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International growth spotlighted by Drapers Fashion Summit speakers

Top names from New Look, Hobbs and Karen Millen will be among the speakers at next month’s Fashion Summit.

The event, which will take place at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on November 21, takes an international focus this year, offering case studies of companies that have successfully grown their businesses in China, Russia and the US, as well as interactive roundtables to drill down further into key topics.

The one-day conference will also explore ecommerce strategies for international expansion.

Thomas Pink chief executive Jonathan Heilbron will provide the keynote speech on his experience of growing the business internationally. Also speaking at the event will be Bernd Hake, Hugo Boss senior vice president for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India, on getting the right strategy in place from the outset.

Simon Taylor, head of international franchise at New Look and TM Lewin international director Mark Dunhill will talk about assessing different routes to market. Anikó Kostyál, Mango expansion director for Russia, will offer her take on the best way to establish your business there while dealing with the country’s main challenges.

Drapers editorial director Eric Musgrave, who will chair the summit, said: “Having carried out extensive research with the market it is evident that international expansion is a key priority for the

growth of fashion businesses.

“Join me on November 21 to receive in-depth insights into exclusive market-specific case studies for international expansion, share best practice in managing a global supply chain and discuss how to attract and retain the best talent at home and abroad.”

The summit is aimed at multichannel retailers and etailers, brands and consultancies, lawyers, technology providers, country development agencies and logistics companies.

For more details and to book a place, go to www.fashionsummit.co.uk.

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