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Rebecca Morter from Lone Design Club was crowned the winner of the Retail Futures 2020 last night at the Fashion Innovation and Awards Networking Event. Two runners-up prizes were also awarded to Irene-Marie Seelig & Matthew Pril from AnamXR, and Maria Makrova & Irina Khaykina from GFAIVE who each received a £5,000 cash prize. Benedicta Banga also recieved a special commendation for Blaqbase.

This year’s prizes also included a year’s desk membership for each business at The Trampery Fish Island Village, one of the Fashion District’s studio sites in east London. Opening next year it will be Europe’s largest campus dedicated to sustainable fashion and innovation.

Harita Shah, Director of Brand, Creative, Media, Comms & Events, Unibail Rodamco-Westfield, said: “There have been some truly innovative ideas and solutions put forward by the SMEs. 2020 has been a year of huge acceleration of trends which has fostered creativity and ingenuity – just what we need to explore and reshape the industry going forward. URW is proud to be working with Fashion District again this year on Retail Futures 2020 and investing in the future of retail.”

Lone Design Club also won vital technology and business support from IBM to develop their business plan and a 12-month membership with Stylus, the competition’s trends partner, who will provide the winner with essential industry consumer insight.

Remo Gettini – CTO, Depop said: “”The next generation of fashion creators and technology innovators have the power to unlock the future of fashion – that’s what Depop has championed from the start. As consumer needs evolve faster than ever, fashion’s innovation will be unleashed by agile and adaptive start-ups which can combine deep understanding and insight with forward, purpose-led thinking. We’re excited to support Fashion District’s Retail Futures 2020 and celebrate the future of fashion innovation.”