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PODCAST: L’Estrange co-founder Tom Horne & Shaftesbury retail director Samantha Bain-Mollison
30 June 2021

IN DETAIL: the Podcast from in which we get under the hood of the industry and examine the business & consumer trends that are driving change and take a look at some of the brands and people that are shaping the future of fashion.

In this series we will interview industry watchers, analysts, experts and writers who are all leaders in their field.

It’s been just over a year since retailers across the nation first re-opened their doors after an historic enforced lockdown that had lasted almost three months. Little did we know then that two more lockdowns were to come with devastating affects for some of fashion’s biggest names.

However with much of the UK’s adult population vaccinated against COVID-19 and promises from the Government that it will not enforce another lockdown, retailers can now turn their minds from survival to revival.

Today we are bringing you a special edition of our IN DETAIL podcast in partnership with landlord Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury – whose 16-acre estate covers eclectic London neighbourhoods stretching across Seven Dials, parts of Covent Garden, Carnaby and Soho among others – has always taken a curated approach to its retail line-up and has a strong track record of supporting independent brands and designers (in particular through its Start-up With Seven Dials initiative) , pioneering pop-up retail and encouraging experimentation with innovative new formats.

Far from feeling tempted to veer from this approach during the pandemic, it has doubled down and supported many brands in the opening of, in some cases, their first retail store. In particular, it has seen strong demand from digital brands looking for cut-through with consumers as the online space gets more and more crowded, as well as companies taking previously online-only concepts, such as fashion rental, into the realm of the physical.

One such brand to make the move is London menswear label L’Estrange, which having experimented with pop-ups throughout the Shaftesbury estate, made the plunge and took a permanent store in Seven Dials during the pandemic.

Lauretta Roberts, editor in chief of, talks to L’Estrange co-founder Tom Horne and Shaftesbury retail director Samantha Bain-Mollison about how the landlord and brand worked together on making physical retail a success and why they feel that post-pandemic a new, reinvigorated retail landscape will emerge.


This special edition of the IN DETAIL podcast is in proud partnership with




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