All you need to know about Upper Clash.


We organise meetings for leaders in retail to share ideas, experiences and get advice.

The meetings allow our network of retail executives to get perspective from peers in a confidential environment.

They take place online and in-person.

We have a group dedicated to Founders of direct-to-consumer retail brands, and produce other meetings comprising of directors in similar categories.


“Upper Clash conversations are really inclusive. You meet great people and it’s a very supportive network to be part of.”

Melissa Bisset, Marketing Director, Johnstons of Elgin – Luxury cashmere brand

“Leon introduced me to one of our now investors which I’m very grateful for. I hadn’t heard of Upper Clash when he approached me to join but it has definitely been worth getting involved!”

Natanel Bigger, Founder & CEO, Monpure London – Luxury scalp and hair care brand

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We host topic based discussions where our network of senior level retail executives openly share insight, opinion and experiences.

We’ve covered…

funding options for DTC brands
– cost pressures on e-commerce logistics
– targeting the over 50s consumer
– defining clean beauty
cross border e-commerce
– and much more

The discussions are edited into short 1 – 5 minute clips with most views taking place on LinkedIn.


UPPER CLASH is run by Leon Bailey-Green. Over the past five years our networking dinners, breakfast roundtables and panel talks have seen CEOs, MDS and Heads gather to discuss matters relevant to fashion, cosmetics, e-commerce and luxury retail professionals.

We launched in 2016 as a continuation of Leon’s retail industry networking events which began in 2011.


His guests included the founders of Farfetch, Missguided, Feelunique and Beauty Bay, director level executives from Net-a-Porter, Glossybox and The Entertainer and digital heads at Boots, Marks & Spencer and River Island.

The events were designed solely to create connections between leaders responsible for e-commerce functions which were still in their formative years.

Leon launched UPPER CLASH as part of a shift towards speaker and agenda based event formats.

We’ve held discussions on international expansion, content for e-commerce, sustainability, luxury branding, discounting strategy, profitability, and even blockchain.

See here for an archive of events.