Caren Downie is a brand director. Widely considered to be one of the most influential figures on the British high street, Downie was the Buying Director at Topshop for a decade, a role she later took on at ASOS. An avid supporter of young designers and emerging talent, Downie headed up the NEWGEN initiative and designer collaboration programmes whilst at Topshop, playing an integral role in their development. From 2006 to 2010 she acted as an external examiner at London College of Fashion on the Fashion & Product Development MA.
Since 2014, Downie has been the Brand Director and Founder of Finery, an online womenswear brand. In 2017, she founded ByOcular, a contemporary eyewear company.