Wolf & Badger
Independent retailer hosts its third annual graduate design awards to help support young designers.
By Carey Whitwam.
Independent retailer Wolf & Badger recently hosted its third annual graduate design awards to find the best graduate designers across fashion, jewellery and product & accessories.
The three winning designers – Katie Jamieson (jewellery), Katie Darlington (fashion) and Beth Hays Thomas (product & accessories) have been awarded the opportunity to sell their graduate collections in one of the two Wolf & Badger stores, as well as on its e-commerce platform.
Winners were selected by a panel of judges consisting of Wolf & Badger’s design director Henry Graham, blogger Navaz Batliwalla from Disneyrollergirl and Wolf & Badger’s creative director Stephanie Wheatley.
The collections will be sold in store for a minimum of three months, with over 80 per cent of the retail price going directly to the designer.
"We received a huge number of applications for our 3rd Annual Graduate Design Awards and as always it was difficult to pick the finalists, let alone the winners," says Henry Graham, retail director at Wolf & Badger.
"All the winners' designs were innovative, finished to a high degree and commercial," he continues. "They will sit well next to all the other wonderful, unique and exciting products we sell."
The Wolf & Badger team judged each designer’s collection based on innovation, creativity, quality and finish of design as well as commerciality and viability to produce in quantity.
"I was looking for a mix of creativity and commercial appeal, so Beth Hays Thomas was a clear winner for me," says Navaz Batliwalla, founder of Disneyrollergirl. "I immediately wanted to reach out and pick up her glassware."
"Kate Darlington got my vote because I saw great potential in her shapes and fabric designs," she continues. "I can see she has lots of ideas, and it will be interesting to watch how she edits and develops them."
"Kate Jamieson's jewellery is very thoughtful in the way the stones are placed inside the shapes. Her pieces are incredibly eye-catching and make you want to go in for a closer look," adds Batliwalla.