All you need to know about our meetings, videos, background and services.


Meetings

We organise private meetings that see directors of retail businesses act as sounding boards to each other’s strategy and ideas.

These meetings allow our network of retail executives to get perspective on their future plans from peers in a confidential environment.

They take place online and in-person with the latter format advantageous for networking.

We have two groups which meet; Founders (creators of direct-to-consumer retail brands) and Luxury (directors in premium and luxury retail commerce).

Take a look at these testimonials to see what some of them have to say about being in our network.

We always want to hear from the people behind fast-growth challenger brands and digitally tuned high-end retailers so get in touch if you’re interested in joining.

Videos

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.

Background

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.

LEON BAILEY-GREEN

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 informal – no speakers or agenda – designed solely to create connections between leaders responsible for e-commerce functions which were still in their formative years.

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

We’ve since 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.

In 2020 we began hosting the Retail Commerce Discussion, with speakers from direct-to-consumer and luxury brands.

2021 sees the organisation of our network into two groups – Founders and Luxury – and the beginning of a series of private meetings for each.

Services

We provide services to connect companies in retail to board-level leaders and entrepreneurs for strategy advice and ideas. Read more here.