Friday, 9 April 2010

UKFT announces UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards finalists

The UKFT today announces the finalists in the UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards, which celebrate excellence in international trade ranging from sellers of vintage to directional British brands; from newcomers to giants with a long-established worldwide reputation for selling overseas. Organised by the UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT), the Awards, which attracted a record number of entries, will be presented on 13 May 2010 at The Landmark London by HRH The Princess Royal, alongside Joanna Lumley.

This year’s finalists are:
Alex Monroe, Anna Lou of London, Linda Farrow
Esska, LXY Brands, Miss L Fire
Alan Paine Knitwear, Baracuta, Johnstons Cashmere
High Octane Glamour:
Alan Hannah, Anna Scholz, Ariella Fashions
Damaris, Lascivious, Pistol Panties
New Exporter:
Bolongaro Trevor, Fiona Paxton, Kite Kids
Small Business:
Eribé, Lie Down I Think I Love You, Pistol Panties
Begg of Scotland, Marling & Evans, Pittards

Winners of the Contemporary Urban, Designer Business and Gold Awards, the latter sponsored by HSBC Commercial Bank, will be announced on the day. The judging panel, chaired by Steve Newbold, Managing Director, Emap Connect, included Muriel Piaser, representing Prêt à Porter Paris, Nick Cook of ITE Moda, Nicola Copping of the Financial Times, Jessica Brown of Drapers and Dolly Jones of UK. The prize list for this year’s UK Fashion Export Awards includes stands at Moda Menswear in Birmingham, Prêt à Porter Paris, The Train New York, Mode City Paris and Interfilière and Pure Accessories in London. Other prizes include a subscription to and travel vouchers from Textile Forum. Scottish Development International is also supporting the Awards. Tickets to the Awards lunch cost £140.00 for members of UKFT and £170.00 for non-members (all prices ex VAT) and are available from Paul Alger (