Last day to vote for Stars!

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Voting for the Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award closes tonight at 8pm. This is the only Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards category decided by public vote – winners will be announced at Stars’ gala ceremony on Thursday 12th November 2015.

Stars Best Shop Awards 2015: Meet the Finalists!

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Underlines are pleased to announce the finalists for Stars Best Shop Awards 2015! Congratulations to the 93 specialist shops running for the awards, the only independent recognition of excellence in the sectors of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and legwear.

All About You Allura Lingerie Alma Care
Amelie’s Follies Angela Knight Lingerie Arnotts
Banburys Bare Necessities (Melbourne) Barkers
Belle Femme Bellisima (Ireland) Bentalls
Betty & Belle Blush Lingerie Boutique Bodenhams
Böschen Boudoir Lingerie Boudoir Pink
Bras & Honey Bravado Underwear Bravelle
Bravissimo Browns of York Brown Thomas
Caroline Randell Carols of Bishops Stortford Chantilly
Coco Nuit Lingerie Completelyou D’Braz (Banstead)
D’Braz (Cobham) Elouise Lingerie Elphicks
Elys Wimbledon (Legwear) Elys Wimbledon (Lingerie) Embrace
Envie4U Feathers of Marlow Fenwick Canterbury
Fenwicks Bond Street Figleaves.com First Boulevard
Fit to Bust Foundations Goods
Guilt Lingerie Harveys House of Fraser
Je Te Veux John Lewis Jolie Lingerie
La Bella Lingerie Lace Less Bounce
Lincoln Bra Lady Louby Lou
Love from me x Lovell & Vie Maries
McElhinney Stores Mimi & You Mirari
Mish Online mysmartypants.co.uk MyTights.com
Omorose Perfect Fit (Keynsham) Poze
Pretty Things (Buckhurst Hill) Pretty Things (Cockfosters) Pretty Woman
Prohibido Rigby & Peller Rosa
See Saw Sheen Uncovered Simply Beach
Smith Bradbeer Sock Shop Sweet Dreams
Tallulah The Fitting Room The Lingerie Boutique (Reigate)
The Little Big Bra Shop Turnbulls Tyrers
UK Swimwear UK Tights Voisins
Williams & Griffin (Legwear) Williams & Griffin (Lingerie) Winch & Blatch

The Stars retail awards will take place on Thursday 12th November 2015 at the Underglobe, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.

With huge thanks to the continuing support of headline sponsor:

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And Stars’ 2015 growing list of sponsors:

After Eden Anita Aristoc
Eurovet Mode City Pretty Polly
Salon International de la Lingerie Wacoal Europe

A new venue for Stars Best Shop Awards!

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Put the date (and location) in your diary for Stars Best Shop Awards 2015. The most important retail awards for the UK intimate apparel industry will take place on Thursday 12th November 2015 at our exuberant new venue, the UnderGlobe.

A hidden gem, the UnderGlobe is located underneath the historical and world-famous Shakespeare’s Globe in London’s Southbank. Complete with river side entrance, private mezzanine for the Champagne reception and sweeping staircase leading to the beautiful room where the awards ceremony will be held, it’s an evening not to be missed.

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Underlines are also pleased to announce LYCRA® (a trademark of INVISTA) will once again headline the group of loyal Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards sponsors. INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres and has generously contributed to Stars for 5 years.

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Stars 2014: a night to remember!

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275 guests gathered in London last night for the 6th edition of Stars Best Shop Awards: retail awards for the underwear, swimwear and legwear industry. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Vanessa Feltz, the Awards drew buyers and retailers from all across the UK and Ireland. The glittering evening is organised by the leading trade publication, Underlines Magazine, which celebrates 25 years in the sector this year with the headline sponsor of INVISTA (owner of the LYCRA® brand). An exclusive preview of the new LYCRA® advertising campaign was shown during the evening.

Other sponsors included Courtaulds Brands (Pretty Polly and Aristoc) – Legwear Retailer of the Year; Panache with the Cocktail Reception and Wacoal Eveden with the deluxe photobooth. Stars is supported by national show organisers, ITE Moda Lingerie & Swimwear Exhibition, Eurovet (organisers of Salon International, Mode City and Interfiliere) and the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB) – all of whom gave generous prizes to the winners.

Stars 2014 Winners

Best Newcomer: Sobriquet Lingerie

Best Newcomer: Sobriquet Lingerie

Best Concept Shop: Petits Bisous

Best Concept Shop: Petits Bisous

Independent Department Store: Voisins

Independent Department Store: Voisins

Large Department/Chain Store: Brown Thomas

Large Department/Chain Store: Brown Thomas

Legwear Retailer of the Year: Barkers

Legwear Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Courtaulds Legwear): Barkers

Best Multi-product E-tailer: ASOS

Best Multi-product E-tailer: ASOS

Best Specialist E-tailer: Simply Beach

Best Specialist E-tailer: Simply Beach

Personal Touch: The Little Big Bra Shop

Personal Touch: The Little Big Bra Shop

Reference Shop: Bravado

Reference Shop: Bravado

Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award (decided by public vote): Turnbulls

Excellence & Outstanding Achievement Award (decided by public vote): Turnbulls

Editor's Choice: Bentalls

Editor’s Choice: Bentalls

Supplier of the Year Award: Wacoal Eveden

Supplier of the Year Award: Wacoal Eveden

As well as the 12 annual Awards, a new Award was created last night – The Special Care Recognition Award, aimed at acknowledging the contribution these specialist stores make in the marketplace and won by Nicola Jane.

Wacoal Eveden named Supplier of the Year at Stars Best Shop Awards

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Organised by Underlines Magazine and held on 20th November at the Cumberland Hotel in London, the Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards are the only independent recognition of excellence in intimate apparel, swimwear and legwear retailing in the UK. The awards were created to recognise and reward entrepreneurial skill, innovation and experience in these specialised sectors.

This year, there were 88 finalists nominated across 12 categories, put forward by a judging panel made up of 27 brands representing a cross section of the lingerie, swimwear and hosiery industries. There could be only one winner for the Supplier of the Year Award and the stores that voted felt that this year it belonged to Wacoal Eveden, the parent company of well known lingerie brands Fantasie, Freya, Elomi, Wacoal, Huit and b.tempt’d.

Ann-Marie Manley, Head of Marketing for Wacoal Eveden said: “This year has been such a significant year for the Wacoal Eveden business and we’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded Supplier of the Year at the Stars Underlines Awards. The awards are of upmost importance to us as they are voted for by our customers. Customer service is the heart of our business and to be recognised for all the hard work is very gratifying. On behalf of everyone at Wacoal Eveden, we’d like to thank everyone for voting for us, and look forward to continue working with you all in 2015.”

Real women walk the catwalk at Truelove

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Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards finalist Truelove Lingerie is going to celebrate the beauty of real women with a catwalk show in aid of CoppaFeel! on the 26th November, featuring housewives, teachers, pensioners and students on the catwalk. Marie Truelove, owner of Truelove states: “we are not saying Models are not real women, of course they are!  But we want to show that all women can look & feel beautiful regardless of age & size simply by wearing the right lingerie.”

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All models involved in this great event will receive hair & makeup pampering courtesy of celebrity hairdresser, Sinead Kelly and her creative team, and entrance will be by ticket only with all proceeds going to CoppaFeel!

Sponsorship announced for Stars Best Shop Awards 2014

Underlines Magazine, organisers of Stars Underlines Best Shop Awards, is delighted to announce new sponsorship in 2014. Pretty Polly and Aristoc, leading UK brands of legwear for nearly 100 years, will be sponsoring the Legwear Retailer of the Year Award to be held on 20th November 2014 at the Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London.

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The event, which will host the presentation of 11 retail and e-commerce awards with a Supplier of the Year Award, continues to be supported by the headline sponsorship of LYCRA® (a trademark of INVISTA). INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres.

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Specialist lingerie and swim brand, Panache Lingerie Ltd (with brands Cleo, Cleo Swim, Panache Lingerie & Panache Swim, Panache Sport and Sculptresse aimed primarily at larger cup sizes) is once lending its support with sponsorship of the welcome & cocktail reception.

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Extra prizes are on offer to Award winners including 3 all-inclusive trips to the UK’s national trade event, Moda Lingerie & Swimwear Show, courtesy of ITE Moda. In addition Eurovet, organisers of Salon International and Mode City Paris will give one lucky winner a trip to Paris on Eurostar with accommodation. FAB (The Fashion Association of Britain) will present one year’s membership to their organisation which assists independent retailers with advice and practical help on a huge number of business issues from legal to computing.

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Entrants to the Awards are nominated by a jury of 26 leading swimwear, intimate apparel, corsetry and legwear brands from both the UK and worldwide.

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