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UK Fashion & Textile Export Awards

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The UK Fashion & Textile Awards took place on Monday at Banqueting House in Whitehall. The 25th anniversary of the UKFT Awards was presented by the association’s president Princess Anne and was hosted by Claudia Winkleman.

The UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) is the umbrella organisation that represents the fashion and textile sector both domestically and overseas.

Among the guests were Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman and Dragons’ Den investor Deborah Meaden – owner of Fox Bros, the UK manufacturer behind the West of England tweed brand.

Mary Katrantzou was named winner of the designer business category and heritage brand Johnstons of Elgin, which has been producing fine cashmere and woollens since 1797, claimed the HSBC sponsored Gold Award.

Young company Butterfly Twists, which has enjoyed international growth in recent months, won the New Exporter trophy, sponsored by DHL Express.

Yorkshire-born designer Karl Donoghue was recognised for his collections that use shearlings, leathers and furs and took the Great Brit award.

Brand of the Year was awarded to UK street wear giant Boxfresh.

Young British fashion designer, Christopher Raeburn whose collection is made from reappropriated military fabrics, collected the Rising Star category.

Creator of high-end luxurious woven accessories Alex Begg & Co was the recipient of the Textiles award.

Winner of the e-tailer category was ASOS, the UK’s largest online-only fashion and beauty store which has launched to shoppers worldwide in the past year.




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