three most important intimate apparel trade shows, and has supported Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards for the past five years.

“Eurovet, organizer of Mode City Paris (to be held in Lyon in July 2016) and Salon International de la Lingerie, leading international trade shows for lingerie and swimwear is honoured to sponsor the Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards for the 5th time,” said Sandrine Dervin, Marketing Director at Eurovet.

Hosiery giants Pretty Polly and Aristoc join Stars 2016 lineup

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Underlines Magazine, organisers of Stars, are delighted to announce leading British hosiery brands Pretty Polly and Aristoc are once again lending their support to Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards. The company is sponsoring the Legwear Retailer of the Year Award, introduced in 2013, for the third consecutive year.

For 2016 Stars organisers have a few cards up their sleeves, including the launch of the exciting SuperStar Award. Stay tuned for more news!

INVISTA to sponsor Stars Awards 2016


Organisers of Stars Best Shop Awards, Underlines Magazine, are pleased to announce LYCRA® (a trademark of INVISTA) will continue to lead the group of loyal sponsors for Stars 2016. INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of fibres and polymers and has generously sponsored Stars for 6 years.

The 8th edition of Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards, the most important retail awards for the UK intimate apparel industry, will be held on Thursday 10th November 2016 at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Wacoal Europe is the second addition to Stars’ growing list of sponsors and will bring their portfolio of world-class brands to the event including Freya, Fantasie, b.tempt’d, Huit, Wacoal and Elomi. Wacoal Europe will once again sponsor the photobooth which has been a success in the last two editions of Stars.

Wacoal Europe Anita

Leading specialist underwear company Anita and Rosa Faia have lent their full support to the event and are sponsoring the Special Care Recognition Award.

Best German shops honoured in Munich


Over 300 VIP guests including boutique owners, buyers, brand representatives and members of the jury came together at the in Schuhbecks Teatro in Munich to celebrate the best lingerie shops and department stores in the country at the 11th edition of Sterne der Wäsche. The glamorous night was conducted by TV presenter Roman Roell, who greeted guests and shared the stage with outstanding artists. Winners from the 2016 Sterne der Wäsche Awards are:

New stores / New looks: Damenwahl (winner in the speciality store category) and Modehaus rapeseed (winner in the fashion outlet category)
Department Store: Galeria Kaufhof
Textile House: H.B. Jensen
Concept Store: fit
Best Boutique: lingerie boutique P1
Flagship Store: Closer
SOUS Marketing Award: Malou lingerie
LYCRA® Display Competition: Wire in lingerie (winner in the speciality store category) and Leffers (winner in the fashion outlet category)

Champions League
Textile House: Engelhorn and Heinrich Petzhold
Concept Store: Darling Frivole
Best Boutique: Liefländer
Flagship Store: Upper Schorfheide and Wäschehaus Wildner

Best SS15 Lingerie Collection: Marie Jo
Best SS15 Swimwear Collection: Sunflair
Best SS15 Nightwear Collection: Calida
Best Lord Brand: Mey
SOUS Special International Textile House Award: Steffl Department Store

Top 100 French boutiques 2016


Lauched in 2015 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Intima Magazine, the Top 100 returned to the prestigious Pavillon Gabriel in Paris to honour the best French boutiques.  The gala evening saw around 260 guests including retailers, VIPs, suppliers and members of the jury gather to celebrate and network in an exuberant setting.

A total of 354 shops were nominated by the jury, comprised of French and international brands which include Lise Charmel, Aubade, Chantelle, Simone Pérèle, Maison Lejaby, Lou, Rosy, Cosabella, Selmark, Triumph, Anita, Vanity Fair and Oscalito. For this new edition of Top 100 the judging panel welcomed three new participants: nightwear specialist Le Chat, Spanish company Impetus and popular Belgian lingerie brand PrimaDonna.

The event was sponsored by Japanese fibre giant Asahi Kasei, owner of Roica and Cupro.