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Drapers unveils this year's 30 under 30

Product might be king in retail, but behind the scenes there are fantastic teams working day in, day out to deliver market-leading propositions. So when we launch our annual search for Drapers’ 30 under 30 of rising fashion retail stars, the level of talent that comes oozing out of every corner of the sector never ceases to impress.

To read our full report and find out who Drapers 30 under 30 of 2016 are, click here.

This year was no different, so it is with great pleasure we bring you 2016’s Next Generation special, now in its seventh year, in association with Matalan and sponsored by Arcadia, Topshop/Topman, Coast, Oasis, and Warehouse. Together with our Next Generation event in April, this special is aimed at first, second and third jobbers making their way in the fashion industry across all career paths.

The crowning glory of the initiative is the search for Drapers’ 30 under 30. Such is the anticipation for the list that we receive countless nominations and it is one our most-read pieces of content on

This year we have a stellar and varied line-up of the industry’s stars of tomorrow. All aged 30 or under at the time of publishing, they have been selected for their solid career development, key achievements and future potential.

You will also find exclusive features including our anchor interview with Thomas Pink chief operating officer Erica Vilkauls, whose many triumphs in a 30-plus-year career include establishing the merchandising function at John Lewis; profiles on five entrepreneurs who reveal the secrets to successfully starting a business; an in-depth analysis of buying, merchandisng, design, and digital career paths; a look at international roles, with interviews with fashion professionals that have already left these shores; and finally, a focus on technical and manufacturing roles.

To read our full report and find out who Drapers 30 under 30 of 2016 are, click here.

We hope you enjoy Next Generation and we would love to see you at the event on April 14, where the industry’s leading lights will dispense career advice. Want to attend? All you have to do is Tweet or Instagram a selfie that sums up your “day in the life of fashion” using #DRNEXTGEN. Alternatively, email us three words that sum up the same thing to Hope to see you there.

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