Winners Announced: 2016 WGSN Futures Awards

28th May 2016

Baartmans and Siegel scored the coveted Breakthrough Menswear Designer award at the 2016 WGSN Futures Awards at 8 Northumberland Avenue. The pair were vying for the award against stiff competition: Craig Green, Abasi Rosborough and Astrid Andersen. Darren Kennedy, who just happens to feature in issue twelve of Candid Magazine, presented the duo­ – Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel – with their Sarah Angold-designed glass trophy.

Darren Kennedy presented Baartmans and Siegel with their award
Darren Kennedy (right) presented Baartmans and Siegel with their award
Hosted by Fearne Cotton, other big wins were Farfetch for Best E-store, The Unseen (who we marked as one to watch in Candid a few issues ago) for Innovation Design and former Candid cover star Jim Chapman, presented Scotch & Soda with the award for Best Digital Innovation for their collaboration with Airbnb.
The Unseen lands WGSN
The Unseen lands award for Innovation Design, presented by Eric Underwood
It’s British Vogue’s centenary this year and in another achievement for the magazine, editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman, took home the Hall of Fame award for her continued commitment to the fashion industry.
Courtney Blackman
Candid Magazine's editor-in-chief, Courtney Blackman attended the event and was a judge for this year's awards
The full list of winners is as follows:
WGSN Hall of Fame Alexandra Shulman
Best Digital Innovation Scotch & Soda X Airbnb
Best New Retail Concept The Store X Soho House Berlin
Best Store RYU Apparel
Best E-Store (Pure Play) Farfetch
Innovation Design Innovative Design The Unseen
Best Multichannel Business John Lewis
Best Marketing Initiative Kate Spade – #MissAdventure
Best Start-Up Hill & Friends
Sustainable Design Team Timberland
Avery Dennison RBIS Emerging Brand Mimi Ward
Breakthrough Footwear & Accessories Design Richard Braqo
Breakthrough Menswear Designer Baartmans and Siegel
Breakthrough Womenswear Designer Serafina Sama at Isa Arfen
Dougie Poynter presented Timberland with their WGSN Futures Award
Dougie Poynter presented Timberland with their WGSN Futures Award
The WGSN Futures Awards concluded the WGSN Futures Summit, which took place on the 25th and 26th of May, where experts culminated to share insights on ‘WGSN Vision 2030.'
Words by Sophie Exton

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