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Retail’s top names lined up for Drapers Fashion Summit

Some of fashion’s leading names will be speaking at the Drapers Fashion Summit at London’s Cumberland Hotel on November 20-21.
Mary Portas, the face of TV retail makeover show Mary Queen of Shops, will kick off the event with her views on the key marketing and branding techniques needed to reinvigorate today’s fashion businesses. chief executive Nick Robertson will outline his take on the new competitive branded ecommerce landscape, while Peacocks managing director Tim Bettley will examine exactly what is driving growth in the value fashion market.

Issues such as the resurgence of premium brands and consumers trading up will be discussed by Austin Reed chief executive Nick Hollingworth and Hobbs chief executive Nick Samuel at the event.

On day two, WGSN creative director Barbara Kennington will reveal which trends are likely to continue into 2008 and how to capitalise on them. Mamas & Papas marketing chief Claire Harper will look at ways to connect with customers, while Mothercare supply chain boss Richard Street will explain how to boost availability.

The conference will close with an on-stage interview with Marks & Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose.

For the first time, the Drapers Fashion Summit will coincide with the Drapers Awards, held at the Grosvenor on November 21.

Register for the Drapers Fashion Summit by clicking here or email To book a table for the awards, visit

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