MADE IN BRITAIN

We might have six decades behind us. But at River Island, we don’t feel our age. Our brand is as fresh, exciting and forward-looking as it’s always been. With 300 stores across the world, an award-winning online fashion retail site, one of the biggest in-house design teams on the British high street and a deep commitment to nurturing new talent, we’re one of the most successful fashion retailers in the UK. But watch this space. We’re only just beginning.

“ River Island has fast become the designer brand of the high street, with stores in more than 18 countries. River Island has and always will be an exciting, innovative, and fun company. You’ll be glad you joined us."
Ben Lewis
CEO

FROM BOMBSITE TO MUST-HAVE BRAND...

See how the decades have shaped River Island below.

1948

1948

Our story begins

Bernard Lewis starts selling knitting wool from a shop in an east London bombsite

1955

1955

The boom years

Lewis Separates, as it has become known, increases from five stores to nine

1965

1965

Groovy growth

The 70 store empire of Lewis Separates is transformed into Chelsea Girl

1982

1982

a man's world

The first Menswear store is launched under the name Concept Man

1991

1991

a brand is born

New era, new brand. Chelsea Girl and Concept Man becomes River Island

1993

1993

international appeal

The first River Island store is launched in the Republic of Ireland

2005

2005

nurturing fresh talent

River Island sponsors Graduate Fashion Week for the first of six consecutive years

2006

2006

going global

The first River Island store outside of the UK and ROI opens in Amsterdam.

2008

2008

on trend & online

styleinsider.riverisland.com launches featuring blogs on news, trends and style

2010

2010

fashion leaders

Ben Lewis becomes current CEO of River Island

2011

2011

bringing back a classic

Chelsea Girl re-launched as a collection within River Island

2012

2012

fashion credentials

The Design Forum is launched in association with the British Fashion Council

2013

2013

ri meet riri

Three part collaboration with Rihanna hits River Island stores

2015

2015

the future

Just watch this space…

HERE AND NOW

With over 300 stores in the UK and beyond, plus an award-winning online store, River Island isn’t just an icon of the British high street, but a fashion favourite across the world too. We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved so far. But it’s the future of our brand that excites us most. Our ambition is to become a leading multimarket, multichannel fashion brand for the mid-priced market. Bring your talent to River Island, and help us get there that little bit faster.

FRESH AND FEARLESS

We’re renowned in the industry for seeking out and nurturing new talent. We’ve sponsored Graduate Fashion Week for six years running, helped to create London Fashion Week’s Fashion Film Festival, and collaborated with a number of up and coming designers, including global star and style icon Rihanna. All this and more is what’s earned us our reputation as the Designer Brand of the High Street. And what makes a career with us so thrilling.

CSR & CHARITY

@GIVERISLAND We believe that our business can be both profitable and responsible. It’s the reason we support a growing list of charities and organisations as diverse as our fashion. Why we build long-term, fair relationships with our suppliers, people and the communities in which our stores are based. And why we run our business in a way that is mindful of the planet’s limited resources, using renewable energy sources, reduced packaging and recycled and biodegradable materials wherever we can.

AWARDS

OUR TROPHY CABINET Fashion. Innovation. Marketing. We’ve been recognised in the fashion industry and beyond for all this and more. Whilst winning trophies and gongs isn’t what our business is all about, we sure are proud of them. Here’s a few of our most recent wins.

2015 HR Excellence Awards

Best HR Team

2015 HR Excellence Awards

Most Effective Recruitment Strategy

2015 HR Excellence Awards

Karen Beaven - HR Director of the Year

2015 HR Excellence Awards

HR Excellence Gold Award

2011 Reveal Click to buy awards

Best Fashion Blogger

2011 HR Excellence Award

Most Innovative Use of Technology

2011 Company High Street Fashion Award

Best Bags

2011 BCSC - Shopfit / Design of the year

Westfield Stratford

2011 Fabulous High Street Fashion Awards

Fabulous for cutting edge fashion

2011 Company High Street Fashion Award

Best Jeans Under £100

2012 Company Fashion Awards

Best Bags

2012 Fabulous High Street Fashion Award

Cutting Edge Fashion

2012 The Drapers Award Torque Retail Of The Year

Consumer Choice

2012 Personnel Today Award

Excellence in HR through Technology & Social Media

2013 Lorraine High Street Fashion Award

Best Trend Setter

2013 Drapers

Marketing Campaign of the Year for Rihanna

2014 U Magazine High Street Awards

Best for Saturday Night

2014 U Magazine High Street Awards

Best for Handbags

2014 U Magazine High Street Awards

Best for Changing Rooms

2014 Fabulous High Street Fashion Awards

Best Denim

2014 Lorraine High Street Fashion Award

Best Trend Setter

2014 Cosmopolitan

Retailer Of The Year

WOW FACTOR

To us, it’s our ‘Ways Of Working’. To you, it’s the ambition, values and passion you’ll need to share with us to be a success at our brand.

  • WE'RE GOING PLACES

    ...and you’ll need to have a sense of ambition.

  • WHAT YOU DO MATTERS

    ...so we’ll by relying on you and expectations are high.

  • WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE DOING

    ...and are inspired to keep learning and developing others.

  • WE LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER

    ...and are quick to help others to get the job done.

  • IT NEVER GETS BORING

    ...but you’ll have to be up for a challenge and hard work.