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To celebrate the young people achieving big things and propelling the industry forward, each January the Drapers Next Generation project profiles 30 rising stars working across the breadth of the fashion industry. This year’s line-up includes fast fashion entrepreneurs, London Fashion Week designers, shop floor stars and tech talent. All, despite their long lists of achievements and accolades, are aged 30 or under at the time of publication. They have been selected in recognition of what they have already contributed to the industry and their potential to make their mark in the future.
Drapers Next Generation also includes exclusive features for people in the early stages in their fashion careers – which will be relevant to anyone working in the fast-moving industry today. Covering everything from starting up your own fashion business, to flexible working, routes into the industry and retail roles of the future, as well as Jack Wills founder and CEO Peter Williams’ career advice, Drapers Next Generation brings you all you need to be the best you can be in your role.
Click on the tabs below to read the features, and scroll down to see the 30 under 30 list in full
There are myriad ways to get started in fashion retail. Here, some of the industry’s rising stars describe how they got started, and offer advice for those hoping to follow suit.
Drapers Next Generation, now in its ninth year, turns the spotlight on young fashion retail professionals and the industry changes shaping their careers today. There is a wealth of talent to be celebrated within retailers and the sector, like many others, is increasingly entrepreneurial. We explore why more and more people are choosing to take the plunge and strike out on their own.
Flexible working and the need for a good work/life balance is an increasingly hot topic, particularly among millennials. Drapers digs into balancing fashion and flexibility.
Sitting moments from London’s bustling Regent Street, newly opened boutique Atelier 75 is a carefully curated new retail venture co-founded by LK Bennett founder Linda Bennett.
Menswear trade show Pitti Uomo gets the spring 19 buying season off to a positive start
Despite questions over the future of London Fashion Week Men’s following the departure of some big names, emerging labels flourished in the limelight at a successful spring 19 edition.
House of Fraser’s announcement today that it is proposing to close 31 of its 59 stores is a sad but necessary development.
This week we took the opportunity to celebrate the best that the footwear sector has to offer at the Drapers Footwear Awards. Held at Grosvenor House in London, the awards highlight achievements of footwear brands, businesses and individuals over the last 12 months.
Alongside what seems like a constant stream of company voluntary arrangements, the industry is also experiencing a flurry of people moves, and there were two surprising announcements in the last week.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force this Friday (25 May). Menswear designer Simon Carter, founder of the eponymous brand, recaps what retailers need to know about the wide-ranging legislation and explains why GDPR could be as much an opportunity as it is an imposition.
The Drapers Verdict on Meghan Markle’s two royal wedding dresses and their influence on the fashion industry.
Save the high street! It’s a cry we have heard for many years that continues as many big high street names struggle.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, tells Drapers how the government can ease the pressure on the high street.
Drapers investigates why Calvetron Brands went into administration for a second time.
There is never a dull moment in the world of retail, and this week was no exception, as Sainsbury’s made the surprise announcement of its intention to buy a majority stake in supermarket ...
As news of the supermarket mega-merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda emerged this week, Drapers speaks to Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe, head of womenswear buying Anna Clarke and Sainsbury’s Argos CEO John Rogers, about how the grocer is evolving its clothing division, Tu, and gaining market share in a tough trading environment.
Digital is not just an important part of the retail journey – it is now integral.
High-profile company voluntary arrangements from New Look and Select have sent shockwaves across fashion retail.