A truly remarkable woman
Last week brought us the sad news of ‘Debo’ Deborah Cavendish – the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire – passing away at the age of 94.
A privileged woman from a high society home, she was the youngest of the notorious Mitford sisters, who were never far from the public eye. Entertaining the company of Adolf Hitler, eloping with cousins, and wedding fascist leaders, were just a few of the things that made the sisters legendary; they were faced with public outrage throughout their younger years.
Perhaps the quietest sister of the six, Deborah married Andrew Cavendish in 1941. In 1959 the couple inherited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
Swathed in debt, the 175-roomed manor and additional 105 acres of land would be a momentous challenge for anyone to manage. Driven by a passion for the rural lifestyle and the understanding that such a beautiful building shouldn’t simply go to waste, Deborah dedicated her life to returning Chatsworth to its former glory, and opened its rooms and the grounds to the public. Her hard work and dedication made her known as the ‘housewife Duchesse’.
With the success of Chatsworth and its farm shop, her life achievements will be remembered, and she will continue to entertain us all with her series of books about the property, and the memoirs of her remarkable life.
A woman who is remembered by many as ‘witty’, ‘enchanting’ and ‘honest’, was also a great friend to Prince Charles, who said: “My wife and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, whom both of us adored and admired greatly. The joy, pleasure and amusement she gave to so many, particularly through her books, as well as the contribution she made to Derbyshire throughout her time at Chatsworth, will not easily be forgotten and we shall miss her so very much.”
Not only a lifestyle icon, she was also greatly admired for her fashion sense; she forged a lifelong friendship with Hubert de Givency, and often invited powerhouses of fashion such as Oscar de la Renta and Valentino as guests to Chatsworth. Model Stella Tennant is her granddaughter, and Mario Testino pictured them together at Chatsworth for a photoshoot featured in Vogue.
As Derbyshire women ourselves, we have been inspired by how she made fashion and rural life look effortless together – reminding us that we can walk the dogs, run a business, or even feed the chickens whilst still looking our very best in what we wear.
Young Ideas are celebrating this week after receiving the prestigious ‘Premium Fashion Independent of the Year’ award at the esteemed Drapers Independents Awards Ceremony. This accolade recognises and celebrates innovation and talent within the independent fashion retail sector and highlights the ‘best of the best within the fashion retail community’ selected by industry experts.
The delighted Young Ideas team collected their award at a glittering grand final event at The Brewery in London on Wednesday 17 September having been shortlisted in three dynamic categories to also include ‘Best Independent Multichannel Operator’ and ‘Best Store Design’.
After undertaking a rigorous judging process, which included a visit to the flagship store in Ashbourne by the Drapers judges’ team and completion of an extensive entry portfolio submission Young Ideas triumphed over tough competition. The contenders included 70 shortlisted independent retailers, brands and agencies all coveting the awards.
“We are thrilled to accept this award”, Anne Wright (owner) commented “winning an award for the second year running from Drapers was totally unexpected and it is such an honour to receive. The team are particularly proud to receive recognition in this way and it is a real credit to their hard work over the last 12 months.”
At last year’s awards Young Ideas won both ‘Womenswear Independent of the Year’ and ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ and the team firmly believe this brought benefits. Anne advised, ‘’The win raised our profile in the national and international fashion industry strengthening our reputation and raising our profile. The awards are renowned for celebrating excellence across the independent sector and it is good to see that Young Ideas is hitting the mark. We are very thankful to Drapers for recognising our business and this really endorses what we have achieved to date but also reinforces our future vision for the business.’’
In terms of the future, Young Ideas have exciting plans lined up for this season and will shortly be announcing the launch of a new luxurious personal shopping and at home wardrobe service, Fashion Concierge. The team are putting finishing touches to this new concept and of course are aiming high in the hope that this too can achieve awards next year!
Tomorrow we will be heading off to the Drapers Awards – we are up for three categories Drapers Best Independent Multichannel Operator, Drapers Best Store Design & Drapers Premium Fashion Independent of the Year – we are so excited and a flurry of outfits have been chosen!!!! We are looking forward to a great day! #drapersindies Both the Ashbourne store & Derby store will still be open!
We are delighted to announce that Young Ideas been shortlisted in the ‘Retail Business of the Year’ category at the 2014 Derby Telegraph Business Awards.
Celebrating the very best of the Derbyshire’s businesses, the Derby Telegraph Business Awards have been launched to promote and recognise thriving companies across a range of sectors.
After a demanding entry process, Young Ideas is one of three companies shortlisted in the ‘Retail Business of the Year’ category. Judged by an esteemed panel from sponsors Quantum Estates Management, the award aims to reward a retail business that has achieved measurable results while continuing to build upon a reputation for retail excellence. The contribution the winning business has made to the economic stability of the county has also been considered with the eventual winner representing one of Derbyshire’s finest retail businesses.
After celebrating at the Finalists and Sponsors Champagne and Canapés evening at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel, the Young Ideas team will now head to The Roundhouse where the winners will be announced by hosts Anne Davies, presenter of BBC East Midlands, and popular media personality, Paul Ross, during a glittering black tie awards ceremony on Wednesday 18 June 2014.
We are looking for a Sales Consultant /Personal Shopper – Luxury Fashion Retail – provisionally for Maternity Cover with a view to a possible full/