The past 12 months have been some of the most challenging in fashion retail history. Repeated lockdowns across the UK have dramatically changed the way consumers shop, and what they buy. However, retailers and brands have adapted at speed by changing their product mix, increasing investment online, and exploring new and better ways to communicate with and serve their customers.

There is now light at the end of the tunnel: we have seen how quickly businesses can bounce back after lockdown, and the new vaccines provide hope of a return to socialising – and shopping – later this year. As the fashion industry builds a new future, this year’s Drapers Awards will celebrate the retailers, brands, suppliers and agencies that have innovated to survive, and built stronger businesses under the toughest of circumstances.

Now in their 30th year, these coveted awards shine a spotlight on the best of the best across the industry, placing a growing focus on business values and achievements that extend beyond financial performance.

New categories Team of the Year and Rising Star will recognise the exceptional efforts of individuals working within fashion retail, while the Disrupter Award is aimed at those breaking the boundaries with new business models. There are 17 categories in total.

There is still much to be celebrated in this remarkable, resilient industry. Entires are now closed, book your table to join us in November.




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