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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.
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.
Premium womenswear label Rixo London has taken the industry by storm since it launched in 2015. Drapers meets founders Henrietta Rix and Orlagh McCloskey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Andy Long, Pentland Brands’ first CEO from outside the family that owns it, is restructuring and expanding the business to beat the competition.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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
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