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Ian Humphris

Pick up some lessons from the supermarket

16 April 2014

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

Tracy-Anne  Fraser

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).


Harvey Nichols’ web relaunch is a simple success

11 April 2014 | By

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

Don McCarthy

HoF chairman Don McCarthy to leave as Sanpower takes over

15 April 2014 | By

House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy has confirmed he will step down as chairman once the business is sold to Chinese group Sanpower’s Nanjing Cenbest subsidiary.


Debenhams tightens promotional strategy as first half profits plummet

15 April 2014 | By

Debenhams has said it will refocus its strategy around discounting, with fewer days on Sale, after group profits plummeted 24.5% to £85.2m in the first half of its financial year.

High Street

Fashion and footwear top retail performers in March

15 April 2014 | By

Fashion and footwear were the top performing retail categories in March, according to data published by the British Retail Consortium/KPMG today.


Debenhams could trial Sports Direct sportswear this summer

15 April 2014 | By

Sports Direct is among a dozen brands currently in talks with Debenhams to trial being stocked by the department store over the next few months.


Bonmarché to invest in new areas on back of strong full-year results

15 April 2014 | By

Bonmarché is forging ahead with plans for a multichannel future as it trials new shopfits, more stores in garden centres and a revamp of its digital back office.

Renee London

East End Manufacturing raises £250,000 ahead of Asos debut 

15 April 2014 | By Willard Foxton

London based jersey clothing and cotton manufacturer East End has raised £250,000 through a crowd-funding initiative as it expands to supply Asos for the first time. 

Floral-print cotton and elastane trousers, £65; cotton floral-print cardigan, £65; viscose/polyester overlaid front appliqué flower top, £40

Analysis: Laura Ashley

12 April 2014 | By

Laura Ashley has had a tough couple of years, but its decision to return to its famous florals - and cut prices - could see sales flourishing again.


Hit or miss: Womenswear Spring 14

12 April 2014 | By

For the first in this season’s series that rates retailers’ collections and stores, we check out the womenswear offer in Aberdeen.

Phase Eight

Spring Windows

15 April 2014 | By

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

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.

Graeme Moran

Google Glass sees its future with Ray-Ban

5 April 2014 | By

For many, Ray-Ban is arguably the most iconic sunglasses brand around today - what’s cooler than James Dean in Wayfarers in Rebel Without a Cause or Tom Cruise’s aviators in Top Gun?


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    Digital Edition: April 12 2014

    12 April 2014

    Sink or swim - Can Laura Ashley reverse the pattern of declining fashion sales by returning to its classic roots? . Click to view Drapers as a digital issue.