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Drapers unveils 2015's most influential people in fashion retailing

Today Drapers has released its annual Top 100, a list of the key influencers across fashion retail, based on their personal impact and performance over the last 12 months and potential for 2016.

Drapers Top 100 cropped cover

This year’s list contains plenty of surprises; remember Mike Ashley at number 1 last year, has he held his top spot? In a year that has been tumultuous at best for some, providing many winners and losers along the way, it’s a list that is hard to call.

Click here to view the striking rises and even sharper falls as well as some intriguing new entries from those shaking up the industry. Make sure you don’t miss it and find out if you, your colleagues or contacts have made the cut.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Mike Ashley at number 1, are you guys serious?? Lets see how the latest allegations pan out...

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  • This is a total travesty! Are you not aware of the position of the Institute of Directors regarding the stewardship of Sports Direct...and the numerous allegations, over many years, of the working conditions, pay rates etc etc, or are these awards purely about profit with no regard to working conditions and possible illegal business practice. This is a disgrace and tarnishes the industry.

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  • Hi both,
    If you follow the link included in the story above (and here for ease through to this year’s full Top 100 list Mike Ashley is not actually number one, but has fallen to number three. Primark’s Paul Marchant is number one this year. Ashley was number one last year, but has fallen from this position due in part to the fallout surrounding his handling of the USC situation and zero-hour contracts, as you mention. The rankings are not just down to profits, but take into consideration an individual’s overall influence across the fashion retailing sector both for 2015 and their potential impact for 2016. The Drapers team took the decision to keep him in a high position on the Top 100 list because – whether people agree with his tactics or not – he does still remain an incredibly influential person within the fashion retailing sector that a lot of people follow very closely and are interested to hear what his next move will be.

    Thank you,

    James Knowles
    Online content editor

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  • darren hoggett

    Lord Wolfson does a brilliant job at Next and is one of the few wise men in the trade. He's unpretentious and knows exactly what Next are and what their customer wants. I would say give him a knighthood, but he's already got one.

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