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Shortlist revealed for Pure London’s Buyers Power List in association with WGSN

July 21, 2015

Pure London has revealed the prestigious shortlist for its annual Buyers Power List competition, presented in partnership with WGSN, the global foresight business.

The shortlist announcement follows a month of open nominations via the Pure London website; during which time buyers and retailers from across the UK and Ireland were asked to nominate themselves, their buying teams or an industry peer whose work has made an outstanding difference to the fashion and footwear retail industry over the last year.

Following a successful launch last August – which saw Topshop, Fenwick, The Dressing Room and Sunday Best among those scooping an award on the night – the competition is once again set to be closely fought, with some of the most acclaimed stores across the nation making the shortlist.

In no particular order, the worthy finalists are as follows:

Best Independent Buyer/Buying Team


Pamela Shiffer

Scarecrow Boutique

Black White Denim




Anne Furbank

Sisters Boutique

Abi Fisher

Best Department Store Buyer/Buying Team

Jarrold of Norwich

Fenwick Bond Street




John Lewis

House of Fraser




Best Multiple Buyer/Buying Team



River Island



Urban Outfitters

John Lewis

Morley Stores



Best Online Buyer/Buying Team

Alex Scolding, Head of Buying, ASOS

Donna Ida, Owner & Buyer, Donna Ida

Katie Starmer-Smith, Founder, Atterley

Buying Team, Net-A-Porter

Leeanne Walsh, Buying Manager, Avenue 32

Katherine Yoo, Head of Merchandising, thecorner.com

Buying Team, SAXA Store

Richard Clark, boohoo.com

Villi Kanvanagh, Head of Buying, Very Exclusive

Nitin Passi/Sophie Ng, CEO/Founder/Assistant Buyer, Missguided


Best Individual Womenswear Buyer

Alison Chisholm, Womenswear Buyer, Harvey Nichols

Buying Team, Selfridges

Vanessa Murray, Buyer, A Hume

Paula Watson, Account Director, Lux Fix

Jan Shutt, Owner, Sunday Best

Rebecca Lodge, Buyer, Next

Leighanna Auxilly, Buyer, Lipsy

Vanessa Colleen, Owner/Buyer, Colleen&Clare

Deryane Tadd, Owner/Buyer, The Dressing Room

Victoria Rex, Owner/Buyer, The Women’s Society

Lauren Ferguson, Owner/Buyer, Sisters Boutique


Best Individual Footwear Buyer

Laura Evans, Buyer, Poste Mistress/Office

Sarah Tyler, Premium Buying Manager, Kurt Geiger

Buying Team, Harrods Shoe Salon

Vanda Withon, Owner/Buyer, Nina Ricci

Harry Demopoulos, Managing Director, Tower London

Gerard Levy, Owner/Buyer, SPICE London

Buying Team, Selfridges Shoe Department

Buying Team, Clarks

Colin Temple, Chief Executive, Schuh

Marcel Bordon, CEO, Sole Trader


Best Individual Menswear Buyer

Ravi Grewal, Director, Stuarts London

Dean Walker, Head of Buying, End Clothing

ASOS Menswear

Leah Patel, Menswear Buyer, Harvey Nichols





Best Individual Accessories Buyer

Buying Team, Phase Eight

Buying Team, Cath Kidston

Becky Furbank, Director, Anne Furbank

Buying Team, New Look


Buying Team, Wolf & Badger

Jan Shutt, Owner/Buyer, Sunday Best

Michele Hardy, Accessories Buyer, Fenwick Canterbury

Julie Driscoll, Portfolio Director for Pure London at i2i Events Group, commented; “Once again we have received a fantastic response to the Buyers Power List this season, presented in partnership with WGSN, with the initial nominations process generating a real buzz and conversation among the industry. A greater number of entries and hugely positive response to the added categories for menswear and accessories has shone light on the importance of the Buyers Power List as an industry-led competition; the esteemed shortlist is a testament to those buyers and retailers who participated in the voting process.”

The next stage of the competition will request that all of the finalists peer nominate within their respective categories; those with the most votes will be crowned winners at an exclusive drinks reception taking place at 6pm on Monday 3rd August at Olympia London, following the second day of Pure London.

For more information on the Buyers Power List, please visit: www.purelondon.com/powerlist. The forthcoming edition will take place from 2-4 August at Olympia London, where over 800 brands will showcase their Spring Summer 16 collections.


For more information or to request high-res images, please contact Bethany Hutchings at Good Results PR:

E: bethanyh@goodresults.co.uk               T: 0203 397 5180

About Pure London

Pure London is the UK’s leading trade fashion buying event, representing womenswear, footwear, accessories and young fashion. Organised by i2i Events Group, it takes place every February and August. The show offers buyers from UK and international independents, multiples, department stores, etailers and mail order, the opportunity to discover collections launching for the season ahead from over 800 brands, attend catwalk shows and hear from their peers and other industry experts in valuable seminars and workshops. www.purelondon.com

About i2i Events Group

i2i Events Group delivers world-class exhibitions and large scale events in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology and media. Its portfolio of world-wide events includes World Retail Congress, Bett, Spring Fair, RWM, CWIEME, BVE and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products, services, ideas and solutions. The company is headed up by Mark Shashoua who joined EMAP as Group MD of EMAP Connect in November 2011 and became CEO of i2i Events Group in March 2012. i2i Events Group is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as Emap International Ltd.


About WGSN

WGSN is a global foresight business. Our experts provide deep insight and analysis of consumer, fashion and design trends. We inspire our clients to plan and trade their range with unparalleled confidence and accuracy. Together, we Create Tomorrow.

WGSN is the World’s Global Style Network, comprising of market-leading products including WGSN Fashion Trend, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN INstock, WGSN StyleTrial, and WGSN Mindset bespoke consulting services.

For more information, please visit www.wgsn.com