Huge thanks to everyone who has voted in the inaugural EM Design Awards!
It has been immensely exciting seeing the votes come in, with the leading parties changing daily – the voting has been extremely close all round.
The EM DESIGN AWARDS 2020 is the first of an annual award scheme set up by EclipseMagazine.co.uk.
During the summer and winter racing seasons, a legion of independent designers and makers create beautiful pieces for racegoers to use and wear at the races.
To celebrate their creativity and quality of work, especially at a time when so many businesses have been affected by the lack of racing due to coronovirus, we wanted to do something to help boost morale – and over 2,000 of our readers have risen to the occasion, determined to support their favourite designers with their votes. WOW!
“We love our readers and we know our readers love their designers, so creating the EM Design Awards gave us the perfect opportunity to ask our readers for their recommendations when it came to raceday outfits,” says Karen Sargeant, Editor of EclipseMagazine.co.uk
“We have been delighted with the response and it has brought some fabulous new and established designers into the spotlight – and hopefully everyone else will now sit up and appreciate them too!
“Congratulations go to all of the winners, but also to all of the designers who were nominated, as this really has been driven by their fans, which in turn has been a result of their own high quality work and exceptional talent.
“We look forward to hearing about more designers for next year’s Awards!”
So, now we are DELIGHTED to announce our Award Winners 2020 – congratulations to you all, and huge thanks again to everyone who voted and took part in this project:
When we asked our readers to nominate designers, we also invited them to tell us why they were putting those designers forward. Many took the opportunity to heap praise on their nominees and because our voters were so passionate about their choices, we have included reader quotes for the runners-up as well.
To view the list of winners please scroll down…
Winner: Judith M Kinsky Millinery
German artist Judith M Kinsky is an award-winning milliner for elegant couture hats and headwear. All products are hand-made unique pieces by Judith, who is regularly represented at the London Hat Week.
“There are hats that when you look at them tell you about dreams and an infinite grace like the hats created by this artist.” GG
“It is apparent that Judith Kinsky puts much creativity, flair, quality and care into her designs, as she does in her life. Her designs stand out with a distinguished elegance and uniqueness, and each one is handmade. In addition, she seems to be devoted to the culture and legacy of the races.” GN
“Her hats are unique, fancy, high quality, made with love and passion!” CS
Runner up: Amanda Keitch
“Amanda has been making beautiful hats for years and always brings something joyful and unique to each creation. she has a wonderful eye for turning inspiration into something instantly right for the wearer. I would describe her hats as delicious pieces of confection with a touch of whimsy. “ EM
Winner: Omar Mansoor
Omar Mansoor is widely credited with re-introducing fusion clothing into modern fashion. Hailing from a textile family, he grew up in a world surrounded by culture, architecture, art, history and design. He cultivated a vast knowledge of textiles and moved to London to study fashion where he learned the craft of draping and cutting fabric to create a clean, elegant and timeless silhouette.
“I’ve watched Omar grow into an extraordinarily talented couturier and he deserves every bit of praise!“ ZK
“He designs beautifully articulated clothes that make women look chic and modern.” FR
“He is passionate about his work and values his all customers like royals.” AN
Runner up: Lacry Couture
“Lacry not only makes the most incredible, unique and glamorous designs, she is versatile and adaptable to whatever occasion or event.“ GL
Winner: James Clarke
James Clarke has blossomed into one of the most sought after luxury British designers. The James Clarke brand is renowned for the highest quality and great craftsmanship together with an impeccable eye for the finer details. ‘The Choice Of Individuals’.
“James is a phenomenal designer creating by hand some of the most beautiful couture designer wear for both men and women. He is talented beyond belief and has the most amazing inspiring passion for his craft.” CG
“Beautiful tailoring and fabrics.” MT
Runner up: Butler Stewart
“Absolutely love this brand. Their timeless styles are second to none. A great choice of tweeds, exceptional tailoring and the fit is amazing. Always receive compliments for my outfit when at the races.” JW
Winner: CocoRose London
“We invented the foldable shoe to empower women. Fast forward to now, and we have cemented our place as not just the foldable shoe brand, but an internationally acclaimed brand for stylish and incredibly comfortable flats for 21st century lifestyles,” Janan Leo, founder of CocoRose London.
“They are the most helpful, reliable, honest and passionate company that I have ever bought from – and their shoes are dreamy!” KM
“I work for the NHS and I wear them too and from work as it’s walking on little soft clouds. Real treat to slip a pair on after a long shift. I now have several pairs as they have now formed my staple wardrobe and they are a bit like a martini any time, any place, anywhere. They go with anything and so many styles. Amazing for travelling as they fold and are so light yet so sturdy.” CR
“Beautiful people with beautiful souls designing beautifully crafted Footwear for everyone to love and enjoy. They bring true happiness and lift your spirits when you wear their designs.” KB
Runner up: Zaccy’s London
“Incredible shoes, stylish and so comfortable. They also last an eternity. Every member of my family has a pair.” AM
Ottely is a small bespoke leather goods workshop based in Gloucestershire. Everything is designed and handcrafted in their studio using
the finest leathers, and traditional and modern techniques to create items that have a timeless elegance and are made to last.
“Fantastic leather work. Absolutely beautiful custom made items. My go to for special occasions and gifts.” LB
“I’ve ordered a couple of items from Toby and loved the whole process. I got to choose the leather, stitching and design all with Toby’s expert advice. Thoroughly recommend.” MA
“The work is beautiful and the standard of workmanship is stunning, owning something from Ottely is something to treasure.” AH
Runner up: Wolf & Badger
“They have a great range of products and prices for everyone.” AL
Winner: Lily & Roo
Lily & Roo Jewellery was founded by Brittany Preston. With a classic, yet contemporary aesthetic, and modern luxury approach to jewellery, pieces are handcrafted in their London studio in Hatton Garden.
“A great choice of designs at affordable prices.” MS
“I really like the simplicity of the jewellery, with a modern style.” KP
“So much to choose from. If you collect different pieces for different occasions, the consistent style makes them great for layering too.” JP
Runner up: Nicky Blystad Jewellery
“Nicky’s jewellery is original and beautifully crafted.” CA
Winner: Sarah Haran
“My handbags are designed to help women meet life’s daily challenges. Beautiful & functional, my innovative modular designs and clever features will make you feel more organised and confident, whatever you are doing.” Sarah Haran
“As well as looking gorgeous, Sarah’s bags have so many thoughtful details. They have been made by someone who knows what women need as well as what they like!” PP
“Top quality, classic designs but with a contemporary look. These bags go on and on.” RB
“Beautiful designs. Also love the accessories to change the look of your bag with a few extra touches.” AC
Runner up: Nina Hauzer – also available via Wolf & Badger
“I love her colours, and the range of classical and really quirky designs.” ET
Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.
She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine.
If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse…!!)