Winners Announced!

BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards 2017

The BTAA held its annual Fashion Accessory of the Year awards 2017, on the first day of Autumn Fair at NEC. The prestigious awards ceremony celebrates the best in functional fashion and design across the travel goods, handbags and fashion accessories industry and is sponsored by supporters to the industry Attire Accessories, Spring Fair and Autumn Fair.


Now in its 7th Year, the awards attracted a wide variety of products encompassing categories such as Made in Britain, Fashion Jewellery, Fashion handbags, Fashion Accessories, Luggage & Travel and Small Leather Goods, culminating in a Judges Choice award, the ultimate accolade for the Fashion Accessory of the year awards.


The association utilised its connections with key industry professionals to judge the competition. The judges compare the entered products on a selection of merits from product originality, innovative eye catching design to commercial viability. Judges this year included Laura Sutherland (Editor of Attire Accessories), Amanda Partridge (Womenswear, Accessories & Intimate Apparel Buyer/Selector for Associated Independent Stores), Martin Foster (Managing Director of Lakeland Leather), Nigel Lea (National Partnerships Manager, Citation Ltd) and the British Allied Trade Federations very own International Services Manager, Rebecca Gough.

Diana Blair, CEO of The BTAA said of the awards “We have had an amazing response to this year’s awards, with such a high standard of entries and such a wide variety of products showcasing the design and innovation that is currently being utilised in the industry at the moment. With the last few years of uncertainty within our sector, it’s great to see that so many companies are still innovating and creating new and exciting products. It's been a pleasure to promote the winners and get them in front of industry professionals and I would like to congratulate the winners, highly commended and all finalists on their achievements.”


Winners receive £500 towards their stand at Autumn Fair 2018, where they can showcase their products in front of buyers from around the world.

 

WINNERS THIS YEAR


Fashion Jewellery Category sponsored by Stephen Price Design Ltd

Winner - Carissa - Bianca Elgar

 

Fashion Handbags Category sponsored by Autumn Fair

Winner – Persian Rose Pink Felt & leather Backpack – TTWINN London

Highly Commended – Beau Beach Huts handbag - Mala Leather

 

Luggage and Travel Category sponsored by British Jewellery & Giftware International (BJGI)

Winner – Ted Baker Take Flight - The Pelham Group

Highly Commended – LuggAway -J P Willmac Ltd

 

Fashion Accessories Category sponsored by Attire Accessories

Winner – Three Sided Skinny Scarf - Bianca Elgar

Highly Commended – Furry Leggings, Ufurria Just Faux Fun

 

Made in Britain Category sponsored by Citation

Winner – Melissa Chiasa Evening Clutch – Mame Huku

Highly Commended – Carissa - Bianca Elgar

 

Small Leather Goods Category sponsored by Citation

Winner – Ollie Penguin Purse – Mala Leather

Highly Commended – Afternoon Tea in the Country - Foxfield Fine Leather

 

Judges Choice Award sponsored by Ascential / Spring Fair / Autumn Fair

Winner – Melissa Chiasa Evening Clutch – Mame Huku

 

The BTAA will also be celebrating its centenary next year, marking 100 years of supporting the leather goods, luggage, Handbags and fashion accessories industry.