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The best advice from fashion retail's top talent

Drapers rounds up the top pieces of advice from across the fashion retail industry shared in our weekly column.

Drapers’ weekly My Fashion Life column gives a glimpse into the lives and businesses of retail’s best talent. From Asos buying director Nikki Tattersall, Browns menswear buying manager Dean Cook and Sonia Moffa, head of design at Joseph Ribkoff, over the last year industry leaders have shared the best piece of business advice they have ever been given. Being passionate, knowing your market and choosing a reliable lawyer are just a few of the suggestions from entrepreneurs and designers.

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Nikki t

 

Nikki Tattersall, buying director, Asos

“The best advice I’ve been given is the importance of passion. I’m constantly surprised and delighted by how passionate and committed the next-generation buyers are – and they are not afraid to do things differently.”

 

Aruna seth  edit

Aruna seth edit

Aruna Seth, women’s footwear designer and entrepreneur

 

“Always know your market and listen to you client. When you first start designing or first start a company, you think what you are doing is so amazing, there will automatically be clients. Getting and maintaining clients is the hardest part.” 

 

Max baines

Max baines

Max Baines, founder, accessories brand Mi-Pac

Always owe your factories some money – that way they will always answer the phone.”

 

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Molly goddard desmond & dempsey 22

Molly Goddard, co-founder, pyjama brand Desmond & Dempsey

 

“From Sir Paul Smith: he said you have to do some things you don’t like to do the things you love. It’s all about compromise.”

 

Sosandar

Sosandar

Julie Lavington and Ali Hall, founders of womenswear label Sosandar and former editor and publishing director respectively of Look magazine:

 

“You have to be absolutely focused on what you are doing. Never lose sight of where you’re going, you need to completely believe you can do what you say you’re going to do. Just never give up, even if you’re knotted back.”

 

 

Dean Cook, menswear buying manager, Browns

“Treat every business as if it’s your own.”

 

Ash Kumar, Native Youth

Ash Kumar, Native Youth

Ash Kumar, Native Youth

Ash Kumar, founder and creative director, young menswear fashion brand Native Youth

“My grandmother has always been my mentor. I learned how to sell, how to manage people and how to get the best out of your team, and – most importantly – how working hard would help you to achieve your goals.”

 

Lara mead

Lara mead

“My father in law, Peter Mead [founder of advertising agency Abbott Mead Vickers], wrote a book called When In Doubt Be Nice. This is basically a handbook I live by. I’m constantly reminding myself of it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph r lady

Joseph r lady

 

Sonia Moffa, head of design at Joseph Ribkoff

 “Never give up on a style or a fabric unless it gives up on you – one of Mr Ribkoff’s quotes.” 

Kristian Robson, owner, menswear boutique Oliver Brown

 “Never give any of your business away.” 

 

 

 

 

 

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