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Eric Musgrave

Memo from Musgrave: Credit where credit’s due for textile champions

28 May 2015 | By

It was black tie time again on May 21 when I attended the UK Fashion & Textile Awards at Tobacco Dock in east London, courtesy of my fellow son of Leeds, Simon Berwin.

Gillian Mead is the founder and creative director of ethical fashion brand Araminta

Talking Business: Starting your own brand? Follow this checklist first

27 May 2015

Gillian Mead is the founder and creative director of ethical fashion brand Araminta

Diane Bardon, owner of womenswear indie De Joli in Chiswick west London

Talking Shop: Give indies the right to buy

25 May 2015

Diane Bardon is owner of womenswear independent De Joli in Chiswick, west London.

Obituary: Mel Pilkington, founder and managing director of Aspecto

28 May 2015 | By

The founder and managing director of premium young fashion indie Aspecto, Mel Pilkington, died on May 21 aged 59 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

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Checkout abandonment rate falls to record low

28 May 2015 | By

The rate of checkout abandonment fell to a record low of 26% in the three months to the end of April, compared to an average of 30% during the same period in 2014 and 35% in 2013.

Nu SS15

Cold winds blow on womenswear sales

28 May 2015 | By ,

A lack of novelty from brands and the cool spring weather has resulted in sluggish trading across the womenswear market this month, businesses have told Drapers.

Kirsty McGregor and Tara Hounslea

Drapers Talks: Bank holiday trading, womenswear sales and Fashion Independents' Day Video

28 May 2015 | By ,

Drapers news editor Kirsty McGregor talks to senior news reporter Tara Hounslea about how retailers performed over the bank holiday, womenswear sales and today’s Fashion Independents’ Day.

Tesco is hoping to raise £4.5m for the Poppy Appeal

Tesco drops off list of world's most valuable brands

28 May 2015 | By

Tesco has fallen off the world’s 100 most valuable brands list compiled by research agency Millward Brown.

Marks and Spencer AGM Mark Bolland

M&S to slash incentive scheme payout for top executives

28 May 2015 | By

Marks & Spencer’s executive directors will reportedly receive incentive scheme shares worth just 4.7% of their maximum value this year after the retailer missed its revenue targets.

Glamorous SS16

Glamorous to open own store in Trafford Centre

28 May 2015 | By

Women’s young fashion brand Glamorous has unveiled plans to open its debut store, taking on a 1,900 sq ft space inside the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester.

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Sports Direct raises full-year profit outlook

28 May 2015 | By

Sports Direct’s full-year profit before tax and earnings per share will be ahead of market expectations, shareholders will be told at the Mike Ashley-owned retailer’s annual conference today.

Micam Shanghai

Micam Shanghai cancelled

27 May 2015 | By

Footwear tradeshow Micam Shanghai has reportedly been cancelled after just five editions.

Hobbs pop up in Manchester

Hobbs pops up on Manchester’s King Street

27 May 2015 | By

Hobbs has opened a 1,500 sq ft two-floor pop-up at 1 King Street in Manchester.

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Queen's Speech 2015: Industry body reaction

27 May 2015 | By

Industry bodies including the British Retail Consortium and Confederation of British Industry have said the 2015 Queen’s Speech is likely to find support among retailers and used the opportunity to renew calls for a review of business rates.

Fat Face  in Southampton shopping centre WestQuay.

Mixed trading for retailers over bank holiday

27 May 2015 | By ,

Clothing and footwear retailers have reported a mixed bag of trading over the bank holiday weekend, with the high street faring better than retail parks and shopping centres.

British Designers’ Collective at Bicester Village

Sixth British Designers’ Collective to launch at Bicester Village

24 April 2015 | By

Mary Katrantzou, Sophia Webster and Peter Pilotto are among the designers whose previous collections will be featured at the British Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique at Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.

Deborah Cheng, IT vice president of international business

The Drapers Interview: Deborah Cheng on exporting the IT factor

27 May 2015 | By

Although a relative unknown in the UK, Hong Kong fashion giant IT and its cluster of brands is one to watch.

Louis Copeland

The Drapers Interview: King Louis Copeland reigns in Ireland

21 May 2015 | By

Two Drapers Independents Awards, new customers, wholesale plans for his own brand and an improving economy – we get the measure of master tailor Louis Copeland’s success.

Keith Walker, managing director of Linton Tweeds.

The Drapers Interview: Keith Walker, Linton Tweeds

13 May 2015 | By

In the latest of our Home Made series, we visit Carlisle’s Linton Tweeds, Chanel’s fabric manufacturer of choice.

Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani, co-founders, Boohoo

The Drapers Interview: Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani, co-founders, Boohoo

6 May 2015 | By

Boohoo.com’s Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani are determined to keep up the etailer’s rapid acceleration into online fashion’s fast lane

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