Gaps left by some of the big-name designers leaving the Milan Fashion Week Men’s schedule presented opportunities for smaller brands to shine this season
In a flurry of mixed Christmas trading results Boohoo Group has smashed through the mediocrity with another stellar performance.
Pitti proves positive once again Subscription
The autumn 19 buying season kicked off to a flying, if slightly foggy, start at menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence this week (8-11 January).
This Christmas was a tense affair for the fashion industry as retailers waited anxiously to see if consumers would defy the gloomy economic outlook and hit the shops. Happily, it seems I’m not the only one who overspent over the festive period.
Today’s crop of Christmas trading updates underlined the extent to which discounting now holds fashion retailers to ransom.
Retailers are starting to reap the benefits of customer reviews. Our new Drapers Guide explores why..
Fashion industry leaders' predictions for 2019Subscription
With Brexit looming, consumer confidence dwindling and retailers seeking new ways to offer the best experience for shoppers, Drapers speaks to fashion leaders across the industry to see what they predict for the year ahead.
It’s getting harder to find any upside to BrexitSubscription
Law firm Fieldfisher summarises the main issues keeping business leaders awake at night as we head into 2019
In times of crisis, invest in your workforceSubscription
When times are tough, retailers need to invest in their workforce rather than cost cutting, say Nicola Broadhurst, partner, and Hollie Ryan, associate, at law firm Stevens & Bolton
Why retailers must act now on sustainability Subscription
Peter Maddox, director of sustainable intiative WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) UK, explains why consumers are waking up to the power of sustainability
Following a string of company voluntary arrangements in 2018, Tim Hance, partner at property consultancy HRH Retail, argues that 2019 will be dominated by retail administrations.
As 2018 draws to a close, many in the industry will be breathing a sigh of relief. For some, it has been an incredibly difficult 12 months.
Can Superdry crack the kidswear market? Subscription
Struggling Superdry is betting on a new kidswear collection to help turn the business around, but its success will hang on the strength of the product, industry experts have said.
Are you at risk of a #MeToo claim?Subscription
Parissa Torabi, associate at law firm Fox Williams, explains the precautions fashion retail leaders must take to ensure their is no harassment hidden in their organisations
This week, we were once again gripped by a parliamentary committee hearing, this time featuring the formidable Mike Ashley.
This week we gathered the industry’s greatest at London’s Roundhouse in Camden to celebrate the very best of the fashion sector at the annual Drapers Awards.
Bricks-and-mortar retailers are under pressure to evolve quickly to meet changing consumer behaviours and landlords must adapt to changing retailer requirements.
Black Friday has been plagued with issues since the US shopping event first arrived on these shores.
Retailer Insight: Black Friday or Fraud Friday?Subscription
Archie Hume, managing director of independent fashion retailer A Hume Country Clothing, is taking a stand against Black Friday discounting
The high street is changing at a faster pace than ever before, and some town centres are becoming virtually unrecognisable as big-name retailers scale back their store portfolios.
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.