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A fresh start for fashion retail

This week, Drapers is celebrating the next generation of leaders in our industry.

The hand-picked “30 Under 30” is a group of ambitious young people whose ability to think big and refusal to be anything but successful is inspirational for all of us. The sense of optimism from the class of 2017 is welcoming at such a pivotal time in history, too.

A common theme still heard around the world is “uncertainty”. While it is uncomfortable, the unknown – and an acceptance of the fact that challenges are the most reliable things we have going for us these days – generates more strength and a willingness to work harder, if only for internal stability and clarity in one’s own business. Because of this, I feel this year we’ll start to see more innovation in fashion retail than ever.

We also reached out to industry leaders to find out what they think is in store for the year ahead. Many shared similar sentiments, reflecting on the past months and the necessary actions to move forward. Up there on the list was customer personalisation and the increased importance of digital growth, which is showing no sign of slowing down.

To promote the industry’s digital innovation, this year – among a long list of exciting events – we are taking the Drapers Digital Forum and Drapers Digital Awards to the next level. Our first combined event, the Drapers Digital Festival, will be held on 25 April in London.

More than 500 delegates will attend the conference, which includes exhibitions, workshops, and roundtable discussions. Later the same evening, the Drapers Digital Awards 2017 will be held to commend the best in digital across the industry. Time is running out fast to take part in it and enter the awards – so make sure you don’t miss out. 

But before our annual events kick off, we’ve already hit the ground running, getting stuck into the autumn show season, which began last week with praise for the fashion industry from London mayor Sadiq Khan at the London Fashion Week Men’s catwalks. A strong beginning, I’d say.

So here’s to another year: 2017, a year of prosperity, based on valuable lessons learned.

Christina Simone, deputy editor, Drapers

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