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Months of uncertainty end as Scotland votes no

19 September 2014 | By

Many Scottish businesses will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at this morning’s referendum results, as did I when I clambered out of bed and switched on the news - if only because it ends months of uncertainty.

Eric Musgrave

Scottish independents win the Yes vote at home and abroad

19 September 2014 | By

There is a bitter-sweet irony that the Drapers Independent Retailer of the Year 2014 is Scottish - very Scottish - and picked up the sought-after accolade on Wednesday, the day before the independence vote north of the border.

Derek McCormack

Evolving and adapting is the key to longevity

18 September 2014

Derek McCormack is menswear buyer for independent department store Majors, which has three branches in Shropshire and Wales, and a member of the International Menswear Company (IMC).

High Street

Prices creep up at clothing and footwear stores

19 September 2014 | By

Average prices at clothing, textiles and footwear stores increased by 0.2% year on year in August, bucking the wider trend in food and household goods stores.

Mega Khimki

Ikea plans vast Russian mall to attract fashion brands

19 September 2014 | By

Plans have been unveiled to build a 2.3 million sq ft shopping centre in Moscow, which is “set to attract a raft of international retailers seeking expansion opportunities in Russia”.

John Lewis

Mild weather hits John Lewis fashion sales

19 September 2014 | By

Fashion sales at John Lewis fell 13.1% in the week to September 13 against the year before, with the department store chain blaming the milder weather and lower footfall due to reduced promotional activity on the high street.

Marjolaine Rebelle nightdress

Rigby & Peller to triple store base in UK and Ireland

19 September 2014 | By

Lingerie business Rigby & Peller is looking to more than triple the size of its UK and Ireland store portfolio within the next five years as it targets a broader client base.


Asos Australia country manager to depart

18 September 2014 | By ,

The Australia country manager for Ching-Har Wong is to leave the business after just five months in the role.

Topshop is encouraging its followers from all over the world to interact with its LFW show

Topshop launches social catwalk at LFW Video

18 September 2014 | By

Topshop launched a ‘social catwalk’ at LFW which involved the unveiling of three looks from the Topshop Unique spring 15 collection exclusively on Facebook immediately after the Sunday (September 14) show, rather than on the runway.

miss sixty

Miss Sixty will go premium for UK wholesale return

18 September 2014 | By

Miss Sixty will be repositioned as a premium brand when it relaunches in Europe later this year.


Clarks to open US flagship in New York

18 September 2014 | By

Clarks will open its US flagship store in New York’s SoHo district at 547 Broadway later this month.

Taking Shape

Taking Shape opens first Scottish store

18 September 2014 | By

Australian plus-size retailer Taking Shape has opened its first Scottish store in Aberdeen.

River Island for Movember

River Island puts its shirt on Movember campaign

18 September 2014 | By

River Island will support men’s health charity Movember through the sale of four exclusively designed Oxford shirts with button-down collars.

French Connection

Buying and merchandising boss exits French Connection

18 September 2014 | By

Richard Grainger has left his position as director of retail buying and merchandising at French Connection after 10 years with the company.

The Winners

Image Gallery: Drapers Independent Awards winners 2014

18 September 2014 | By

The independent sector came together at London’s The Brewery yesterday (September 17) to celebrate the achievements of the best in the business at the Drapers Independent Awards 2014.

A student at the London Technical Fashion Academy in Hackney, east London

Fashion academy to mark inaugural apprenticeship scheme

12 September 2014 | By Ben Cooper

A new training scheme for young members of the fashion industry will begin next week with the first intake of an apprenticeship programme at a London-based manufacturer.

Small wonders: Lewis wants to keep surprising customers

The Drapers Interview: Tracy Lewis, Wacoal Eveden

12 September 2014 | By

Lewis leads wacoal’s united front: a new name signals a fresh approach for lingerie group Wacoal Eveden, chief executive Tracy Lewis explains.


The Drapers Interview - Fiona Lambert, George at Asda

11 September 2014

Asda’s clothing brand boss Fiona Lambert is not worried by the growing threat from supermarket rivals

Ray Hernan

The Drapers Interview - Ray Hernan, Arnotts

4 September 2014 | By

With a refreshed offer and customer loyalty card, Arnotts boss Ray Hernan is leading the Dublin store out of the dark days of Ireland’s economic crash.

Rob Hadfield

Property Special Interview - Rob Hadfield, Debenhams

4 September 2014 | By

For Debenhams property director Rob Hadfield, the building blocks for retail growth are still very much made of bricks and mortar.




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Digital Edition: September 20 2014

Digital Edition: 20 September 2014

20th September 2014

New York fashion week: Spring 15 collections packed a commercial punch. Click here to view Drapers as a digital issue.