This week we gained more insight into how some of the high street’s biggest names are refocusing their strategies to tackle ongoing trading headwinds.
The environmental audit committee, led by Mary Creagh, is halfway through investigating the social and environmental impact of disposable fast fashion and the wider UK industry.
Comment: Is this fashion retail’s #metoo moment?Subscription
The allegations that Arcadia Group boss Sir Philip Green bullied, racially abused and sexually harassed some of his employees have sent ripples through the industry.
Social media has become a daily obsession for many consumers, and savvy brands have embraced these channels to maximise engagement and – until now indirectly – drive sales.
As retailers do everything they can to attract shoppers into stores, why are so many on the high street offering disappointing levels of customer service?
Comment: How are Gen Z shopping for fashion?Subscription
Generation Z – those born since 1995 – are the all-important next generation of consumers. So how are they shopping for fashion?
Six years ago, serial entrepreneur Kieran O’Neill launched a small start-up business that combined technology and fashion to offer men a personal styling service. This week, that business has received $22m (£16.7m) in funding, bringing its total investment to more than $40m (£30.4m).
The definition of “productivity” is “the effectiveness of productive effort, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input”.
Comment: How fashion customers are changingSubscription
Drapers’ latest report uses consumer data to highlight how shoppers are changing year on year.
To stand still is to go backwards. This well-known mantra has been quoted a thousand times, but is more relevant today than it ever has been.
Smart choices: why men's tailoring is boomingSubscription
From formalwear to casual blazers, on the catwalks and on the high street, menswear is smartening up its act. So what is driving the trend?
The bellwether of the UK high street, Next, this week revealed a better-than-expected performance for its first half, despite what it described as a “volatile” trading environment.
A strong turnout of international buyers at the 86th edition of Milan footwear trade show Micam has cemented its place as the must-attend shoe exhibition in Europe, as UK brands took the opportunity to meet continental buyers before Brexit.
Comment: Why the world looks to London Fashion Week Subscription
The spring 19 edition of London Fashion Week (14-18 September) has drawn to a close, and it is clear why it draws visitors from around the globe.
Independent retailing is one of the fashion industry’s toughest sectors, but also one of the most innovative – and larger retailers would do well to take note of the initiatives the sector is driving.
Comment: Holly Willoughby lends fire power to M&S Subscription
As Marks & Spencer announces Holly Willoughby as its new brand ambassador, is the TV-turned-social media star enough to save the retailer?
As the House of Fraser saga rumbles on and the repercussions continue to hit suppliers, there is much debate about who should be held accountable for the department store chain’s demise.
John Lewis’s sophisticated Oxford Street redesign is set to put the retailer’s ambitious own-brand focus to the test
Pitched as a “totally new retail experience”, Drapers discovers whether 5 Carlos Place lives up to expectation.
Comment: It's time for action on the high street Subscription
Drapers’ Emily Sutherland questions whether reviews, inquiries and panels really represent the best route forward for the high street.
UK clothing and fabric companies could significantly boost export activity with the right support, says Adam Mansell, CEO of the UK Fashion and Textile Association.
Back in 2009, a little-known etailer called Farfetch was shortlisted for the Best Etail Innovation award at the Drapers Etail Awards. This week, that same etailer has filed notice of its intention to float on the New York Stock Exchange.
Comment: Reformation's tech-savvy NYC storeSubscription
The New York retail industry is facing a major transformation. Having been challenged by the increasing popularity of e-commerce, the decline in traditional department stores, alongside the proliferation of mobile and touchscreen devices, retailers are taking radical action to entice shoppers.
There have been several times of late that I have urged the government to step in and support this industry, and unfortunately this week is no exception.
Comment: Multichannel is demanding more Subscription
The multichannel projects retailers have been working on for years show no sign of getting any easier. Having focused for so hard and so long on joining up the channels, retailers must now also focus on doing everything instantly.
There are very few people that have had such an impact on the industry while keeping such a low profile as Philip Day.
It’s no secret that the market is tough. Brexit, rising rents and rates, digital evolution and changing consumer behaviours have created a challenging period for many fashion retailers.
The news that ITE – the trade show organiser behind Scoop, Jacket Required and Birmingham’s Moda – had acquired Pure London was the talk of the aisles at the recent London trade shows.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this week’s comment following the news that industry veteran Don McCarthy has died. My thoughts go to all of his family and friends at this sad time.
The athleisure sector is booming. A quick Google search reveals that the phrase “athleisure” was first used in 1976 on an advert for trainers. But in more recent years several factors have come together to accelerate this trend and push it to the forefront of the fashion industry.
The womenswear market has always been a highly competitive sector and several key fashion appointments over the last few weeks indicate how retailers are planning to stay ahead.
Danny Crump, director of Urbanism at architecture firm Broadway Malyan, which has worked projects including Lefo Mall in Suzhou, China, and Fan in Mallorca, explains how social spaces can reinvigorate the UK’s town centres.
Sustainability and ethical retailing have long been on the agenda for fashion retailers.
Brexit deal or no deal, protect your trademarks now Subscription
Stephen Sidkin, partner at fashion law firm Fox Williams explains why brands should review their trademark portfolios now to ensure they are protected ahead of the UK leaving the European Union.
As retailers continue to announce store closures, the future of bricks-and-mortar retail is in question.
The retail industry continues to be a game of many halves.
Menswear trade show Pitti Uomo gets the spring 19 buying season off to a positive start
Despite questions over the future of London Fashion Week Men’s following the departure of some big names, emerging labels flourished in the limelight at a successful spring 19 edition.
House of Fraser’s announcement today that it is proposing to close 31 of its 59 stores is a sad but necessary development.
This week we took the opportunity to celebrate the best that the footwear sector has to offer at the Drapers Footwear Awards. Held at Grosvenor House in London, the awards highlight achievements of footwear brands, businesses and individuals over the last 12 months.
Alongside what seems like a constant stream of company voluntary arrangements, the industry is also experiencing a flurry of people moves, and there were two surprising announcements in the last week.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force this Friday (25 May). Menswear designer Simon Carter, founder of the eponymous brand, recaps what retailers need to know about the wide-ranging legislation and explains why GDPR could be as much an opportunity as it is an imposition.
The Drapers Verdict on Meghan Markle’s two royal wedding dresses and their influence on the fashion industry.
Save the high street! It’s a cry we have heard for many years that continues as many big high street names struggle.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, tells Drapers how the government can ease the pressure on the high street.
What caused Calvetron's collapse? Subscription
Drapers investigates why Calvetron Brands went into administration for a second time.
There is never a dull moment in the world of retail, and this week was no exception, as Sainsbury’s made the surprise announcement of its intention to buy a majority stake in
Sainsbury's top team's recipe for Tu fashionSubscription
As news of the supermarket mega-merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda emerged this week, Drapers speaks to Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe, head of womenswear buying Anna Clarke and Sainsbury’s Argos CEO John Rogers, about how the grocer is evolving its clothing division, Tu, and gaining market share in a tough trading environment.
Digital is not just an important part of the retail journey – it is now integral.
High-profile company voluntary arrangements from New Look and Select have sent shockwaves across fashion retail.