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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.


Jigsaw opens store with café in Milton Keynes

19 December 2014 | By

Jigsaw has opened its new 2,656 sq ft store at Centre:mk in Milton Keynes. Situated on Silbury Arcade, adjacent to Kurt Geiger, House of Fraser and The White Company, the store stocks the full range of women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing and accessories.

Marks & Spencer

M&S to anchor Oldham Prince’s Gate development

19 December 2014 | By

Marks & Spencer has signed up to be the anchor tenant at a £60m development in Oldham town centre.

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.


Shoplifting to reach record high over Christmas

19 December 2014 | By

Increased footfall is expected to drive shoplifting levels to a record high this Christmas, costing the UK economy more than £1bn, with department stores hit hardest.


Review of the year 2014: The winners and losers

19 December 2014 | By

As the year draws to a close Drapers looks at the fashion businesses that have succeeded and struggled during 2014.

Bluewater Christmas 2013

Millions to skip Christmas presents in favour of buying for themselves

19 December 2014 | By

New research suggests 8.5m adults are set to skip giving Christmas this year and spend the money on themselves instead, with a further 1.5m planning to hold out on exchanging gifts until the January Sales begin.

Next Store New Oxford Street London

Next announces non-executive director

19 December 2014 | By

Next has appointed Camelot Group chief executive Dianne Thompson as a non-executive director with effect from January 1, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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