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Annual Awards 2012

Footwear industry charity Footwear Friends held its sixth annual awards ceremony on November 1st to honour up-and-coming footwear brands and designers as well as to raise funds for the charity. The winners on the night were designer Nicole le Grange of footwear brand Love Art Wear Art, and footwear brand Fury. The Joe Meltzer Travel Award went to Red By Wolves and was presented to direct Lena Lipp by Footwear Friends president and British Footwear Association chief executive Richard Kottler.

The food and drink: Champagne and canap├ęs.

Article from the Draper’s Magazine, November 17th 2012

Nicole Le Grange

Winning the Footwear Friends Award has been a highlight for my label, Love Art Wear Art, as it increased awareness of my brand to key people within the UK footwear arena.

With the help of the Footwear Friends Award I was able to fund the development of my new collection and show at Micam, it was a great opportunity to introduce the brand to new international markets. I’ve also been put in contact with a PR agency and we have started working together on a National PR campaign.

Thanks again to the British Footwear Association & Footwear Friends for your on-going advice and support

Nicole Le Grange
Winner of the Footwear Friends Designer Award 2012
Lena Lipp

The Meltzer Award helped Red By Wolves by subsiding our trip to Asia. Subsequently the award directly contributed to us achieving our aim of finding a partner in the far east to work with for 2013. The entire experience has been interesting and enjoyable. Meeting with the decision panel was a pleasant experience. We felt welcomed and encouraged. We recommend that all those that are seeking to step up to a challenge, and enhance their company’s prospects, should think about applying for a Footwear Friends award.

Lena Lipp
Winner of the Joe Meltzer Travel Award 2012