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30 under 30: John Kiszely

Fashion sales manager UK and Ireland, J. Lindeberg, aged 27

John Kiszely

John Kiszely

There’s a reason why John Kiszely is tipped to go far by industry experts: his love and understanding of product. “John is passionate and knowledgeable about the J. Lindeberg product,” says Steve Cochrane, managing director of Psyche, which stocks the brand. “He goes out of his way to help retailers achieve sell-through with stock swaps.”

Kara Heward, recruitment consultant at CVUK, agrees. “John has a real hands-on approach, ensuring he visits every customer. He is not just ‘selling’ a collection, but building relationships and cementing J. Lindeberg’s brand DNA.”

Kiszely began his career on the shopfloor, working as a sales associate at Selfridges’ Birmingham in 2008. In less than two years, he was promoted to contemporary brand specialist, before making the leap to J. Lindeberg. Kiszely’s break into management came when he was asked to take responsibility for the UK and Ireland in the absence of a country manager. “Creating and rolling out the new shop-in-shop concept across the UK for independent stores was one of my biggest achievements,” says Kiszely. “I’d like to build on my UK wholesale experience and to work with the best stores internationally.”

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