Drapers has interviewed some of the leading figures in fashion retailing this year, but which ones proved the most popular?
John Lewis’s fashion and beauty buying director, Ed Connolly, steals the top spot this year in an interview in which he outlined the department store retailer’s plans to increase its own-brand ranges, introduce more contemporary fashion labels and rejig its fashion buying teams.
The founder of the eponymous etailer spoke to Drapers about his plans to build a multichannel business, starting next year with standalone retail stores in the UK and the US. All this comes as the business celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and continues to go from strength to strength.
Nitin Passi, Missguided
The online fashion entrepreneur talked us through the website’s meteoric rise over the last six years, its first steps into bricks-and-mortar retailing with a concession in Selfridges, new ranges, international site launches and a new app. Not resting on his laurels, the 32-year-old founder also outlined his further plans for future growth.
David Schneider, Zalando
The co-founder of the German fashion giant outlined how he and his team have grown the Berlin-based etailer from start-up to grown-up, and the reasons behind the purchase of Berlin fashion trade show Bread & Butter this year. He also spoke about managing relationships with brands and plans for tech developments to keep evolving the business.
The Manchester-based supplier has rapidly grown to become one of the largest and most successful importers and exporters of fashion in the UK, selling 7.6 million units last year and working with around 700 retailers, etailers and brands that stock its designs and imports. In this interview Rajan, Sanjay and Rohina Kumar explain the secrets behind their success and the three brands they launched this year.
After turning the premium brand around, David Reiss talked to Drapers about what it took to reinvent the business and boost profits once more, alongside plans for international expansion, ecommerce growth and the creation of more aspirational collections.
As he prepares to open Fenwick’s first new store for 14 years in Bracknell, Hugo Fenwick – the family business’s group trading director – spoke to Drapers about plans for the latest store and introducing more ecommerce and digital capabilities into the retailer.
53. Liz Evans CEO Oasis and Warehouse
The chief executive of the two womenswear brands outlined how store revamp plans, a focus on in-store technology to assist shoppers and a true omnichannel approach are helping to build the businesses.
Adrian Mountford, Pep&Co
As one of this year’s most ambitious store rollout programmes, Adrian Mountford – and his business partner, Andy Bond – created shockwaves across the high street this year with the aggressive expansion of the new Pep&Co discount chain. In this interview Mountford explained how he is following the supermarkets’ lead and how 50 stores could in time become 900.
Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani, co-founders, Boohoo
The dynamic duo revealed their secrets behind the rapid growth of the etailer, including the bumps along the road, and plans to continue this strong growth trajectory with new lines, and the continued importance of marketing and social media campaigns.