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Months of uncertainty end as Scotland votes no

19 September 2014 | By

Many Scottish businesses will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at this morning’s referendum results, as did I when I clambered out of bed and switched on the news - if only because it ends months of uncertainty.

Eric Musgrave

Scottish independents win the Yes vote at home and abroad

19 September 2014 | By

There is a bitter-sweet irony that the Drapers Independent Retailer of the Year 2014 is Scottish - very Scottish - and picked up the sought-after accolade on Wednesday, the day before the independence vote north of the border.

Derek McCormack

Evolving and adapting is the key to longevity

18 September 2014

Derek McCormack is menswear buyer for independent department store Majors, which has three branches in Shropshire and Wales, and a member of the International Menswear Company (IMC).

Kevin Monahan

Independents need to play to their strengths

18 September 2014

Kevin Monahan is a menswear agent in Ireland and has represented Fred Perry since 1998.

Eric Musgrave

Apple Watch will offer payment at the flick of a wrist

10 September 2014 | By

How many watches are bought as coming-of-age presents these days?

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How we’re keeping surf fans on board after the tourists have left

10 September 2014

Gemma Lessinger is a buyer for Ann’s Cottage surf stores in Cornwall, which has nine outlets in the county.

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Prices creep up at clothing and footwear stores

19 September 2014 | By

Average prices at clothing, textiles and footwear stores increased by 0.2% year on year in August, bucking the wider trend in food and household goods stores.

The Winners

Image Gallery: Drapers Independent Awards winners 2014

18 September 2014 | By

The independent sector came together at London’s The Brewery yesterday (September 17) to celebrate the achievements of the best in the business at the Drapers Independent Awards 2014.


Bank gives cause for optimism as JD’s fashion woes continue

18 September 2014 | By

JD Sports Fashion is seeing signs of recovery for its struggling Bank chain in line with targets set last year, according to executive chairman Peter Cowgill.

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French Connection reduces losses as UK and European sales improve

18 September 2014 | By

French Connection has reduced its first half pre-tax loss for the third consecutive year, with wholesale and retail both showing signs of improvement.


Asos Australia country manager to depart

18 September 2014 | By ,

The Australia country manager for Ching-Har Wong is to leave the business after just five months in the role.

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Asos hoping price cuts can rejuvenate international sales

18 September 2014 | By chief executive Nick Robertson has vowed to cut prices overseas to turn around the etailer’s “subdued” international sales.

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Buying and merchandising boss exits French Connection

18 September 2014 | By

Richard Grainger has left his position as director of retail buying and merchandising at French Connection after 10 years with the company.

RSS feed for London Fashion Week: Spring 15

London Fashion Week: Spring 15

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London Fashion Week: Bugs at Burberry and other key highlights

16 September 2014 | By ,

Wearability at Burberry Prorsum, plus other highlights from day four including Peter Pilotto, Giles and more.


LFW Image gallery day four: Best of the rest

16 September 2014

Highlights from day four of London fashion week.


LFW Image gallery day three: the best of the rest

15 September 2014

Highlights from the third day of London Fashion Week.


LFW Image gallery day three: Jonathan Saunders

15 September 2014

Jonathan Saunders took us on a trip to the British Museum for his collection.


Video: New York fashion week trend round up Video

12 September 2014 | By ,

Drapers highlights the emerging spring 15 trends to watch from the New York shows.


New York fashion week: Marc Jacobs marches over the finish line

12 September 2014 | By

Plus other highlights from day eight, including Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler and Ralph Lauren.


Swimwear Spring 15: Dive in

19 September 2014 | By

These men’s and women’s brands will help your summer sales go swimmingly.

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Shopwatch: The Goodhood Store

19 September 2014 | By

After seven years on a quiet back street, The Goodhood Store has moved centre stage with its new Shoreditch store.

Melanie Smallwood

My fashion life - Melanie Smallwood

19 September 2014 | By

Ebay’s head of curation and merchandising on how the site is showcasing UK design.

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