Programme

Drapers Fashion Forum

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

Kirsty McGregor, 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 ….in conversation with Graeme Moran, acting editor, Drapers

09:45

KEYNOTE PANEL

Fashion retail rewritten: shifting your business model for sustainable 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 sustainable 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, clothing and home managing director, Marks & Spencer
Moderated by Kirsty McGregor, Editor, Drapers

10:30 

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 ….in conversation with Kirsty McGregor, editor, Drapers

11:05

COFFEE & NETWORKING

11:35

IN CONVERSATION

Rethinking revenue: planning for sustainable growth
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, and how do you balance investments in challenging times?
  • 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? 

Sarah Welsh, CEO Retail, N Brown Group ….in conversation with Graeme Moran, Acting Editor, Drapers

12:10

 Stream selection opportunity

 

12:10 

Stream selection opportunity

STAGE ONE

Leading through change

STAGE TWO

Rebuilding fashion retail

12:15

FUTURE SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION

Look ahead: leveraging your high street presence
Given the changes over the last 18 months, we delve into ways that retailers can leverage their high street presence – with both sales and sustainability in mind - and explore what the future of retailer/customer interaction looks like.

Tony Mannix, group CEO, Clipper Logistics
+ Q&A led by Graeme Moran, acting editor, Drapers

12:15

IN CONVERSATION

Harnessing the Voice of the Customer for deep digital transformation, from pricing strategies to a demographic shift
Today’s COVID-accelerated digital drive offers a wealth of growth opportunities to retailers but understanding what your consumer wants, and how much they will spend, is key.

From appealing to new customer audiences to identifying what you can charge for your product – particularly with today’s supply chain shortages and the upcoming holiday season - we explore how insight-led strategies can avoid costs, drive sales and mitigate supply challenges in fashion retail.

Greg Petro, Founder & CEO, First Insight
Ian Watson, CEO, Hotter Shoes
…. in conversation with Gabriele Dirvanuaskas, fashion editor, Drapers

12:45

LUNCH & NETWORKING

STAGE ONE

Leading through change

STAGE TWO

Rebuilding fashion retail

13:45 

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
…. in conversation with Isabella Fish, news Editor, Drapers

 

13:45 

 IN CONVERSATION

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
… in conversation with Gabriele Dirvanuaskas, fashion editor, Drapers

14:15 

 Stream change opportunity

14:15

 Stream change opportunity

14:20  

 IN CONVERSATION

Digital converts: fundamentally change the way your business communicates digitally with consumers, and drive online growth

The accelerated move to implement digital transformation over the past 18 months hasn't come without its challenges. Looking forward, how can your business optimise its digital offering and user experience in the most cost and time-efficient way, to drive consumer satisfaction and deliver exceptional experiences? What are the technologies that you want your business to implement in order to drive growth, reduce inefficiencies and drive conversation rates? Gain a top-level perspective into a fundamentally new way for your business to deliver an exceptional digital experience.

Henrik Fabrin, CEO and co-founder, Certainly
.... in conversation with a Drapers editor

 

 

 

14:20

 IN CONVERSATION

Technology, agility and efficiency: accelerating a sustainable approach to fashion retail

With the climate crisis top of the agenda, what steps can your business take to build a more efficient supply chain - one that responds to consumer expectations, meets your sustainability goals and works towards supporting a circular fashion business model? Explore how leading fashion brands have worked to prioritise sustainability and drive efficiencies throughout the supply chain via innovative technology.  

Vincent Barnes, industry and solution strategy director – fashion retail, Infor
.... in conversation with a Drapers editor

 

 

14:50

 Stream change opportunity

 

 

14:50

Stream change opportunity

14:55 

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, founder and chairman, Atterley
Alexandra Shulman, strategic adviser, Atterley and former editor-in-chief, British Vogue …. in conversation with Gabriele Dirvanuaskas, fashion editor, Drapers

 

 

14:55 

CASE STUDY PRESENTATION   

Exploring rapid ecommerce growth opportunities in the Middle East

Delving into the opportunities for online expansion in the Middle East: understand the substantial online growth being experienced in this region – and how the ecommerce and digital industry will further transform in the coming years. Explore how to gain a foothold in a region where retail ecommerce is forecast to significantly outpace global growth.

Mohannad Khayyat, director, SMSA Express + Q&A led by Isabella Fish, news editor, Drapers

15:25

COFFEE & NETWORKING

15:55

PANEL DISCUSSION

(Re)setting the corporate compass: leading from the front on diversity 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? 

Geoffrey Williams, global head of diversity, equity and inclusion, Dr Martens
Brenda Trenowden CBE, partner, diversity and Inclusion, PwC UK
Peter Collyer, chief people officer, Ted Baker 
Justine Porterie, global head of sustainability and impact, Depop
Moderated by Kirsty McGregor, editor, Drapers

 

 

 

16:35

CLOSING FIRESIDE CHAT

New priorities in a new world

Nick Beighton, former CEO, ASOS ….in conversation with Kirsty McGregor, Editor, Drapers

17:05

CLOSING REMARKS & CLOSE OF DAY

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