It’s not often I get to escape the shop for a jolly but this week me and Steve (the male half of Fab Frocks) were treated to a posh lunch in London at the Drapers Independents Awards by one of our suppliers, Frank Lyman. We had been shortlisted for Best Customer Experience in an Independent Retailer. We didn’t win but were so proud to be reach the finals in our first attempt at entering the awards. Big congratulations to winner Galvin Tullamore – an impressive menswear store in Ireland.

The champagne flowed and it was great to exchange fashion ideas with none other than the man himself, Frank Lyman and his dynamic creative director Joanne – both had flown in all the way from Canada especially for this event. No signs of jet lag either! We also got the chance to chat to some other boutique owners from across the UK about the highs and lows of retail. Fashionistas don’t tend to be wallflowers so I need say no more other than the party continued long after the awards ceremony….drp_indies_logo_finalist