One of the best-known commentators on the fashion business, Eric Musgrave has been observing and analysing the industry since he joined Drapers Record as a news reporter on 28 January 1980. He worked on the title for more than two years, ending up as news editor, before he departed for other challenges.
He returned to the title in 2000 as editor-in-chief of Drapers Record (founded 1887) and Menswear (founded 1902). In 2002 Eric led the team that created the modern Drapers by merging these two titles. In 2003 he was named Weekly Business Magazine Editor of the Year by the Professional Publishers Association and by Emap for his work in the highly successful launch of Drapers. He left Drapers in 2006 to pursue other avenues.
He returned to Drapers again as editorial director in July 2013 after a seven-year gap during which he was a fashion PR, a freelance journalist specialising in luxury menswear and, during 2010, a stint as CEO of the trade body UK Fashion & Textile Association. At UKFT, Eric was responsible for the launch of its unique online database, Let’s Make It Here, which lists British manufacturers in many areas of the textile and clothing sector.
Eric left his post as editorial director of Drapers in November 2015.
During his 34 years as a journalist, Eric held senior editorial positions on Men’s Wear, MAB News, International Textiles (in Amsterdam), Fashion Weekly and Sportswear International (in Milan). He joined Emap in 1996 and worked on its trade events 40° and MXL before taking over at Drapers Record and Menswear in 2000.
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