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Yvette davies

Talking Shop: Mid-season Sales are devaluing premium fashion

13 April 2015

With a late, cool spring this year, I suspect there cannot be many clothing retailers out there who haven’t caught a cold. 


Drapers comment: Hatching plans for a digital Britain

10 April 2015 | By

The topic that has dominated the industry over the past couple of weeks is, of course, Easter trading.

Steve Sidkin

Talking Business: Competition law could put fashion firms in a fix

7 April 2015

When margins are tight and last season’s sell-through has not been great because of – inevitably – the weather, businesses sometimes ask for ‘special’ arrangements.

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Talking Shop: Increasing casualwear has attracted younger shoppers

7 April 2015 | By

There is a definite benefit in our business having two sites, as it gives us some added flexibility.


Is Net-a-Porter and Yoox a marriage made in luxury etail heaven?

31 March 2015 | By

What a difference 24 hours makes. After a Monday spent speaking to industry contacts about rumours of a buyout of luxury etailer Net-a-Porter by either Amazon or Yoox, by Tuesday morning a deal was done.

Andy Mulcahy is the editor at ecommerce trade body IMRG

Talking Business: Working together to manage the Black Friday peak

31 March 2015

It’s fair to say that Black Friday isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, it became well and truly embedded in the national consciousness in 2014 and will be repeated in 2015.

Phil Cann

Property Comment: The outlook is positive but upturn will put squeeze on prime space

March 28 2015 | By Phil Cann

There has been a marked shift in sentiment over the last 18 months thanks to the increase in UK economic growth.

Idris Elba Superdry

Drapers Comment: 'Is Idris Elba Superdry's US saviour?'

27 March 2015 | By

Idris Elba may be a while off saving the world as James Bond, but in the meantime the British actor and singer is being parachuted in to save Superdry’s stateside operations.

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Editor's Comment: 'Spring is in the air but retailers aren’t so chirpy'

27 March 2015 | By

I may regret saying this, especially as the bank holiday approaches, spring seems to have arrived - at least in the south of England.

Phil Mullis

Talking Business: 'We need an evolving business rates system'

23 March 2015

The Chancellor’s budget on March 18 contained plans to save high street shops from the threat of online competition with a business rates review said to be the widest ranging in a generation.

Janet French, womenswear buyer at Golding in Newmarket and a member of Fashion Association of Britain

Talking Shop: 'Give shoppers what they want and they will come'

23 March 2015

The new womenswear floor at our store, Golding in Newmarket, opened in spring 2013 and the first year since was phenomenal.

Eric Musgrave

Editor's Comment: Election glare spotlights retail’s low-wage culture

17 April 2015

Are you suffering from election fatigue yet?

Apple Watch Edition collection

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.


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.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

First look at Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A

12 March 2015 | By

Ahead of its official opening this Saturday, Drapers brings you an exclusive first look at the breath-taking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Emporio Armani underwear

DJ Calvin Harris fronts latest Emporio Armani underwear campaign

18 February 2015 | By

Italian mega brand Emporio Armani has unveiled its spring 15 underwear campaign, featuring its new face Calvin Harris.

High summer high street preview: River Island

High summer high street preview: River Island

10 February 2015 | By ,

River Island is backing festival fringing, bright whites and sugary pastels for its high summer range for 2015.

The Wavey Garms community

Social Media: Three lessons in taking the internet by storm

9 February 2015 | By Holly Greene

Wavey Garms is a free selling vintage fashion platform for likeminded people. With over 70,000 members and buyers on Facebook, social media platforms have allowed founders Andres Barry and Gabrielle Roberts’ dreams of creating a nostalgic fashion community become true. And they have some tips for you too.