Primark expands sustainable cotton programmeSubscription
Primark has expanded its sustainable cotton programme into a second major sourcing country, the retailer has announced.
House of Fraser website back onlineSubscription
House of Fraser’s website has been relaunched more than a month after it was taken offline.
Men’s footwear brands have vented their frustration after Birmingham trade show Moda revealed it was shifting its menswear section to Pure London.
Marc Cain appoints MD of design and brand Subscription
Marc Cain has appointed Hugo Boss’s Katja Konradi as managing director of design and brand.
Moss Bros sales and profits fallSubscription
Moss Bros has revealed a drop in revenue and profits for its first half, which it has blamed on the extended period of hot weather and “the distraction” of England’s success at the World Cup.
Senior retail fashion job changes announced 13-20 September 2018
Next to hold mid-season SaleSubscription
Next is holding a mid-season Sale this weekend, and is taking up to 50% off many items, it has emerged.
Stuart Weitzman to open new London storeSubscription
Footwear brand Stuart Weitzman is opening its second London store, at Westfield London in White City in October.
Retail sales made through smartphones hit its lowest level of growth for four years in August - despite sales increasing 27% compared to the year before.
Fenwick appoints Sue Shields to new buying roleSubscription
Fenwick has appointed Sue Shields to the newly-created role of buying manager of handbags and small leather goods.
Demand for plus-size at Duke Clothing rocketsSubscription
Menswear brand Duke Clothing has said demand for its plus-size clothing ranges has increased dramatically as retailers increasingly fill their rails with larger sizes.
Boden appoints chief customer officerSubscription
Boden has hired Gav Thompson as its new chief customer officer.
Exclusive: Oasis appoints new head of digital Subscription
Oasis has appointed LK Bennett’s ecommerce director, Liam Price, as its new head of digital, Drapers can reveal.
Group revenue at French Connection fell by 2.4% to £58.1m in the six months to 31 July, which the retailer blamed on a reduced store portfolio and ‘tough retail trading’.
EU calls for more information on Amazon data Subscription
The European Union’s competition commissioner has said she is ‘looking into’ Amazon’s use of data from sellers on its site amid concerns the tech giant uses the information to boost its own sales.
BRC warns over extra £190m business rates billSubscription
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned retailers could be forced to pay out an additional £190m in business rates after inflation hit a six-month rise of 2.7%.
Profits rocket at Harvey NicholsSubscription
The Harvey Nichols Group has reported a 102% jump in EBITDA to £14.7m for the year to 31 March, following the completion of its Knightsbridge refurbishment.
Orla Kiely falls into administration Subscription
Orla Kiely has closed its stores and website after parent company Kiely Rowan fell into administration.
Esprit has appointed an internal task force to help the retailer ”regain competitiveness” after the company reported annual losses excluding exceptional items of HK$909m (£87.9m) for the year to 30 June 2018, up from a loss of HK$186m (£17.9m) in 2017.
Sosandar reports strong start to autumnSubscription
Womenswear etailer Sosandar has reported a strong start to autumn trading as the company holds its first AGM today (19 September).
Cath Kidston reviews UK store portfolio Subscription
Cath Kidston is reviewing its UK store portfolio, as it looks to relocate some stores to higher footfall locations.
JD.com renews BFC tie-upSubscription
Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com has renewed its sponsorship of the British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
Shop Direct profits boosted by VerySubscription
Shop Direct, which owns online retailers including Very and Littlewoods, has announced an 11% increase in EBITDA to £262.3m and a 9.5% rise in operating profit to £224.6m, for the year to 30 June, driven by strong sales at Very.com.
Customers with unused House of Fraser gift cards are still waiting on refunds after the department store chain stopped accepting gift card purchases in stores, it has been reported.
Harvey Nichols is introducing interactive shoppable video technology in stores after a successful trial online.
Farfetch buying and merchandising director, Candice Fragis, has left the luxury etailer after almost four years in the role, Drapers can reveal.
John Lewis weekly fashion sales dropSubscription
Fashion sales at John Lewis marginally dipped last week as the warm temperatures impacted sales of cold-weather items.
Meli Melo launches crowdfunding campaignSubscription
UK handbag and accessories brand Meli Melo has launched a crowdfunding campaign to invest in marketing and expand in the UK and overseas.
Lululemon has promoted its senior vice president of global merchandising, Sun Chloe, to the role of chief product manager.
Primark has said it is committed to re-establishing a high street presence in Belfast city centre after a fire destroyed its store at the Bank Buildings last month.
Exclusive: Supplier to cut jobs amid HoF fallout Subscription
Berwin & Berwin, a men’s tailoring supplier that is part of Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, has entered into a consultation period with a number of employees at its Leeds site, after it failed to reach an agreement with House of Fraser’s new owner Sports Direct over future trading terms.
First look: Amazon launches activewear labelSubscription
Amazon has launched an own-brand activewear label called Aurique.
Debenhams merchandising manager heads to TopmanSubscription
Kate Ludlow-Edson, divisional merchandise manager for men’s accessories at Debenhams, is leaving to take up a new role at Topshop Topman.
H&M group sales rise 9%Subscription
H&M group sales increased 9% to SEK 64.8bn (£5.5bn) for the three months to 31 August, compared with the same period last year.
Former BHS owner trying to ‘rewrite history’Subscription
The former owner of BHS, Dominic Chappell, should not be allowed to “muddy the waters” by referring to irrelevant information, a court has heard.
Starting next week, President Trump’s administration in the US is imposing $200bn (£152bn) more tariffs on Chinese goods, including several fashion and consumer products – a decision that has been strongly opposed by the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA).
Instagram reveals new Shopping updatesSubscription
Instagram has unveiled two updates to its retail offer: expanding the Shopping function into Stories and introducing Shopping to the Explore tab.
New CEO hire a 'clever move' by Boohoo Subscription
Industry experts have heralded the appointment of Primark chief operating officer John Lyttle as Boohoo Group chief executive, announced today, as a “clever move” that will bring more credibility to the fast-growing etailer.
Premium Group, the Germany-based trade show organiser, has acquired a minority stake in US-based Liberty Fairs Group, which organises the Liberty, Cabana and Capsule events.
Monki to open in NewcastleSubscription
H&M group young fashion fascia Monki is to open a new store at the Intu Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle later this year.
River Island plans Cambridge expansionSubscription
River Island will relocate and expand at The Grafton shopping centre in Cambridge.
British Fashion Council sharpens business focusSubscription
British Fashion Council (BFC) chairman Stephanie Phair has said the organisation will embrace change and outlined a renewed focus on business, as she opened the spring 19 edition of London Fashion Week at 180 Strand on Friday.
Coast owner to accelerate sale Subscription
The owner of Coast, Warehouse and Oasis, has accelerated plans to find a new buyer for the fashion chains in the wake of the collapse of House of Fraser, Sky News has reported.
Update: Sports Direct on Magasin du Nord saleSubscription
Sports Direct said it has not been formally approached by Debenhams with details of an offer for its Danish department store chain Magasin du Nord, following reports that it has threatened to block a sale.
Boohoo appoints new CEO in board reshuffle Subscription
Fast fashion retailer Boohoo Group has appointed Primark chief operating officer John Lyttle as its chief executive as part of a top-level reshuffle.
Senior fashion retail job changes announced 6-13 September 2018
Mulberry opens Regent Street storeSubscription
Mulberry has opened a flagship store at 100 Regent Street in London.
Arcadia finance boss steps downSubscription
Arcadia’s group finance director, Paul Budge, has retired after 30 years at the business.
Trade creditors are set to lose £270,000 after Wembley-based discount retailer Brand Outlet filed for voluntary liquidation.