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Interviews

Jeff Abrams

The Interview: Jeff Abrams, Founder and Creative Director, Rails

Despite the difficulties created by the Coronavirus pandemic, contemporary Los Angeles-based fashion brand Rails has been very actively broadening its reach. It’s currently running pop-up stores in Paris and in Selfridges in London, and it opened flagship stores in New York in autumn 2020 and San Francisco in spring 2021.
YANA Active

The interview: Sisters, Directors and co-founders of YANA Active, Charlotte and...

Based in Newcastle, sisters Charlotte and Sophie Wilson launched their YANA Active brand, “combining comfort, performance and high-end style” in December 2019, working on it at every available moment while still holding down full-time jobs.
Adam Brown Orlebar Brown

The Interview: Adam Brown, founder, Orlebar Brown

Ahead of sharing his best advice on utilising data insights to understand customers and minimise business costs as a key speaker at 10am tomorrow morning, 20 May, as part of Vodafone Group’s #ThoseWhoDare week-long virtual event which began on Monday to help support SME’s, Orlebar Brown founder, Adam Brown, gives an insight in to his business, how it’s grown and how it has fared during the pandemic.

The Interview: Sam Jones, founder and creative director, Raíz Atelier

Sam Jones has had a long and illustrious career in footwear buying and now, fuelled by a passion for sustainable fashion and 70s style, she has launched her own brand Raíz Atelier.
Garry Wall

The Interview: Garry Wall – Global General Manager, Quiksilver

In March 2021, outdoor clothing brand Quiksilver launched a new sustainable clothing collection called Made Better, manufactured using eco-friendly processes to reduce carbon emissions, use less water and energy and drive a positive change to the fashion industry.

Independents on how trade has been since non-essential retail reopened

It’s been just over a week now since retailers were able to reopen their stores on 12 April and fashion independents have now got the first weekend of trading since Lockdown 3 under their belts. The mood has been positive, with customers enjoying being out to get their retail “fix” after so many months stuck inside, or out with nowhere to go. Here’s what some independents have experienced so far back on the

The Interview: Hanushka Toni, Co-owner, Sellier Knightsbridge

Sellier Knightsbridge is the luxury consignment store and online platform for pre-loved luxury fashion founded by Dina Ibrahimova and her daughter, Hanushka Toni, bringing together trusted re-sellers with a discerning customer base.

The interview: Holli Rogers, Chair, Browns, and Chief Brand Officer, FARFETCH

Ahead of the long awaited and much anticipated opening of the new four storey 9,149 sq ft Browns flagship shop, in a Grade II* listed building at 39 Brook Street in the heart of Mayfair on 12 April, Browns Chair Holli Rogers talks through the landmark relocation from the retailer’s famous South Molton Street boutique, which opened its doors 50 years ago last year.
Charles Tyrwhitt

The Interview: Luke Kingsnorth, CEO, Charles Tyrwhitt

While Charles Tyrwhitt made an £11m cash profit in the year pre-pandemic, in its last year accounts – which had six months of pandemic trading – CEO Luke Kingsnorth said the company “made a small loss.”

The Interview: Alice and Maisie Jones, Co-founders, Directors and Lead Designers,...

Sisters Alice and Maisie Jones started up their Sisters & Seekers label from their garden shed in North Wales in 2017. Every year since then they’ve had to relocate to larger premises – growing to a team of 15 as well as creating a menswear "brother brand" called Brother + Kin in the height of the pandemic.
Tom Duncan Brand Machine Group

The Interview: Tom Duncan, Group Brand Director, Brand Machine Group

UK-based global licensing company Brand Machine Group’s acquisition of heritage US outdoor clothing brand Penfield in December, 2020, signalled a shift into brand ownership for the group. Former Commercial Director at Lyle & Scott, Tom Duncan, has been brought in as Group Brand Director, along with other new additions to the team, to lead the new strategy and the Penfield brand relaunch.
Anti Counterfeiting Group Phil Lewis

The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people's mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated.

PODCAST: Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive of the New West End Company

We are joined by Jace Tyrrell, who will play a pivotal role in the renaissance of the West End. We talk VAT, business rates, Crossrail and just who or what might fill those empty spaces on Oxford Street.

The Future of Formalwear: now that “fleece fatigue” has set in,...

Formalwear has taken a particular battering during the pandemic, with venues closed, events off and occasions massively restricted, but is there a brighter post-Covid-19 future ahead for smart dressing and formalwear sales?

PODCAST: Stores: The Next Generation – LUSH

In this episode we speak to the Global Retail Director, and Liverpool Store Manager at British-based, ethical beauty retailer LUSH.

The Interview: Graham Hand, Co-Founder, Hand and Jones

2020 was a disaster for many brands and designers. Though, for some, it has been the impetus to strike out and do their own thing. For those individuals who were made redundant, or had a previous business disappear, it has been an opportunity to start afresh, optimistic about the future.

The Interview: Richard Gilmore, Managing Director, Fred Perry and Adam Waterfield,...

This week saw Fred Perry, or rather Fred Perry Holdings – part of parent Japanese company Hit Union - acquire long-standing Northamptonshire footwear brand George Cox for an undisclosed sum.
Bianca Rangecroft // Whering

The Interview: Bianca Rangecroft, Founder of Whering

Whering, an app designed to allow users to easily digitise their entire wardrobe, resulting in a streamlined, curatable and accessible online styling tool, was officially unveiled to the public last week.

PODCAST: more2 Founder & CEO Kevin McSpadden

We take a deep dive into the world of Marketing Science with Kevin McSpadden, founder and CEO of More2. Kevin works with retailers at board level to get them focused on the right measures and actions that will ensure their future success.
Mark Bage

The interview: Mark Bage, CEO of Not Studio and Founder of...

Ex-Coggles CEO Mark Bage has launched a premium sneaker platform called Sneak in Peace after spotting a gap in the market for people who want premium sneakers from some of the finest designers and brands in the world - curated with a real eye for every detail.