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Eric Musgrave

TV’s buzz of excitement for UK manufacturing

26 February 2015 | Updated: 2 March 2015 | By

I am hardly a fan of reality TV and contrived competitions, but The Great British Sewing Bee has me hooked.

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What does your customer really want from you?

26 February 2015

Giulio Cinque is owner of designer independent Giulio in Cambridge.

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Collaboration is the new face of competition

26 February 2015

Cecile Reinaud is founder of maternitywear etailer Séraphine.

Weird Fish is expanding into activewear

Weird Fish expands into activewear

3 March 2015 | By Petah Marian

Womenswear, menswear and kidswear brand Weird Fish is expanding into activewear, with a line called Mac Active.

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MP proposes reforms to tackle shoplifting

3 March 2015 | By

Shoplifting from smaller stores has been “virtually decriminalised” because the offences are not treated as a priority by police or the courts, Labour MP and London mayoral candidate David Lammy has said.

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Welsh retail centre Friars Walk to open in November

3 March 2015 | By

Friars Walk, a new 390,000 sq ft retail and leisure centre in Newport, South Wales, will open its doors on November 12. 

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London Luton Airport doubles retail space

3 March 2015 | By

London Luton Airport is doubling its retail space to over 93,600 sq ft as part of £100m redevelopment plans designed to increase the airport’s capacity from 12 to 18 million passengers per year.


Woman accused of selling fake designer goods to appear in court

3 March 2015 | By

A woman from Sunderland will appear at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Crown Court on Thursday March 5 charged with the sale of more than 1,300 fakes designed to look like products by brands including Mulberry, Barbour and Ugg.

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Sneaker store Pam Pam steps into Shoreditch

3 March 2015 | By

Pam Pam, a new trainer focused women’s-only lifestyle store, has opened in Shoreditch.

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Ted Baker boss underlines importance of wholesale after winning US award

3 March 2015 | By

Ted Baker’s chief executive Ray Kelvin maintains wholesale will continue to be a central part of the business, despite the challenges faced by multi-brand retailers such as USC and Bank.

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Lipsy launches new Michelle Keegan range

3 March 2015 | By

Young fashion brand Lipsy has teamed up with former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan for the fifth time this season.


MySale snaps up more unsold UK stock to sell Down Under

2 March 2015 | By

Australian flash Sale site MySale plans to use its “substantial cash resources” to buy some of the high levels of the UK’s autumn 14 stock left following the unseasonal warm weather at the end of last year, at discounted prices.

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High street handbag manufacturer launches own label online

2 March 2015 | By

Handbag manufacturer Cooper & Hill is launching its first transactional website on March 7.


Diesel launches new Tribute range

2 March 2015 | By

Diesel is launching its fourth ‘Tribute’ capsule collection under artistic director Nicola Formichetti.

Marks and Spencer

M&S drops off top brand list as John Lewis climbs the ranks

2 March 2015 | By

Marks & Spencer has fallen off an annual list ranking the top 20 consumer brands in the UK for the first time since 2009.

Philip Start

The Drapers Interview: Philip Start

26 February 2015 | By

The retail veteran and founder of London independent Woodhouse on why his Mr Start label is moving in a more casual direction.

Storing up success: Mark Batista in his second London shop, Content & Co, which opened  last September

The Drapers Interview: Mark Batista

19 February 2015

Mark Batista has turned his hand to almost all functions during his menswear career, gaining a keen eye for what sells and detailed knowledge of the market along the way.

Ross Bailey

The Drapers Interview: Ross Bailey, pop-up shops

19 February 2015 | By

Ross Bailey founded Appear Here in 2013 to give the UK’s empty stores a new lease of life. Now he is looking to repeat the trick overseas.


The Drapers Interview: Leslie Docherty, Fat Buddha

12 February 2015

Leslie Docherty is founder of menswear independent Fat Buddha, a cornerstone of Glasgow’s streetwear scene.


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Footwear & accessories 2015

Digital Edition: Footwear & accessories 2015

27 February 2015

Fill up your buying basket with our selection of next season’s tastiest footwear and accessories trends. Click here to view it as a digital edition.