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Parcel delivery

Drapers Comment: The customer wants buy now deliver yesterday

3 July 2015 | By

As the old retail adage has it, the customer is king. But today this monarch is becoming increasingly trying, demanding goods to be delivered quicker than ever before, in locations that suit the customer rather than the retailer.

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Memo from Musgrave: The best things in life aren’t free at John Lewis

3 July 2015 | By

After the chaotic mayhem of last November’s Black Friday online boom abated, Andy Street, the astute managing director of John Lewis, was the first retailer of significance to say enough is enough.

James Knowles

Comment: Many unhappy returns eat into profit margins

30 June 2015 | By

Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.

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Memo from Musgrave: Shops remain the strongest link in the retail chain

25 June 2015 | By

How many shops is enough shops? That rather basic question must be bothering retailing chiefs as never before as the shift in shopping patterns requires them to recalibrate some of the basic formulae of the business.

This is Edinburgh

Comment: Give councils more power to support indie retailers

19 June 2015 | By

The British Retail Consortium’s warning that inaction on business rates reform could see as many as 80,000 shops shut by 2017 was scaremongering worthy of the Daily Mail. But putting aside the numbers, the warning was a much-needed shot across the bow.

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Memo from Musgrave: Pitti’s spring selection did the Hitman proud

18 June 2015 | By

On Tuesday I was lucky enough to say a quick hello to one of my heroes, Italian innovator Nino Cerruti.

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Memo from Musgrave: Money in the modern, mobile world

15 June 2015 | By

I had an unexpected trip down memory lane late last week after losing my mobile phone on a train in Lancashire.

High Street

Drapers Comment: When it comes to failure, the buck stops with retailers

5 June 2015 | By

During one of Drapers’ recent stories, in which we spoke, as we often do, to independent retailers on the topics most affecting them, the owner of one menswear store imparted some of his retail wisdom.

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Memo from Musgrave: The talent is out there, if we give it a chance

5 June 2015 | By

Career progression has been on my mind this week. Not my own, of course, but that of the hundreds of impressive students who were manning stands at Graduate Fashion Week in London, hoping to catch the eye of prospective employers.

Eric Musgrave

Memo from Musgrave: Credit where credit’s due for textile champions

28 May 2015 | By

It was black tie time again on May 21 when I attended the UK Fashion & Textile Awards at Tobacco Dock in east London, courtesy of my fellow son of Leeds, Simon Berwin.

Eric Musgrave

Memo from Musgrave: Sell your store online, if not your wares

21 May 2015 | By

Scarcely do I have a conversation with anyone in the business these days without talk turning to ecommerce.

Burberry Prorsum spring 16

London Collections: Men – final day highlights from Burberry and others

16 June 2015 | By ,

A round-up of day four of LCM, including Burberry’s lace-filled menswear collection.

Richard James spring 16

London Collections: Men – highlights from day three

15 June 2015 | By ,

Including JW Anderson’s raw denim, Richard James’ verdant green and Christopher Raeburn’s trek to Borneo.

Astrid Andersen spring 16

London Collections: Men – highlights from day two

14 June 2015 | By ,

Spring 16 collections from the likes of Lou Dalton, Astrid Andersen, Sibling and Hardy Amies.

Topman Design spring 16

London Collections: Men – highlights from day one

13 June 2015 | By ,

A round-up of key shows from the first day of the spring 16 edition of London Collections: Men.

Heather Firbank

Image gallery: The wardrobe of Heather Firbank

23 April 2015 | By Steve Draper

Heather Firbank was an It girl of the early 1900s, but is now known for the archive of her clothing that is held by the V&A in London.

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.


Drapers comment: Can the skirt of the season lift Marks & Spencer?

10 April 2015 | By

With a huge waiting list and endorsement from Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo, a humble suede midi skirt could signal a change in fortunes for M&S’s womenswear sales

Marios Schwab x Fiorelli autumn 15

Image gallery: first look at Marios Schwab x Fiorelli

27 March 2015 | By

Drapers has a sneak preview of London Fashion Week designer Marios Schwab’s autumn 15 range of bags for Fiorelli.

Alexander McQueen

Image gallery: Alexander McQueen's devil of a show

16 March 2015 | By Steve Draper

A new book of previously unseen photographs tells the story of Alexander McQueen’s seminal autumn 96 show at Christ Church in London’s East End.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Video: Drapers' take on the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty V&A show Video

13 March 2015 | By

Drapers brings you an early look inside the V&A’s latest exhibition ahead of its official opening this weekend.