London-based shoe designer Sophia Webster has been announced as the 2016 winner of the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
The Fund, founded in 2008, awards a £200,000 grant to worthy, up-and-coming designers to help take their businesses to the next level.
“It feels amazing!” Webster told Vogue UK. “I’m so shocked; I still can’t quite take it in. This will just make such a massive difference to our business. The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week, so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible.”
“Sophia Webster is a great winner for this year’s award,” said Alexandra Shulman, Vogue editor and the chair of the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. “The brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for, while Sophia and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism.”