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The Drapers Interview

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Why 'yummy mummies' are flocking to The EditVideoSubscription

2018 22 June By Kaisha Langton

Penny Rawson, founder of The Edit, scooped the Best Store Design prize at the Drapers Independents Awards last year, after opening four shops in under two years. She tells Drapers how she intends to build the business further and expand into new areas.

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The Shop at Bluebird spreads its wings Subscription

14 June 2018 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Drapers meets the head of luxury concept store The Shop at Bluebird, Claire Miles, to discuss the retailer’s new Covent Garden home.

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One step ahead: Stuart Lamb's lifetime of footwear leadershipSubscription

6 June 2018 By

Footwear supplier Stuart Lamb, Lifetime Achievement winner of the 2018 Drapers Footwear Awards, has evolved and adapted his business over the last five decades to remain successful in an ever-changing market.

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Meet the best friends behind Rixo LondonSubscription

23 May 2018 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Premium womenswear label Rixo London has taken the industry by storm since it launched in 2015. Drapers meets founders Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey.

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Accent Clothing: flying the flag for Leeds independents VideoSubscription

17 May 2018 By , Photography by Chris Leah

Martin Schneider, founder of Drapers Menswear Independent of the Year, Accent Clothing, reveals the family formula that keeps a 34-year-old store ahead of the pack.

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Gymshark takes a bite of the sportswear market Subscription

2 May 2018 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

A combination of trend-led product and a personal connection with customers has propelled fitness apparel brand Gymshark into triple-digit growth. Drapers meets founder and chief brand officer Ben Francis and chief executive Steve Hewitt.

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The man behind Self-PortraitSubscription

24 April 2018 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

In less than five years, publicity-shy designer Han Chong has turned his contemporary womenswear brand Self-Portrait into a household name. 

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Meet Holli Rogers: Browns' maestro of productSubscription

18 April 2018 By , Photography by Sophia Spring

Three years in to her role as CEO of Farfetch-owned Browns, the former Net-a-Porter fashion director reveals how she has rebooted a fashion retail institution.

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Me + Em and the direct approach to luxurySubscription

11 April 2018 By

Me + Em founder Clare Hornby “will never do wholesale” and prefers an intimate relationship with her affordable luxury customer.

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Simon Burstein's new destination of discoverySubscription

29 March 2018 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

As Simon Burstein opens a new store for premium independent The Place London, he talks to Drapers about nurturing young designers, his career in retail and life after Browns.

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Moral fibres: People Tree chief plans for sustainable growthSubscription

22 March 2018 By

Sustainable brand People Tree won Drapers’ CSR Award in 2017. Managing director Melanie Traub explains the delicate balancing act between being ethical and being fashion forward

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Caroline Rush: British fashion’s first ladySubscription

16 March 2018 By

From sneaking into Alexander McQueen’s catwalk shows in the 1990s, to introducing the Queen at London Fashion Week, it has been quite a journey for the British Fashion Council’s CEO, Caroline Rush. Drapers asks whether British fashion’s loudest cheerleader believes there is a future for fashion weeks.

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The Karen Millen feminine manifestoSubscription

7 March 2018 By , Photography by Eva Salvi

Taking charge of Karen Millen was a longstanding ambition for CEO Beth Butterwick. After 18 months in the role, Butterwick is reviving the business with a renewed focus on empowering customers in all aspects of their lives.

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Aspinal of London's export aspirationsSubscription

28 February 2018 By

After opening an impressive new flagship in the capital, British accessories label Aspinal of London is set to explode on to the international scene. 

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One step ahead: how Pentland Brands' CEO is future-proofing the businessSubscription

22 February 2018 By

Andy Long, Pentland Brands’ first CEO from outside the family that owns it, is restructuring and expanding the business to beat the competition.

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How digital pioneer Figleaves is reconnecting with customersSubscription

16 February 2018 By

Once a digital pioneer, lingerie and swimwear etailer Figleaves has lost its way in recent years. CEO Miriam Lahage tells Drapers how she is getting it back on track.

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Lessons from an award-winning womenswear independentSubscription

7 February 2018 By , Photography by Eva Salvi

Julia Jaconelli’s eye for unique product and knowledge of her customers has led premium womenswear independent Courtyard to 20 years of success – and the award for Best Womenswear Independent at last year’s Drapers Independents Awards.

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Turnaround expert kicks off Start-Rite relaunchSubscription

1 February 2018 By

Children’s footwear brand Start-Rite relaunches today with a new logo, as part of a wider revamp covering brand identity, product categories and infrastructure. 

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Ringing the changes for Bells ShoesSubscription

25 January 2018 By

Drapers Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year Bells Shoes set up its website in 2007 – a year before Clarks – and has since grown from a single store in Buxton to a global multichannel enterprise. Director Ed Martin explains how

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The ascent of The Idle ManSubscription

17 January 2018 By

Oliver Tezcan has caught the wave of rising interest in menswear with his affordable premium retailer, The Idle Man.

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Jack Wills founder Peter Williams' recipe for successSubscription

11 January 2018 By

For Peter Williams, who set up Jack Wills when he was just 24, there is only one thing you need to succeed – the right attitude.

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Native Youth takes a 'positive Manchester attitude'Subscription

13 December 2017 By , Photography by Christopher Nunn

Ash Kumar’s Native Youth was named Young Fashion Brand of the Year at the Drapers Awards last month. He explains how the “Manchester-born-and-bred” brand has become a bestseller.

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Bluebella: from Fifty Shades of Grey to John Lewis and NextSubscription

7 December 2017 By

Emily Bendell, founder of Drapers Award-winning lingerie brand Bluebella, reveals how Fifty Shades of Grey opened the door to stockists such as Next, Asos and House of Fraser

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Li & Fung chief's audacious plan to shake up the supply chainSubscription

29 November 2017 By , Photography by Sophia Spring

Spencer Fung is the Silicon Valley-trained CEO of Li & Fung, the billion-pound supplier to the high street’s biggest names. Now, he is tasked with revolutionising the 111-year-old business founded by his great-grandfather.

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Transformation man: Andrew Jennings' 45 years in retailSubscription

23 November 2017 By , Photography by Roger Bool

With 45 years’ experience, Andrew Jennings has a track record of “transforming” struggling businesses across the globe. He talks to Drapers about the changing face of retail and why “almost” isn’t good enough

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At home with Joe BrownsSubscription

16 November 2017 By

After talking about it for 19 years, Joe Browns founder Simon Brown has opened the mail order and online business’s first store. He invites Drapers in for a look around

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Katharine the great: Hamnett's triumphant returnSubscription

9 November 2017 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

Almost 40 years after she burst on to the scene, design legend Katharine Hamnett is back – as fearless and full of fight as ever.

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Hotspur's local heroineSubscription

2 November 2017 By

Menswear independent Hotspur 1364 came through tough times to prevail at this year’s Drapers Independents Awards and win Best Customer Experience.

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Thinking allowed: modern Gant 'never stops learning'Subscription

25 October 2017 By

Gant CEO Patrik Nilsson is leveraging his athleisure background to get the menswear brand fit for the modern era.

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Triumph's uplifting campaignSubscription

18 October 2017 By

Triumph’s Roman Braun and Suzanne McKenna are hoping to change the lingerie brand’s image with a campaign led by actress Julianne Moore.