22 ATTIRE BTAA News Chief executive Diana Blair brings us all the latest developments from the British Travelgoods & Accessories Association members BTAA celebrates 100 th anniversary This year sees the British Travelgoods & Accessories Association celebrate its 100 th anniversary, a momentous occasion the association marked with a special event at the Palace of Westminster. And while we are incredibly proud of this achievement, we are also humbled by the fact that few companies reach this major milestone. We know we never could have made it without the help and support of countless people along the way. We owe our longevity to our members, national committee and suppliers we’ve worked with over the years. We are also not alone in our celebrations this year, and the BTAA would like to wish the following members a Happy Anniversary! Celebrating 70 years, Owen Barry Limited has been producing sheepskin and leather products from its traditional workshops in Street, Somerset, since 1948. Five generations of the Barry family have been involved with skin tannage and manufacturing, developing Owen Barry into the special company it is today. Visit www.owenbarry.com to see what celebrations the company has planned for 2018! Celebrating 40 Years, Fonz Leather Styles Ltd was first established in 1978 in India.This followed with its UK operation and headquarters in Birmingham, which opened in 1985.The past 40 years have witnessed the company’s incredible development into a major manufacturer and distributor of leather goods across Europe, Asia and America. BTAA welcomes new member Anuschka Leather The BTAA has welcomed a new member, Anuschka Leather. A premium brand of hand-painted accessories, each Anuschka creation is designed to be much more than merely an accessory; it is designed to tell a story. Each Anuschka accessory is unique and rich in design, form and possibilities. Fiery bursts of tropical carnations bring hot summer gardens to life in a hand-painted hobo.The pulsating luminosity of a tribal sunset on an elegant clutch. Regal peacocks in a feathered bloom of colors. Birds of paradise, basking amidst protea, anthuriums and orchids in the glow of a Hawaiian twilight.The lazy innocence of pansies against the backdrop of a wilderness safari. BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards open for entries We are delighted to announce that the eagerly anticipated BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards are now open for entries! The BTAA Fashion Accessory of the Year Awards, in association with headline sponsor Autumn Fair, are well under way. In its eighth year, this flagship event is not only for the industry but also for its customers and suppliers. It is a special opportunity to showcase new and innovative products whilst raising the profile of forward-thinking companies. The awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of our diverse and vibrant industry. So why not enter? This is your opportunity to win a prestigious award. With a record number of entries last year, please ensure you get your entry in quickly as the closing date for entries is July 31 st , 2018. There are six categories to enter: • Luggage and Travel • Fashion handbags • Small Leather goods • Fashion Jewellery • Fashion Accessories (hats, scarves, gloves, etc.) • Made In Britain This year, there will be an overall winner of the Fashion Accessory of the Year 2018, selected from the winners of all the categories. We are privileged for the awards to be judged by the top retail buyers of luggage and accessories in the UK. You can enter as many products in as many categories as you wish. Participating couldn’t be simpler, as this year your entry can be uploaded online at fashionaccessoryawards.co.uk.The awards will be presented on Sunday, 2 nd September, Autumn Fair, Hall 4.