The Best of Intima Awards unveils 2017 winners

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.

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The Best of Intima Awards 2016

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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.

Best of Intima Awards’ 2015 Winners

The Best of Intima magazine unveiled the winners of the 2015 Best of Intima Awards earlier this month in New York City. The 11th edition of the prestigious awards honoured North America’s best independent retailers in lingerie, swimwear and loungewear with over 350 nominees put forward by the jury panel.

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The 2015 Best of Intima Awards Winners by Category:

  • Concept Store: Aristelle
  • European Flair: Les Boudoirs Boutique
  • Reference Shop: Petticoat Fair
  • Personal Touch: Bra Genie Perfect Bra Fitting
  • The Best of Intima’s Choice: Amour

The 2015 Best of Intima Awards Special Recognition Prizes:

  • Best “Pink” Store: Wigs N More
  • Best Survivor: Top Drawer
  • Best Customer Service: Zoe&Co., Professional Bra Fitters

New for 2015, extra categories prizes:

  • Lelo’s Best Intimate Accessories Retailer: Gazebo
  • Leo’s Best Men’s Underwear Retailer: Freshpair.com

 

Best of Intima Awards 2014

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The Best of Intima magazine held the 10th edition of the Best of Intima Awards last month, at New York City’s Tribeca Rooftop. Part of the Network Dessous family, the awards are the American equivalent of Stars Best Shop Awards and honours North America’s most accomplished independent retailers in the intimate apparel, beachwear and loungewear sectors

Francesca Spinetta, Co-owner and Editorial Director of Intima magazines welcomed guests to the evening before Sonja Winther, President of Chantelle America, officially opened this year’s awards ceremony. The 2014 jury was comprised of representatives from the following 19 prestigious brands: Affinitas, Amoena, Anita, b.tempt’d, Chantelle, Commando, Conturelle, Cosabella, Empreinte, Epure, Hanky Panky, Hanro, Le Mystère, Lise Charmel, Simone Pérèle, Va Bien, Wacoal, Wolford, Yummie by Heather Thomson.

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The 2014 Best of Intima Awards Winners :
Concept Store – Bellefleur Lingerie
European Flair – Petticoat Lane
Reference Shop – Linea Intima
Personal Touch – LiviRae Lingerie
The Best of Intima’s Choice – The Pink Petticoat

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