The Junior Design Awards 2015 are now open for entry.
The Junior brand has always showcased the very best in beautifully designed, exquisitely crafted products and lifestyle brands for the discerning and style conscious parent. Every year, we call upon parenting and family brands, products and experiences to enter our awards to be judged against each other in order to bring you, our readers, the cream of the crop.
For 2015 we have 58 exciting categories, divided over six subcategories: Fashion, Travel, Lifestyle & Interiors, Food & Dining, Toys and Books.
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The judges: Junior Design Awards 2015
Singer and presenter
We are very pleased to welcome Rachel back to the Junior Design Award judging panel for the fourth year in a row. With two young daughters, Rachel is well-versed in what makes a great piece of parenting equipment. She also has a fabulous design eye, looking for products which not only make her life easier but are also good quality and beautiful to look at. Rachel has a penchant for purchasing cute designer kids’ clothes. Her interest in fashion and styling began in the eighties with her Girls’ World hair and make up set.
Photo: Kal Griffig
TV presenter and meteorologist and Junior columnist
Kirsty has two sons, Ethan, 3, and Logan, nearly 1, and is best known for her work as a TV presenter and meteorologist. She began her career as a weather presenter for the Met Office, broadcasting on BBC local, national and international TV and radio stations, before joining GMTV and then ITV's Daybreak. Kirsty’s 'Something for the Weekend' column is published every Friday on Junior, covering essential topics for all parents, from the trials of teething to toddler tantrums.
Fashion designer, Junior columnist
Olivia is a women’s fashion and print designer and mum to daughter, Chloe, 1. Famous faces including Fearne Cotton, Cheryl Cole and Lily Allen have worn her beautiful fashion designs. Olivia has recently launched her new label Olivia Rubin Atelier, which focuses on luxury evening looks, offering seasonal ready-to-wear collections and bespoke made-to-order pieces. Olivia joined Junior last year to bring readers her insider's opinion on the most fabulous fashion finds for children, discuss the latest trends in childrenswear and inspire with ideas of how she likes to dress her own daughter.
Founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, The Edited
Erica has been a fashion editor for national newspapers and magazines for the best part of 20 years. She started off as an assistant on TV shows and then went to The Mirror newspaper fashion department. Erica was the youngest-ever Fleet Street fashion editor when she took over the style department at The Sun newspaper, aged 24. Then she went on to be fashion and beauty director of the UK's biggest-selling fashion weekly, LOOK magazine. She has collaborated with brands to create her own clothing ranges, styled books and appeared as a fashion pundit on TV and radio. These days, Erica is mum to Charlie, 5, and Lila, 3, works as a freelance style journalist and brand consultant and edits her own fashion and lifestyle blog, The Edited.
Zoe Goldsmith and Dan Stockley
Founders of Hucklebones
Zoe and Dan are childhood sweethearts, founder of girls’ designer label Hucklebones and Junior Design Award winners – and are genuinely the loveliest people working in the fashion industry. They are a great success story of the Junior Design Awards, since they won our 2011 award for Best Emerging Talent, and, after great success went on to be shortlisted in the Girls’ Designer Fashion category in 2012. The label has gone from strength to strength, now stocked in over 22 countries worldwide, and we are delighted to welcome them back for a second year running, as judges.
Founder of Notanothermummyblog.com and co-editor of Space In Your Case
Alison Perry is a magazine editor and writer who lives in London with her husband and four-year-old daughter. In need of something to keep her brain active during maternity leave, Alison started Not Another Mummy Blog, which has since developed into an award-winning mix of opinion, style and travel, read by up to 350,000 people a month. She also co-edits family travel blog Space In Your Case and writes for a variety of women's magazine and websites. When she's not writing, you can usually find Alison buying stationery, listening to Taylor Swift, shopping in Zara or geeking out over blogging or photography kit.
Founder of Kodomo.com
Cass is founder and director of booking website Kodomo.com, a curated selection of luxurious handpicked holidays for families. A food and luxury travel journalist by trade, she has lived in America and written extensively on all things Spanish after stints residing in Barcelona, Madrid and Palma. Today, she can be found living by the Dorset seaside, at Shell Bay with her husband, Jamie, and daughter, Lola. She has written for Vogue, Elle, GQ, and CNN Traveller, among others.
Content Editor, Juniormagazine.co.uk and Beauty and Fashion editor, Prima Baby magazine
Starting her career in parenting journalism at Junior five years ago, Catherine now creates and manages all content for the brand, since it transitioned from a print publication to existing solely online. She is also the beauty and fashion editor at Prima Baby magazine, which particularly suits her love of discovering the latest and greatest products and trends. Catherine travels abroad a lot for both jobs to seek out the best and most beautiful places for families to holiday. She is undoubtedly passionate about discovering and supporting excellent design, and can usually be found carrying around the latest chic changing bag... as a handbag. Catherine also writes a lifestyle blog, FashCatherine, which her sister, a national make up artist for bareMinerals, also contributes to.
Editor, Prima Baby
Kelly worked for national newspapers before moving into parenting journalism, a particular passion since she became a mum of twins. She is also the author of Managing Your Toddler's Behaviour, part of the Teach Yourself series. Kelly worked as Deputy Editor of Junior Magazine while it was a print publication and has an eagle eye for spotting quality, and beautiful, parenting products. Kelly loves running and can usually be found in training for a marathon, or half.
Consumer editor, Prima Baby
Alison has been a parenting consumer expert for more years than she'd care to remember - her own two 'babies' have long since grown up! She began her career in women's magazines, moving into parenting after becoming a mum, and including spells as a web editor. Helping new mums make the right choices about the baby gear they buy, supporting them in their role with helpful advice, and guiding them towards choosing quality and design wherever possible, are the mantras by which Alison works.