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Editor's Comment: 'Out of touch' government is failing industry and customersSubscription

18 June 2019 By

The fashion industry contributes more than £32 billion to the UK economy, yet, once again, calls for support from the government have gone unheeded.

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Givenchy’s Florentine takeoverSubscription

14 June 2019 By

As the sun set over the h Florentine hills, the Pitti crowds made their way to the luxurious Villa Palmieri for British designer Clare Waight Keller’s first standalone menswear show at the helm of French fashion house Givenchy.


'CVAs are unexploded bombs for indies'Subscription

12 June 2019

Large retailers entering into CVAs can have an unfair and heavy impact on independent retailers, says Martin Brighty, owner of central London menswear independent Peckham Rye.

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Comment: Fresh perspective is just what John Lewis needsSubscription

12 June 2019 By

The incoming chairman of John Lewis Partnership is certainly a leftfield choice.

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Comment: Finding the future at London Fashion Week Men'sSubscription

11 June 2019 By

The spring 20 edition of London Fashion Week Men’s (LFWM), which took place on 7-10 June, officially kicked off the new menswear buying season with a strong and steady edition that focused the spotlight on fashion’s future.

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Editor's Comment: Brands reboot for the new buying seasonSubscription

6 June 2019 By

Product will always sit at the heart of any fashion business. As we move into June and the new buying season kicks off with London Fashion Week Mens and menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence, retailers will be looking at how their new-season collections can offer something unique to drive customers in store and online.

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Comment: Why my agency picks brands with no online presence Subscription

29 May 2019

Sales director at independent fashion and distribution agency MDA International, Hannah Jordan, explains why the company chooses to work with independent brands that do not have an online presence. 

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Comment: Strategy refresh is just what Asos needs Subscription

24 May 2019 By

Asos is one of many retailers that admits it has tightened its returns policy, as figures reveal that 26% of brands have recorded an increase in returns over the last two years.

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Editor's Comment: Hard lessons for the once-mighty ArcadiaSubscription

23 May 2019 By

Arcadia was once the most powerful player on the high street. 

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Comment: What Arcadia is lacking on the high street Subscription

22 May 2019 By

As Arcadia seeks to close stores in the UK and the US, Drapers assess the strengths and weaknesses of the high street heavy weight’s fascias.

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Digital innovation lies at the heart of successful strategiesSubscription

16 May 2019 By

The growth of online sales continues to transform the fashion industry, and digital innovation has become a key driver of many success stories. 

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Comment: Building bridges with Africa's textile industry after Brexit Subscription

10 May 2019

African fashion sourcing consultant and founder of the social enterprise Africa Fashion Guide, Jacqueline Shaw, discusses the Brexit effect and how a UK alliance with Africa could positively affect the fashion industry. 

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Comment: Retail disruption by 'Airbnb of fashion'Subscription

8 May 2019 By

Combining the promise of rental with the popularity of resale, new peer-to-peer lending sites could be fashion’s next disruptor.

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Comment: Fashion – the industry that never sleepsSubscription

8 May 2019

Sales agent Diane Sykes discusses the fashion industry’s culture of “always on, never off”, FOMO and the perpetual working day.

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Retailer Insight: independents must adapt to surviveSubscription

7 May 2019

As premium womenswear independent Pamela Shiffer celebrates its 30th anniversary, the owner of the eponymous store based in Primrose Hill, north London, says retailers have to keep changing their approach to satisfy shoppers.

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Comment: Small businesses can rejuvenate the high streetSubscription

3 May 2019

Michelle Ovens, director of Small Business Saturday, believes building communities around small businesses can save the high street.

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Editor's Comment: Thriving brands connect with their customersSubscription

1 May 2019 By

Lord Rose famously said, “the customer is no longer king – they are masters of the universe” and never is that truer than in today’s market.

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Comment: Why STEM roles are right for retailSubscription

26 April 2019 By Lee Lucas

Lee Lucas, principal of the Fashion Retail Academy, explains why retail leaders of the future will need to blend creativity with tech know-how.

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Retailer Insight: Making sense of declining wholesale relationships Subscription

24 April 2019

Elizabeth Hanley, owner of independent store Magpie’s Nest in Stalybridge, Cheshire, explains how she has identified a significant shift in wholesale relationships and brand loyalty.

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Comment: Safety in Bangladesh is a joint responsibilitySubscription

24 April 2019 By Mostafiz Uddin

Today marks six years since the Rana Plaza tragedy. Mostafiz Uddin, managing director of Bangladeshi manufacturer Denim Expert, examines the progress that has been made.