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Kat Spybey and Tara Hounslea

Drapers Talks: Domestic manufacturing conditions and the proposed £2bn New Look IPO Video

27 February 2015 | By ,

Drapers’ associate editor Kat Spybey talks to senior reporter Tara Hounslea about a report detailing poor working conditions in the UK textiles and garment manufacturing industry and the potential £2bn New Look IPO.

Eric Musgrave

TV’s buzz of excitement for UK manufacturing

26 February 2015 | Updated: 2 March 2015 | By

I am hardly a fan of reality TV and contrived competitions, but The Great British Sewing Bee has me hooked.

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What does your customer really want from you?

26 February 2015

Giulio Cinque is owner of designer independent Giulio in Cambridge.

Dune Oxford Street

Dune and Austin Reed sign up to cross-border ecommerce platform

3 March 2015 | By

The Dune Group and Austin Reed are among the first retailers to sign up to an international cross-border ecommerce platform, which is launching in the UK from May.

Roman Originals dress

Dress debate causes online sales stampede at Roman Originals

3 March 2015 | By

Womenswear retailer Roman Originals is enjoying an unexpected moment in the global spotlight, after a debate over the colour of one of its dresses went viral last week.

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Selfridges appoints Arcadia’s Tania Foster-Brown as marketing director

3 March 2015 | By

Selfridges has appointed Arcadia’s group public relations and communications director Tania Foster-Brown as its new marketing and communications director.

Apprenticeships

UK retailers urged to get behind National Apprenticeship Week

3 March 2015 | By

UK businesses including fashion retailers and manufacturers will be called upon to offer more training opportunities to the next generation of workers as part of National Apprenticeship Week on March 9-13.

Shoplifters

MP proposes reforms to tackle shoplifting

3 March 2015 | By

Shoplifting from smaller stores has been “virtually decriminalised” because the offences are not treated as a priority by police or the courts, Labour MP and London mayoral candidate David Lammy has said.

Friars Walk

Welsh retail centre Friars Walk to open in November

3 March 2015 | By

Friars Walk, a new 390,000 sq ft retail and leisure centre in Newport, South Wales, will open its doors on November 12. 

London Luton Airport

London Luton Airport doubles retail space

3 March 2015 | By

London Luton Airport is doubling its retail space to over 93,600 sq ft as part of £100m redevelopment plans designed to increase the airport’s capacity from 12 to 18 million passengers per year.

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Mothercare Ireland returns to profit

2 March 2015 | Updated: 3 March 2015 | By

Mothercare’s operating profit in Ireland returned to the black last year, reaching €79,421 (£57,786), despite revenue declining 3.5% from €36.89m (£26.84m) to €35.62m (£25.92m) in the 12 months to March 2014.

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Shopwatch: Pud

26 February 2015 | By

Kidswear has got a new designer outlet - and it’s made with mothers in mind.

Going digital: the showroom is the brainchild of chief executive Daniel Grieder (pictured above, left, with Tommy Hilfiger)

Shopwatch: Tommy Hilfiger

19 February 2015 | By

Could digital showrooms be the future of buying? If so, Tommy Hilfiger’s invention could be the first of many.

Snap to it: Michael Kors used the app during NYFW

Ecommerce: Snapchat has everyone talking

4 March 2015 | By

Retailers are turning to Snapchat as their latest mouthpiece for reaching millennial shoppers.

Film stars: New Look takes a more content-led approach

Ecommerce: Online video content

11 February 2015 | By

Retailers are increasingly using online video content to drive sales and boost customer loyalty.

Philip Start

The Drapers Interview: Philip Start

26 February 2015 | By

The retail veteran and founder of London independent Woodhouse on why his Mr Start label is moving in a more casual direction.

Storing up success: Mark Batista in his second London shop, Content & Co, which opened  last September

The Drapers Interview: Mark Batista

19 February 2015

Mark Batista has turned his hand to almost all functions during his menswear career, gaining a keen eye for what sells and detailed knowledge of the market along the way.

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