How to get into Fashion with Jane Sheperdson CEO of Whistles
How to get into fashion with Jane Shepherdson
She's the woman who revamped Topshop, took on Philip Green (and won), and turned around the fortunes of affordable luxury womenswear brand Whistles. Fashion guru Jane Shepherdson shares her top five tips on how to get into the industry
She’s the woman who revamped Topshop, took on Philip Green (and won), and turned around the fortunes of affordable luxury womenswear brand Whistles.
As part of our Inspire & Mentor campaign, Marie Claire‘s deputy editor Charlotte Moore began by asking Jane Shepherdson just how she got to where she is today.
“I have had to work hard,” admitted Shepherdson, “I’m quite good at giving it my all when I’m at work and then learning to switch off at home. But I’ve had crisis of confidence in my career – we all have those.”
“There are a lot of Alpha males in the business and there can be a bullying culture in fashion,” says Shepherdson who famously challenged boss .
“You have to giving as good as you get. It’s about reminding yourself of your achievements. having a vision and communicating it well”
Shepherdson is a tireless supporter of UK fashion (“I just love the British sense of style”) and tries to promote UK manufacturers: “We’d love to make more of our pieces in British factories but there just isn’t the capacity at the moment – I blame Thatcher!”
Readers got the chance to put questions to the fashion guru and one of the main topics of discussion was getting that first foot in the door.
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