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Drapers chats to buyers and exhibitors from the likes of Oliver Sweeney, Original Penguin and Barbour, to find out how the first two days of the spring 16 edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence (June 16-19) have been for them.
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Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.
How many shops is enough shops? That rather basic question must be bothering retailing chiefs as never before as the shift in shopping patterns requires them to recalibrate some of the basic formulae of the business.
The British Retail Consortium’s warning that inaction on business rates reform could see as many as 80,000 shops shut by 2017 was scaremongering worthy of the Daily Mail. But putting aside the numbers, the warning was a much-needed shot across the bow.
Berlin trade shows are facing growing competition from London in the battle to attract UK brands and buyers.
Amazon is offering a one-hour delivery service to parts of central London in a move UK managing director Christopher North said is “just the beginning”.
Antony Hawman, whose previous roles have included brand partnership director at pure-play etailer My-Wardobe.com, has launched a brand partnership consultancy.
Cornish lingerie retailer Mish is in final talks to agree a deal to open its first high street store in Wadebridge.
Former BBC and ITV director of strategy Carolyn Fairbairn has been appointed director general of the Confederation of British Industry, replacing John Cridland who will leave in November.
Cardiff-based young fashion retailer Pavilion Clothing is to close its doors at the end of July after 29 years of trading.
Applications for retail start-up accelerator programme TrueStart Collection have opened for the autumn 2015 season, offering a six-month mentoring scheme and either £25,000 or £50,000 equity funding options.
Manufacturing showcase Best of Britannia has revealed plans to grow its transactional website by the end of the year following its move to a twice-yearly format.
The number of corporate insolvencies in the Irish retail sector rose by 52% in the three months to the end of June, according to a new survey.
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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.
The traditionally out-of-town value retailer is raising its high street profile by packing plenty into its Oxford Street debut
Nike is flexing its muscles in the fitness market with its first female-only European store.
The Drapers Interview
Vast, specialised boutiques and capturing the growing online market in the Middle East are the next steps in the Chalhoub Group’s 60-year history.
After a year in the job and having recently reshaped his fashion buying team, Ed Connolly is preparing to ramp up John Lewis’s women’s proposition and own brand collections.
Retailers should not hold out on creating a “Rolls Royce solution” for new international websites, but launch them quickly to immediately start learning, and should not feel like every element must be adapted to the new market, ecommerce experts have warned.
As Apple gears up to launch its Apple Pay contactless payment system in the UK next month, with retailers including New Look, Marks & Spencer, Dune, JD Sports and Liberty already signed up, Drapers looks at what you need to know to take advantage of the new system.