Following the news today that Christos Angelides will leave Next to become president of US retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, Drapers looks at the dominant position he has developed in the fashion industry and within the Drapers Top 100 whilst at Next.
Angelides has made it into the Drapers Top 100 every year for the past five years, each time securing a position within the top 20. Here is what we said then:
Drapers Top 100 2013 – 14th place
At Next for almost 30 years the product kingpin and right hand man of Lord Wolfson has had a strong influence on the high street, ensuring Next’s place as a frontrunner in UK fashion. Angelides’ collections continue to fly from the rails [and] the retailer duly increased its profit forecast for the year… It’s particularly interesting when compared with Next’s main rival Marks & Spencer, which at present can only dream of such clothing growth.
Drapers Top 100 2012 – 11th place
Drapers’ autumn 12 Hit or Miss series saw Next brush aside the competition to claim top spot across all three categories - womenswear, menswear and footwear - a feat not previously achieved in Drapers’ recent past. That achievement is down to one man: Christos Angelides… Angelides is a quiet, powerful driving force of the high street giant, and a loyal one at that, having been with his beloved Next for some 26 years.
Drapers Top 100 2011 – 15th place
One of his greatest coups was securing Next’s exclusive partnership with the London Olympics, which will see the retailer design Team GB’s outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as designing and producing formalwear for athletes and officials. Angelides also stole the show at this year’s Drapers Next Generation Academy with his interactive presentation.
Drapers Top 100 2010 – 17th place
Despite a fearsome reputation for knocking Next’s up-and-coming buyers into shape and negotiating favourable terms with suppliers, Angelides is one of the nicest blokes to sit next to at any industry event. He’s also been one of the best at delivering diluted versions of catwalk styles to a 30-plus consumer - a notoriously difficult target market to please. Some slick marketing campaigns have put Angelides’ more fashionable womenswear collections into the forefront of shoppers’ minds, while footwear styling has also stepped up.
Drapers Top 100 2009 – 17th place
Christos Angelides is the man responsible for bringing Next kicking and screaming into the modern fashion arena, with a vastly improved product offer that crosses not just womenswear and menswear but footwear too. Yes, it has taken Angelides time to reach this stage but when you are managing a forward buy that must serve the demands of the Next Directory catalogue’s long lead times as well as quick response for its bricks and mortar stores, that is no surprise. He is due serious credit for helping Next ride out such a rocky year.