Prestigious Spotted Award winner announced ahead of Top Drawer A/W19 Having become a much-anticipated and loved feature of the show, Top Drawer is thrilled to announce the winner of this season’s Spotted Award. After much deliberation—and based on the originality, innovation and commercial viability of the brand— the award’s panel of expert judges has named the winner as Be for Change, creators of stylish upcycled leather goods.
Following the maxim that 'Waste is a Failure in Creativity', Ana Catarina Ferreira Carneiro set up Be for Change to tackle the growing resources problem, sourcing materials wasted at industrial level and creating goods made to last.
Of the London-based company, Sam Hood—Founder of Amara said, “Both the idea and the end product are strong. Turning an unwanted raw material into a viable product is a great idea commercially and environmentally.”
Echoing similar sentiments, Emily Cuthbert—Head of Product at Wolf & Badger said, “The products are well-considered and using surplus fabrics to make creative accessories is a brilliant concept. Be for Change is a brand built on values and their focus on minimising waste is commendable.”
Following their win, Be for Change will receive a complimentary stand at a future edition of Top Drawer, as well as a range of one-to-one mentoring sessions from leading design and retail specialists. These include: Patricia Van Den Akker, Founder of The Design Trust; Rosey Blackmore, Merchandise Director for Tate Enterprises; Madeleine Furness, Business Development Office at Cockpit Arts; Laura Jane Boast, Founder of Design Giving; Ella Doran, Founder of Ella Doran Design Ltd; Victoria Suffield, Founder of The Hambledon.
Further representing the variety and skill seen within the show’s Spotted sector, the panel also named three runners-up, who too will benefit from expert one-to-one mentoring sessions.
The runners up for the A/W19 Spotted Award are:
Inspired by nature and poetry, Londe’s (an old English world for land) skincare blends are created from British grown botanicals, registered with The Vegan Society. Founded by Amy Wright, the debut body oil has been called 'magic in a bottle'. Judges’ comments include: “A very clear brand message and it’s fantastic to use British grown botanicals. The packaging and products are a very beautiful, and giftable, way to communicated their story,” Molly Wollett, Assistant Buyer, John Lewis
What started off as a website featuring online travel guides, has now become a series of books, created for the stylish nomad with an interest in experience rather than expense and an eye for quality, design and authenticity. The books are a trustworthy source of curated places designed to enable the reader to have inspiring and memorable travel experiences, and eliminate tedious research. The books are lovingly produced with original photography and bespoke hand-drawn illustrated maps. Judges’ comments include: “Beautiful imagery and useful, off-beat recommendations,” Emily Cuthbert, Head of Product at Wolf & Badger
Good & Craft
Good & Craft is all about colours and maximalist patterns for interior collections. Their prints reflect the variety and beauty of nature and are sustainably made with attention to the environmental impact of the manufacturing processes. All the fabrics are printed in London, where the workshop is based, and the wallpapers are made in the UK on eco-friendly paper. The cushions are made at the studio. Judges’ comments include: “I adore these prints and colours used, especially across the cushions. The fabrics are unique and stand out from the crowd. I love a print that draws in your attention and gives you so much to discover,” Sam Hood, Founder of Amara