BTAA – Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards 2017

BTAA Mamehuku - judges choice winnerSister Association to The Giftware Association, The BTAA held its annual Fashion Accessory of the Year awards 2017 on the first day of Autumn Fair at NEC. The prestigious awards ceremony celebrates the best in functional fashion and design across the travel goods, handbags and fashion accessories industry and is sponsored by supporters to the industry ‘Attire Accessories’, ‘Spring Fair’ and ‘Autumn Fair’.
The awards now in its 7th year, attracted a wide variety of products encompassing categories such as Made in Britain, Fashion Jewellery,  Fashion handbags, Luggage and Travel and  Small Leather Goods, culminating in a Judges Choice award, the ultimate accolade for the Fashion Accessory of the year awards.
The BTAA will be celebrating a very special birthday next year being 100 years old and as an Association, utilised its connections with key industry professionals to judge the competition. The judges compare the entered products on a selection of merits from product originality, innovative eye catching design to commercial viability. Judges this year included Laura Sutherland, Editor of Attire Accessories, Amanda Partridge, multiple store buyer for Associated Independent Stores, Martin Foster, Managing Director of Lakeland Leather and the British Allied Trade Federations very own International Services Manager, Rebecca Gough.
Diana Blair, CEO of The BTAA said of the awards “We have had an amazing response to this year’s awards, with such a high standard of entries and such a wide variety of products showcasing the design and innovation that is currently being utilised in the industry at the moment. With the last few years of uncertainty within our sector, it’s great to see that so many companies are still innovating and creating new and exciting products. It’s been a pleasure to promote the winners and get them in front of industry professionals”
Winners receive £500 towards their stand at Autumn Fair, 2018, where they can showcase their products in front of buyers from around the world.
Fashion Jewellery Category sponsored by Stephen Price Design Ltd
Winner - Carissa - Bianca Elgar
Fashion Handbags Category sponsored by Autumn Fair
Highly Commended – Beau Beach Huts handbag - Mala Leather
Winner – Persian Rose Pink Felt & leather Backpack – TTWINN London
Luggage and Travel Category sponsored by British Jewellery & Giftware International
Highly Commended – LuggAway -J P Willmac Ltd
Winner – Ted Baker Take Flight - The Pelham Group
Fashion Accessories Category sponsored by Attire Accessories
Highly Commended – Furry Leggings, Ufurria Just Faux Fun
Winner – Three Sided Skinny Scarf - Bianca Elgar -
Made In Britain Category sponsored by Citation
Highly Commended – Carissa -  Bianca Elgar, Created in Britain
Winner – Melissa Chiasa Evening Clutch – Mame Huku
Small Leather Goods Category sponsored by Citation
Highly Commended – Afternoon Tea in the Country - Foxfield Fine Leather
Winner – Ollie Penguin Purse – Mala Leather
Judges Choice Award sponsored by Ascential /Spring Fair / Autumn Fair
Winner – Melissa Chiasa Evening Clutch – Mame Huku
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