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James Knowles

Comment: Many unhappy returns eat into profit margins

30 June 2015 | By

Clothing and footwear returns are rising up the retail agenda, as multichannel shopping continues to grow, not just in the UK, but across borders.

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Memo from Musgrave: Shops remain the strongest link in the retail chain

25 June 2015 | By

How many shops is enough shops? That rather basic question must be bothering retailing chiefs as never before as the shift in shopping patterns requires them to recalibrate some of the basic formulae of the business.

This is Edinburgh

Comment: Give councils more power to support indie retailers

19 June 2015 | By

The British Retail Consortium’s warning that inaction on business rates reform could see as many as 80,000 shops shut by 2017 was scaremongering worthy of the Daily Mail. But putting aside the numbers, the warning was a much-needed shot across the bow.

Switched on:  Hackett’s website and John Lewis’s Exeter store

John Lewis fee triggers click-and-collect debate

1 July 2015 | By Drapers Reporters

John Lewis’s decision to charge a flat rate of £2 for click-and-collect services on orders under £30 from the end of July “could be an industry game changer”, according to some experts.


Next fends off M&S attempt to poach menswear design boss

1 July 2015 | By

Next has retained its head of menswear design, Simon Hawksworth, who was due to join Marks & Spencer in the same role later this month.

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Video: Net-a-Porter's Natalie Massenet discusses China Video

1 July 2015 | By

Net-a-Porter’s founder and chairman Natalie Massenet talks to Bloomberg Television about the etailer’s “pockets of strength” in the US, the UK and Hong Kong, as mainland China is growing.


Pep&Co boss: ‘We hit our first day target in two hours’

1 July 2015 | By

The first Pep&Co store, which opened in Kettering today, has hit its full-day launch target in just two hours and customers in store meet the target profile, managing director Adrian Mountford has revealed.

Eric Musgrave

Drapers Talks: John Lewis' plans for click-and-collect charges Video

1 July 2015 | By

Drapers’ editorial director Eric Musgrave talks about John Lewis’ plans to start charging £2 for click-and-collect orders under £30, and the department store retailer’s thoughts on this year’s Black Friday, which will fall on November 27.


Denham to open second UK store in Leeds

1 July 2015 | By

Dutch denim brand Denham will open its second UK store in Leeds tomorrow (July 2).

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Ariella ploughs ahead with retail expansion

1 July 2015 | By

Women’s eveningwear specialist Ariella is expanding its retail footprint, while its sister company Cocktail Clothing Company has secured new wholesale accounts to supply high street multiples including Marks & Spencer and Coast.

Fatemeh Nassarpour

Little Mistress poaches international French Connection sales head

1 July 2015 | By

Little Mistress Group has poached French Connection’s international sales manager Fatemeh Nassarpour to help ramp up its international growth.

Sports Direct

Sports Direct to open Cheltenham store

1 July 2015 | By

Sports Direct is to open a new shop in Cheltenham next week.

Charlotte Olympia\'s second UK store

Charlotte Olympia opens second UK store

1 July 2015 | By

Luxury footwear and accessories brand Charlotte Olympia has opened its second UK store on Brompton Cross in London.

Studio 8

Image gallery: Phase Eight’s new plus-size womenswear brand Studio 8

1 July 2015 | By

Phase Eight has launched its new plus-size womenswear brand Studio 8, which is available in sizes 16 to 24.

Bread and Butter Berlin

London shows challenge Berlin for UK brands and buyers

1 July 2015 | By

Berlin trade shows are facing growing competition from London in the battle to attract UK brands and buyers.

Patrick Chalhoub pictured at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower

The Drapers Interview: Patrick Chalhoub's luxury dominance in the Gulf

1 July 2015 | By

Vast, specialised boutiques and capturing the growing online market in the Middle East are the next steps in the Chalhoub Group’s 60-year history.

Ed Connolly John Lewis

The Drapers Interview: Ed's own brand dream for John Lewis

24 June 2015 | By

After a year in the job and having recently reshaped his fashion buying team, Ed Connolly is preparing to ramp up John Lewis’s women’s proposition and own brand collections.

Nitin Passi, Missguided

The Drapers Interview: Missguided's Nitin Passi is taking it to the street

17 June 2015 | By

Missguided’s founder Nitin Passi talks about the etailer’s rapid online growth and its first UK move into stores.

Sally Scott

The Drapers Interview: Sally Scott is spearheading Vente-privee's UK operation

10 June 2015 | By

As UK boss of Vente-privee, Sally Scott aims to build a buzz among British shoppers for the flash Sales site


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