Mr B S Laden
MBE FRSA FBII
Barry divides his semi-retired time between consulting, investing and painting.
An entrepreneur, Barry left accountancy to develop businesses in fashion retail; wholesale; manufacturing; leisure and property. A Draper since 2008, he has served on the Company’s Charity committee and was a founder member of the Textile Working Group where he has led several initiatives to support young people’s career ambitions within the garment industry. He was admitted to the Livery in 2011.
He has mentored students and has given lectures in the business of fashion at The Drapers’ Academy; Southampton Solent University and St Martin’s School of Fashion.
He was appointed MBE in 2011 for services to the fashion industry and awarded honorary Doctorate of Design by Southampton Solent University in 2014. He has spoken twice at House of Lords committee rooms on the subjects of crowdfunding and manufacturing.
Married to theatre lighting designer, David W Kidd, he has lived in Woodford Green for 10 years.