I am soooo proud to announce that The Dressing Room claimed the Number 1 spot at The Drapers Inspiring Independents party last night! This list relays the top 100 Independent fashion stores in the UK, as voted for by the Industry itself. Brands, agents and anyone involved in the Industry can put forward their vote for an Independent business they deem worthy of the award. Then the top 100 short-listed have to vote for their top 5 to decide the winner.
Beating of stiff competition such as the almighty Coggles, Browns, Jules B and many more amazing Indies to win, we feel extremely honoured. Deryane gave an emotional speech on the night, expressing her shock and elation at getting the number 1 spot!
These are just some of the comments:
‘This Year’s number one certainly deserves the top spot. Run by an Inspiring woman, this exemplary independent continues to drive exclusivity, offer unrivalled customer service and deliver a great multi-channel experience.’ Ana Santi, Deputy Editor, Drapers.
Caroline Nodder, Drapers’ editor in chief, said: “The Dressing Room is a fantastic example of the brilliant businesses thriving in the independent sector through their creativity, business acumen and phenomenal customer insight. Drapers is a champion of the indie sector and we are really proud to be able to highlight 100 of the very best that the whole industry should be proud of.”
‘The womenswear retailer, owned by Deryane Tadd, has had a spectacular past 12 months before topping this list. As well as adding the Drapers Footwear & Accessories Awards’ Best Accessories Offer to its growing haul of Drapers awards, Tadd has seen consistent growth both in her bricks and mortar store and online – which has soared 89% year-on-year.
In-store investment in new brands – Farhi, 2nd Day, Olivia Burton, By Malina – and regular staff training, has seen growth on what was already a very strong 2011. The Dressing Room has also proven its community credentials by raising an impressive £6,500 for local Charities.’
The event was held at the glamorous Kensington Roof Gardens and we made sure we celebrated our achievement to the max with a few glasses of champers, some dodgy dancing and even dodgier photos!……..
A big congratulations goes out to everyone else who made it into the top 100, we are proud to be part of such a great industry and enjoyed celebrating the evening with you all. Thanks to everyone who voted for us and to Drapers for putting on a great evening. What a way to kick start the year! Bring it on!…..
Charlotte x x