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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.
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.
Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.
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.
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.
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to say a quick hello to one of my heroes, Italian innovator Nino Cerruti.
I had an unexpected trip down memory lane late last week after losing my mobile phone on a train in Lancashire.
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.
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.
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.
Scarcely do I have a conversation with anyone in the business these days without talk turning to ecommerce.
A round-up of day four of LCM, including Burberry’s lace-filled menswear collection.
Including JW Anderson’s raw denim, Richard James’ verdant green and Christopher Raeburn’s trek to Borneo.
Spring 16 collections from the likes of Lou Dalton, Astrid Andersen, Sibling and Hardy Amies.
A round-up of key shows from the first day of the spring 16 edition of London Collections: Men.
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.
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.
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.
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
Drapers has a sneak preview of London Fashion Week designer Marios Schwab’s autumn 15 range of bags for Fiorelli.
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.
Drapers brings you an early look inside the V&A’s latest exhibition ahead of its official opening this weekend.