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Eric Musgrave

Memo from Musgrave: Credit where credit’s due for textile champions

28 May 2015 | By

It was black tie time again on May 21 when I attended the UK Fashion & Textile Awards at Tobacco Dock in east London, courtesy of my fellow son of Leeds, Simon Berwin.

Gillian Mead is the founder and creative director of ethical fashion brand Araminta

Talking Business: Starting your own brand? Follow this checklist first

27 May 2015

Gillian Mead is the founder and creative director of ethical fashion brand Araminta

Diane Bardon, owner of womenswear indie De Joli in Chiswick west London

Talking Shop: Give indies the right to buy

25 May 2015

Diane Bardon is owner of womenswear independent De Joli in Chiswick, west London.

Harrods men’s Denim Gallery

Harrods opens men’s Denim Gallery

29 May 2015 | By

Harrods has opened its new men’s Denim Gallery, located adjacent to the men’s International Gallery and Contemporary Collections on the lower ground floor.

Mountain Warehouse

Mountain Warehouse posts double-digit growth as UK takes to the saddle

29 May 2015 | By

Mountain Warehouse has recorded a 20% leap in sales to £109.9m, with pre-tax profits up 25% to £12m for the full year to February 28.


Findel will not sell football strip retailer Kitbag

29 May 2015 | By

Home shopping group Findel has decided not to sell sports merchandise retailer Kitbag, following a strategic review.

john lewis

Strong womenswear performance lifts John Lewis fashion sales

29 May 2015 | By

John Lewis fashion sales increased by 1.1% for the week to May 23 compared with the same period in 2014, but its growth slowed compared with the rest of the year so far.

Edwards of Manchester

Edwards of Manchester closes after 185 years

29 May 2015 | By

Independent footwear store Edwards of Manchester has closed with no warning, after trading since 1830.

Esprit\'s Regent Street flagship

Hugo Boss in talks for half of Esprit’s Regent Street store

29 May 2015 | By

Hugo Boss is said to be in advanced talks to take half of Esprit’s former Regent Street flagship in central London.

Google\'s current shopping service

Google 'buy now' button imminent

29 May 2015 | By

Google has confirmed that a ‘buy button’ will soon be launched, allowing potential shoppers to buy things from its search results without leaving the site.

Obituary: Mel Pilkington, founder and managing director of Aspecto

28 May 2015 | By

The founder and managing director of premium young fashion indie Aspecto, Mel Pilkington, died on May 21 aged 59 after a prolonged battle with cancer.

mobile shopping

Checkout abandonment rate falls to record low

28 May 2015 | By

The rate of checkout abandonment fell to a record low of 26% in the three months to the end of April, compared to an average of 30% during the same period in 2014 and 35% in 2013.

Nu SS15

Cold winds blow on womenswear sales

28 May 2015 | By ,

A lack of novelty from brands and the cool spring weather has resulted in sluggish trading across the womenswear market this month, businesses have told Drapers.

Kirsty McGregor and Tara Hounslea

Drapers Talks: Bank holiday trading, womenswear sales and Fashion Independents' Day Video

28 May 2015 | By ,

Drapers news editor Kirsty McGregor talks to senior news reporter Tara Hounslea about how retailers performed over the bank holiday, womenswear sales and today’s Fashion Independents’ Day.

Tesco is hoping to raise £4.5m for the Poppy Appeal

Tesco drops off list of world's most valuable brands

28 May 2015 | By

Tesco has fallen off the world’s 100 most valuable brands list compiled by research agency Millward Brown.

British Designers’ Collective at Bicester Village

Sixth British Designers’ Collective to launch at Bicester Village

24 April 2015 | By

Mary Katrantzou, Sophia Webster and Peter Pilotto are among the designers whose previous collections will be featured at the British Designers’ Collective pop-up boutique at Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.

Deborah Cheng, IT vice president of international business

The Drapers Interview: Deborah Cheng on exporting the IT factor

27 May 2015 | By

Although a relative unknown in the UK, Hong Kong fashion giant IT and its cluster of brands is one to watch.

Louis Copeland

The Drapers Interview: King Louis Copeland reigns in Ireland

21 May 2015 | By

Two Drapers Independents Awards, new customers, wholesale plans for his own brand and an improving economy – we get the measure of master tailor Louis Copeland’s success.

Keith Walker, managing director of Linton Tweeds.

The Drapers Interview: Keith Walker, Linton Tweeds

13 May 2015 | By

In the latest of our Home Made series, we visit Carlisle’s Linton Tweeds, Chanel’s fabric manufacturer of choice.

Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani, co-founders, Boohoo

The Drapers Interview: Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani, co-founders, Boohoo

6 May 2015 | By’s Carol Kane and Mahmud Kamani are determined to keep up the etailer’s rapid acceleration into online fashion’s fast lane