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The Drapers Interview

Ian Maclean, managing director, John Smedley

John Smedley and the '10 Covid commandments'Subscription

3 June 2020 By

Ian Maclean, managing director of John Smedley, talks coronavirus survival strategies, international expansion plans and safeguarding the future of the 236-year-old knitwear brand and manufacturer.

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The BRC heavyweight fighting retail's cornerSubscription

14 May 2020 By

British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson is fighting for a retail sector ravaged by the coronavirus crisis at the highest levels of government.

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Leading the herd: meet the man behind Moose KnucklesSubscription

7 May 2020 By

Rebel attitudes, brazen branding and high-luxury product combine to outerwear magic for Canadian brand Moose Knuckles.

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New angles for EbaySubscription

23 April 2020 By

Rob Hattrell, vice-president of Ebay UK, has aspirations for the site best known for selling second-hand goods by auction to become the “online Bicester Village” for fashion retailers and brands.

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The man with the plan for DebenhamsSubscription

1 April 2020 By , Photography by Roger Bool

Debenhams managing director of fashion and home Steven Cook is taking a regional and personalised approach to driving growth. 

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Lee and Wrangler's denim directorSubscription

26 March 2020 By

From its European headquarters in Antwerp, Kontoor Brands, owner of heritage brands Lee and Wrangler, is seeking to build a denim empire.

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A New Look for Nigel OddySubscription

18 March 2020 By

New Look’s new CEO, Nigel Oddy, tells Drapers how he plans to put the retailer back on top

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The female trio powering Ann Summers Subscription

9 March 2020 By

Ann Summers’ trio of female leaders discuss the position of women in retail, rebuilding the brand and future expansion plans. 

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Patagonia's mission to save the planetSubscription

3 March 2020 By , Photography by Sanne Nadine Hes

Patagonia’s European head, Ryan Gellert, is leading the outdoorwear brand’s charge to make not just itself, but the whole industry, more sustainable.

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From Essex to the world: the rise of Never Fully Dressed Subscription

26 February 2020 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Lucy Aylen has built womenswear label Never Fully Dressed from a one-woman band to a thriving online business that is in hot demand with leading retailers around the world.

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Celtic & Co: cream of CornwallSubscription

20 February 2020 By

The owners of Drapers’ International Footwear Business of the Year 2019, Cornish brand Celtic & Co – Kath and Nick Whitworth – are striding into new territory.

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The pleasure principle: inside the world of Coco de MerSubscription

13 February 2020 By , Photography by Sophia Spring

Lucy Litwack is building a female-owned, female-run and female-focused lingerie business with a luxury sensibility fit for the modern age.

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Inside the cult of Kitri Subscription

6 February 2020 By , Photography by Sophia Spring

Kitri is at tipping point, says founder Haeni Kim, as she outlines her plans for the cult womenswear brand to become a full-on international lifestyle proposition.

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The Pud Store's sweet value propositionSubscription

29 January 2020 By Eric Musgrave

Frances Bishop failed to win Lord Sugar’s backing for her discount kidswear concept The Pud Store but three years on, she is doing just fine on her own. 

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How JD Sports became a retail powerhouseSubscription

23 January 2020 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

JD Sports Fashion executive chairman Peter Cowgill reveals how he built a multi-billion pound sportswear behemoth.

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The menswear brand banking on independentsSubscription

15 January 2020 By

Guide London has taken an independent approach to business to withstand the troubles of a shrinking high street. 

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A Cold Wall grows up into a fashion house Subscription

9 January 2020 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

Samuel Ross is taking one of London Fashion Week Men’s buzziest brands to Milan, where he will join the ranks of Prada, Giorgio Armani and Gucci.  

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The Missguided rescue missionSubscription

10 December 2019 By

Missguided suffered a dramatic fall from grace when profits crumbled in 2017. Founder and CEO Nitin Passi reveals the drastic action he took to turn the etailer round.

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Amazon ups the ante on fashionSubscription

5 December 2019 By , Photography by Roger Bool

John Boumphrey, vice-president of Amazon Fashion Europe, plans to make the ecommerce giant “customers’ most-loved fashion destination” 

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Welcome to the house of BlahnikSubscription

27 November 2019 By , Photography by Sam Chick

Kristina Blahnik is bringing all aspects of luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik back in house with the aim of respecting its heritage and securing its long-term future

Dame Margaret Barbour

Dame Margaret Barbour's lifetime of achievementSubscription

21 November 2019 By

Custodian of Barbour for five decades, Dame Margaret Barbour is recognised throughout the industry for transforming the traditional British brand into a global fashion phenomenon, making her a fitting winner of the Drapers Lifetime Achievement accolade.

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Country of Origin: knitwear's original spinSubscription

14 November 2019 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Knitwear brand Country of Origin’s co-founder, Ben Taylor, blends traditional practices and sustainable approaches to create a modern, premium product


How Bravissimo builds intimate connectionsSubscription

6 November 2019 By

Lingerie retailer Bravissimo is taking its offer stateside and has revamped its store estate to enhance its customers’ experience. 

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Joseph Cheaney's time to shineSubscription

31 October 2019 By , Photography by Rick Pushinsky

Ten years after taking it over, Jonathan and William Church have turned Joseph Cheaney & Sons from a private-label business into a thriving modern consumer brand built on heritage.

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The Sosandar recipe for triple-digit growthSubscription

24 October 2019 By

Fresh from winning twice at the Drapers Digital Awards 2019, the two bosses of womenswear etailer Sosandar have their eyes on new product categories and global markets.

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Sandersons: independent pride of SheffieldSubscription

17 October 2019 By , Photography by Chris Leah

Mark Dransfield believes in the power of retail, and has transformed a Sheffield town with Sandersons Boutique Store.

Liz Houghton Mint Velvet co-founder and CEO

Mint Velvet: the making of a £100m brandSubscription

10 October 2019 By , Photography by Benjamin McMahon

As Mint Velvet celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, co-founder and CEO Liz Houghton has big plans for growth with the support of its new owner.

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Primark CEO's secrets of successSubscription

3 October 2019 By

Celebrating his 10th anniversary as CEO at Primark, Paul Marchant tells Drapers the secrets to the value retailer’s success. 

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The masterplan for Oasis and WarehouseSubscription

25 September 2019 By , Photography by Sam Chick

Group CEO of Oasis and Warehouse Hash Ladha has expansion plans including new channels to market, category expansion, the addition of menswear and acquiring new brands.

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Why Seasalt has the wind in its sailsSubscription

18 September 2019 By

As a Cornish brand through and through, womenswear retailer Seasalt is building an international reputation on its coastal charm. 

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The independent reign of Hilary and Maureen CooksonSubscription

11 September 2019 By

The owner of legendary Lancashire womenswear store Maureen Cookson looks back on her lifetime of achievement in independent retail.


'Kylie', 'Kim' and the march of Missy EmpireSubscription

4 September 2019 By

Manchester-based fast fashion etailer Missy Empire has a new headquarters and is primed for growth

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Hush's quiet journey to a £40m lifestyle empireSubscription

22 August 2019 By

Womenswear brand Hush has gained a devoted following by telling a brand story beyond its relaxed clothing offer

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Birkenstock strides beyond the comfort zoneSubscription

14 August 2019 By , Photography by Antoine Doyen

Oliver Reichert, CEO of heritage footwear brand Birkenstock, tells Drapers why it is broadening its product offer, entering new categories and expanding into new markets

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'Relentless focus on the customer': the secret of SilkFred Subscription

7 August 2019 By

In a demanding womenswear market, SilkFred’s Emma Watkinson has a unique dual approach to fashion retail.

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'We call it filthy elegant': the rebirth of Agent ProvocateurSubscription

1 August 2019 By

Agent Provocateur’s leadership team is repositioning the lingerie brand for the modern consumer.


Farah finds the formula for fresh reinventionSubscription

25 July 2019 By

As menswear brand Farah nears its 100th anniversary following 10 years of consistent sales growth, brand director Mark McCann has plenty to shout about.

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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

Walpole CEO Helen Brocklebank

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.