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Ana Santi

It takes more than product to breed success in fashion – it takes character, too

19 April 2014 | By

At Debenhams’ press briefing on Wednesday morning, chief executive Michael Sharp said “product remains at the heart of what we do”.

Ian Humphris

Pick up some lessons from the supermarket

16 April 2014

Ian Humphris, joint managing director of marketing consultancy Life Agency.

Talking Shop

As customer behaviour changes, so should you

16 April 2014

Tracy-Anne Fraser, is the owner of Somerset-based womenswear stores Grace at No 5 and The Frock Shop, and a member of the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB).

High Street

Footfall up as shoppers return to the high street

17 April 2014 | By

Shoppers returned to the high street in droves last month, with footfall up 1.8% on March 2013, reversing the decline seen in February, according to Springboard/BRC data.

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Belstaff to tempt back indies ahead of HQ relocation

17 April 2014 | By

Luxury outerwear brand Belstaff is looking to regain UK stockists under a new sales boss, as it relocates its global headquarters to London from New York later this year.   

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One Small Step One Giant Leap founder exits the company

17 April 2014 | By

The founder of kids’ footwear mini-chain One Small Step One Giant Leap Nick Schwefel has left the business as the parent company puts expansion plans on hold.

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UK shapewear brand Fit Britches launches in US

17 April 2014 | By

Bradford-based fitness and shapewear brand Fit Britches is crowd funding in the US in order to raise the $75,000 (£44,800) needed to bring its manufacturing back to the UK.

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Simon Williamson promoted at Value Retail

17 April 2014 | By

Designer outlet group Value Retail has promoted Simon Williamson to group retail director at the company.

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Fitbay.com aims to reduce online returns for retailers

17 April 2014 | By

Scandinavian start-up Fitbay.com is creating a social network that aims to reduce online returns for retailers by “finding clothes that fit.”

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Hit or miss: Menswear Spring 14

19 April 2014 | By

Our seasonal survey of high street collections stops off in Brighton, where we cast an eye over the spring 14 stock in the city’s menswear multiples.

Ready to go: click-and-collect desks are now a common sight at retailers across the country

Customer deliveries: A retail pick-me-up

17 April 2014 | By

The growing popularity of click-and-collect presents an opportunity for retailers.

Phase Eight

Spring Windows

15 April 2014 | By

With the spring season well under way, Drapers went window shopping around London’s West End.

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Harvey Nichols’ web relaunch is a simple success

11 April 2014 | By

This week saw the relaunch of www.harveynichols.com. Drapers Keely Stocker gives her verdict.

Eric Musgrave

For all the cleverness of investors, great store staff make a business

12 April 2014 | By

The foot soldiers of fashion retail were put into the spotlight on Tuesday evening at the awards dinner for the We Love Retail competition, run by property company Hammerson.

Victoria Suffield

A real world outing is a refreshing experience

10 April 2014

Victoria Suffield, owner of lifestyle retailer The Hambledon in Winchester, Hampshire.

Steve Sidkin

Russian action shows need for an exit strategy

10 April 2014

Stephen Sidkin chairs the Fashion Law Group at law firm Fox Williams.

Eric Musgrave

Scottish independence vote comes down to pragmatism versus romanticism

5 April 2014 | By

In five months we will know the future shape of the United Kingdom. The referendum on independence for Scotland is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 18.

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