Tara Hounslea is senior news reporter at Drapers, specialising in the menswear, lingerie, luxury, value and property sectors. Her interests include multichannel innovation to the in-store experience, made in the UK alongside inspiration from overseas, new entrants to the market and heritage success stories, with a particular fondness for the north of England. Tara joined the team in October 2014 and has a background in textile and fashion trade titles.
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Hit or miss: the best (and worst) online returnsSubscription
Drapers’ annual test reveals which retailers offer the quickest and most convenient services.
As part of Drapers’ 130th anniversary celebrations this year, we brought together some of fashion retail’s biggest names for a series of unique one-on-one interviews. Here, Dunelm product director Fiona Lambert finds out what her friend and former boss, Drapers Lifetime Achievement award winner George Davies, loves about the industry.
UKFT chairman Nigel Lugg is determined to get the best Brexit deal for UK fashion. He is calling on the industry to speak as one to ensure the industry continues to grow.
UKFT plans fashion manufacturing hub in LondonSubscription
The UK Fashion & Textiles Association (UKFT) is exploring the creation of a fashion manufacturing hub in London.
Mothercare enters next phase of transformationSubscription
Mothercare is entering the second phase of its transformation programme to become a “digital retailer with a store estate”, chief executive Mark Newton-Jones told Drapers after the firm made its first underlying profit in the UK for six years.
Mothercare has appointed former House of Fraser chief customer officer Andy Harding as CCO on an interim basis.
Ralph Lauren poaches P&G president for CEO roleSubscription
Ralph Lauren has appointed Patrice Louvet president and chief executive, effective 17 July, replacing the previous CEO, who left earlier this year.
Judge rules Retail Acquisitions is insolventSubscription
A judge has ruled that the former owner of BHS, Retail Acquisitions, is insolvent and its main director Dominic Chappell could be pursued for millions, it has been reported.
Number of indies grows as multiples fallSubscription
The number of independent stores recorded an eighth straight month of net growth in April, while multiples fell by 200 across the UK’s top 650 town centres, according to new figures.
Marks & Spencer has unveiled a “considered” autumn 17 collection featuring heritage fabrics, rich earthy colours and a softer side of luxury evoked in furs, pastel florals and metallic touches.