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Who are the most influential people in UK fashion retail in 2018?

Power 100 index

Drapers’ Power 100 list of the people shaping the fashion retail industry today

This year, we have shaken up our list of the 100 most influential people in fashion retail: we have looked at the big hitters in each part of the market – from value chains to luxury and everything in between, as well as the digital and design gurus exerting their power – and weighed up their performance and influence against their peers.

The list shows that, although it has undoubtedly been a difficult year, there is still a lot of innovation, growth and opportunity in the industry.

There are some notable omissions this year. While 2018 has been challenging for many, New Look, Debenhams, Clarks and French Connection have had a particularly tumultuous time.

Arcadia Group boss Sir Philip Green and Ray Kelvin, founder and chief executive of Ted Baker, also fall off this year’s list following allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour, although the latter has launched an independent investigation.

Many of the heavyweights from last year make a deserved reappearance – JD Sports, Asos, Primark and Inditex, for example, have all had an exceptionally good 2018. Mike Ashley may be a more controversial figure to include, but his growing influence on high street retail – whether you consider it good or bad – is hard to argue with.

This year, we have introduced a section recognising the upcoming names in fashion retail, as well as the recent hires that we think will have a big influence on their businesses in 2019, and the famous faces influencing consumer trends. From the high street to online, fashion retail is evolving at a rapid pace, driving innovation at established businesses and allowing new stars to rise to the top. Read on to find out who made this year’s Power 100 list.

Readers' comments (1)

  • 75% white men, only 25% women (of any ethnicity) and only 10% non-white. Could this group be any less representative of our society, and any more representative of one of the major issues of our time? Total lack of diversity and representation in positions of responsibility and power in the workplace. The "High Street Heavyweights" list is laughable!
    Is it also any coincidence that the "Digital Disruptors" is the most diverse group?

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