Exciting news – The Pokey Hat has made the shortlist for Retailer Of The Year at The Scottish Fashion Awards 2013! Now in their 8th year, the Awards are bigger and better than ever, and have A-list fashion icons such as Victoria Beckham, Chanel and Moschino – to name but a few – amongst their nominees. The ceremony will be held on October 9th in London’s ‘home of Scotland’, Dover House, and while some might say this is a controversial move, it’s one that leaves us counting down the days to this hugely influential event.
Honorary Fashion Ambassador 2012 and SFA 2013 judge, Colin McDowell, shares in our excitement and good old Scottish pride. “I think that one of the most lively and interesting things in the UK fashion world are the annual Scottish Fashion Awards,” he says. “As well as the huge profile and excitement the event generates way beyond the country’s borders for Scottish creativity, it reminds us all that it isn’t just London that can do things with panache and style. It is a powerful showcase for Scottish creativity at all levels. How lucky Scotland is to have such an event. I know so many countries that would give a lot for such a positive fashion profile as that provided for Scotland by The Scottish Fashion Awards.”
After attending the Awards last year, and looking on as so many people who inspire me trickled into the auditorium, I promised myself that one day I would be part of this. Every time another winner was announced I became more determined so, by the time the event was over, I was positively high on motivation. When the 2013 shortlist was announced, only one year on from that moment, to say I was thrilled would be an understatement.
The announcement came on a Sunday. I had been enjoying a couple of ‘sociables’ with friends on the Saturday night, so with a fuzzy head the following morning, I reached to my phone to find out why my Twitter notifications seemed to be going berserk. I had to read it over and over before it sank in, but The Pokey Hat had been shortlisted in The Retailer of the Year category, and everyone was talking about! My delicate head quickly subsided and I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since. It was incredible, not only to see the news confirmed publicly, but also to see support from people who have been part of the journey too. It was one of the most surreal moments of my life; one that I’ll remember for the rest of it. A journey had begun…
After at least 20 excited phone calls to friends, family and colleagues, it suddenly struck me: making the shortlist was good, but imagine actually winning! The Pokey Hat has undergone a lot of exciting developments recently, but in that exact moment I knew everything we were doing had to be better than I had originally conceived, and that’s what the Awards are all about: inspiring the industry to push the boundaries. We demonstrate homegrown talent with the ability to compete with the rest of the world.
I’m very much looking forward to enjoying the Awards with friends I have made along the way, who have also made the shortlist, including the Obscure Couture girls, gorgeous designer Rebecca Torres and the lovely Jenni Martin of Jenivieve Berlin Millinery. Huge congratulations to everyone – it’s going to be a night to remember!