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Harvey Nichols’ web relaunch is a simple success

11 April 2014 | By

This week saw the relaunch of Drapers Keely Stocker gives her verdict.

Eric Musgrave

For all the cleverness of investors, great store staff make a business

12 April 2014 | By

The foot soldiers of fashion retail were put into the spotlight on Tuesday evening at the awards dinner for the We Love Retail competition, run by property company Hammerson.

Victoria Suffield

A real world outing is a refreshing experience

10 April 2014

Victoria Suffield, owner of lifestyle retailer The Hambledon in Winchester, Hampshire.

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Tailor Chester Barrie pops up in Fenwick

15 April 2014 | By Willard Foxton

Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie has opened its first ever pop-up eveningwear concession, in the Bond Street store of iconic department store Fenwick.

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Bagir valued at £28m after listing on Aim

15 April 2014 | By

Tailoring supplier Bagir Group, which supplies the likes of Marks & Spencer and Arcadia, has been valued at just over £28m following its IPO on London’s Alternative Investment Market today.

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Menswear supplier Emma Willis opens new factory in Gloucester

15 April 2014 | By Willard Foxton

Gloucester-based menswear manufacturer Emma Willis has opened a new factory, making shirts, boxer shorts, walking socks and dressing gowns.


Debenhams could trial Sports Direct sportswear this summer

15 April 2014 | By

Sports Direct is among a dozen brands currently in talks with Debenhams to trial being stocked by the department store over the next few months.

Don McCarthy

HoF chairman Don McCarthy to leave as Sanpower takes over

15 April 2014 | By

House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy has confirmed he will step down as chairman once the business is sold to Chinese group Sanpower’s Nanjing Cenbest subsidiary.

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Drapers Retail Week Etail Awards shortlist announced

15 April 2014 | By

The shortlist for the Drapers Retail Week PayPal Etail Awards 2014 has been unveiled with top retailers including Asos, Tesco and New Look all battling to prove themselves the best in the business.

New addition: JD Sports Fashion  is planning 15 Open stores this year, joining stablemate JD

JD group profits rise as fashion arm records £6.4m loss

15 April 2014 | By

JD Sports Fashion has reported operating losses of £6.4m in its fashion arm for the year to February 1, compared to losses of £1.7m in 2013, as total revenues rose by 5.7% to £1.3bn.


Debenhams tightens promotional strategy as first half profits plummet

15 April 2014 | By

Debenhams has said it will refocus its strategy around discounting, with fewer days on Sale, after group profits plummeted 24.5% to £85.2m in the first half of its financial year.

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Easter school holidays lift footfall

15 April 2014 | By

Footfall to high streets and retail parks rose last week, as the start of Easter school holidays drove shoppers to all retail locations across the UK.

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East End Manufacturing raises £250,000 ahead of Asos debut 

15 April 2014 | By Willard Foxton

London based jersey clothing and cotton manufacturer East End has raised £250,000 through a crowd-funding initiative as it expands to supply Asos for the first time. 


Bonmarché to invest in new areas on back of strong full-year results

15 April 2014 | By

Bonmarché is forging ahead with plans for a multichannel future as it trials new shopfits, more stores in garden centres and a revamp of its digital back office.

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Fashion and footwear top retail performers in March

15 April 2014 | By

Fashion and footwear were the top performing retail categories in March, according to data published by the British Retail Consortium/KPMG today.

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Timeline: Mulberry under Bruno Guillon

21 March 2014 | By

Following Mulberry chief executive Bruno Guillon stepping down from his role Drapers takes a look at his turbulent two years at the helm of the British luxury brand.

Dani Reiss

The Drapers Interview - Dani Reiss of Canada Goose

5 April 2014 | By

Under Dani Reiss, Canada Goose has stretched its wings to encompass both Arctic explorers and suburban adventurers.

Fergus Patterson

The Drapers Interview - Fergus Patterson

27 March 2014 | By

Fergus Patterson has big plans for Gant, which has made a success of menswear but found womenswear trickier.

Pier Paolo Righi

The Drapers Interview - Pier Paolo Righi

22 March 2014 | By

Karl Lagerfeld chief executive Pier Paolo Righi on why it was time to add a UK store to the brand’s retail kingdom.

Chris O\'Dea

The Drapers Interview - Chris O’Dea

15 March 2014 | By

A show-stopping building and the Drapers Best Store Design award have helped OD’s go further upmarket.


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Interim Window Display Manager - Monsoon and Monsoon Children's

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£14000 - £16000 Per Annum

Head of Design

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Senior Designer Women’s & Kid’s

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Design Manager Women’s & Kid’s

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Digital Edition: April 12 2014

12 April 2014

Sink or swim - Can Laura Ashley reverse the pattern of declining fashion sales by returning to its classic roots? . Click to view Drapers as a digital issue.