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Review of the year 2014: Top 20 people moves

24 December 2014 | By

This year has seen a raft of high-profile changes at the top of the UK’s largest fashion retailers, from the much revered Next product boss Christos Angelides departing after 28 years to join US retailer Abercrombie & Fitch as president, to the appointment of Stacey Cartwright as Harvey Nichols chief executive bringing an end to Joseph Wan’s long search for a successor.

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Retailers warned to expect mass Christmas returns

23 December 2014 | By

More than £220m worth of Christmas gifts will end up back with retailers this year according to the latest figures.

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More than £1.3bn to be spent online over Christmas

22 December 2014 | By

Bargain-hungry shoppers are expected to spend £1.3bn online across Christmas and Boxing Day this year as the demand for discounts continue, but neither is expected to exceed the record results seen on Black Friday.

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Shoplifting to reach record high over Christmas

19 December 2014 | By

Increased footfall is expected to drive shoplifting levels to a record high this Christmas, costing the UK economy more than £1bn, with department stores hit hardest.

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Millions to skip Christmas presents in favour of buying for themselves

19 December 2014 | By

New research suggests 8.5m adults are set to skip giving Christmas this year and spend the money on themselves instead, with a further 1.5m planning to hold out on exchanging gifts until the January Sales begin.

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Drapers dates for the diary 2015

18 December 2014 | By

As 2014 draws to a close, make sure you have the important Drapers dates in your diary for next year. From awards to conferences, Drapers has a host of events you won’t want to miss out on in 2015. 

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The times they are a-changin’ – and we ain’t seen nothing yet

18 December 2014 | By

When the history of fashion retailing is written, 2014 will be seen as a momentous year in which the accepted norms of business practice were challenged on several fronts and we saw a structural shift across many areas of the sector.

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John Lewis predicts last-minute rush despite Black Friday high

23 December 2014 | By

John Lewis is expecting a last-minute rush today and tomorrow despite having hit a record £179m sales during the week that included Black Friday on November 28. Sales in the week to December 20 rose by 6.5% week-on-week to reach £160.6m.

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Gerry Weber buys Hallhuber and plans to re-enter menswear

23 December 2014 | By

Gerry Weber International has agreed to buy fellow German women’s fashion group Hallhuber and is looking to return to the menswear market as part of its growth strategy.

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American Apparel evaluates takeover bid

23 December 2014 | By

Struggling US retailer American Apparel has confirmed it has received a takeover bid that values the company at between $226m and $243m (£145m-£156m).

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North Sails to launch three menswear lines at Pitti

23 December 2014 | By

Sailmaker and sportswear brand North Sails is gearing up to launch three new menswear lines at Pitti Uomo in January following a merger in October 2014 of all its related companies, including the former clothing license holder Tomasoni Topsail.

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Rise in number of clothing retailers in financial distress

23 December 2014 | By

Almost 1,500 clothing retailers are experiencing “significant financial distress” this festive season, compared to 666 businesses during the fourth quarter of 2013.

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Number of online orders in 2014 breaks records

23 December 2014 | By

UK etailers dispatched more parcels from January to November this year than during the whole of 2013, confirming this is a record year for online retailing.

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John Lewis is ‘top performing clothing retailer’ globally

23 December 2014 | By

John Lewis has topped the list of retailers with the highest number of full price sell-outs globally, with more than 154,000 new apparel products dropped between January and the beginning of December taking an average of 63 days to sell out.

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The Beaker in Seoul

11 December 2014 | By

The fashion culture lab: Beaker in Seoul is aptly named after the vessel in which exciting new concoctions come together.

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Corso in Korea

18 December 2014 | By

Luxury retailing finds its ultimate expression in Seoul’s 10 Corso Como.

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Retailing boutiques in South Korea

11 December 2014 | By

If South Korea is the new Japan, UK brands should target these indies in Seoul’s Gangnam district.

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Seoul Searching

4 December 2014 | By

Department stores rule South Korea’s retailing scene. Western brands need a distinctive offer to create a stir in this sophisticated market.

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Part Two: Spring 15 collections

11 December 2014 | By

Part Two: Our round-up of spring 15 looks continues, with the 1970s trend chief among the influences.

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Doing the paperwork

11 December 2014 | By

Independent retail: It’s time for the nitty-gritty as we get to grips with VAT, insurance and company registration in part four of our guide to setting up your own shop.

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Shopfit for purpose

26 November 2014 | By

Finding the right property and designing an inspiring store can be daunting, but thorough research will pay dividends.

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The best Christmas window displays 2014

18 December 2014 | By

All the trimmings: With London in a festive frame of mind, here are the most eye-catching windows.

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Review of the year 2014: Trends and trade shows

19 December 2014 | By

From the appointments of Richard Nicoll at Jack Wills and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, to the Kimye US Vogue cover, here are the fashion stories that got everyone talking this year.

Eric Musgrave

The times they are a-changin’ – and we ain’t seen nothing yet

18 December 2014 | By

When the history of fashion retailing is written, 2014 will be seen as a momentous year in which the accepted norms of business practice were challenged on several fronts and we saw a structural shift across many areas of the sector.

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Nostalgic for the retail buzz of Christmas past

17 December 2014

Dave Conaghan is owner of young fashion independent Chocolate Clothing in Derry, Northern Ireland.

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Ecommerce growth means more shops will shut

17 December 2014

Richard Hyman is founder of research firm Verdict Retail and analysis site Richardtalksretail.co.uk.

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    Drapers Luxury Report 2014
     

    With so much movement in the Luxury sector, we bring you our third annual Luxury Report, in association with retail technology provider K3 Retail.
     

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    China Report
     

    International retailing is big business for the UK's high street, and over the coming years we're likely to see significant changes as our home-grown businesses shift their focus to overseas markets. It is with this in mind that Drapers, in association with OOCL Logistics (Europe), brings you the second international report of 2014, this time focused on China.
     

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    The Multichannel Report

    Within this report, we’ve polled a nationally representative pool of 2000 UK consumers to find out how they shop across channels with fashion brands and retailers, how they would like to shop and what they don’t like.


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    Innovation in Fashion Report

    This report looks at how businesses across the fashion industry are coming up with new ideas at every stage of the supply chain to add value in terms of efficiency and product.

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