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Following Drapers collaboration with Blippar ealier this month to produce our first interactive issue (which is resulting in some fabulous selfie covers from readers), House of Fraser has announced a tie-up with augmented-reality specialist Layar, which is part of the Blippar Group.
Harper Dennis Hobbs’ head of retail consultancy Jonathan De Mello reports back from retail property tradeshow Mapic, which took place in Cannes at the Palais des Festivals from November 16 to 18.
Damian Hanson, chief executive of One Iota Damian Hanson, chief executive of One Iota
Many choose jeans for their fashionability, others for authenticity and some for functionality. Whatever the reason, with 70 million pairs sold in the UK every year, clearly our love affair with denim continues.
As we move into late November, debate about participating – or not – in Black Friday rages on. Jigsaw joined the fray this week by making clear this week it would not be getting involved.
Boring product and bad customer service: as we unveil the final instalment of our comprehensive seasonal high street Hit or Miss series, analysing what the biggest womenswear, menswear and footwear retailers have to offer for autumn 15, fashion editor Graeme Moran highlights the key issues how retailers can tackle them.
It’s no secret that any retail destination’s success is in the alignment of the occupier mix with the catchment demographic. However, by taking a location and its catchment at face value, landlords are often missing a trick when it comes to maximising schemes for the brands and the local population.
As Black Friday on November 27 fast approaches, retailers already have an eye on next year’s discount day.
It is unclear whether the chancellor’s imminent shake-up of business rates will result in a fairer system, says Pinsent Mason’s Andrea McIlroy-Rose
With a shift to online sales and increased pressures on store costs, any rise in the overall wage bill, such as that commensurate with the introduction of the national living wage, should provide the catalyst for fashion retailers to take a step back and consider how they can respond to this new situation.
This year’s Black Friday Sale racks will be filled with the 1970s bohemian silhouettes such as the maxi-dress, thigh-high boots, and bold colour-block and suede jacket styles that were huge in spring 15 but are now becoming too saturated on the high street.
Black Friday: it’s here again and here to stay. Iain Connor of Pinsent Masons offers some legal lessons that can be learned from last year’s experience
Why are big brands like Lanvin and Dior losing their top designers?
An innovative approach to product and retail strategy is what makes the luxury sector a leader that others look to for inspiration.
There is a lot of noise from government and organisations about bringing garment manufacturing back to the UK but, although there are some movements in the right direction, retailers are too often looking at their supply chains with a short-term view.
It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of the new Drapersonline.com, with a slick new look, fresh content and improved user experience.
This is not a book review column, but I can heartily recommend to anyone interested in fashion retailing High Street Heroes by John Timpson, boss of the ubiquitous key-cutting and shoe-repair chain.
If you haven’t, there is still time. We are extending the deadline for the rest of this week.
The internet has revolutionised the way businesses operate and consumers buy. In 2014, online sales were reportedly up 17% and offline retail sales down by 11%.
The 300 or so young delegates at our Next Generation event in spring 2014 were treated to a bravura performance from the then Sir Stuart Rose, who gave 40 minutes of often hilarious reminiscences about his retailing career.
Women’s young fashion retailer Quiz Clothing hopes to be able to fulfil online orders from stores by the end of 2016, as it continues with its multichannel strategy.
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John Lewis has told staff they cannot use their staff discounts on its website on Black Friday.
John Lewis Liverpool has reopened its fashion and beauty department following a £4.5m revamp, as the second store to feature the boutique-style Loved&Found concept, which debuted in Birmingham in September.
Tesco Tesco Tesco has agreed to settle a US shareholder lawsuit for £8m ($12m) after it was claimed the accounting scandal inflated its share price.
British lifestyle business Boden has appointed Zoe Foxcroft, former manager at Macintosh Fashion UK, as buying manager.
Topman has promoted Laura Southern to the role of buying manager.
Spanish fashion chain Mango has launched a store on Amazon in the UK, France and Germany.
Retailers in London’s West End are expecting shoppers to spend close to £100m in the area on Black Friday (November 27), and up to £200m over the weekend.
United Colors of Benetton has created a limited edition orange dress and will donate the proceeds from its sales to gender equality organisation United Nations Women. The sweater dress is on sale for £109.90 via the retailer’s website.
Atterley, the womenswear etailer led by a number of former Asos.com staff, will open its first pop-up store on November 27.
Graduate Fashion Week and Fashion Scout have moved offices to Whitechapel Road, near Spitalfields in London.
More than half of men in the UK (57%) feel “overlooked” because retailers are too focused on womenswear, according to a new poll conducted by N Brown’s menswear business Jacamo.
Jaeger Jaeger Jaeger’s private equity owner, Better Capital, has invested another £10m into the premium retailer over the past eight months and installed one of its own leaders, Chris Horobin, as interim chief executive.
Glasgow high street Glasgow high street
Many high street retailers have extended their Black Friday offers this year in order to avoid delivery bottlenecks and the risk of running out of stock.
Arcadia Group has “fought hard” this year to maintain its position as a leader in the UK fashion market while expanding internationally, according to chairman Sir Philip Green.
Shoppers are still flocking to central London despite the increased tension following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the chief executive of West End landlord Shaftesbury has said.
South African clothing retailer Truworths will complete its acquisition of UK footwear chain Office this week, according to reports.
Australian flash Sale site MySale has said it is trading well and on track to return to a profit this year.