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Superdry founder in Q&A with RAU students
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is delighted to welcome Julian Dunkerton, Founder of Superdry and CEO of SuperGroup, to take part in a Q&A session with students on Thursday 16 November 2017.
Students are invited to attend the talk, which will take place from 1 – 2 pm in the Boutflour Hall. Space is limited, please book your place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julian Dunkerton has transformed the vintage clothing business he started as a teenager into a global lifestyle brand. Superdry, which he co-founded in 2003, is sold worldwide and has become an iconic brand and a true British fashion success story.
At 19, Julian took advantage of a government-backed enterprise scheme and set up his own clothing business, which he sold for a profit after just twelve months. He then launched Cult Clothing, building it into a nationwide chain. His 2003 collaboration with good friend and clothing designer James Holder was the catalyst for a new retail business that would become a staple on high streets around the world. Julian’s sharp retail instincts steered the business forward and the brand soon flourished with stand-alone Superdry stores established in all major retail hotspots across the UK and abroad.
Julian’s entrepreneurial eye isn’t exclusive to the fashion industry, his success spans many other areas: Massive Records, Soho Coffee Company, Dowdeswell Estates, Dowdeswell Park, and the boutique Cotswold hotel group The Lucky Onion, which includes The Wild Duck at Ewen and The Wheatsheaf Inn at Northleach.
Boundless enthusiasm for business opportunity alongside his love for Gloucestershire, its architecture and surroundings has enabled Julian to support other local ventures including Dowdeswell Estates. Another brainchild of Dunkerton, this new and exciting retail concept looks set to be his next success story. Here, building contractors are able to undertake a wide range of construction projects, including renovations on historic buildings, community structures and commercial developments. Keen to support local enterprise, rebuilding Cheltenham’s Balcarras School of Music is also one of many projects close to Julian’s heart.
Most recently, Julian has taken on sole ownership of Dunkertons Cider, which has been creating organic cider and Perry for over 35 years and which has been awarded the Soil Association certification status for organic products with fruit harvested from organic orchards and local farms. A company originally owned by his late father and still thriving today, the business ethos has always been to produce drinks in harmony with the environment.