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Profits could suffer in Black Friday discount frenzy

As Black Friday and Cyber Monday cement their position in the shopping calendar, retailers have been warned that the domino effect of discounting could have harmful consequences for margins.

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Fashion Forum: Cultural knowledge is key to international expansion

“Retailers must control how their brand is represented whilst recognising cultural difference when expanding internationally,” said River Island chief executive Ben Lewis at today’s Drapers Fashion Forum.


Like-for-like sales up 10% at Jaeger as turnaround takes hold

Jaeger has reported a 10% rise in like-for-like sales for the year to March 1 2014 as the retailer’s five year turnaround plan begins to take hold.


Video: Christophe Bezu on Esprit’s omnichannel approach

Christophe Bezu talks to Drapers about moving Esprit towards an omnichannel approach and what this means for the retailer.

Sergio Bucher

Fashion Forum: Amazon to double Black Friday sales to two million products will double the amount of fashion products it will sell this week in the run up to Black Friday to two million products.

Rosanna Falconer

Twitter Interview: Rosanna Falconer, communications director, Matthew Williamson

Drapers interviews Matthew Williamson communications director Rosanna Falconer via Twitter about the launch of its Pinterest page, the importance of tailoring social media to a brand and the label’s plans for Black Friday.

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Drapers Digital Awards 2015 deadline extended

The deadline for entries to the Drapers Digital Awards 2015 has been extended to Friday, December 5.

Christophe Bezu

Fashion Forum: '60% of our revenue is via omnichannel,' says Esprit boss

Speaking at today’s Drapers Fashion Forum, Esprit’s managing director in Europe and the rest of the world, Christophe Bezu, once again highlighted the value of the omnichannel customer to fashion businesses, reporting that 60% of revenues are from this shopper.

Fashion Forum: Luxury retailers should embrace digital technology

Luxury retail can seem a world apart from the democratic culture of digital technology and ecommerce but the two can be combined, according to luxury goods group Kering.

Eric Musgrave at Women Fashion Power exhibition

Video: Eric Musgrave discusses the power of women's fashion

Drapers’ editorial director Eric Musgrave talks to Reuters about the ‘Women Fashion Power’ exhibition at the Design Museum in London.

Nicomede Talavera SS15 menswear collection

Topman and Fashion East announced MAN autumn 15 line up

MAN, the menswear support scheme sponsored by Topman and Fashion East, has announced its designer line up for London Collections: Men in January 2015.

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Jenny Packham opens first Asian store in Hong Kong

British brand Jenny Packham has opened its first Asian store at 32 Lyndhurst Terrace in the Central district of Hong Kong.

Gerry Waters

Fashion Forum: ‘Franchising is the biggest decision of a brand's life’

Deciding to franchise your brand is the “biggest decision” in the life of a business according to Burberry, Gap, and Inditex’s Middle Eastern franchise partner Fawaz A Alhokair & Co.

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F&F marketing director Anita Bolger to exit

F&F’s global brand and marketing director Anita Bolger is leaving the business at the end of the year after 14 years at the supermarket.


French Connection sales wilt during warm autumn

French Connection Group’s like-for-like sales fell 5.7% in the UK and Europe during the 17 weeks to November 22 due to the unseasonably warm weather, but its full-year profits are still on track to meet expectations.

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Fashion Forum: Fit and quality key to international growth

Fashion brands and retailers with global aspirations must ensure they adapt their sizing to the different markets they enter, Wacoal Eveden chief executive Tracy Lewis told delegates at Drapers’ Fashion Forum this morning.

Loraine Woodhouse

Loraine Woodhouse joins John Lewis board

Loraine Woodhouse will join the board of John Lewis on December 1 as acting group finance director, taking over from Helen Weir.

Johnny Coca

Mulberry appoints Céline designer as new creative director

Mulberry has appointed Johnny Coca, head designer for leather goods and accessories at Céline its new creative director, succeeding Emma Hill.

River Island in Russia

Video: River Island's Ben Lewis explains the keys to global expansion

River Island chief executive Ben Lewis talks to Drapers about the top countries for international expansion in the next five years and the priorities for retailers to bear in mind when entering new territories.

Timothy Everest

Fashion Forum: Timothy Everest to launch tailored casual range

Bespoke tailor and designer Timothy Everest is to launch a men’s ready-to-wear collection called Timothy Everest Tailored Casual at Pitti Uomo in January.

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Video: Shop Direct's Paul Hornby on making websites stand out from the crowd

Paul Hornby, head of ecommece at Shop Direct, talks to Drapers about how to make retail websites stand out from the crowd, the use of social media and the anticipated shopping frenzy during Black Friday.


Video: Harrods harnesses data to understand shoppers as trade remains 'tough'

Almost three-quarters of Harrods’ sales are now made on reward cards, managing director Michael Ward told delegates at the Drapers Fashion Forum this morning.

Kai Bienmueller

Fashion Forum: ‘We can’t neglect wholesale’, says Adidas IT director

Senior director for IT wholesale ERP of Adidas Group Kai Bienmueller said brands cannot “neglect” its wholesale arm when its retail and ecommerce businesses grow.

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Net-a-Porter’s website crashes after launching Sale

Etailer Net-a-Porter’s website crashed just one hour after launching its Black Friday Sale yesterday (November 26).

Primark Düsseldorf

Primark appoints digital content editor from WGSN

Primark has appointed former deputy catwalks editor at WGSN Jayne Bibby as digital content editor.

Drapers Awards

Video: Drapers Awards 2014

More than 800 leading fashion retailers, brands and suppliers gathered at Old Billingsgate in London for the Drapers Awards 2014 last week, with the winners announced by comedian Jack Whitehall.

Charlotte Olympia

Charlotte Olympia to launch Christmas slot machine game

Footwear designer Charlotte Olympia will run a slot machine game on its website for the first 12 days of December, enabling its shoppers to win prizes.

Tracy Lewis

Video: Wacoal Eveden’s Tracy Lewis on plans for global expansion

Tracy Lewis talks to Drapers about the Wacoal Eveden restructure and its plans for expansion.


Macy's to ship Black Friday purchases to UK

US department store chain Macy’s is offering UK customers the chance to take advantage of its Black Friday deals with an international shipping fee of £7.

Lee Jeans

Lee to open 20 UK and Irish franchise stores

Lee Jeans is in talks with a number of partners to open franchise stores in the UK and Ireland, setting a target of 20 within three years.

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