Welcome to our “In Conversation” Podcast series where we’ll bring you inspiring stories, retail insights and conversation from fashion’s most influential business leaders.
Lauretta Roberts, TheIndustry.fashion’s Editor in chief hosts the first edition of our Podcast series: “In Conversation” with fashion retail royalty Jane Shepherdson who is now Chair of My Wardrobe HQ and the trailblazing rental platform’s CEO & Co-founder, Sacha Newall.
Awarded a CBE for services to UK Fashion Retail in 2015, Jane was once described as the most influential woman on the British High street.
Shepherdson joined Topshop in 1985, and worked her way up to Brand Director, reinventing the high street retailer into a leading global fashion brand, and achieving huge profit growth, from £10m to over £100m in an eight-year period. She was credited with democratising fashion in the UK, as she raised the standard of the high street offer.
Jane then led a management buy in of Whistles in 2008, and became CEO. She turned the slightly tired brand into one of the most well regarded contemporary brands in the UK, with global reach. She stepped down in 2016.
Sacha moved from car-sharing to wardrobe-sharing. Having seen the positive impact that car sharing had on the environment. She decided, with Tina Lake, her co-founder to create a platform to allow individuals and brands to share garments by renting and selling them.
Having previously worked in publishing at the Sunday Times and with the former e-commerce business my-wardrobe.com she could feel that the Zeitgeist was now for a new way to consume fashion.
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