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DRAPERS FASHION FORUM 2021: LEADING THE FUTURE OF FASHION RETAIL

Drapers’ exclusive, invite-only annual gathering of fashion industry leaders and C-suite executives

18 November 2021, Hilton Park Lane, London

*Please note, this is subject to change

08.00

REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS

09:00

WELCOME ADDRESS

Editor, Drapers

09:10

KEYNOTE OPENING: FIRESIDE CHAT

Leading from the front: getting fit for the future
Reflecting on the vast industry changes over the last 18 months, Primark CEO Paul Marchant discusses how the business is adapting for sustainable future growth.

Paul Marchant, CEO, Primark

09:50

KEYNOTE PANEL

Fashion retail rewritten: shifting your business model for future growth
Despite unprecedented and accelerated change over the last 18 months, we are yet to understand the full impact of COVID19 on the industry. In this scenario, how can leaders ensure their business is set up for future growth, whilst ensuring agility and adaptability as we anticipate longer-term seismic shifts?
 

Helen Dickinson OBE, CEO, British Retail Consortium
Manju Malhotra, CEO, Harvey Nichols 
Nigel Oddy, CEO, New Look
Richard Price, managing director clothing and home Marks & Spencer

10:40

KEYNOTE FIRESIDE CHAT

What COVID has taught us: shaping an agile approach to fashion retail, from technology to work/life balance
As the world resets, The Very Group CEO Henry Birch joins us to discuss where he sees the fashion industry is going – from technology innovation to resurgent categories - and how the ways of working have changed, and will continue to change post-pandemic.

Henry Birch, CEO, The Very Group 

11:20

 COFFEE & NETWORKING

STAGE ONE

Leading through change

STAGE TWO

Rebuilding fashion retail

11:50

IN CONVERSATION

 Upskilling your workforce: boosting innovation and creating future leaders

  • How do you give your teams - the ones that are closest to the consumer - the freedom and environment that allows them to deliver their best?
  • Embracing and encouraging new methods and ways of thinking to ensure your business stays agile
  • Exploring how investing in your teams to fill skill gaps can boost innovation and drive engagement and commitment – and shape future business leaders
  • Where do you bring in people who are already the experts vs. upskilling your teams?

Steve Hewitt, Executive President, Gymshark

11:50

PANEL DISCUSSION

 Rethinking revenue growth: balancing the balance   sheet and planning for the future

  • Reflecting on the long-term impact of the pandemic and forecasting the fashion sector’s recovery 
  • How can retailers and brands plan for the future: where should you be investing, and how do you balance that with debt?  
  • Rethinking growth: is it time to consider reduced growth in the wake of COVID and environmental impact? 
  • We’re all in this together: how can industry leaders work together and seize this unprecedented time to reset and reshape the industry? 

Jamie Gill, CEO, Roksanda 
Sarah Welsh, CEO Retail, N Brown

12:30

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12:30

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13:00

LUNCH & NETWORKING

STAGE ONE

Leading through change

STAGE TWO

Rebuilding fashion retail

14:00   

SUCCESS STORY

We’re in it together: creating a culture of respect  

How do you, as a leader, look after everyone in your business? We explore the culture of respect and the intrinsic values that have pulled AllSaints through highs and lows, through the best years and the worst, through isolation, Zoom and beyond – and how leading with this approach can foster belief and drive business performance.

Peter Wood, CEO, AllSaints & John Varvatos

 

14:00   

 SUCCESS STORY

Targeting growth-oriented consumer markets 

  • How do you become competitive locally, despite acting globally?
  • Creating tailored and localised offerings within target markets, from payment solutions to ‘try before you buy’, in order to target consumers who want to shop online
  • Exploring effective ways of working with brand partners in new regions

Christoph Barchewitz, Co-CEO, Global Fashion Group

14:30   

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14:30  

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15:00  

IN CONVERSATION 

Leading a sustainable future: committing to change as a matter of urgency

Change is needed, and it is led from the front. Holding ourselves and the industry accountable is critical.

From making authentic commitments to reduce environmental impact, drive sustainability, embrace circularity, and build in customer-centric sustainability strategies, we explore the reality of striving for continuous improvement. Explore how to lead a top-down approach to an issue that simply cannot be ignored.

 

15:00

 IN CONVERSATION

Collaboration, community and connection: standing out from the crowd and leading a continually evolving brand

  • As we look forward after a turbulent 18 months, we discuss the rapid growth of the online marketplace and the lifeline that digital platforms threw small independent retailers
  • The value of collaboration: exploring ways of giving smaller retailers a collective voice and sharing their knowledge of local markets
  • Bringing in fresh perspectives to drive growth and evolve the experience, destination and sense of community and connection that you provide consumers

Michael Welch, CEO, Atterley
Alexandra Shulman, Strategic Adviser, Atterley

15:30

COFFEE & NETWORKING

16:00  

PANEL DISCUSSION

(Re)setting the corporate compass: leading from the front on diversity, equality and inclusion

As we emerge from unprecedented times, how do you lead your business into a better future?
Brands, now more than ever, need to show up, align with their consumer, and use their brand power to stand behind what really matters. But this must be more than skin deep. What are the messages, structures, initiatives and investments that you will lead your brand and business to drive – authentically and consistently - from the top down and the inside out?

Peter Collyer, Chief People Officer, Ted Baker

16:40

CLOSING FIRESIDE CHAT

Session details coming soon.

17:10

CLOSING REMARKS, DRINKS RECEPTION & NETWORKING

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