On March 22, British footwear designer Sophia Webster was awarded the 2016 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
The seventh British Fashion Council/Vogue ceremony for 2016, which was held at the Bulgari Hotel in London, is one of the most prestigious fashion awards ceremonies of the year. Webster, a shoe designer renown for her colorful and playful footwear, was shortlisted for this year’s award along with Mother of Pearl, Emilia Wickstead, Osman and Prism.
Not long after launching her eponymous footwear line in 2012, Webster was named Emerging Footwear Designer of the Year in 2013 and was also awarded the British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessories Designer the same year.
British Vogue editor-in-chief and chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, Alexandra Shulman, lauded Webster’s win, stating in a press release, “Sophia Webster is a great winner for this year’s award. The brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for, while Sophia and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism.”
2016 is indeed off to a victorious start for the 31-year-old designer. Webster receives her Fashion Fund award on the heels of her successful London Fashion Week FW16 collection presentation and has just debuted her first full collection of handbags for spring.
As a winner of the Fashion Fund award, Webster has been awarded a year-long mentor-ship program that will connect the designer with noted fashion brands, buyers and editors. In addition, Webster was also awarded a grant of £200,000 (or around $281,730).
“It feels amazing!” Webster said of winning the Fashion Fund award.
“I’m so shocked; I still can’t quite take it in. This will just make such a massive difference to our business. The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week, so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible.”
The different, exclusive and unique footwear brand is really going places!!