Moss Bespoke store manager, Moss Bros, aged 22
When Ahmed Khan found his route into fashion - by chance while studying law at college, he admits - it was the best move he ever made. On graduating from the Fashion and Retail Academy (FRA) with a Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail in 2008 he won the Tesco Award for Outstanding Student. He says: “Sharing the stage with Sir Philip Green, Sir Stuart Rose, Terry Green and Lord Wolfson was a highlight.”
His early potential didn’t go unnoticed by FRA principal Karen Dennison. “In retail operations lessons his talent was clear from the start, always applying commercial thinking to help solve problems and improve processes.”
Dennison adds that he is the “perfect candidate for people management”.
Khan has worked his way up from the shopfloor, starting as a sales associate at Savile Row men’s tailor Gieves & Hawkes, then joining men’s formalwear retailer Moss Bros as a supervisor in 2010. He started his current position as Moss Bros’ youngest store manager in June 2012.
Now also in his final year as a Fashion Business student at the London College of Fashion, Khan puts his success down to hard work, determination, and sacrifice. He cites multi-site management, project management, and working in a retail operations capacity as ambitions. “My ultimate career goal is to create my own menswear brand once I have gained enough experience and capital. I would like to end my career either being a business consultant or teaching at somewhere like the FRA.”