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Speculation over Bostock’s future

Speculation that Kate Bostock could emerge at a major fashion retailer such as Asos or New Look could be wide of the mark, insiders have indicated.

M&S’s outgoing executive director of general merchandise officially leaves in October, although her gardening leave will run until January.

When Bostock does make her return to the fashion retail industry, a former colleague has suggested it may be at the helm of a small to medium-sized fashion company, where she can better make her mark on the business. Her product experience would stand her in good stead at a smaller firm.

This is a marked contrast to widespread speculation that she was destined for a managing director role at etail giant Asos. Bostock has also previously been linked to fast-fashion retailer New Look.

Drapers understands Asos chief executive Nick Robertson had previously been on the lookout for someone of Bostock’s calibre. However, it is no longer looking for a managing director.

New Look is thought to be seeking a replacement for creative director Barbara Horspool, who left the business at the end of February, but a source close to the business told Drapers it was “unlikely” Bostock would be her successor.

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