Leading industry body the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) is re-launching its annual awards this year in what will be one of the biggest celebrations for the fashion and textile industry.
The Awards will mark a new partnership with NatWest and the ceremony, formerly known as the Export Awards, have been renamed the NatWest UK Fashion and Textile Awards 2013.
To launch the new-look event, UKFT held a flash fashion show at London’s St Pancras Station showcasing some of its outstanding fashion members. Emerging young designers including Charlotte Taylor and The House of Nines were part of the fashion show which surprised commuters making their way home.
Orla Kiely, a previous award winner, also showcased a SS13 dress along with Tatty Devine, another rising star of the industry.
UKFT chairman Peter Lucas said: “It is a fantastic time to be British and an even greater time to be working in the British fashion and textiles industry. We think we should celebrate this not with a whisper but with a real shout and all the acclaim that the companies and individuals who make up our sector deserve.”
He added: “We work tirelessly to support our industry and these Awards will be a wonderful platform to say thank you to those who make the UK fashion industry really standout, be it on a catwalk or in shops around the globe. We are an industry not just of designers but also suppliers, manufacturers and some of the best and most innovative textile businesses in the world. Without them our industry could not exist and they should be recognised for thriving even in such difficult economic times. ”
Jonathan Coates, Relationship Director for Retail and Wholesale for Commercial Banking at NatWest said: "We are delighted to be part of the NatWest UK Fashion and Textile Awards 2013 celebrating the fantastic achievements and innovation from across the industry. It is important that RBS does all it can to support innovation and growth which is why we’re supporting this event.
"The fashion industry is a key contributor to UK economy, which is why we’ve dedicated specialist managers to support the sector, and have international trade advisors in 37 countries to help these businesses expand worldwide.”
He added: "There is a real hunger for growth and development across the industry and we are delighted to be able to support such an important contributor to the UK and global economy."
The Awards are open to members and non-members of UKFT. The deadline for entries is 8 March 2013 and the black tie event will be held at One Mayfair on the evening of 23 May.
More information can be found on www.UKFT.org.