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Diane von Furstenberg

Fashion’s inspiring women

5 March 2015 | By Drapers Reporters

Drapers asked key figures across the fashion industry to nominate the women they feel have inspired their careers in honour of International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8.

Idris Elba Superdry

Is Idris Elba Superdry's US saviour?

27 March 2015 | By

Idris Elba may be a while off saving the world as James Bond, but in the meantime the British actor and singer is being parachuted in to save Superdry’s stateside operations.

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Editor's Comment: 'Spring is in the air but retailers aren’t so chirpy'

27 March 2015 | By

I may regret saying this, especially as the bank holiday approaches, spring seems to have arrived - at least in the south of England.

Phil Mullis

Talking Business: 'We need an evolving business rates system'

23 March 2015

The Chancellor’s budget on March 18 contained plans to save high street shops from the threat of online competition with a business rates review said to be the widest ranging in a generation.

High Street

Experts predict 'solid growth' in retail sales over Easter

27 March 2015 | By

Retail sales bounced back in March after a sluggish February and look set to continue their upwards trend over Easter, according to the Confederation of British Industry.  

Drapers Independent Awards 2015

Drapers Independents Awards deadline extended

27 March 2015 | By

The deadline for entries to this year’s Drapers Independents Awards has been extended to April 10.

High Street

Indies hope for strong Easter trading

27 March 2015 | By

Independent retailers across the UK and Ireland are pinning their hopes on a strong Easter to make up for a difficult trading period in the run-up to spring.

Access all areas: user reviews on tablets and QR codes in  store offer customers extra information to aid purchasing

Digital essential to UK high street reinvention

26 March 2015 | By

A willingness to embrace the digital space will be essential to the successful reinvention of the British high street, according to the British Retail Consortium’s director general Helen Dickinson.

Psyche website

Shopwatch: Psyche

25 March 2015 | By

Its new website is the latest landmark in a period of redevelopment for Middlesbrough independent Psyche

Black Friday

Tactical discounting key to preventing Black Friday 'delivery tsunami'

25 March 2015 | By

US-imported discount day Black Friday can be very profitable for UK retailers but they must learn from last year and avoid panic discounting, ecommerce trade body IMRG has warned.

Collect plus

Government scraps click-and-collect planning permission

25 March 2015 | By

Retailers of all sizes will be able to offer click-and-collect services from April 15, when the rules around planning permission will be relaxed.

Start

Start closes multi-brand womenswear store after 12 years

24 March 2015 | By

London business Start will close its eponymous multi-brand womenswear store in Shoreditch on June 28.

Ed Balls

Labour pledges not to raise VAT

24 March 2015 | By

The Labour government has pledged not to raise VAT if it is elected into power on May 7.

Brown Thomas, Dublin

Shopwatch: Brown Thomas, Dublin

26 March 2015 | By

Quality materials are used with little fuss at Brown Thomas’s Dublin flagship

Pam Pam

Shopwatch: Pam Pam

19 March 2015 | By

Premium trainers and lifestyle store Pam Pam wants to build an active community for sporty women in east London.

Ann Sofie Johansson, H&M creative adviser

The Drapers Interview: Ann-Sofie Johansson

23 March 2015 | By

Ann-Sofie Johansson has risen from shop assistant to design boss at H&M, picking up some luxury friends along the way

Zandra-Rhodes

The Drapers Interview: Celia Birtwell & Zandra Rhodes

19 March 2015 | By

Parallel worlds: Celia Birtwell and Dame Zandra Rhodes have long been icons of UK fashion, but are now working together for the first time.

Shop Direct Group tablets

Retailers get personal online

25 March 2015 | By

Personalisation has rapidly become a buzzword in ecommerce, as retailers grapple to find new ways to prove their relevance to shoppers, stand out from the crowd and build loyalty.

Red Ant\'s SellSmart technology

Red Ant debuts retail personalisation software

19 March 2015 | By

Mobile retail technology specialist Red Ant has launched a new app-based system aimed at helping retailers to offer a more personalised and joined-up service across their different operating and transactional platforms.

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