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Hit or Miss: Womenswear Autumn 14

31 October 2014 | By

Our new and improved survey of retailers’ stores and collections kicks off this season with lots of plus points.

Eric Musgrave

The best way to assure a prosperous future is to invest in the present

30 October 2014 | By

Speculate to accumulate is not a phrase much heard these days.

David Conaghan

Fighting back against the supermarket sweep

29 October 2014

Dave Conaghan owns young fashion indie Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Northern Ireland.

House of Fraser

House of Fraser to air first non-Sale TV campaign in 11 years

31 October 2014 | By

House of Fraser is launching its first brand-focused TV advertising campaign for more than a decade.

Poq Studio

James Hart joins app commerce start-up

31 October 2014 | By

James Hart, a former director at, has invested in another ecommerce start-up called Poq Studio.


Supergroup cuts profit forecasts as warm weather strikes again

31 October 2014 | By

Supergroup has lowered its full year profit guidance to £60m-£65m as the warm autumn weather hits yet another retailer.

East shopping centre

Consumer confidence slips in October

31 October 2014 | By

Confidence among shoppers edged down in October, raising concerns in the countdown to the Christmas rush.

Luisa Cerano

Luisa Cerano doubles UK turnover after hiring country manager

30 October 2014 | By

Premium womenswear brand Luisa Cerano has doubled its UK turnover over the past year and has said there is “definitely still room for growth”.

The North Face

The North Face plots franchise route

30 October 2014 | By

Outdoor brand The North Face has revealed plans to open up to 120 franchise stores in the UK and Europe over the next three to four years.

Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher to launch into Harvey Nichols

30 October 2014 | By

US womenswear brand Eileen Fisher will launch into Harvey Nichols Edinburgh and online at from November 1.

The kids\' range at the new Hunter store on Regent Street

Hunter opens first store on Regent Street

30 October 2014 | By

Hunter has opened its first company-owned store at 83-85 Regent Street as a showcase for its newly-extended range that now includes outerwear and knitwear.

Matalan in Cardiff

Image Gallery: Matalan opens high street store in Cardiff

30 October 2014 | By

Matalan has opened a new store on the Cardiff high street today, as the value retailer continues its push into prime location space.


River Island launches Kindle app

30 October 2014 | By

River Island has become one of the first retailers to develop a Kindle version of its transactional shopping app.


Harrods increases turnover by 11%

30 October 2014 | By

Harrods reported “another record year” which saw group turnover grow 11% to £794m for the full year to February 1, 2014, compared with £716.3m in the previous year.

Boohoo\'s pop-up in New York, October 30, 2014

Image Gallery: Boohoo's New York pop-up

30 October 2014 | By

Manchester-based etailer opened its first bricks-and-mortar pop-up shop in New York today.


Off the record, November 1 2014

30 October 2014

This week’s movers, shakers and soirées.

Liz Evans, Chief executive of Oasis and Warehouse

The Drapers Interview - Liz Evans, Oasis & Warehouse

30 October 2014 | By

Liz Evans, tactician behind Warehouse and Oasis, is focused on social media and domestic growth to keep both brands in the premier league.

Johnstons of Elgin

The Drapers Interview - Simon Cotton, Johnstons of Elgin

22 October 2014 | By

Back to the future: Simon Cotton, chief executive of Johnstons of Elgin, is getting the balance right between private and own label business to continue the mill’s success.

Gareth Jones and Sarah Curran

The Drapers Interview: Sarah Curran & Gareth Jones

16 October 2014 | By

Redefining luxury: Shop Direct is steering into uncharted territory with, but Sarah Curran and Gareth Jones are confident about its democratic offering.


The Drapers Interview: Rinku Loomba, Viz-a-Viz

8 October 2014 | By

Viz-a-Viz chief executive Rinku Loomba is on a mission to shake up independent fashion wholesale - one PartnerShop at a time.


Job of the week

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Digital Edition November 1 2014

Digital Edition: November 1 2014

30 October 2014

Hit or Miss: Who’s done best this autumn across 27 womenswear multiples? Click here to view Drapers as a digital edition.