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Editor's Comment: Thread has menswear etailing all sewn up Subscription

18 October 2018 By

Six years ago, serial entrepreneur Kieran O’Neill launched a small start-up business that combined technology and fashion to offer men a personal styling service. This week, that business has received $22m (£16.7m) in funding, bringing its total investment to more than $40m (£30.4m).

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Productivity – the keystone of a successful retail strategySubscription

11 October 2018 By

The definition of “productivity” is “the effectiveness of productive effort, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input”.

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Comment: How are fashion customers changing? Subscription

8 October 2018

Drapers’ latest report uses consumer data to highlight how shoppers are changing year on year.

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Editor's Comment: The only constant is change – so embrace itSubscription

2 October 2018 By

To stand still is to go backwards. This well-known mantra has been quoted a thousand times, but is more relevant today than it ever has been.


Smart choices: why men's tailoring is boomingSubscription

2 October 2018 By

From formalwear to casual blazers, on the catwalks and on the high street, menswear is smartening up its act. So what is driving the trend?

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Next fights back but early Sales are a worrying signSubscription

25 September 2018 By

The bellwether of the UK high street, Next, this week revealed a better-than-expected performance for its first half, despite what it described as a “volatile” trading environment.

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Comment: International buyers out in force at MicamSubscription

19 September 2018 By ,

A strong turnout of international buyers at the 86th edition of Milan footwear trade show Micam has cemented its place as the must-attend shoe exhibition in Europe, as UK brands took the opportunity to meet continental buyers before Brexit.

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Comment: Why the world looks to London Fashion Week Subscription

18 September 2018 By

The spring 19 edition of London Fashion Week (14-18 September) has drawn to a close, and it is clear why it draws visitors from around the globe.

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Editor's Comment: What we can learn from innovative indiesSubscription

13 September 2018 By

Independent retailing is one of the fashion industry’s toughest sectors, but also one of the most innovative – and larger retailers would do well to take note of the initiatives the sector is driving.

Graeme Moran

Comment: Holly Willoughby lends fire power to M&S Subscription

10 September 2018 By

As Marks & Spencer announces Holly Willoughby as its new brand ambassador, is the TV-turned-social media star enough to save the retailer?

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Editor's Comment: Can you afford not to have a sustainability strategy?Subscription

7 September 2018 By

As the House of Fraser saga rumbles on and the repercussions continue to hit suppliers, there is much debate about who should be held accountable for the department store chain’s demise. 

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Own brand and experience are partners in John Lewis revampSubscription

6 September 2018 By

John Lewis’s sophisticated Oxford Street redesign is set to put the retailer’s ambitious own-brand focus to the test x prada 5 carlos place (11)

Comment: Does 5 Carlos Place deliver for Matchesfashion?Subscription

4 September 2018 By

Pitched as a “totally new retail experience”, Drapers discovers whether 5 Carlos Place lives up to expectation.

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Comment: It's time for action on the high street Subscription

31 August 2018 By

Drapers’ Emily Sutherland questions whether reviews, inquiries and panels really represent the best route forward for the high street.

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Comment: UK fashion and textiles firms need more export supportSubscription

22 August 2018

UK clothing and fabric companies could significantly boost export activity with the right support, says Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association.

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Editor's Comment: Neves's dream of integrated retail is not so far-fetchedSubscription

21 August 2018 By

Back in 2009, a little-known etailer called Farfetch was shortlisted for the Best Etail Innovation award at the Drapers Etail Awards. This week, that same etailer has filed notice of its intention to float on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Comment: Reformation's tech-savvy NYC storeSubscription

20 August 2018 By Lizzie Knights

The New York retail industry is facing a major transformation. Having been challenged by the increasing popularity of e-commerce, the decline in traditional department stores, alongside the proliferation of mobile and touchscreen devices, retailers are taking radical action to entice shoppers.

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Editor's Comment: Suppliers need protection for industry to surviveSubscription

14 August 2018 By

There have been several times of late that I have urged the government to step in and support this industry, and unfortunately this week is no exception.

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Comment: Multichannel is demanding more Subscription

9 August 2018 By

The multichannel projects retailers have been working on for years show no sign of getting any easier. Having focused for so hard and so long on joining up the channels, retailers must now also focus on doing everything instantly.

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Editor’s Comment: Is Day the new driving force of department stores? Subscription

7 August 2018 By

There are very few people that have had such an impact on the industry while keeping such a low profile as Philip Day.