Hobart business owner Lucy Given has been named as the first ever Retailer of the Year winner in the Gift and Life Instyle Awards (GALA) and will go on to represent Australia in Chicago at the IHA Global Innovation Awards this March.

Lucy created LUC. design in 2013, drawing on her 25 years’ experience in both commercial and residential interior design and retail. Now the design store offers those in Tasmania a go-to source for interesting, iconic and well-designed products.

“Tasmania is a small state and it is always a challenge in any retail environment to be competitive and unique,” Lucy says.

“It is such an honour to have achieved national recognition and be able to represent Australia.”

The IHA Global Innovation Awards (GIA) were created as a means of fostering innovation and excellence in housewares retailing around the word. LUC. design store will be one of the national winners nominated for the awards, judged by an internationally acclaimed panel of retail experts.

LUC. design store will also be recognised among other great Australian brands and stores at the annual Gift and Life Instyle Awards night, held at the end of day one of the five-day Reed Gift Fairs Sydney event.

“The Gift and Life Instyle (GALA) awards have helped my business and its growth, along with providing a platform to be able to inspire people to love great design and make beautiful homewares part of one’s everyday life.”