Sophia Webster scoops BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund
Sophia Webster is "so honoured" to have scooped this year's (16) BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
The London-based shoe designer fought off stiff competition from the likes of Emilia Wickstead and Mother of Pearl to emerge victorious on Tuesday (22Mar16), making her the second footwear expert to win following Nicholas Kirkwood's success in 2013.
Taking to Instagram after the win, Sophia couldn't contain her excitement. She uploaded a photo of herself holding the accolade in a frame, joined by British Vogue's editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman and Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the British Fashion Council.
"WOW!!!! So honoured!! Thank you SO SO much to the @britishfashioncouncil [email protected] Big love [email protected] & my #SWHQ family Team work makes the dream work #VogueFashionFund#WoopWoop #DesignerFashionFund (sic)" she wrote.
Her husband Bobby Stockley also posted a cute snap of the couple with his stylish spouse, captioning the shot: "A night to remember... Very proud of Soph and very proud of the team#SWHQ #voguefashionfund 2016 #bfc"
Along with Kirkwood, other big names who have won the award since it was first handed out in 2010 include Jonathan Saunders and Peter Pilotto.
Caroline also shared some words following Sophia's triumph. Her prize entails high-level mentoring for the next 12 months along with a £200,000 grant to help take her business to the next level.
"Congratulations to Sophia Webster who has deservingly received this year's BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund," Caroline smiled. "The judging committee was impressed by her brilliant talent and thorough business acumen; seeing great potential for developing her label into an internationally acclaimed British brand. Sophia has an amazing ability to turn accessories into masterpieces and we are thrilled to support her at an exciting time of growth."
Next on Sophia's agenda is getting her new store set up properly, having only just received keys to the property recently. After that, the blonde beauty has set her sights on a new office.