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Scottish Independence: Where does the fashion industry stand on the future of Scotland?

2 October 2014 | By Ben Cooper

The dream of Scottish independence may be over, but the fallout from the vote will take much longer to settle, according to those working in the country’s fashion industry.

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Remembering Oscar de la Renta Video

21 October 2014 | By

The fashion designer died today at the age of 82.

James Knowles

Drapers' 30 under 30: Are your nominations in yet?

17 October 2014 | By

Have you sent in your nominations for Drapers’ 30 under 30 yet? If you haven’t, you only have one week to do it.

Eric Musgrave

It’s time to put business rates reform on the election agenda

16 October 2014 | By

One of the panel at last week’s judging for the Drapers Awards 2014 summed up the current situation very well: “It’s a testament to the strength of the sector that many of the choices were so difficult.”

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Single-use carrier bag charge comes into effect in Scotland

20 October 2014 | By Ben Cooper

A new law obliging retailers in Scotland to charge customers for single-use carrier bags came into effect today (October 20).

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Pure London says exhibitor numbers are up by 54% for 2015

20 October 2014 | By

Over 375 brands have already confirmed for next year’s Pure London event, an increase of 54% on the same time last year.

Farfetch plans to expand into China, Japan and Russia

Japanese Restir joins Farfetch network

20 October 2014 | By

Farfetch has announced Restir in Tokyo, Japan, will join its network of independent stores after winning the Superstore competition by a public vote.

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Online shopping and warm weather hit September footfall

20 October 2014 | By

Footfall across all retail destinations fell by 0.9% in September, with consumers making less visits to indoor shopping centres due to the warm weather and ‘changing’ shopping habits.


Stores seek manifesto rates pledge

16 October 2014 | By

Retailers are putting pressure on the main political parties to address increasing business rates and high street rents in their election manifestos, as new data shows a disproportionately large number of clothing shops closed in the first half of this year.

Orelia Topshop concession

Orelia jewellery brand seeks UK and European expansion

15 October 2014 | By

Costume jewellery brand Orelia wants to increase its global wholesale accounts by 100% in the next two years and will launch into the US later this month, as it prepares to open the biggest branded jewellery concession in Topshop, Oxford Street.

Diesel wants to be considered more upmarket

Diesel poised to exit USC after 15 years

15 October 2014 | By

Diesel is to part ways with its long-standing stockist USC and will re-evaluate its account base as part of a wider company strategy to position itself as a more premium brand.


Business rates could increase by 2.3% in April

14 October 2014 | By

The Government has been urged to take action over the “ever-increasing burden of business rates” after it emerged businesses could face a 2.3% hike next year.

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September's fashion sales performance worst since April 2012

14 October 2014 | By

Fashion sales in September recorded their lowest performance in more than two years, as warm weather stifled demand for new season stock.

Tickled Pink post surgery bra from George at Asda

George launches post-surgery bra range

26 September 2014 | By

George at Asda has launched a post-surgery bra range developed with Breast Cancer Care ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.


Shopwatch: Jaeger

9 October 2014 | By

After 50 years at its King’s Road address, Jaeger’s smart revamp brings it up to date while staying true to its heritage.

Hardy Amies

Shopwatch: Hardy Amies

2 October 2014 | By

Hardy Amies’ ready-to-wear store on Savile Row offers a carefully crafted lifestyle experience, inspired by London and cherry picking the best of British design.


The Drapers Interview: Sarah Curran & Gareth Jones

16 October 2014 | By

Redefining luxury: Shop Direct is steering into uncharted territory with, but Sarah Curran and Gareth Jones are confident about its democratic offering.


The Drapers Interview: Rinku Loomba, Viz-a-Viz

8 October 2014 | By

Viz-a-Viz chief executive Rinku Loomba is on a mission to shake up independent fashion wholesale - one PartnerShop at a time.


Ecommerce: Pop-ups and 3D scans suit Lanieri’s needs

2 October 2014 | By

Italian tailoring etailer Lanieri is using 3D scanning technology in UK pop-up stores to offer shoppers better-fitting suits and to boost sales.


Twitter Interview: Andy Harding, House of Fraser’s executive director of multichannel Video

15 October 2014 | By

Drapers spoke to Harding via Twitter about the rise of mobile shopping – which he predicts could overtake plastic payments in two years – the new technologies for retailers to tap into and whether wearable technology in fashion will ever become mainstream.