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The class of 2013: Tom Flannery

Ahead of Drapers unveiling 2014’s 30 under 30 of young fashion professionals to watch in our January 11 issue, we find out what the class of 2013 have been up to. Today we catch up with Tom Flannery, who works in product development at Fred Perry for Laurel Wreath and special projects.

How did it feel being named in Drapers’ 30 under 30?
Being named in Drapers 30 under 30 was an honour. The publication has a huge reach and influence within the industry and to be acknowledged by them for my work was very special.

What has happened in your career since then?
Since being featured I continued to work at Fred Perry and gained a promotion within the team. I have been more heavily involved in the special projects that we undertake and have developed both personally and professionally because of it. I have recently accepted an exciting new role as a product manager in Barcelona so I am currently getting ready to start that.

Do you have any tips or advice for other people who want to get started in a career clothing retail?
My advice to somebody who wants to get involved in product development would to be diligent, care about the work you do and know your customer. Try to hone your skills the best you can and have an opinion.

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