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Drapers counts down the ten best store openings, extensions and revamps of 2014.
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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.
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.
Dave Conaghan is owner of young fashion independent Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drapers has run a competition to find the best Christmas windows created by independent retailers this year.
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.
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.
Manchester menswear independent Oi Polloi will open in London’s Carnaby in March next year.
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.
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From new store openings to businesses ceasing trading and individuals changing positions in the industry, here are the most popular stories of 2014.
The Drapers Interview
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.
After 125 years of making jeans, Lee is being led into uncharted territory by European boss Gilles Laumonier.
A trend for online games has resulted in creative ways to win sales in the run-up to Christmas.
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.