60 years on it’s time to recognise Laura Ashley’s legacy to retailing talent
Sixty years on from creation, Laura Ashley’s legacy has not only been to create a global iconic retailing brand, but also to launch the careers of many retail executives who are major players within retail today. Now in the Diamond Jubilee year since Laura and Bernard Ashley first produced printed headscarves from their London flat in 1953, I’m joining a host of high profile former Laura Ashley retailers to pay tribute to the impact the business has had for so many working today.
A focus of the 60th anniversary celebrations will be to unveil a commemorative book mapping the careers of a host of former Laura Ashley executives. The Laura Ashley Alumni book will be on display at an exclusive event in London later this year which will bring together former Laura Ashley senior players from around the globe.
With over half of my retail career spent in retail operations at Laura Ashley I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from and work with the best and also meet my court & spark business partner Claire Beasley. Between us we’ve clocked up 30 years working at Laura Ashley and are living proof that the “legacy of Laura” continues to be felt across the UK retail sector long after the floral print has faded.