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What it feels like to be part of Drapers Next Generation

We invited our 30 Under 30 of fashion retail’s rising stars to the Ham Yard Hotel in London to ask them how they felt about being selected.

Drapers 30 Under 30 Dinner 2015

Rachel Wicks
Senior resourcing partner, Arcadia Group

“I’ve had such a great reaction. I put the news on LinkedIn and so many people I used to work with, even from five years ago, have got in touch.”

Laura Willis
Store manager, Jane Davidson

“We’ve had an amazing response since we put the news on Facebook. Many customers have come in to congratulate me. I’m so chuffed.”

Aoife McCormick
Multichannel design manager, Oasis

“I’ve had so many congratulation emails, including from my chief executive, Liz Evans.”

Ryan Jones
Affiliate and social marketing manager, Shop Direct

“Everyone has been supportive and full of praise. I’ve received lots of enquiries from third parties wanting to work with us.”

Thom Scherdel
Buyer, The Idle Man

“I pretty much broke the internet: 480 likes to my post on Facebook - and counting.”

Francesca Hodgson
International partnerships team co-ordinator/junior operations manager for third-party ecommerce, New Look

“Everyone is so pleased. Chief executive Anders Kristiansen emailed to say he was proud to have such an enthusiastic team member.”

Hannah Howell
Merchandising manager, Collective Apparel

“The day the supplement came out, I got so many text messages. It has been a wonderful experience.”

Tom Saunders
Buyer, men’s formalwear, John Lewis

“The reaction has been brilliant. I was at the Gieves & Hawkes show at LCM and people kept congratulating me.”

Kelly Duparcq
Concessions team leader, Bonmarché

“The news was circulated in our weekly trading update. My manager is so excited, and everyone said they think I deserve it.”

Katy Tsang
Merchandise planner (older girls - kidswear), F&F

“People have been really positive, from F&F directors to people I used to work with. It has been so nice to meet the other 29 people.”

Adam Wharton
Merchandiser, The Dune Group

“I’ve had an amazing reaction to being in 30 Under 30 from across the company, as well as people I used to work with.”

Thomas Saliba
Established merchandiser, Topshop

“This is such a proud moment. I’ve had a great reaction, especially from people I’d not heard from in years.”

Rebecca Simon
Ecommerce senior assistant merchandiser, Hobbs

“I’ve had a great reaction, especially from the executive team. Being recognised has given me extra exposure because Drapers is so big.”

Marie Davies
Stylist manager, Amazon

“I’ve had so much good feedback from colleagues, friends and family. They are so proud of me being featured.”

James Linsell
Senior merchandiser, Burton Formalwear

“It has had a halo effect for the company, with younger team members asking my advice.”

Kelly Varenkesh
Merchandising manager, Jacques Vert Group

“My parents think I’m a celebrity. This recognition will hopefully inspire younger people.”

  • Do you want to attend our Next Generation careers event on April 16? Entries are now open. To win a place Tweet @Drapers or Instagram us @DRNextGen using the #DRNEXTGEN with a photo showing your ‘Day in the life of fashion’.

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