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The Drapers Interview

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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

Spencer Fung

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.

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Sailing ahead: Tom Kennedy's ambitious plans for SperrySubscription

12 October 2017 By

With a new digital focus and his ambitions for the brand set firmly on the UK market, Sperry president Tom Kennedy is proving that there’s more to boat shoes than sailing.

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Breaking China: advice from Hong Kong's luxury ambassadorSubscription

5 October 2017 By

The president of Lane Crawford and Joyce, Andrew Keith, is digitalising the 167-year-old Hong Kong luxury department store chain for China’s millennial shoppers.

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Drapers Denim Report: Wrangler reboots for Generation ZSubscription

28 September 2017 By

As Wrangler celebrates 70 years in business, its EMEA president, Rino Castiglione, is plotting to bring the heritage denim brand to a whole new generation.

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From flip-flops to fashion: Gandys founders step up store rolloutSubscription

21 September 2017 By , Photography by Sophia Spring

Rob and Paul Forkan started flip-flop brand Gandys after losing their parents in the 2004 tsunami. Now, the brothers are focusing on building a fully fledged lifestyle brand.

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Fashion's grande dame: honouring the legendary Mrs BSubscription

13 September 2017 By

After six decades of independent retailing, Joan Burstein – the legendary Mrs B – is recognised throughout the industry as a retailer, fashion buyer and talent-spotter supreme, making her a fitting winner of the Drapers Independents Awards Lifetime Achievement accolade.

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Meet the man inside AsosSubscription

7 September 2017 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

Asos chief executive Nick Beighton discusses building brand relationships, the future of fashion technology, UK manufacturing and preserving the start-up company culture.

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Why the Kardashians are keeping up with House of CBSubscription

24 August 2017 By , Photography by Roger Bool

At the age of 24, House of CB founder Conna Walker has taken her brand from her bedroom in London to the red carpets of Los Angeles. How has she done it?

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Way of the Dragon: Touker Suleyman's retail revolutionSubscription

17 August 2017 By

Serial entrepreneur Touker Suleyman talks to Drapers about repositioning his fashion labels, his career and Dragons’ Den.

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A new era as New Look sharpens its strategySubscription

8 August 2017 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

New Look CEO Anders Kristiansen and UK and Ireland managing director Danny Barrasso talk international expansion, UK manufacturing and how the retailer is transforming its product and speed to market.

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What Simon Berwin has learned from a 130-year suiting heritageSubscription

3 August 2017 By

Simon Berwin is leading Berwin & Berwin, maker of men’s suiting for more than 130 years, into a brave new post-Brexit era.

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In The Style: the £30m brand born in a bedroomSubscription

27 July 2017 By , Photography by Christopher Nunn

Adam Frisby started In The Style from his bedroom in 2013. Just four years later, turnover at the Manchester-based fast fashion etailer is set to hit £30m and the brand’s celebrity style has won an army of fans.

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How kidswear became big business for Base FashionSubscription

20 July 2017 By , Photography by Alice Whitby

Marc Granditer reveals the ups and downs that helped him build luxury childrenswear retailer Base Fashion into a thriving, Drapers Independents Awards-winning business.

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Making a splash: how Claret Showroom spots opportunitiesSubscription

13 July 2017 By

The fast-moving founders of Drapers Award-winning agency Claret Showroom are preparing for another year of stellar growth. 

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How Sainsbury's is building a £1bn fashion brandSubscription

6 July 2017 By , Photography by Christopher Nunn

Drapers talks to Sainsbury’s Argos commercial director James Brown about Tu’s ambitions to become a destination fashion brand.