On the 19th June, in the luxurious surroundings of the Montcalm, Marble Arch, London, the Professional Clothing Awards celebrated its tenth birthday.
This annual event has become a very important part of the Professional Clothing industry’s calendar and it was great to see the guests present. Many had flown in from all over the world. From India, the U.S, Australia, Portugal and from many other far-flung destinations.
More than three hundred guests enjoyed the glittering evening, hosted by TV star Anton Du Beke (famous for the BBC’s incredibly successful “Strictly Come Dancing.”) and John Miln, the chairman of the PCIAW®.
It is always great to see hard work and dedication rewarded and more than twenty awards were given to deserving recipients. Beginning with the award for Best PPE innovation and ending with an award specially inaugurated to honour the ten years of the PCA’s. This particular trophy was for Design of the Decade and went to Incorporatewear for their Virgin Atlantic uniform, surely one of the most iconic and memorable uniforms in recent memory.
While the PCA’s celebrated their tenth birthday there was another birthday that we were all privileged to celebrate. Namely the 150th birthday of Sugdens.
On the subject of cake, we’d like to share a photograph of the cake and vintage port so very kindly sent to our CEO, Yvette Ashby, by Cesar Araujo, Director of PCIAW, president of Anivec, founder and CEO of Calvelex, President of the Portuguese Association of Clothing, Apparel and Fashion Industry.
Yvette happily shared the cake with us here in the office. However, the bottle of forty-year-old port that Cesar also kindly sent to her was kept in her office. We appreciated the thought anyway, Yvette.