Belfast’s Best Dressed Window’s Announced

Belfast’s Best Dressed Window’s Announced
-Belfast’s Best Dressed Window’s Announced-
Two of Belfast’s top retailers have been recognised for having the best window display in the city this Christmas.
 
Leading jeweller Fred J Malcolm Ltd has won the Best Window in the Independent Shop category with clothing retailer White Stuff, in Arthur Square scooping the award for Best Multiple Store.
The annual event is organised and judged by Belfast City Centre Management in partnership with Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce, and aims to recognise the creativity and flair that goes into the shop windows of the stores in the city centre.
 
Fred J Malcolm Ltd opened for business in 1926 at 18, Chichester Street, where the iconic business has since occupied its landmark store with its Edwardian listed shop front opposite City Hall. The prominent store was recognised for its ‘very traditional, impactful display which made full use of all the window’s featured in the store, culminating in a centre piece window filled with gingerbread men, candy canes and crisp white snow.’
 
White Stuff was founded in the mid 1980’s and today has shops all over Europe and the UK, having launched the Belfast store in 2010. Located in one of Belfast’s most iconic curved buildings in the heart of Arthur Square, the clothing retailer was recognised for its ‘festive and colourful window display featuring full size toy soldiers, which created a really unique look and gave a real sense of fun and colour to one of Belfast’s busiest shopping streets.’
 
Hugh Black, President, Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce continued, “This year the competition was extremely tough, we had real difficulty deciding the two winners as many stores really went the extra mile and put in a lot of thought, effort and expense into their displays.
Andrew Irvine, Belfast City Centre Manager said: “Our annual window dressing competition is a great fun way of engaging with the many independent retailers in Belfast, and rewarding their hard work and creativity.
“Each year we see such originality and effort which adds a real festive feel to our high street, with many visitors coming in to see the window displays alone.
“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to dress their window in a creative and festive way which really added to the sparkle and buzz in Belfast this Christmas period.”
 
Picture caption: Fred J Malcolm Ltd staff member Lesley McCullough is pictured with Hugh Black, President, Belafst Chamber of Trade & Commerce alongside colleague Julie Burton.
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