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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 is a partner at London law firm Harbottle and Lewis
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
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 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.
Outerwear brand Belstaff has opened its second London store at 16 Lamb Street in Spitalfields, east London.
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 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 has agreed a deal to buy US affiliate shopping and personal styling site Polyvore to boost its fashion content and advertising.
Womenswear indie Stolen from Susie opened a new store at Dorchester’s Brewery Square at the weekend.
Mr Porter is the most socially engaged multibrand premium fashion retailer, according to new research.
Pure and Scoop: spring 16
Our pick of the brands’ bestsellers from the spring 16 editions of womenswear trade shows Pure London and Scoop.
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).
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: Spring 16
The best new launches and trade show debuts at last week’s Jacket Required at London’s Old Truman Brewery
Top brands at the spring 16 edition of the menswear trade show reveal their bestselling items of the season so far.
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 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.
Store openings and a beauty launch are keeping UK and Ireland country manager Carlos Duarte busy.
A glimpse of the latest store openings from significant luxury and jeanswear names.
The founder of sales agency The Brand Ambassadors, and former Drapers and Pure commercial director, on the fun and frolics of the fashion industry
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?