Barry Spencer Laden MBE FRSA
(born 1965 in Edgware
, United Kingdom
) is a fashion entrepreneur and occasional writer. Educated at City of Portsmouth Boys' School
and the University of Westminster
, his first retail venture was located in London's Fulham Road in 1987.He is best known for his creation of The Laden Showroom
, the UK's largest independent showroom and retail space used for the promotion of small independent fashion designers, based in London's Brick Lane
. He also created The London Fashion Bus, which toured the UK in 2003-4 and owns womenswear fashion brand Renée London.
At the age of 11, as a prize for winning a national essay competition, he was saluted by the entire Royal Navy
on the rehearsal of the Fleet Review
, representing the Royal Family on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II
. During the 1990s he wrote material for radio and television, including a script for comedian Bob Monkhouse
. His crime fiction
novel, Klarkey's War
(East of City Press) was published in 2006. His first play, Ladies Aloud
, was performed at the New End Theatre
, London, in November 2007, starring Linda Marlowe and Susannah York
In December 2009, in recognition for his social entrepreneurial work through The Laden Showroom
, The Observer featured him as being listed in the top 50 of The Future 500 - The Courvoisier sponsored list of "inspirational, creative talent" in the UK for the year ahead.
Laden was appointed Member of the......