Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Fashion Retailer
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  • Contact
    • River Island Clothing Co, Chelsea House, Westgate, London, W5 1DR

About River Island

River Island create affordable everyday luxury, distinctive, real-life fashion for every occasion. Customers are stylish yet relaxed, glam yet edgy.

Set up in 1948 by Bernard Lewis and his brothers in London, River Island are a private company owned by the Lewis family, with Ben Lewis the current Chief Executive Officer.

The chain has over 350 stores in the UK, Ireland, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, alongside six online websites operating in four currencies and shipping to over 100 countries worldwide. The London head office is home to 900 staff.

Customers come to River Island because they love the twist they put on trends, the range of products and the service they get from people who love their fashion. Like their customers, the firm is always on the lookout for the next must-have item: it’s their mission to keep ranges fresh.

WOW Factor here means Ways of Working - developing, growing and inspiring each other.

What is it like to work for River Island

Ben Lewis is visible daily. He has frequent meetings with team members and will often walk around head office showing interest in current projects. Ben can also be seen in stores. Through an Ideas mailbox, all employees can send their ideas to Ben.
The firm supports all employees through the EAP programme. Head-office and distribution-centre employees get flexible working, employee-led career development meetings, and subsidised gym and fitness classes such as yoga in the head office, which has an on-site masseuse.
My Team
My Team
The CEO gives a bi-annual company update in the head office, streamed live to the RI Tech Hub. It’s cascaded to all stores and the distribution centre and made available on the company intranet. There are also parties in summer, at Halloween and at Christmas.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Development

    Companies who provide support for non-work related training

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

  • Average Age:


  • Male : Female:

    27% / 73%

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  • Earning £35,000+:


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