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The Drapers Interview

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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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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


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.


Leading Luisa Cerano into the omnichannel worldSubscription

12 July 2018 By

As womenswear brand Luisa Cerano celebrates its 20th anniversary, managing director Jürgen Leuthe outlines its transition to an omnichannel operator. 

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The VF brand powerhouse: purpose behind the profitsSubscription

4 July 2018 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

The EMEA president of VF Corporation, Martino Scabbia Guerrini, reveals the philosophy and strategy behind the brand owner’s sustainable double-digit growth

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Bringing Coachella celebrity chic to BritsSubscription

27 June 2018 By , Photography: Toby Lewis Thomas

With an ecommerce empire of influencers, $1bn of millennial-fuelled sales, and a strong bond with the Instagram-friendly music festival, US etailer Revolve is ready to make an impact on the UK market.

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Why 'yummy mummies' are flocking to The EditVideoSubscription

20 June 2018 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.