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Flannels: 'We want to be the biggest global luxury retailer'Subscription

21 March 2019 By , Photography by Tobias Lewis Thomas

Sports Direct Group’s head of elevation, Mike Murray, and Flannels’ head of brand, Carl Tallents, exclusively unveil their UK and international expansion plans for Flannels and explain why Sports Direct is betting big on the high street.

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Meet the mastermind of an award-winning indieSubscription

14 March 2019 By

Award-winning independent Master Debonair is driving rapid growth and bringing a fresh approach and dapper flare to menswear.

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Debbie Hewitt: the consummate retail leader Subscription

7 March 2019 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

Debbie Hewitt’s varied career and wide range of experience give her unique insight into what it takes to lead fashion retailers through troubled times.

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Gosha London: a maker of London Fashion WeekSubscription

27 February 2019 By

Mustafa Fuat is flying the flag for UK manufacturing with his womenswear studio, Gosha London

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Building on quality: Ecco's ambitious plansSubscription

21 February 2019 By , Photography by Roger Bool

Steen Borgholm intends to grow Danish footwear brand Ecco through its dedication to quality and comfort

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Blooming in the boudoir: the rise of Fleur of EnglandSubscription

14 February 2019 By

Fleur Turner’s passion for lingerie blossomed into an award-winning luxury brand.

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The death-defying founder of Scamp & Dude Subscription

30 January 2019 By , Photography by Jooney Woodward

Fresh from winning Kidswear Brand of the Year at the Drapers Independents Awards 2018, Scamp & Dude is expanding into new categories and eyeing global markets. 

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Raising the barre: Pineapple's Debbie Moore on 40 years in fashionSubscription

24 January 2019 By

Mover and shaker Debbie Moore is enjoying a resurgence of the trailblazing dancewear-inspired clothing brand she launched in 1979.

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Replicating an award-winning menswear retail formulaSubscription

16 January 2019 By

Azeem and Junaid Ansari built on their sibling bond to create an award-winning menswear independent

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Castore: the brand chasing sporting glory Subscription

9 January 2019 By , Photography by Chris Leah

With premium men’s activewear brand Castore, the Beahon brothers are making an under-served niche their own.

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Carmel Clothing: a supplier's secrets of successSubscription

12 December 2018 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

As the UK’s mid-market faces ongoing challenges, supplier Carmel Clothing is looking overseas for new opportunities. 

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What we learnt from top fashion leaders in 2018Subscription

11 December 2018 By Georgina Roberts

Over the past 12 months, Drapers has picked the brains of a host of top dogs leading the fashion industry. Spanning everything from driving sustainability to delivering a strategic business plan, we round up their best advice. 

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The man re-tailoring Hugo BossSubscription

5 December 2018 By , Photography: Toby Lewis Thomas

Since becoming CEO of Hugo Boss in 2016, Mark Langer has been reconfiguring the brand for the future.

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The Mulberry power pair behind Hill & FriendsSubscription

21 November 2018 By , Photography by Roger Bool

Contemporary accessories brand Hill & Friends is the brainchild of former Mulberry creative director Emma Hill and brand director Georgia Fendley. The duo talk to Drapers about their pioneering approach to crowdfunding and launching their own resale platform

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Atterley: making tracks for independent retailSubscription

16 November 2018 By

Two years after entrepreneur Mike Welch relaunched Atterley as an online network of independent fashion retailers, the business has received an injection of cash that will help fuel its expansion.

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Inside Aldo Group: a family-run global footwear giantSubscription

8 November 2018 By

David Bensadoun is leading family-run Canadian multibillion-dollar footwear giant Aldo to a green and global future

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The trio behind Gen Z shopping community DepopSubscription

1 November 2018 By

Drapers meets Depop, the social shopping platform redefining how Generation Z and millennials shop

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Kering's champion of changeSubscription

25 October 2018 By , Photography by Christopher Sturman

Luxury group Kering is adopting the mantle of sustainability, and has ambitions to transform its own business at every level – and change the entire industry in the process.

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Matchesfashion and CEO Ulric Jerome – the perfect matchSubscription

17 October 2018 By , Photography by Cat Garcia

Tech entrepreneur turned fashion CEO Ulric Jerome was the ideal choice to help transform an independent retailer into an innovative, industry-leading international digital empire.

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Suitsupply: an omnichannel tailoring disruptorSubscription

2 October 2018 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Maverick Suitsupply founder Fokke de Jong has found a niche providing high-quality, unusual designs at accessible price points, and, like his brand, is determined not to fit in.

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The everyman appeal of Universal WorksSubscription

19 September 2018 By

As Universal Works embarks on its fourth UK store, founder David Keyte is quietly confident that more and more people are gradually discovering its understated approach to contemporary menswear 

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Jules B: 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'Subscription

12 September 2018 By

Julian and Rhona Blades tell the rollercoaster-ride story that led them to win Drapers Independents Lifetime Achievement Award today

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Meet the original Mr PorterSubscription

7 September 2018 By , Photography by Sam Chick

At the helm of the men’s luxury etailer, managing director Toby Bateman is credited with revolutionising the menswear market

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Bring on the Boob Ts: the dramatic growth of Never Fully DressedSubscription

29 August 2018 By

Never Fully Dressed founder Lucy Aylen has gained a following for her wrap dresses, cheeky illustrated “Boob Ts” and signature prints. She is now taking her brand to new audiences in the UK and overseas.

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Danish darlings: the canny couple behind Scandi superbrand GanniSubscription

22 August 2018 By

Drapers meets Ditte and Nicolaj Reffstrup, the wife-and-husband team behind contemporary Scandinavian label Ganni

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Inside Adidas Group's performance-enhancing HQSubscription

15 August 2018 By , Photography by Christopher Leah

Adidas Group has redesigned its UK headquarters to boost the performance and well-being of its staff 

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The award-winning journey to the perfect fitSubscription

8 August 2018 By Kaisha Langton, Photography by Sophie Gerrard

Sarah Connelly used her long experience in lingerie and her “superpower” understanding of fit to launch Drapers Niche Fashion Retailer of the Year Odyssey Boutique.

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Believe the Hype: meet the men behind the brand phenomenonSubscription

1 August 2018 By

Drapers takes a trip inside the world of young fashion brand Hype, where high-profile collaborations and a knack for trend-led products have built a thriving and swiftly growing business.

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Keeping shop with Oliver SpencerSubscription

25 July 2018 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

Drapers meets designer Oliver Spencer to chat about the changing menswear market, building brands and the future of fashion retail

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Diadora scores in the retro-sportswear revivalSubscription

18 July 2018 By

As Italian sportswear label Diadora celebrates its 70th anniversary, Drapers meets chairman and chief executive Enrico Moretti Polegato to talk about reinvention and reshoring.