Events / The Store is Dead, Long Live the Store! – SOLD OUT

The Store is Dead, Long Live the Store! – SOLD OUT

February 6, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please note, this event is oversubscribed, if you do not have a ticket there will be no admittance on the door.


Retail & Consumer Group – SOLD OUT
The Store is Dead, Long Live the Store! 
Wednesday 6 February

This event is sponsored by Criteo and hosted by Sweaty Betty


We all know retail is changing dramatically and the perfect storm of events has created a somewhat brutal climate, but talk to people on the ground experiencing the disruption and there are some different and rather interesting opinions on the future role of the retail store.


Simon Hill-Norton, Olly Tress and Nicolas Pickaerts will let us join in their ongoing debate about retailing and the future of bricks and mortar stores. All their businesses began with London stores but are taking different growth paths.


Taking place in Sweaty Betty’s flagship store you will see how the brand is more than its product range. Number 1 Carnaby Street boasts a shop, a gym, a hairdresser and a funky café, giving an all-round brand experience.


Simon Hill-Norton (MBA 95D) is CEO and co-founder of Sweaty Betty. Simon and his wife Tamara, launched Sweaty Betty in November 1998. The highly successful women’s activewear brand now has 49 stores in the UK and 12 stores in the US. Forty per cent of sales are online. Having experienced how the fundamental shift in how customers shop is changing the traditional retail model, Simon does not see expanding the store portfolio as the key driver of future growth.


Nicolas Pickaerts joined MATCHESFASHION.COM as Ecommerce Directorin early 2013 from The company started with a single store in Wimbledon but it is its growth via ecommerce that has made it one of the biggest global destinations in online luxury featuring over 450 designers and delivering to over 176 countries. Their aspiration is to be the most personal luxury shopping company in the world with a seamless online/offline offer – as demonstrated by their new bricks and mortar store in Mayfair, a new retail experience, event space and broadcasting hub.


Oliver Tress is CEO and Founder of Oliver Bonas. He founded the chain of design-led lifestyle stores in 1993, starting with one store in the Fulham Road. He now runs 75 stores offering fashion, jewellery, gifts, contemporary homeware and furniture and is continuing to expand his bricks and mortar empire, despite the much talked about retail Armageddon and without adding any new-fangled digital experiences! Long live the store says Oli.


Moderator: Teresa White (MBA 88D), Chair, Retail & Consumer Group


VENUE Sweaty Betty Flagship Store
1 Carnaby Street, Soho, London W1F 9QF
Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés