TV stylist Gok Wan has backed retail workers in the latest edition of Skillsmart Retail's magazine calling for a greater appreciation for those who work on the shopfloor.
Gok Wan said: "Unfortunately, there is still a taboo in this country about working in a shop," he says. "We need to start respecting the industry more than we do now."
He added: "It's changing though. We have a slightly more American set-up now with glamorous, high-profile fashion roles such as buyers and merchandisers. When you're buying for a high-street retailer you have a lot of creative control, because you’re deciding whose brands to stock. More and more people are aware of what it is to be a buyer or a merchandiser; the prestige gives people another reason to get involved."