John Lewis lingerie buyer Nancy Szachno-Dressel has joined the 2015 UK Lingerie Awards judging panel.
Szachno-Dressel, who has worked in the lingerie industry since 2003, will join Figleaves head of buying Jenni Burt and other leading experts in judging this year’s brand categories.
Commenting on joining the panel, she said: “I’m flattered and excited to be asked to judge on behalf of the Lingerie Awards. It’s great that there is something that champions and celebrates this industry as lingerie is the foundation of every woman’s wardrobe.”
Szachno-Dressel started her career buying nursing bras for Mothercare before moving to Primark’s head office where she was responsible for designing, sourcing, fitting and buying product.
In 2008, she joined Figleaves as senior buyer. Here, she had her first taste of buying lingerie brands and developing own-brand product.
House of Fraser was her next port of call in 2009, where she launched three new lingerie own brands for Biba, Untold and Therapy.
She then had her daughter, Edie, and joined John Lewis as lingerie buyer, a position she had held for three years.
“Nancy brings a wealth of lingerie buying and production experience to the panel and we’re delighted to have her on board,” said Sarah Blackman, editor of Lingerie Insight, the organiser of the UK Lingerie Awards.
There are 21 Award categories this year, 17 of which will be judged two separate panels of leading intimate apparel experts.
One panel, comprised of retailers, buyers and trend forecasters, will meet on October 6 to assess the brand categories and choose their winners.
The second panel, made up of brands and agents, will judge the four retail categories, including Department Store of the Year, Multiple Retailer of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year and Digital Retailer of the Year.
Any judge who works for a nominated company was not allowed to vote in that category.