Fashion shop bags top award

November 29 2013

AN INDEPENDENT fashion store on Gloucester Road is celebrating after winning Best New Business at a prestigious awards event.

AN INDEPENDENT fashion store on Gloucester Road is celebrating after winning Best New Business at a prestigious awards event.
Fox + Feather received the award at the Drapers Independents Awards 2013, in recognition of the work of entrepreneurial independent business owner, Clare Serjeant.
The well-deserving winners were announced at a celebration reception and luncheon on November 7 at The Waldorf Hilton, London
The Drapers Independents Awards recognises innovation and talent within the retail sector, and offers independents a chance to network with some of the most renowned and influential names in the UK’s fashion retail industry.
With 15 categories, the awards cover a wide range of achievements in fashion retailing.
After being reviewed by a panel of judges - made up of influential figures and experts from the independent retail sector - Fox + Feather won the Best New Business award for their range of UK-designed fashion brands for men and women, and their commitment to providing the best possible shopping experience.
Clare Serjeant, who graduated from the University of the West of England in 2000 and has worked for various fashion brands across the country - set up Fox + Feather in March 2012.
Ms Serjeant commented: "We are completely thrilled and honoured to have been given this award. We have worked very hard to build our business and love being a part of the fantastic Gloucester Road community.
"We hope that this award will help us to continue to expand our range and help promote the local and national designers that we love."
Research from the Local Data Company (LDC) shows independents are leading change on the high streets. In 2013, across the top UK 500 town centres, there has been a net growth of 424 independent shops, growing 0.4%, while multiple stores showed a net decline of 209 units.
Eric Musgrave, editorial director at 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.
"I hope that the launch of the Drapers Independents Awards will support the growth of independent fashion retailers and in turn helps secure the future of the British high street. Congratulations to all our finalists and winners."

Late night shopping party

 Fox + Feather will be hosting a late-night Christmas shopping party on December 6.
Attendees can enjoy a glass of bubbly, discounts, mince pies, music, a gift for those who make a purchase, games and a charity raffle. 
Tickets for the evening are £5, which entitles those in attendance to £5 off any purchase. 
Previous parties have proved popular, with the last two events selling out. 
Tickets can be purchased in store, or over the phone on: 0117 3292 575. Limited tickets are available available.