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Chris Bishop

Online is an opportunity for retail, not a threat

29 January 2015

Chris Bishop is founder and chief executive of digital media agency 7thingsmedia.

Sharon and Emma Savage 1

Independent thinking can set a business apart

29 January 2015

Sharon Savage owns designer resale store Grace & Ted in Bath with her daughter, Emma (pictured, left), and is a member of the Fashion Association of Britain (FAB).

Tmall M&S

Alibaba accuses Chinese government of ‘misconduct’

29 January 2015 | By

Ecommerce giant Alibaba has complained of ‘misconduct’ and claimed the Chinese government is biased after it accused the website of permitting sales of fake goods.

USC cropped fascia

Brands wary of new USC contract terms

29 January 2015 | By

USC suppliers have raised concerns over revised contracts issued by the young fashion chain’s new owner Republic, which appear to give brands less control over their stock.

Nicole Farhi

Nicole Farhi boss to exit as brand prepares upmarket relaunch

29 January 2015 | By ,

Nicole Farhi chief executive Martin Mason is to leave after less than a year in the job, Drapers understands.

Ed Connelly and Laura Emsell from John Lewis

John Lewis fashion boss sets out growth ambitions

28 January 2015 | By

John Lewis fashion buying director Ed Connolly has told Drapers fashion will play an increasing part of the department store business in future, with a more contemporary offer at the top of the agenda.

Simon Carter

Simon Carter switches supplier to Prominent Europe

27 January 2015 | By

Simon Carter has signed a new licensing agreement with Prominent Europe for the brand’s shirt, tie and tailoring business, replacing existing supplier Israeli suiting manufacturer Bagir Group.

Fleur Bird outside the Fleur B store in Chelsea

Fleur B launches Fashion Springboard fund

27 January 2015 | By

Fleur Bird, owner of the Fleur B boutiques in London’s Chelsea and Duke Street, is expanding her wholesale collection for autumn 15 and has launched a fund to help emerging British brands develop their own collections.


Zalando launches UK retailer and brand partnerships

27 January 2015 | By

Zalando has introduced a partnership programme for UK retailers and brands that allows them to display and sell their stock on the German etailer’s platform.


Very Exclusive Facebook page goes live ahead of February launch

27 January 2015 | By, the standalone luxury website from Shop Direct, has launched a Facebook page with behind-the-scenes images and news, ahead of the brand’s full launch on February 19.

David Reiss

The Drapers Interview: David Reiss

29 January 2015 | By

Reiss’s founder is still calling the shots, and after getting the chain back on track he wants to take it further upmarket.

Steve Hudson

The Drapers Interview: Steve Hudson, Curvy Kate

22 January 2015 | By

Focusing on ‘real women’, Curvy Kate lingerie has enjoyed a meteoric rise, culminating in a Drapers Award last year.

Love match: the game is free to play

Björn Borg uses shoppable game to serve up range

28 January 2015 | By

Sports fashion brand Björn Borg will launch its spring 15 collection this week using a free web-based game called First Person Lover, which will feature in-game shopping.


Harrods to sell Dragons’ Den smart running jackets

28 January 2015 | By

A former Royal Marine Commando who unsuccessfully appeared on BBC One’s Dragons’ Den has signed an exclusive deal to sell his wearable technology clothing range in Harrods for six weeks from January 19.

Element, Seven Dials

Shopwatch: Element

22 January 2015 | By

Streetwear brand Element skates into Seven Dials with a store showcasing the artistry of the boardsports tribe.

Jigsaw, Milton Keynes

Shopwatch: Jigsaw

15 January 2015 | By

The opening of its store at The Centre MK in Milton Keynes represents a change of pattern for the contemporary retailer.

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