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.
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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.
The high street is changing at a faster pace than ever before, and some town centres are becoming virtually unrecognisable as big-name retailers scale back their store portfolios.
This week we gained more insight into how some of the high street’s biggest names are refocusing their strategies to tackle ongoing trading headwinds.
The environmental audit committee, led by Mary Creagh, is halfway through investigating the social and environmental impact of disposable fast fashion and the wider UK industry.
The allegations that Arcadia Group boss Sir Philip Green bullied, racially abused and sexually harassed some of his employees have sent ripples through the industry.
Social media has become a daily obsession for many consumers, and savvy brands have embraced these channels to maximise engagement and – until now indirectly – drive sales.
As retailers do everything they can to attract shoppers into stores, why are so many on the high street offering disappointing levels of customer service?
Generation Z – those born since 1995 – are the all-important next generation of consumers. So how are they shopping for fashion?
Six years ago, serial entrepreneur Kieran O’Neill launched a small start-up business that combined technology and fashion to offer men a personal styling service. This week, that business has received $22m (£16.7m) in funding, bringing its total investment to more than $40m (£30.4m).
The definition of “productivity” is “the effectiveness of productive effort, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input”.
Drapers’ latest report uses consumer data to highlight how shoppers are changing year on year.
To stand still is to go backwards. This well-known mantra has been quoted a thousand times, but is more relevant today than it ever has been.
From formalwear to casual blazers, on the catwalks and on the high street, menswear is smartening up its act. So what is driving the trend?
The bellwether of the UK high street, Next, this week revealed a better-than-expected performance for its first half, despite what it described as a “volatile” trading environment.