The Fashion Accessory of the Year judging panel is selected to ensure a broad cross section of the industry is covered, from the quirky one-off local gift shop through to elegant independent galleries, the UK's most respected department stores and everything in between. The judges have diverse backgrounds and experiences making a good recipe for their task in hand.
During the rigorous, week long process of judging the judges forensically review and evaluate the submitted product constantly measuring against the criteria and standards. The secret judging room is a hive of activity, thought, discussion, hard work and of course fun!
The judges are proud and honoured to be selected for this prestigious task and proud knowing their efforts and decisions have contributed to the success of newly launched products and raised the profile of the companies who entered.
Womenswear, Accessories & Intimate Apparel Buyer/Selector
Associated Independent Stores, Solihull
With a background in retail and having been a buyer within the independent sector for over 15 years, Amanda Partridge currently works at Associated Independent Stores as an Accessory, Lingerie and Womenswear Buyer for multiple department stores. Amanda is also the chief organiser of the INDX Accessories and INDX Intimate Apparel trade shows which were launched by AIS in 2013 and take place twice a year at Cranmore Park Exhibition Centre in Solihull.
Autumn Fair (Ascential Events)
Autumn Fair is the season’s number one wholesale gift and home trade event, showcasing amazing brands, new products, retail insight and bucket-loads of inspiration!
Attire Accessories Magazine
Attire Accessories is a bi-monthly trade magazine for the fashion accessories trade that is sent to over 6000 qualified buyers in independent fashion shops, jewellers, boutiques, shoe shops, bag shops, accessory shops, national fashion chains and department stores. The magazine is a valuable tool for retailers, providing product and market analysis along with all the latest trends set to make a big impact in the fashion accessories world. Attire Accessories provides retailers with detailed information on influential trade shows, financial and legal matters, and accurate reviews on new or innovative products to help retailers make informed and profitable buying decisions.
Rebecca Gough - Inernational Services Manager
British Jewellery & Giftware International
Rebecca Gough has worked for the British Allied Trades Federation for over 17 years and many of those years have been spent working in the international department dealing with international trade and primarily overseas trade shows. Rebecca has a wealth of experience in all areas of overseas trade, particularly trade shows. Rebecca offers advice and guidance on all aspects of exports and international trade shows to companies of all sizes helping them to develop their export growth. Specialties – Import, export and trade show help and advice for the gift, jewellery, home decoration, travelgoods, fashion accessories and finishing industries.
Stephen Price - Managing Director
Stephen Price Designs
Martin Foster – Managing Director
With over 20 years Board Director experience in Retail, E-tail, buying/importing and Service Sector. Lakeland is the UKs largest specialist retailer of leather and sheepskin coats, jackets, handbags and accessories as well as being a premium retailer of mens and ladieswear. We have 15 stores based across the UK and a website at www.lakelandleather.co.uk