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Memo from Musgrave: The best things in life aren’t free at John Lewis

3 July 2015 | By

After the chaotic mayhem of last November’s Black Friday online boom abated, Andy Street, the astute managing director of John Lewis, was the first retailer of significance to say enough is enough.

James Knowles

Comment: Many unhappy returns eat into profit margins

30 June 2015 | By

Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.

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Memo from Musgrave: Shops remain the strongest link in the retail chain

25 June 2015 | By

How many shops is enough shops? That rather basic question must be bothering retailing chiefs as never before as the shift in shopping patterns requires them to recalibrate some of the basic formulae of the business.

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Drapers Comment: The customer wants buy now deliver yesterday

3 July 2015 | By

As the old retail adage has it, the customer is king. But today this monarch is becoming increasingly trying, demanding goods to be delivered quicker than ever before, in locations that suit the customer rather than the retailer.

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Cheshire Bespoke rescued out of liquidation

3 July 2015 | By

The assets of bespoke tailoring business Cheshire Bespoke and London menswear store Lutwyche have been sold to its founder Tony Lutwyche and a consortium of new investors.

Paul Smith

Video: Paul Smith on why rent costs are killing the high street Video

3 July 2015 | By

UK fashion designer Paul Smith sells more clothes online than in any of his stores. He tells Bloomberg Television’s Manus Cranny that relentless increases in rent are forcing retailers to focus on ecommerce.

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Chalhoub to open accessories and kidswear mega-store in Abu Dhabi

3 July 2015 | By

Chalhoub Group is to open a new format 215,000 sq ft concept store called Tryano in Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi in October.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition to open overnight with 12,000 tickets

3 July 2015 | By

The largest-ever retrospective exhibition of the late designer Alexander McQueen’s work is to open throughout the night for its final two weekends.

Bognor Regis high street

Fashion sales fall 1.9% in June

3 July 2015 | By

Retailers had the worst June for nearly a decade as like-for-like fashion sales fell by 1.9% against the previous year, according to accountancy firm BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker.

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Clearance boosts John Lewis fashion sales by 7.8%

3 July 2015 | By

Fashion sales at John Lewis increased 7.8% for the week to June 27 compared with the previous year, boosted by strong performance from kids’ shoes and both women’s and men’s brands.

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Anjallee & Arjun Kapoor opens debut store in east London

3 July 2015 | By

Indian couture womenswear retailer Anjallee & Arjun Kapoor has opened its first flagship store in Europe in London’s East Shopping Centre with its partner Kahaani London.

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JD boss: 'We will open in every major city in Europe'

3 July 2015 | By

JD Sports Fashion executive chairman Peter Cowgill said the new JD Oxford Street flagship was a “representation of everything the business stands for” and that the format will be rolled out to “every major city in Europe”. 

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Video: Closet London's Rachel Perrett on making in the UK Video

3 July 2015 | By

We speak to Rachel Perrett, brand manager of womenswear wholesale and concession business Closet London, on how business is performing, making in the UK, and its current collection.

Ambiance of Colchester

Ambiance of Colchester to close after 30 years

2 July 2015 | By

Essex-based womenswear independent Ambiance of Colchester is to close later this year after 30 years in business.

The Cambridge Satchel Company and Vivienne Westwood

Cambridge Satchel Company reprises collaboration with Vivienne Westwood

2 July 2015 | By

Accessories brand The Cambridge Satchel Company is teaming up with iconic designer Vivienne Westwood for the second time to produce a limited edition collection of bags.

Patrick Chalhoub

The Drapers Interview: Patrick Chalhoub's luxury dominance in the Gulf

1 July 2015 | By

Vast, specialised boutiques and capturing the growing online market in the Middle East are the next steps in the Chalhoub Group’s 60-year history.

Ed Connolly John Lewis

The Drapers Interview: Ed's own brand dream for John Lewis

24 June 2015 | By

After a year in the job and having recently reshaped his fashion buying team, Ed Connolly is preparing to ramp up John Lewis’s women’s proposition and own brand collections.

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The Drapers Interview: Missguided's Nitin Passi is taking it to the street

17 June 2015 | By

Missguided’s founder Nitin Passi talks about the etailer’s rapid online growth and its first UK move into stores.

Sally Scott

The Drapers Interview: Sally Scott is spearheading Vente-privee's UK operation

10 June 2015 | By

As UK boss of Vente-privee, Sally Scott aims to build a buzz among British shoppers for the flash Sales site

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