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.
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.