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Shoppers are poised to show some love for the UK’s high street and online retailers this weekend, with spend predicted to hit £980m - an increase of £15m on last year, according to Verdict. Either a greater number of shoppers have found time to engage in blissful romance this time around or retailers are stepping up their offerings in a bid to bank some cupid-cash.
Last week Burberry’s chief creative and commercial officer Christopher Bailey sent shock waves through the industry with the announcement that the brand would make its catwalk shows ‘direct to consumer’, delaying its show to the actual day new product drops into stores.
Last week I spent a few days visiting the very cool – and I don’t just mean the weather – Copenhagen.
The inclusion of Sunday trading reform as part of the Enterprise Bill is welcome. It gives retailers new hope that the government will press ahead with measures to allow large shops the opportunity to extend Sunday trading hours in the capital and other English cities, writes Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of New West End Company.
Over the last few years, the world has watched as the fashion industry’s bad practices have come to light — from garment factory fires and building collapses to child labour and slavery-like conditions, pollution from dyes and insecticides, and surmounting levels of textile waste, writes Sarah Ditty, chief researcher and editor at the Ethical Fashion Forum.
Instagram has updated its app to allow users to switch between multiple accounts on iOS and Android.
This is a message to retailers: get a backbone. Especially when dealing with people who take it upon themselves to decide what products are morally right or wrong for sale, writes Leon Bailey-Green, founder of men’s industry network Dandy Clash.
The fashion indie market is having to evolve in line with the explosion in multichannel shopping preferences among consumers. But how can they compete with their larger multiple and department store rivals? And where are they investing this year in order to do so?
At this time of year the news section of Drapers can be a gloomy read, as tales of administrations, store closures and job losses abound.
Are you in your first, second or third job? Do you want to hear from the industry’s leaders how they built their careers? If your answer was ‘yes’ to both of these, then you should apply to win a seat at Drapers’ Next Generation careers and networking event on April 14.
Just over a year ago (November 11 2014, to be precise) Grazia took its first steps into the world of ecommerce with the launch of Graziashop.com.
Tom Leman, head of retail and consumer at law firm Pinsent Masons, tells you which legal changes you need to be aware of this year.
This week’s comment is brought to you from a sunny but very cold New York. I’ve been here for the past three days attending retail technology show NRF with software technology company Demandware, which is showcasing its latest collaborations to improve back-end systems and provide a seamless, personalised customer experience for its partners.
Cassie Lancellotti-Young is executive vice president of customer success at personalisation and marketing firm Sailthru.
What a start to 2016! Second week into the year and we’ve seen a chief executive depart, a series of administrations – as both Atterley and Hawick Knitwear succumbed to the pressures of a difficult economic environment – and a plethora of mixed Christmas trading results.
Product might be king in retail, but behind the scenes there are fantastic teams working day in, day out to deliver market-leading propositions. So when we launch our annual search for Drapers’ 30 under 30 of rising fashion retail stars, the level of talent that comes oozing out of every corner of the sector never ceases to impress.
There was no doubt the Christmas period would be tough and, as retailers’ trading results start to come in, the challenges can be seen in the figures.
Katie Nagy de Nagybaczon is a partner at international law firm Olswang
Trend forecasting agency WGSN’s head of market intelligence Lorna Hall predicts five key trends that will affect fashion retailers and brands in 2016.
Did you find “Man on the Moon” charming or did its sentimentality prompt waves of nausea? Were you baffled by Mulberry’s miraculous offering? Here, the Drapers team picks their favourite - and least favourite - 2015 Christmas ad campaigns.
Blue Inc bought its trading subsidiary A Levy & Son out of administration in January for £1.2m, it has emerged.
Clarks has confirmed it is making 170 redundancies across the business as it restructures to focus on global distribution channels.
More than half of UK consumers have bought activewear over the last 12 months, according to a new report by research firm Verdict Retail.
London Fashion Week footage will be shown on 60 outdoor screens around the UK next week in a move to increase consumer engagement with the event.
Asos.com has removed a T-shirt bearing the word “Slave” from its Marketplace site, following a social media backlash.
Harris Tweed has received a grant of arms to protect the iconic cloth against any unauthorised use.
Burberry has filed a lawsuit against US fashion retailer JC Penney for allegedly copying its signature check print.
Longchamp is investing in a new workshop for 100 craftspeople in Pouzauges in the Loire region of France, as it reports 2015 sales grew by 14% to €566m (£442m).
Musician Pharrell Williams is now a co-owner of Dutch jeans brand G-Star Raw, the brand has announced.
US motorcycle brand Von Dutch is relaunching in the UK for spring 16 after a 10-year absence.
The administrators of collapsed value chain Internacionale have decided not to continue with legal proceedings against an unknown third party, allowing them to move on towards finally winding up the company.
Clarks has made a number of staff at its UK headquarters in Somerset redundant with immediate effect, Drapers understands.
Local authorities will have the opportunity to extend Sunday trading hours from autumn, the government confirmed today as it introduced the proposals as an amendment to the Enterprise Bill.
The Office for National Statistics will include online fashion price data when calculating the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as part of a new trial.
Debenhams’ group trading director Suzanne Harlow - who is among those tipped to succeed Michael Sharp as chief executive when he steps down later this year - received a 1.7% salary increase for the year to August 29 2015, while Sharp got a 0.6% boost.
Pringle of Scotland will show its first collection under new womenswear designer Fran Stringer at the Serpentine Gallery on February 22, as part of London Fashion Week.
Marks & Spencer has teamed up with Jourdan Dunn to create a kidswear collection, less than a week after it revealed a womenswear tie-up with Alexa Chung.
Streetwear label Supremebeing has ceased to trade as liquidators pursue a sale of its assets.
The wholesale arm of Irish retailer Avoca is gaining “significant traction” in Japan and the US, says head of sales Ivan Pratt.
Marks & Spencer will narrow the gap on its rival Next over the next 12 to 18 months thanks to increasing its direct sourcing in its general merchandise division, according to credit ratings analyst Moody’s.