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.
This week we launch the first of our sector-by-sector Hit or Miss series with a visit to the new Westgate Oxford shopping centre to focus on the womenswear offer.
Retail veteran Bill Grimsey explains why he is conducting a second review into Britain’s high streets and how retailers can prepare for the future.
Comment: BRC chief on countdown to Brexit Subscription
As 29 March marks the one-year countdown to leaving the European Union, British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson details the unresolved issues negotiators need to address to ensure a fair Brexit.
Now that M&S has announced its much-anticipated fashion team restructure, are the right people in place to turn ailing sales around?
Today, LVMH-owned French fashion house Louis Vuitton announced Virgil Abloh, a leading name in the industry’s streetwear-focused movement, as its new artistic director of menswear.
Last week I wrote that the high street is not dead. This week proves it.
Quality a priority at TexfusionSubscription
Exhibitors reported high-quality buyers but lighter footfall at the spring 19 edition of London’s textile fair Texfusion.
The influence of social media and its implications for brands and retailers was up for discussion last week at an expert panel in London’s Soho Collective.
As the social media platform finally launches its much-anticipated Shopping update in the UK, Drapers reveals some top tips to boost sales for businesses big and small.
Drapers examines the new Scandinavian womenswear brand offer at department store Debenhams
The evolution of the high street is by no means a new topic, but it is one retailers are grappling with as trading gets tougher and the pace of change increases.
Bobby Lane, business adviser and partner at Blick Rothenberg, discusses what impact the chancellor’s Spring Statement mightl have on fashion retail.