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Kirsty McGregor and Tara Hounslea

Drapers Talks: Topshop's super-skinny mannequins and Jacket Required Video

31 July 2015 | By ,

Drapers’ news editor Kirsty McGregor talks to senior news reporter Tara Hounslea about Topshop’s decision this week to halt further purchases of super-skinny mannequins after a customer complained, the popularity of menswear trade show Jacket Required, and the new anti-slavery laws being introduced.

Daniel Tozer

Talking Business: What are the legal requirements of wearable technology?

31 July 2015

Daniel Tozer is a partner at London law firm Harbottle and Lewis

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Memo from Musgrave: Harvey Nichols goes back to basics with new store

30 July 2015 | By

Twelve years ago I jumped on a train to Birmingham to witness the opening of the Selfridges store in the Bullring. This Wednesday I jumped on a train to Birmingham to see the new and enlarged Harvey Nichols store in The Mailbox. And in September I hope to travel up to examine the latest John Lewis in Grand Central. How did Brum get so lucky with innovative department stores?

Jill Dougan is UK managing director at advertising and technology company Cardlytics

Comment: Are fashion tribes loyal? Data can identify the most fickle shoppers

23 July 2015

Jill Dougan is UK managing director at advertising and technology company Cardlytics

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Memo from Musgrave: Local pressure is the way to ease parking fees

23 July 2015 | By

The cost of high-street parking is a local issue that is a national problem. Rather like the calls for legislation to govern the time and duration of Sales, it is a subject that has resurfaced on a regular basis throughout my 35 years in the business. 


Next makes £170m in interest charges

3 August 2015 | By

Next made £170m in interest charges from shoppers using its online and home shopping credit facility last year, according to smallprint in the company’s accounts.

Belstaff Spitalfields

Belstaff opens second London store

3 August 2015 | By

Outerwear brand Belstaff has opened its second London store at 16 Lamb Street in Spitalfields, east London.

The Trampery

East London designer studio forced to close after 400% rent increase

3 August 2015 | By

A shared studio in east London which has been home to designers including Jonathan Saunders, Lou Dalton, Holly Fulton and James Long, is set to close in the face of a 400% rent increase.

TM Lewin

US investors finance TM Lewin MBO

3 August 2015 | By

TM Lewin has received an undisclosed sum of investment from Sankaty Advisors, part of US private equity firm Bain Capital, to buy the remaining 20% stake of the business.


Yahoo to acquire affiliate shopping site Polyvore

3 August 2015 | By

Yahoo has agreed a deal to buy US affiliate shopping and personal styling site Polyvore to boost its fashion content and advertising.

Stolen from Susie in Dorchester

Stolen from Susie opens second store in Dorchester

3 August 2015 | By

Womenswear indie Stolen from Susie opened a new store at Dorchester’s Brewery Square at the weekend.

Mr Porter on Instagram

Mr Porter tops the ‘most social’ list

3 August 2015 | By

Mr Porter is the most socially engaged multibrand premium fashion retailer, according to new research.

Pure London and Scoop best sellers

52 key pieces from Pure London and Scoop

3 August 2015 | By , , ,

Our pick of the brands’ bestsellers from the spring 16 editions of womenswear trade shows Pure London and Scoop.

Pure spring 16

Indies miss out on first day of strong Pure and Scoop

2 August 2015 | By

Hot weather and widespread road closures in central London were being blamed for an under-par turnout of independent womenswear buyers at Pure and Scoop today (Sunday).

WtR - Pure

Pure London and Scoop Preview: new exhibitors to know

27 July 2015 | By

As trade shows Pure London and Scoop both take place this weekend, Drapers brings you a first look at some of the new brands and established labels exhibiting for the first time, as well as what to expect at the shows.

Jacket Required

Jacket Required: The best of the newcomers

3 August 2015 | By

The best new launches and trade show debuts at last week’s Jacket Required at London’s Old Truman Brewery

Jacket Required

56 key pieces from Jacket Required

31 July 2015 | By

Top brands at the spring 16 edition of the menswear trade show reveal their bestselling items of the season so far.

Jacket Required

Jacket Required delivers the goods

31 July 2015 | By ,

Jacket Required closed yesterday (July 30) with quieter footfall than on Wednesday, but having confirmed its attraction to multiple and independent buyers who no longer feel a strong pull to the Berlin fairs.

Jacket Required for spring 16

Expanded Jacket Required maintains its appeal

29 July 2015 | By

Jacket Required is shining a positive light on the UK menswear industry and gaining an increasingly international following, brands and agents reported on the first morning of the trade show.

Casual Fashion Special: Spring 16

Casual Fashion Special: Spring 16

28 July 2015 | By

Exclusive Drapers photo shoot: combine retro sportswear, grunge elements and eye-catching prints with a touch of tailoring for a unique spring season with bags of attitude.

Drapers womenswear special: spring 16

Womenswear Special: Spring 16

17 July 2015 | By

Exclusive Drapers photo shoot: A sense of understated luxury and relaxed sophistication in a soft, icy palette introduces the easy, breezy style of the season.

Carlos Duarte of H&M

The Drapers Interview: Carlos Duarte on growing H&M's footprint on these shores

29 July 2015 | By

Store openings and a beauty launch are keeping UK and Ireland country manager Carlos Duarte busy.

Charlotte Olympia

Shopwatch roundup: Denham, Charlotte Olympia and more

29 July 2015 | By

A glimpse of the latest store openings from significant luxury and jeanswear names.

Lucy Walsh, The Brand Ambassadors

My Fashion Life: Lucy Walsh on launching her new womenswear sales agency

24 July 2015 | By

The founder of sales agency The Brand Ambassadors, and former Drapers and Pure commercial director, on the fun and frolics of the fashion industry

Apple Pay

Retailers' first bite at Apple Pay

24 July 2015 | By ,

Last week, Apple attempted to put the final nail in the coffin of cash and plastic cards with the launch of its contactless payment service, Apple Pay. But does the US tech titan, or any other contender, have the clout to create a seismic shift from plastic to digital?


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    Drapers PLM Report 2015

    When a consumer walks into a fashion store today, they expect to see fresh new product hanging from the rails and lining the shelves. The same goes for whether they are shopping online on a desk-top, tablet or mobile device. 

    Delivering on this ramped up expectation isn't easy, and supply chain management is key. As a result many businesses are now turning to product lifestyle management (PLM) systems, to help them cope. Download this free white paper to read exclusive features on the challenges and results of investing in PLM systems. 

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    Drapers In-Store Report 2015

    In today's marketplace, where consumer spending remains constrained and retailers are reducing their store estates in line with multichannel shopping requiring a smaller bricks-and-mortar footprint, the store is in sharp focus as retailers look to create the best possible brand experiences.

    As such, now is an important time for interiors, and it is with this in mind that we bring you our first in-store report.

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    Drapers Retail Market Report 2015

    With the economy showing tentative signs of recovery, but uncertainty remaining in what will be an election year, fashion retailers and brands alike must adapt to trends and changing shopping habits to compete.

    We bring you our annual Retail Market Report, in association with K3, to assess some of the prevailing trends and opportunities. 

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      The Supply Chain
    Report 2015

    Speak to some of the supply chain directors at the high streets leading fashion retailers and the same message will come back time and time again: logistics and supply chain has gone from being a necessary evil to an essential function.

    It is with this in mind that we bring you our annual Supply Chain Report, in association with DHL and Alvanon.

      Click here to download report now. 


    Drapers Technology Investment Report 2015

    Investment in technology and digital solutions is essential in today's multichannel retail world. But it can be expensive, difficult and time consuming. So when is the right time to invest? And does it make the business more attractive in the event of an eventual company sale?

    These are some of the questions we ask in our first-ever Technology Investment Report, in association with HSO.

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