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Lesley Exley

Talking Business: A lull in luxury in London – but hopefully not for long…

1 October 2015

Lesley Exley is managing director of London-based executive search agency Exley Hervey, which specialises in both the luxury and retail sectors and has been in the high-end branded world for more than 25 years.


Drapers Comment: Instagram - 'the water cooler for the fashion industry'

30 September 2015 | By

Just seven days ago, Instagram reached over 400 million users. Probably the social network to have had the biggest impact on the fashion industry, that’s a large potential reach.

Debenhams chief executive Michael Sharp

Drapers Comment: For Debenhams, a change is as good as a rest

29 September 2015 | By

You have to feel for Michael Sharp. As Black Friday and the all-important Christmas trading period loom, he is faced with calls for his head to roll over Debenhams’ weak trading.

Duncan Reed at TLT law firm

Talking Business: understanding the 5p plastic bag fee

29 September 2015

Duncan Reed is a commercial associate at UK law firm TLT.

James Knowles

Drapers comment: Nearly 50% of consumers don’t want personalised content

25 September 2015 | By

What does the multichannel consumer want? The latest Drapers Multichannel Report shows that it’s not personalised or editorial content when they are shopping.

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Memo from Musgrave: The new grand centre for department stores

24 September 2015 | By

In the unlikely event that Harrods decides to open another UK store beyond its refined SW1 postcode, surely its destination must be Birmingham.

Bobby Lane

Talking Business: What the Enterprise Bill means for you

22 September 2015 | By Shelley Stock Hutter

Last week the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published an Enterprise Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Lords. 

Avi Cohen UK Israel Tech Hub

Talking Business: From Silicon Wadi to the high street, the potential for Israeli retail tech

17 September 2015

Avi Cohen is digital solutions manager at the UK Israel Tech Hub, part of the British Embassy in Israel. The Hub, created in 2011, helps drive economic growth in both countries by helping British companies partner with the best of Israeli innovation.

Nick Stickland ODD London

Talking Business: What can luxury do in the face of China’s economic slowdown?

17 September 2015

Nick Stickland is creative director of creative agency ODD.

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Memo from Musgrave: Primark extends its universe to the USA

17 September 2015 | By

There is a poignant reminder of the frailty of fashion retailing at Primark’s impressive first American store in Boston, Mass.