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The Drapers Interview

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Raising the barre: Pineapple's Debbie Moore on 40 years in fashionSubscription

24 January 2019 By

Mover and shaker Debbie Moore is enjoying a resurgence of the trailblazing dancewear-inspired clothing brand she launched in 1979.

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Replicating an award-winning menswear retail formulaSubscription

16 January 2019 By

Azeem and Junaid Ansari built on their sibling bond to create an award-winning menswear independent

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Castore: the brand chasing sporting glory Subscription

9 January 2019 By , Photography by Chris Leah

With premium men’s activewear brand Castore, the Beahon brothers are making an under-served niche their own.

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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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What we learnt from top fashion leaders in 2018Subscription

11 December 2018 By Georgina Roberts

Over the past 12 months, Drapers has picked the brains of a host of top dogs leading the fashion industry. Spanning everything from driving sustainability to delivering a strategic business plan, we round up their best advice. 

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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

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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.