The autumn 18 edition of trade show Pure London was bustling with buyers in the main hall, and new sections added interest
Must-have brands are vital for independent retailers. But what happens when the competition hots up and bigger retailers want a piece of the pie? Deryane Tadd, owner of Drapers Award-winning premium womenswear store The Dressing Room in St Albans, examines the challenges facing independents when selling brands in the cut-throat world of online retail.
Womenswear is a tough market to be in right now, and the difficulties faced by some high street players – most recently East and New Look – underline the importance of having a clearly defined proposition.
A strong selection of brands, interesting new formats and a buzzing atmosphere across the Danish trade shows CIFF and Revolver, plus a busy fashion week schedule, made for a successful autumn 18 season.
Serene Scoop delivers quality product and buyersSubscription
Horns blared on west London’s King’s Road on Sunday as traffic built up as a result of the weekend roadworks, but inside the nearby Saatchi Gallery, premium womenswear trade show Scoop was its usual oasis of calm.
When we asked retailers at the end of last year for their predictions for 2018, there were a few recurring themes: uncertainty around Brexit, the importance of product and the increasing need to offer exceptional customer service.
Men’s and women’s wear trade show Jacket Required opened its doors in east London this week, drawing UK and international independent retailers and multiples to the Old Truman Brewery on 24-25 January.
Amid a series of departures at designer labels, rumours are swirling about who will replace Christopher Bailey at the top of the British label
It’s only the third week in January and the people moves merry-go-round is already spinning at full speed.
Comment: Squeezing suppliers is short-termistSubscription
Arcadia Group’s latest demand for a discount from its suppliers