Yesterday Communities secretary Eric Pickles launched a consultation into “aggressive parking policies” - but more must be done if high streets are to be saved argues Diane Wehrle, marketing and insights director at Springboard.
When it comes to discounting, retailers say they are giving consumers what they want, with shoppers holding out on spending as they wait for a bargain, but with Christmas this isn’t always the case.
In a difficult climate where competition is fierce and the consumer is fickle what does it take to beat the brand backlash and succeed in the young fashion field?
Yesterday it was announced that Westfield and Hammerson’s proposed £1bn redevelopment of Croydon’s town centre has been approved, in a move that will help to put the town back on the retail map.
Yesterday Drapers brought together HR directors from retailers Reiss, Matalan and JD Williams over breakfast to discuss the challenges they face as businesses in securing the right talent, and the findings were interesting.
Currently sitting on a plane waiting to take off from Heathrow for Mapic - an early flight mostly occupied by a broad cross section of the British retail and property sector.
Some of the UK’s biggest retailers are unveiling their Christmas video this week - but which will get the tills ringing? Drapers Debates (and you can have your say too).
The nominations have been pouring in since we announced our search for Drapers’ 30 under 30 last week, but if you haven’t sent your nomination in yet then there is still time.
Lifestyle labels seem to have got it all right when it comes to reeling in the revenues, but what is it that sets them aside from the pack?
Are you aged 30 or under, work at a fashion brand or retailer, and brilliant at what you do? Or do you know someone that is? Well, we’re looking for the fashion industry’s next generation of talent and we want to hear from you.
There was a strong sense of deja-vu when it was announced last week that designer Jil Sander is leaving her eponymous label for not just the second, but the third time.
Over the last five years tales of administrations, closures and economic woe have dominated the headlines yet this week several lights at the end of the long dark tunnel appeared.
With multichannel retail booming and a growing focus on serving markets overseas, returns represents a major challenge for fashion retailers and brands.
When the news broke yesterday that Angela Ahrendts is to leave Burberry next year, I was far less surprised by her decision to go to Apple than by Burberry’s promotion of Christopher Bailey to replace her.
Whistles is taking its first steps into menswear for autumn 14 but this is a path on which similar chains have stumbled. Does Whistles have the means to succeed?
Personalising the customer journey is a sure-fire way of increasing conversion and winning market share online – but are fashion retailers really any good at it?
Indian summers, snow in March and floods in June have resulted in more and more retailers choosing to buy in season. Are we seeing the beginning of the end for forward ordering?
At Drapers I spend many an hour writing about the world of omnichannel and how this is where the recent visits future of retail lies, however my recent visits to indies as part of our awards judging have left me questioning this view.
Luxury fashion brands are seeking greater control over their supply chain and snapping up tanneries and the like to do so. But is it the right thing for the industry?
Micam has seen a roaring two days of trading so far, with John Saunders, sales and marketing director of the BFA, calling it “the best show in a long time” for the British brands showcasing there.
Despite the proliferation of multichannel retail, the store remains pivotal to the shopping experiences of consumers.
Primarks’s bricks and mortar focus is savvy – but how long can it last, asks Catherine Neilan
This week’s announcement that fashion brand Gucci will open the doors of its new (and first) men’s flagship in Milan to users of Google Maps, showed just how far the luxury sector has come to adopting online.
Mary Portas faced the Communities and Local Government select committee today and took the grilling with her characteristic confidence - but the weariness is starting to show.
Hong Kong has always been viewed as a gateway to China, and as a Westerner it’s a very easy way to acclimatise to the region.
With high net worth individuals flowing through their terminals every day, it’s little wonder that airports, and travel retail in general, is creeping up the agendas of fashion retailers.
Navigating the choppy waters of attempting to keep wholesale stockists happy while expanding your retail portfolio can prove a tricky task for some.
Franchise partnerships are a popular way to enter overseas markets – but should that agreement include them running your website?
Last week, colour authority Pantone announced that ‘radiant orchid’ had been identified as the colour of the year for 2014.
It was a weighty list of names that took home prizes at last night’s British Fashion Awards, held at the Coliseum Theatre in Central London, despite few wins being much of a surprise.
Famous sibling and pop star in her own right Solange Knowles has been announced as the new art director and creative consultant of sportswear brand Puma.
Diesel’s new artistic director and former Lady Gaga stylist Nicola Formichetti recently unveiled the next step in his takeover of the brand with his first capsule collection.
Oh, how exhausting it is to be a fan of M&S. One minute you’re up, reveling in the glory of a truly cracking Christmas advert, next minute you’ve got a grumpier face than ‘Leading Lady’ Tracey Emin, as another slightly baffling collection is revealed.
Over recent season’s New York’s menswear scene has been going from strength to strength, with one name emerging as a key brand to watch - Public School.
As Abercrombie & Fitch announces it’s to provide a plus size range for the first time for spring 14 and Debenhams unveils its new size 16 mannequins, Drapers fashion director Ian Wright argues aspirational body shapes are preferable to more realistic mannequins.
Why sweating it out should eclipse last year’s abominable trend.
Drapers’ fashion director Ian Wright picks his winners from the BFA shortlist
Will the quirky, cool and younger direction work for the retailer this Christmas?
With the recent flurry of luxury groups investing in rising design stars, we highlight three London designers backers should be eyeing.
As the lights went down at Le Carre du Louvre in Paris on Wednesday, Marc Jacobs’ time at the design helm of Louis Vuitton came to an end.
Saturday and Sunday brought with them some of the biggest hitters of Paris Fashion week, with shows from Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, John Galliano, Chloé and Kenzo.
Day 3 of PFW was a day for reflection says Drapers fashion director Ian Wright
As he unveils Made by Dave, his new clothing brand, the Strike It Lucky entertainer talks factory visits, farmers and Tom Ford.
Designers dropped bombs across the French capital notes Drapers fashion director Ian Wright
The official shots of the designer’s collection for the Swedish retailer are out
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright gets shirty after the first day’s shows
Frankie (Morello) didn’t quite go to Hollywood but it was a collection of shining stars notes Drapers fashion director Ian Wright
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright pulls out a trend that literally stood out this weekend
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright decides, well, it has to be Prada, right?
The day’s key tones were to be found at the end of the rainbow writes Drapers fashion director Ian Wright
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright on LFW’s final sunny flourish
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright on the main men and women from day 4 at LFW
The rain continued and so did the shows, as the second and third day of LFW saw some of London’s biggest names unveil their latest collections.
Drapers associate fashion editor Graeme Moran highlights the best bits from day one of London Fashion Week.
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright on the surprising turn of events on the week’s final day
Drapers’ fashion director Ian Wright gets to grips with a handy accessory
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright’s favourite NYFW exit on Tuesday
Fashion director Ian Wright’s pick from the Big Apple’s Monday schedule
Drapers fashion director Ian Wright’s initial reaction to the trends appearing across the pond.
How retro-inspired clothing is making a move forward.
Diesel’s new autumn 13 campaign is the first to be unveiled under the brand’s artistic director Nicola Formichetti.
Following its debut in stores earlier this month, this week saw the unveiling of the campaign for the M&S autumn 13 womenswear collection.