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Editor's Comment: 'Make or break' Christmas is endnote to tough 2018Subscription

14 December 2018 By

As 2018 draws to a close, many in the industry will be breathing a sigh of relief. For some, it has been an incredibly difficult 12 months. 

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Can Superdry crack the kidswear market? Subscription

12 December 2018 By Olivia Pinnock

Struggling Superdry is betting on a new kidswear collection to help turn the business around, but its success will hang on the strength of the product, industry experts have said.

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Editor's Comment: Parliament must show teeth to save high streetSubscription

4 December 2018 By

This week, we were once again gripped by a parliamentary committee hearing, this time featuring the formidable Mike Ashley.

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Drapers Awards celebrate another year in fashion retailSubscription

30 November 2018

This week we gathered the industry’s greatest at London’s Roundhouse in Camden to celebrate the very best of the fashion sector at the annual Drapers Awards.

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Editor's Comment: Retailers and landlords must find a compromiseSubscription

29 November 2018 By

Bricks-and-mortar retailers are under pressure to evolve quickly to meet changing consumer behaviours and landlords must adapt to changing retailer requirements.

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Editor's Comment: Blanket discounts make Black Friday a dark day for retailSubscription

23 November 2018 By

Black Friday has been plagued with issues since the US shopping event first arrived on these shores.


Retailer Insight: Black Friday or Fraud Friday?Subscription

21 November 2018

Archie Hume, managing director of independent fashion retailer A Hume Country Clothing, is taking a stand against Black Friday discounting

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Comment: High street must be heard over Brexit noiseSubscription

13 November 2018 By

The high street is changing at a faster pace than ever before, and some town centres are becoming virtually unrecognisable as big-name retailers scale back their store portfolios.

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Editor's Comment: Strong medicine is needed to survive in today’s marketSubscription

9 November 2018 By

This week we gained more insight into how some of the high street’s biggest names are refocusing their strategies to tackle ongoing trading headwinds.

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Mary Creagh: on a parliamentary mission to clean up fashionSubscription

7 November 2018 By

The environmental audit committee, led by Mary Creagh, is halfway through investigating the social and environmental impact of disposable fast fashion and the wider UK industry.

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Comment: Is this fashion retail’s #metoo moment?Subscription

1 November 2018 By

The allegations that Arcadia Group boss Sir Philip Green bullied, racially abused and sexually harassed some of his employees have sent ripples through the industry.

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Editor's Comment: Selling on social media – the next stepsSubscription

26 October 2018 By

Social media has become a daily obsession for many consumers, and savvy brands have embraced these channels to maximise engagement and – until now indirectly – drive sales. 

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Comment: Whatever happened to service, let alone with a smile?Subscription

24 October 2018 By

As retailers do everything they can to attract shoppers into stores, why are so many on the high street offering disappointing levels of customer service?

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Comment: How are Gen Z shopping for fashion?Subscription

22 October 2018 By

Generation Z – those born since 1995 – are the all-important next generation of consumers. So how are they shopping for fashion?

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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 fashion customers are changingSubscription

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.