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21 January 2016

Meet the judges...

Each season, we assemble a crack squad of industry experts to judge our Rising Star award - and, ahead of the show, we'd like to introduce you to the A/W16 panel...

Amanda Evans, Your Children's Wardrobe

Amanda (that's her on the right) runs West Yorkshire-based kidswear boutique Your Children's Wardrobe, which was named Best Kid's Independent Store in the CWB Independent Retail Awards 2015. 

Kate Austin and Emily Ingram

Kate Austin and Emily Ingram own Bath's Spotty Herberts, which won the Best New Store category in the CWB Independent Retail Awards. 

The two friends worked in everything from jewellery design to retail management before opening their store, which stocks fun childrenswear, toys, and 'pocket money treasures.'

Ashlyn Gibson

Ashlyn runs Olive Loves Alfie and Olive Loves Alfie East, two family lifestyle stores based in Stoke Newington and East Village, London, respectively. She's also the author of The Creative Family Home, and recently scooped the CWB Independent Retail Award for Best Established Strore. 

Entrepreneur Liz has been working in the kids, babies and maternity sector for over twenty years. A mum-of-two, she also founded trade website Maternity Buyer Magazine. 

Laura Turner


Laura Turner is the editor of CWB Magazine, the only UK trade title serving the whole children's sector. An experience Rising Star judge, she's been working in the industry for over ten years. 

Our expert panel will be choosing their winner on Sunday 31. Stay tuned! 

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