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Eric Musgrave

Editor's Comment: Election glare spotlights retail’s low-wage culture

17 April 2015

Are you suffering from election fatigue yet?

Apple Watch Edition collection

Drapers comment: Apple Watch is a game changer for fashion-led wearable tech

14 April 2015 | By

The new Apple Watch has whipped up a frenzy in the wearable tech market. More than one million devices are said to have been pre-ordered during the first weekend of its availability last weekend, and there’s still a week and a half to go until its official release on April 24.

CAT boots customised by Drapers fashion editor Graeme Moran

Design your own CAT boots like Drapers' fashion editor

13 April 2015 | By

Ever wanted to design your own pair of shoes? Thanks to footwear brand CAT I recently got the chance to, and so can you by entering the new Drapers’ Graduate of the Year category which has been introduced as part of the Drapers Footwear Awards 2015.

Yvette davies

Talking Shop: Mid-season Sales are devaluing premium fashion

13 April 2015

With a late, cool spring this year, I suspect there cannot be many clothing retailers out there who haven’t caught a cold. 

Nicola Sturgeon

SNP wants £8.70 minimum wage

21 April 2015 | By

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has made a bid to woo businesses and workers with the party’s 2015 general election manifesto.

In comfort: the brand has reintroduced stylish accents to its ranges

Hotter, Phase Eight and Seraphine win Queen’s Award

21 April 2015 | By ,

Footwear business Hotter, womenswear retailer Phase Eight and maternity retailer Seraphine have all won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Richards Radcliffe

Leather brand Richards Radcliffe expands collection

21 April 2015 | By

Leather womenswear and accessories brand Richards Radcliffe is expanding its range to include tailoring, silk and jersey for spring 16, as it plans a wholesale launch.

mobile shopping

Google to prioritise mobile-friendly sites

21 April 2015 | By

Google is about to embark on a major change to its search function, with the internet giant set to prioritise websites that have been optimised for mobiles.

Darren Hoggett, co-owner of J&B Menswear in Norwich

Talking Shop: Discounting is the devil, not a necessary evil

21 April 2015

With the ever-changing retail scene, one could be mistaken for thinking we are having a retail revolution. If only…

New Look

Chinese investors in talks to buy New Look

20 April 2015 | By

New Look’s private equity owners have held talks with one of China’s largest investors as they look to offload the high street chain.


BHS pension deficit twice the reported level

20 April 2015 | By

BHS’s pension scheme deficit was £207m last year, twice the amount reported in the 2013 accounts.

Kirsty McGregor and Jill Geoghegan

Drapers Talks: The profitability of online sales, Mothercare's results and Next Generation 2015 Video

17 April 2015 | By ,

Drapers news editor Kirsty McGregor talks to senior news reporter Jill Geoghegan about retailers’ concerns over the profitability of online trading, Mothercare’s latest results and the careers advice given at Drapers’ Next Generation 2015 event.

Mark Newton Jones

Video: Drapers Next Gen speakers give their career tips Video

17 April 2015 | By

Speaking at the sixth annual Drapers Next Generation event, held in London on April 16, key industry figures including Mothercare boss Mark Newton-Jones and Marie Davies, head of styling at Amazon Fashion, share their top careers tips for making it in retail.

From left: Stuart Nightingales, assistant manager at Gieves & Hawkes; Thomas Blatch; private tailoring consultant at Gieves & Hawkes; Mike Hughes, buying assistant at Chester Barrie; Patrick Osborne, sales consultant at Gieves & Hawkes

Image Gallery: Next Generation's most stylish

17 April 2015

We asked some of the fashion industry’s rising stars where they’d like to be in 10 years’ time.

Next Generation

Image Gallery: Drapers Next Generation 2015

17 April 2015

Drapers hosted its sixth Next Generation event yesterday (April 16) featuring some of fashion’s biggest names, including Net-a-Porter’s non-executive director and former chief executive Mark Sebba, E Tautz creative director Patrick Grant, and Mothercare chief executive Mark Newton-Jones, talking about their career highs and lows.

Linda Quinn

Drapers Next Gen: Move around to get experience, says JD Williams buyer

17 April 2015 | By

Breadth of experience is key to a long and successful career in retail, according to Linda Quinn, ladieswear and design director for JD Williams.

Clive Reeve

Drapers Next Gen: Drawing skills are still essential, says Oasis design director

17 April 2015 | By

Oasis design director Clive Reeve has said the two things he looks for in a potential new recruit are an ability to draw and a good portfolio.

Mark Newton-Jones

Drapers Next Gen: Keep focus on customers and pricing, says Mothercare boss

16 April 2015 | By

Retailers must keep customers and pricing at the centre, but trying to be the cheapest if you are not selling in Primark volumes is “a mugs’ game”, warned Mothercare boss Mark Newton-Jones.

Patrick Grant

Drapers Next Gen: 'Opening a store transformed the business,' says Patrick Grant

16 April 2015 | By

Menswear designer Patrick Grant told attendees at Drapers Next Generation event that opening a store transformed his business, allowing a greater insight into what his customers want.

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Hit or Miss Menswear Spring15

Marks & Spencer spring 15

Hit or Miss: Menswear Spring 15

17 April 2015 | By

In the second part of our spring 15 high street review, it’s the turn of men’s retailers to be given the once-over 

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Hit or Miss Womenswear Spring15

All Saints

Hit or Miss: Womenswear Spring 15

10 April 2015 | By

Drapers sifts through the high street’s womenswear retailers to find the best - and worst - of spring 15.

Speakers at the ASBCI fit factor conference

How do you solve a problem like fit?

11 April 2015 | By

The Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry examined issues around fit at its latest fashion sizing conference


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    Drapers Retail Market Report 2014

    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.

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    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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    Drapers Luxury Report 2014

    With so much movement in the Luxury sector, we bring you our third annual Luxury Report, in association with retail technology provider K3 Retail.

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