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The Drapers Interview

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How JD Sports became a retail powerhouseSubscription

23 January 2020 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

JD Sports Fashion executive chairman Peter Cowgill reveals how he built a multi-billion pound sportswear behemoth.

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The menswear brand banking on independentsSubscription

15 January 2020 By

Guide London has taken an independent approach to business to withstand the troubles of a shrinking high street. 

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A Cold Wall grows up into a fashion house Subscription

9 January 2020 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

Samuel Ross is taking one of London Fashion Week Men’s buzziest brands to Milan, where he will join the ranks of Prada, Giorgio Armani and Gucci.  

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The Missguided rescue missionSubscription

10 December 2019 By

Missguided suffered a dramatic fall from grace when profits crumbled in 2017. Founder and CEO Nitin Passi reveals the drastic action he took to turn the etailer round.

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Amazon ups the ante on fashionSubscription

5 December 2019 By , Photography by Roger Bool

John Boumphrey, vice-president of Amazon Fashion Europe, plans to make the ecommerce giant “customers’ most-loved fashion destination” 

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Welcome to the house of BlahnikSubscription

27 November 2019 By , Photography by Sam Chick

Kristina Blahnik is bringing all aspects of luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik back in house with the aim of respecting its heritage and securing its long-term future

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Dame Margaret Barbour's lifetime of achievementSubscription

21 November 2019 By

Custodian of Barbour for five decades, Dame Margaret Barbour is recognised throughout the industry for transforming the traditional British brand into a global fashion phenomenon, making her a fitting winner of the Drapers Lifetime Achievement accolade.

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Country of Origin: knitwear's original spinSubscription

14 November 2019 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Knitwear brand Country of Origin’s co-founder, Ben Taylor, blends traditional practices and sustainable approaches to create a modern, premium product


How Bravissimo builds intimate connectionsSubscription

6 November 2019 By

Lingerie retailer Bravissimo is taking its offer stateside and has revamped its store estate to enhance its customers’ experience. 

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Joseph Cheaney's time to shineSubscription

31 October 2019 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Ten years after taking it over, Jonathan and William Church have turned Joseph Cheaney & Sons from a private-label business into a thriving modern consumer brand built on heritage.

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The Sosandar recipe for triple-digit growthSubscription

24 October 2019 By

Fresh from winning twice at the Drapers Digital Awards 2019, the two bosses of womenswear etailer Sosandar have their eyes on new product categories and global markets.

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Sandersons: independent pride of SheffieldSubscription

17 October 2019 By , Photography by Chris Leah

Mark Dransfield believes in the power of retail, and has transformed a Sheffield town with Sandersons Boutique Store.

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Mint Velvet: the making of a £100m brandSubscription

10 October 2019 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

As Mint Velvet celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, co-founder and CEO Liz Houghton has big plans for growth with the support of its new owner.

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Primark CEO's secrets of successSubscription

3 October 2019 By

Celebrating his 10th anniversary as CEO at Primark, Paul Marchant tells Drapers the secrets to the value retailer’s success. 

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The masterplan for Oasis and WarehouseSubscription

25 September 2019 By , Photography by Sam Chick

Group CEO of Oasis and Warehouse Hash Ladha has expansion plans including new channels to market, category expansion, the addition of menswear and acquiring new brands.

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Why Seasalt has the wind in its sailsSubscription

18 September 2019 By

As a Cornish brand through and through, womenswear retailer Seasalt is building an international reputation on its coastal charm. 

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The independent reign of Hilary and Maureen CooksonSubscription

11 September 2019 By

The owner of legendary Lancashire womenswear store Maureen Cookson looks back on her lifetime of achievement in independent retail.


'Kylie', 'Kim' and the march of Missy EmpireSubscription

4 September 2019 By

Manchester-based fast fashion etailer Missy Empire has a new headquarters and is primed for growth

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Hush's quiet journey to a £40m lifestyle empireSubscription

22 August 2019 By

Womenswear brand Hush has gained a devoted following by telling a brand story beyond its relaxed clothing offer

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Birkenstock strides beyond the comfort zoneSubscription

14 August 2019 By , Photography by Antoine Doyen

Oliver Reichert, CEO of heritage footwear brand Birkenstock, tells Drapers why it is broadening its product offer, entering new categories and expanding into new markets

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'Relentless focus on the customer': the secret of SilkFred Subscription

7 August 2019 By

In a demanding womenswear market, SilkFred’s Emma Watkinson has a unique dual approach to fashion retail.

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'We call it filthy elegant': the rebirth of Agent ProvocateurSubscription

1 August 2019 By

Agent Provocateur’s leadership team is repositioning the lingerie brand for the modern consumer.


Farah finds the formula for fresh reinventionSubscription

25 July 2019 By

As menswear brand Farah nears its 100th anniversary following 10 years of consistent sales growth, brand director Mark McCann has plenty to shout about.

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The unstoppable march of Dr MartensSubscription

18 July 2019 By

Dr Martens CEO Kenny Wilson talks to Drapers about taking the famous footwear brand international – and rumours of a potential sale

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Mytheresa's mission of global luxury expansion Subscription

10 July 2019 By

Michael Kliger, president and chief executive of Mytheresa, has plans to expand the luxury retailer in both its offer and the markets it serves

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Walpole CEO’s lessons in luxury Subscription

3 July 2019 By , Photography by Jooney Woodward

Despite a recent stellar performance, Walpole’s CEO Helen Brocklebank admits the luxury sector is not immune to Brexit fallout and high street headwinds. Drapers speaks to her about how to ensure a healthy future for the industry. 

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Loake’s journey from manufacturer to award-winning brandSubscription

27 June 2019 By

The winner of this year’s Drapers Footwear Award for lifetime achievement has made his family’s heritage brand fit for today’s market.

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Reinventing Urban Outfitters for the Gen Z shopperSubscription

19 June 2019 By , Photography by Ben Quinton

Urban Outfitters’ European head, Emma Wisden, is on a quest to build on its brand identity to create an unparalleled shopping experience in stores and online

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Vestiaire Collective: a sustainable formula for luxury resaleSubscription

12 June 2019 By , Photography by Trent McMinn

Maximilian Bittner, CEO of resale giant Vestiaire Collective, details his ambitious, industry-shifting ambitions for the fast-growing luxury platform.

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Umar Kamani's PrettyLittleThing is a pretty big dealSubscription

16 May 2019 By

As PrettyLittleThing founder and chief executive Umar Kamani is inducted into the Drapers Digital Awards Hall of Fame, he talks to Drapers about creating a legacy and taking the rapidly growing business global.

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How Jay Parker built Gym King Subscription

16 April 2019 By , Photography by Chris Leah

Gym King’s Jay Parker has built a thriving athleisure brand in a competitive market before his 30th birthday. He talks to Drapers about keeping the business fighting fit and cracking the US.


Frugi family prepares for a growth spurtSubscription

11 April 2019 By

Under its new CEO, Hugo Adams, and chair Julia Reynolds, ethical kidswear brand Frugi is positioned for rapid growth. Drapers visits the brand’s headquarters in Cornwall to learn more about its expansion plans.


The captain of Crew pilots a new course Subscription

4 April 2019 By , Photography by Roger Bool

CEO David Butler unveils his change of tack for coastal-inspired British brand Crew Clothing.

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The mighty Richard Quinn: London’s rising fashion starSubscription

27 March 2019 By , Photography by Pip

From his headline-grabbing award from the Queen, to high street collaborations and a plethora of luxury stockists, Richard Quinn is building a business bigger than the subversive glamour of his catwalks.


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.