Managing director, Topshop
Only two places behind big boss Sir Philip Green, Mary Homer’s rise up the rankings shows that, much like Kate Bostock and Marks & Spencer, great product has been the key driver for success in 2010. Topshop remains head and shoulders above the rest at interpreting trends.
Nobody does it better than Homer, who has delivered must-have collections for Topshop, expertly interpreting Céline’s classic camel coats or Burberry’s iconic shearling jacket.
Topshop reported record sales for parent company Arcadia for the 12 months to August 28 (although exact figures weren’t disclosed). Group sales came in at just under £2.8bn. In a ballsy move, Homer opened a Topshop store on London’s Knightsbridge opposite Harrods and immediately felt the benefit of the wealthy Arab and Chinese tourists who flocked to the UK to take advantage of the weak sterling.