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Marchant leads Drapers Top 100

Drapers has revealed its Top 100 list of fashion’s most influential people in 2013, with Primark chief executive Paul Marchant securing the number one spot for the first time.

Marchant, who ranked second last year, overtook Asos chief executive Nick Robertson.

The promotion comes on the back of a stellar year for Primark, with a strong dedication to the UK high street and international expansion fuelling a rise of 44% in the value retailer’s profits, to £514m.

Next chief executive Lord Wolfson is the third most influential name in the industry.

The top 10 features five new names, highlighting that the industry has undergone a year of change.

John Lewis managing director Andy Street, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey, Inditex chief executive Pablo Isla, JD Sports Fashion’s Barry Bown and Amazon vice president of fashion for Europe Sergio Bucher are all in the top 100.

Readers' comments (2)

  • The right person at number one for a change, Paul is a talented guy with a long track record, the problem is there are 50 in this list who are only there because they are self publicist and move from one job to another, the other half are good quality people who either run there own business taking the risk with there own money or have a long term proven track record in delivering

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  • You cant argue with Primark success and Paul Merchant is a very good operator - shame drapers only have people from large retailer and no Independents in there!

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