Do you follow Paul Turner-Mitchell on Twitter @Paul25Ten?
Do you follow Paul Turner-Mitchell on Twitter @Paul25Ten? If you do, you’ll probably agree with me that few people convey so much passion for the fashion industry in 140 characters as he does. If you don’t know Paul, he owns young fashion indie 25 Ten Boutique in Rochdale and his relentless campaigning (with some success) to revive his high street is admirable.
Not afraid to “@” Mary Portas on Twitter – pushing her to reveal developments on her government-commissioned review and throwing in some ideas of his own – Paul has now turned his attention to credit insurance and is calling on his fellow indies to back his campaign. It’s still in its infancy, but if he garners enough support, Paul intends to seek Government help. Nothing fazes this man.
It’s this sort of initiative that we want to celebrate at Drapers, and it ties in perfectly with our Inspiring Indies campaign, which we’re launching this week. So popular was February’s inaugural campaign of the top 50 most inspiring UK independents, that we’re doubling it to 100 for 2012. And the power lies with you to nominate your favourite indie. We want indies (who can – and should – vote for themselves), brands, multiples and agents to shout about the boutiques that stand out. Where can you find unrivalled customer service, exclusive labels and beautifully edited collections? We want you to tell us. A diverse high street, peppered with inspiring independent boutiques, is what drives consumers to shop. The top 100 list will be published in February and unveiled at an exclusive event.
Talking of top 100 lists, we’ve just put the finishing touches to our annual Power List, which will be published in next week’s issue. Who has gone up, down or out? Who has stormed into the list for the first time? All will be revealed next week.