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Republic replaces Nick Preston with Next’s branded buyer

Young fashion business Republic has hired Next’s longstanding brand buyer Scott Macrae to replace Nick Preston as brand manager for external brands.

Macrae, who will take up the role in the New Year, will be responsible for introducing branded footwear and accessories to Republic and will assume responsibilities previouslyheld by Preston, who introduced young fashion brands such as G-Star, Henleys and Diesel to the chain.

Preston surprised the industry by leaving Republic in June after a five-year tenure.

Macrae has worked at Next for 14 years, four of those in his current post, where he was charged with recruiting premium brands to Next Directory, the retailer’s home shopping business. His previous roles at Next include men’s denim and casual trousers buyer. Next is expected to seek a replacement.

Macrae will report into director of buying and merchandising Guy Daltry, who said: “We want Scott to re-energise our third-party offer. Market research has told us customers want to be able to buy a whole outfit from us.”

Republic private equity owner Change Capital sold the chain to private equity house TPG in June for a reported £300m. Republic posted sales of more than £200m in the year to January 31.

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