James Knowles is Drapers features writer and is responsible for managing the magazine’s features content, including business features and the weekly Close-Up anchor interview.
He has six years of experience in journalism, having worked for both business-to-business and consumer publications.
He began his career as a reporter for online business publisher Decision News Media in Montpellier, France, before later moving to leading Australian consumer publisher Pacific Magazines, working on titles such as New Idea, and Men’s Health. In 2010 he joined Emap in the role of news and features writer at Retail Jeweller, reporting on the UK watch and jewellery industry, before moving to Drapers in 2011.
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Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.
H&M will open a 1,100 sq ft pop-up in the Old Truman Brewery in London on July 23 to showcase its Divided womenswear collection.
Seventy years after it was set up by the Bernstein family – which still owns it today – occasionwear brand Bernshaw remains a favourite with buyers. We speak to director Alex Bernstein and design director Sara Brett.
Fashion retailers and brands must invest in their systems to be prepared for the future demands of multichannel retail or face being left behind, a panel of experts have warned.
It’s handbags at dawn for US fashion designer Michael Kors and model Gigi Hadid in a new video, where they compete in the very first Glamour Games via the medium of drawing game Pictionary. Who do you think will win?
Fashion and Textiles Children’s Trust chair Meg Lustman, trustee David Shepherd and the charity’s director Anna Pangbourne tell Drapers why they want businesses in the fashion and textiles sector to help promote its services to their employees.
Leather accessories brand Cambridge Satchel Company has opened its first men’s store in the Seven Dials shopping area, located in London’s Covent Garden.
The Drapers features team reviews the click-and-collect experience at 10 retailers on London’s Oxford Street including Schuh, New Look, John Lewis and Topman. Watch the video and read the full feature below to see how they did.
Click-and-collect has become an essential weapon in the retail armoury. But how good is it in reality? Drapers placed some orders and then went to Oxford Street to find out
Speaking at the Drapers Digital Forum today, Boohoo.com marketing director Richard Clark said he thinks “personalisation is a bit overrated” at the individual customer level and that retailers should focus on segmenting customers into groups.
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