A Derry clothing retailer has been nominated for a prestigious industry award fot the second year in succession. Chocolate Clothing, based on Foyle Street has been in highly respected trade magazine, Drapers.
Co-Owner, David Conaghan said : “We very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted again for the second time out of thousands of businesses to make it down to the final few in the Drapers Independent Fashion Awards 2014.
“We won Multichannel Retailer Of The Year 2013 last year, so where are back this year to defend our title. And this year we are over whelmed being shortlisted in the most coveted category Young Fashion Retailer of the Year 2014. Which is the most respected award that any fashion retailer can receive so we are over the moon. Roll on London in September and hopefully we can win two years in a row.
The Drapers Independents Awards have put the UK’s independent fashion retail sector firmly on the map, bringing together the very best of the industry for a glittering evening of recognition, celebration and networking. With 15 categories, the awards covered a wide range of achievements in fashion retailing.
The inaugural Drapers Independents Awards, one of the largest events of its kind, showcased some of the UK’s most entrepreneurial individuals and the most innovative retail businesses at a time when the giants of fashion retail are suffering falling sales and a lack of consumer confidence.
Eric Musgrave, editorial director, Drapers, said: “The shape of the high-street is changing and although there are strong signs of growth in the independents retail sector, now more than ever we need to support existing independent retailers and encourage more to open.
The Drapers Independents Awards recognise innovation, reward success and offer independents the chance to network with some of the most renowned and influential names in the UK’s fashion retail industry. I hope that the launch of the Drapers Independents Awards will support the growth of independent fashion retailers and in turn help secure the future of the British high street. Congratulations to all our finalists and future winners. ”