How did The Modern Draper’s story begin?
I have worked in the fashion industry for 30 years – starting with my first job at Gordon Clarks in Hull. I then moved to the famous L’Homme in Manchester which was owned by the larger-than-life Richard Creme. After 3 years of learning about luxury menswear I decided to branch out on my own so I returned to Hull and opened 2 boutiques. This was the early 90’s, dance culture was at its height so I introduced brands such as Red or Dead, Stussy and Duffer of St George. I worked for a buyer for DesignLab in Brighton then worked for many years as Senior Account Manager for Original Penguin in London. This gave me experience of visiting many of the finest independent retailers in the country. I saw what worked and what didn’t. I saw what customers wanted and how they responded to the passion and drive of what indie retailers can offer. Eventually I knew that I could take this experience and offer our customers a fantastic edit of the best heritage and new brands around but with exceptional customer service and lots of other things such as great, ever changing selection of books, accessories, gifts and grooming products.