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Review of the year 2014: Trends and trade shows

19 December 2014 | By

From the appointments of Richard Nicoll at Jack Wills and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, to the Kimye US Vogue cover, here are the fashion stories that got everyone talking this year.

Eric Musgrave

The times they are a-changin’ – and we ain’t seen nothing yet

18 December 2014 | By

When the history of fashion retailing is written, 2014 will be seen as a momentous year in which the accepted norms of business practice were challenged on several fronts and we saw a structural shift across many areas of the sector.

David Conaghan crop

Nostalgic for the retail buzz of Christmas past

17 December 2014

Dave Conaghan is owner of young fashion independent Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Online sales

Boxing Day ‘unlikely’ to eclipse Black Friday online sales

19 December 2014 | By

Boxing Day online sales are expected to reach £748m this year, the equivalent of £519,000 per minute, which falls short of the £810m spent online during this year’s Black Friday.

Galeries Lafayette

Galeries Lafayette teams with Airbnb for January Sale

19 December 2014 | By

French department store Galeries Lafayette will team up with Airbnb to give shoppers the chance to spend the night in its Parisian store the night before the January Sales start.

Missing the Target: the US retail giant recently had 70 million customers’ credit card details stolen following a data security breach

Card transaction fees to be capped

19 December 2014 | By

Fees paid by European retailers to process non-cash transactions will be capped at 0.2% for debit cards rates and 0.3% for credit cards under new laws set to come into force by autumn 2015.


Discounts beyond our control, say brands

18 December 2014 | By ,

Brands have told Drapers their hands are tied when it comes to discounting, as pressure mounted this week from independent retailers worried about the impact on their bottom lines.

Psyche in Middlesbrough

Poll: Which indie do you think has the best Christmas windows? Video

17 December 2014

Drapers has run a competition to find the best Christmas windows created by independent retailers this year.

Psyche in Middlesbrough - The Winner

Image gallery: Find out which indie has the best Christmas window this year

17 December 2014 | By

Psyche in Middlesbrough has won Drapers’ competition to find the best indie Christmas window this year, for its colourful and eye-catching displays that feature products from brands including Hugo Boss and Barbour presented on snow-covered streets alongside a snowman, dog and red postbox.

Rochdale town centre

Rochdale targets indies with 80% discount on business rates

17 December 2014 | By

Officials in Rochdale have introduced a pilot scheme to revive the fortunes of its town centre with up to an 80% discount on business rates.

Oi Polloi

Oi Polloi to open London store in March

16 December 2014 | By

Manchester menswear independent Oi Polloi will open in London’s Carnaby in March next year.

Apprentice Heroes Skills Show 2014

Apprenticeship scheme standards published

16 December 2014 | By

New standards for apprenticeship schemes aimed at retail supervisors and managers have been published, following approval from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and a consortium of ‘trailblazer’ businesses.

Jigsaw on Duke Street store frontage

Review of the year 2014: Shopwatch - The top 10

19 December 2014 | By

Drapers counts down the ten best store openings, extensions and revamps of 2014.

Dulwich trader

Shopwatch: The Dulwich Trader

11 December 2014 | By

The Dulwich Trader has freshened up its store, creating a more seamless lifestyle look.

Betty Jackson

The Drapers Interview: Betty Jackson

18 December 2014 | By

Betty Jackson’s passion for fabrics and print has endured for 47 years, and the Drapers Lifetime Achievement winner is still firmly ensconced in the design studio.

Gilles Laumonier

The Drapers Interview: Gilles Laumonier, Lee

11 December 2014 | By

After 125 years of making jeans, Lee is being led into uncharted territory by European boss Gilles Laumonier.

Play time: Selfridges launched a game

Ecommerce: Online Games

18 December 2014 | By

A trend for online games has resulted in creative ways to win sales in the run-up to Christmas.

HoF ecommerce

Ecommerce: Social Media

11 December 2014 | By

As Facebook prepares to cut back on unpaid adverts in its users’ feeds from January, we talk to retailers, brands and consultants about the possible impact of the change.

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