Represenatives from the footwear industry gathered to celebrate some of the emerging, exciting entrepreneurial talent at the annual Footwear Friends Awards.
Held at the Crypt on the Green in Clerkenwell, London, the judges were once again delighted by the high standard of entries.
Malcolm Collins of Footwear Friends said: “We were very impressed by the quality of work that is being done.
“It is always difficult to choose between so much talent but we feel that the winners were those who not only had exciting product but business acumen as well, and as such will develop into major players in the footwear industry.”
This year’s winners were:
The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers Award for Innovation
Ottowin was awarded a £ 5,000 bursary aimed at developing a Young Designer/Manufacturing/Retail business with a strong brand identity. The Award was generously sponsored by the livery company and includes a 12-month mentoring programme by industry experts. The Master of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, Col. Nigel Easton QVRM TD, presented the Directors of Ottowin, Lucy Lloyd and Oliver Cross with the prize.
The Micro-Pak Limited Award
This award of £ 2,500 plus 12-months mentoring programme was presented to Mon Fred by Ben Wright and sponsored by Micro-Pak Limited. Fred Scheckter, Managing Director of the business was present to receive his award.
The British Footwear Award
The 2019 award went to Auxiliary. The BFA Award winner will receive a year’s membership with the Association. The Award was presented to Matthew Taylor, Managing Director of the business by Lucy Reece-Raybould of the British Footwear Association.