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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.
Independent retailing is one of the fashion industry’s toughest sectors, but also one of the most innovative – and larger retailers would do well to take note of the initiatives the sector is driving.
As Marks & Spencer announces Holly Willoughby as its new brand ambassador, is the TV-turned-social media star enough to save the retailer?
As the House of Fraser saga rumbles on and the repercussions continue to hit suppliers, there is much debate about who should be held accountable for the department store chain’s demise.
John Lewis’s sophisticated Oxford Street redesign is set to put the retailer’s ambitious own-brand focus to the test
Pitched as a “totally new retail experience”, Drapers discovers whether 5 Carlos Place lives up to expectation.
Drapers’ Emily Sutherland questions whether reviews, inquiries and panels really represent the best route forward for the high street.
UK clothing and fabric companies could significantly boost export activity with the right support, says Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association.
Back in 2009, a little-known etailer called Farfetch was shortlisted for the Best Etail Innovation award at the Drapers Etail Awards. This week, that same etailer has filed notice of its intention to float on the New York Stock Exchange.
The New York retail industry is facing a major transformation. Having been challenged by the increasing popularity of e-commerce, the decline in traditional department stores, alongside the proliferation of mobile and touchscreen devices, retailers are taking radical action to entice shoppers.
There have been several times of late that I have urged the government to step in and support this industry, and unfortunately this week is no exception.
The multichannel projects retailers have been working on for years show no sign of getting any easier. Having focused for so hard and so long on joining up the channels, retailers must now also focus on doing everything instantly.
There are very few people that have had such an impact on the industry while keeping such a low profile as Philip Day.
It’s no secret that the market is tough. Brexit, rising rents and rates, digital evolution and changing consumer behaviours have created a challenging period for many fashion retailers.
The news that ITE – the trade show organiser behind Scoop, Jacket Required and Birmingham’s Moda – had acquired Pure London was the talk of the aisles at the recent London trade shows.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this week’s comment following the news that industry veteran Don McCarthy has died. My thoughts go to all of his family and friends at this sad time.