Inside the First Annual Coterie Awards

by Charles Manning

On Sunday, the Javits Center was the site of the first annual Coterie Awards, powered by The Daily and honoring top brands and retailers in categories ranging from sustainability to content creation to design.

Eric Rutherford lent his not inconsiderable charm and good humor to the event, acting as emcee for the evening.

Eric Rutherford (Hannah Turner-Harts)

Coterie’s own Danielle Licata announced the first award of the night for Outstanding Social Content by a Brand, which was presented to Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat (booth 433). WeWoreWhat beat out Gal Meets Glam (booth 104), PatBO (booth 420), Kendall + Kylie (booth 7811), and Jacquie Aiche (booth 7113).

Danielle Licata (Hannah Turner-Harts)

Next up was Arielle Kebbel, who presented the award for Must Have Spring 2020 Collection to Stacy Lilien of LoveShackFancy.

Juana Burga presented the award for standout collaboration to Marissa Castro of Melissa Shoes (booth 7759) in recognition of the Brazillian footwear brand’s partnership with Opening Ceremony. Melissa Shoes beat out fellow nominees Current Elliot (booth 314), DefineME (booth 29), and DL1961 Premium Denim (booth 500).

Next, Sophie Sumner presented the award for International Desiger to Watch. Nominees included Ryzi (booth 7028) from Brazil, OOF Wear (booth 213) from Germany, MUSÉE (booth 6257) from Korea, Luizas & Co (booth 631) from Portugal, and Azulu (booth 532) from Colombia. In the end, however, the prize was awarded to Renata Figueiredo and Vanessa Ribeiro of Yukio (booth 627), a resortwear brand hailing from Brazil.

Ashley Haas presented the Good4Fashion Sustainability award to Michelle Corio of Amur (booth 333), who beat out fellow nominees Carolina K (booth 225), Hayley Menzies (booth 361), Etica Denim (booth 7725), and ELK (booth 6833).

Cameron Silver took the stage to present the award for Iconic Retailer of the Year to his friend Joan Shepp. Silver wore a black Jean Paul Gaultier jacket he bought from Shepp the first time he visited her store in Philadelphia, recalling the experience fondly on stage. Although he paid through the nose for the jacket, one of Gaultier’s early menswear pieces, Shepp softened the blow by taking him out for lunch afterward, treating him to his first and only (so he claims) Philly cheesesteak sandwich.

Cameron Silver and Joan Shepp (Hannah Turner-Harts)

Igee Okafor was next to the stage, presenting the award for Compelling Shoppable Content by a Retailer. The nominees were Lisa Says Gah, Shopbop, Bluebird Boutique, Opening Ceremony, OTTE and Bossa Concept, with Daia Rezende and Naty D’Elia of Bossa Concept claiming victory in the category.

Gary Wassner then presented the award for Elevating the Store Experience to Sari Sloane of The Westside. The Westside beat fellow nominees Barbara Jean, Tootsies, A Line Boutique, and Jill Roberts.

Kelly Bensimon presented the final award of the night for Retail Innovator of the Year. Nominees included Rent the Runway, The Sprout Collection, CoEdition, Holt Renfrew, and Moda Operandi, with the final crystal statue of the night being claimed by Sara Tam of Rent the Runway.

Check out more pics from the event below.

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