12 Awards 2012
14 businesses celebrated their new status across Sussex last year when they won awards in the first Sussex Fashion Awards 2011.
This years awards have been handpicked with care, reflecting the very essence of the fashion industry currently in Sussex, its offerings, its design, manufacturing, retailing, e’tailing, and export capacity.
The Awards include nominations from all product sectors including women’s wear, accessories, resort wear, dancewear, menswear, footwear, formalwear, and more …
There’s a new and specifically introduced Childrens Year Award 2012 and Sportswear Award 2012 to reflect this very special Olympic Year and The London Games 2012 whilst repositioned our Best Place to Shop Award 2012 and Ambassador Award 2012.
With a strong focus on British design and manufacturing, being featured throughout the UK, this year, co-inciding with The London Games 2012 opportunities, its even better if products or services are designed and Made in Great Britain.
With special thanks to Jake Leith, Trustee, who has particularly given great care in selecting and redefining the 2012 Awards.
The Awards 2012
Sussex Fashion Emerging Talent Award 2012
We’re looking for a special regional designer talent in Sussex, someone who will emerge as an influential tour de force of British Fashion 2012 – awe inspiring talent!
Can you think of a new designer who makes a truly memorable impression with their designs? This is the Award that can change a Sussex designer’s life – whether they are still a student here or been in the business for sometime – all fashion designers are eligible including ranges from menswear, childrens wear, fashion accessories, work wear, sports wear, dancewear, resort wear, footwear, and of course, women’s wear. This super- special nominee who wins the Award will gain the publicity they need, with our local and regional press in attendance to promote their name across the UK and internationally.
Sussex Fashion Eco-Vintage Award 2012
We believe the sustainability conscious Sussex fashion designer, fashion team, shop, etailer, photographer, who has excelled above all others this year in helping our world reduce its carbon footprint and help promote the ”e” word 2012 must apply for this award. This could be evidenced for example through their ethical business model and practice, or fabric choices and supply chains – it can even be swishing companies, charities, vintage shops, or fair trade …
Brighton & Hove, is one of the leading eco cities in the UK. Brighton & Hove has been helping to progress the mind-sets of those who are environmentally conscious and has brought awareness of sustainability to the forefront of the fashion agenda in Sussex. Lets now move fashion to the front of the eco agenda too and find our eco designer 2012 – do you know a fashion designer celebrating fashion with green credentials reflected in every aspect of ther their designs – using recycled fabrics – using sustainable fabrics – or a design team producing eco clothing or etailer making the difference to their carbon footprint?
Sussex Fashion Outstanding Achievement Award 2012
We want to give this award to the person or team that you feel has made the most outstanding achievement during 2012.
This award is for the person or team that has made a difference to fashion this year in Sussex – putting fashion on the map for Sussex. Was it an innovative approach to disability via inclusive design? Was it the fashion show held by the students in Brighton raising money for charity? Was it a school event that not only raised money for good causes but also helped to recycle clothing? Whatever makes these fashion individuals or groups stand out from the others, nominate them.
Sussex Fashion Designer of the Year Award 2012
This prestigious and most coveted prize is the one to win, designer of the year. This Award sets the winner apart from the rest, in the high street , on the catwalk, and designer houses. Publicity follows naturally with the award and can offer huge opportunities with the aspiration for wider appeal.
Sussex Fashion Best Place to Shop Award 2012
Where is that very special fashion outlet in Sussex 2012? It can be any genre of fashion, childrens’ wear or fashion accessories for example, urban or rural – shopping mall or village high street – and demonstrating great in-store and window displays including The Queens Diamond Jubilee and London 2012 – The Torch Relay … Nominate your chosen outlet where ever it is across Sussex – Brighton & Hove, Crawley, Horsham, Eastbourne, Hastings, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Chichester, Worthing …
Sussex Fashion Model of the Year Award 2012
We want to pick the best of our Sussex fashion models who contribute to the local fashion scene who may contribute to the national scene in the future 2012
Whether you’re an aspiring model or signed to an agency – whether your child is already modelling or you’re a mature model – this glamorous award covers all ages.
Sussex Fashion Photographer of the Year Award 2012
We want to award and celebrate the talents of a fashion photographer in Sussex whose creative abilities are reflected in their creative portfolio.
Do you know an aspiring photographer who would benefit through winning this award and help them break into a more prestigious level of fashion photography. Someone whose work has been of a consistently high standard for some time, producing innovative and creative fashion shoots. This award can help to move their career to a higher level.
Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer of the Year Award 2012
Let’s find the very best Sussex Fashion Independent Retailer – who is your favourite retailer? There are so many special independent fashion shops across Sussex; in Rye, Old Town Hastings, Lewes, Chichester or North Laines Brighton are just some of the areas where there are many independent and successful shop keepers selling ranges of menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, women’s wear, fashion accessories, footwear, or celebrating The Queens Diamond Jubilee with fantastic window and instore displays - and more… reward them by nominating them in the forthcoming Sussex Fashion Awards 2012.
Sussex Fashion Online E’tailer of the Year Award 2012
Celebrate the Sussex best online store providing best fashion, best service, best prices and more
Sussex has an abundance of E’tailers and it’s this new growing online presence stores that Fashion Sussex want to reward. Not only the large groups, but those that have set up their e’businesses in Sussex and developed their online offering. It could be their professional and helpful customer service or their competitive prices or outstanding website so whatever it is, nominate now!
Sussex Fashion Ambassador Award 2012
A fantastic award for the person who passionately promotes fashion in Sussex and acts a great ambassador for the Sussex region in all senses – they may be a stylist, colourist, lecturer, or someone who simply enjoys fashion!
Sussex Fashion Childrenswear Award 2012
This award is for the person or team, shop, E’tailer,who demonstrate a fresh imaginative playful approach to childrenswear. This could be demonstrated design through the use of natural sustainable fibres and fabrics, but above all exciting, dynamic and creative design or through retail stores or their visual merchandise instore. We’re simply looking for the best in the childrenswear sector.
Sussex Fashion Sportswear Award 2012
In this the year of the Olympics & Paralympics - this new award seeks to recognise active sportswear which makes a difference through a combination of good design and fabric technology. Providing a range of sportswear suitable for any number of disciplines and in doing so promotes and encourages sport as part of a healthy lifestyle to customers, designers and including sports retailers.
What previous winners have had to say
Suzie Turner winner Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year 2011
‘I was thrilled to be chosen Sussex Designer of The Year ‘
Katherine Tansell of Walk in Wardrobe winner of The Best Place to Shop 2011
“My delight in winning the award was a lovely personal achievement and gives us small hard working independents an appreciative boost, especially in these leaner times. The timing was perfect with the run up to Christmas 2011 and gave us something positive to talk to our customers about. The fashion awards gave us recognition as a worthwhile place on the high street and enhanced what our customers have already been saying about us. The lovely quote you heard our customer say in the boutique was “why go to London”. So true!!”…
stated Katherine Tansell, Principal, Walk In Wardrobe, Hove, Sussex, winner of “The Best Place to Shop Award 2011″
‘It came just at the right time – I am delighted’
Jane Busby Personal Stylist and Personal Shopper winner Fashion Ambassador 2011
My Sussex Fashion Award has given me extra recognition to help me promote a number of projects and show the positive side of the industry.
Igor winner The Best Male Sussex Fashion Ambassador Award 2011
Igor – won The Best Male Sussex Fashion Ambassador Award 2011 – and has continued providing us with great world fashion and beauty pages at “Whats Happening Magazine” and also working at New York Fashion week and London. Igor is a judge at the end of this month at Brighton’s Hot Model competition and has never looked back since winning his award 2011.
Gossypium, the E’tailer and retailer of Lewes, Sussex winners of The Sussex Fashion Eco Award 2011
“Wining the Fashion Sussex Eco Fashion award meant alot to us simple because it is local acknowledgement. The word fashion makes us all think of far away catwalks in places like Paris and New York and thus completely unattainable. Winning the Fashion Sussex award gave us a real boost because it puts the stamp of fashion onto something that we have been quietly doing for the last 10 years – Making distinctive ethical clothing for Sussex people ! Local fashion feels suddenly very real and exciting ! Thank you Fashion Sussex !” Abi & Thomas Gossypium
Nominations are now closed
What happens next?
A shorlist of nominees will be announced begining of July and selected finalists may be asked to submit more information about their company to the judges.
When are the finals held?
Winners announcements will be made 6 September 2012. Early evening insutry networking and wards night from 6pm. Venue to be announced.
Awards can change peoples’ life and business prospective and influence decisions about their firm or themselves to a whole range of consumers and industry specialists.