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Hit or Miss: Footwear autumn 18Subscription
Drapers puts Bracknell’s footwear offer to the test at the Lexicon shopping centre, in the latest in our seasonal hit or miss series.
Pinterest is shifting from scrapbook to marketplace, but when it comes to selling fashion it faces stiff competition from other visually rich digital platforms that blend shopping with shareable content.
How UKFT is minding the skills gapSubscription
Drapers speaks to industry insiders to hear how the UKFT is battling to close the fashion and textile sector’s skills gap and what still needs to be done
Inside Amazon’s robot-run warehouse Subscription
Drapers tours an Amazon fulfilment centre to learn how robots and humans are working side by side to power the etailer’s deliveries
The only way in Essex independent retailVideoSubscription
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, owner of Lewis Yates, Lewis Tweddell, tells Drapers how cutting back will keep the store moving forward.
David Bensadoun is leading family-run Canadian multibillion-dollar footwear giant Aldo to a green and global future
Hit or Miss: menswear autumn 18Subscription
Drapers’ secret shopper tests menswear retailers at the Lexicon Bracknell
Hades: the hot knitwear brand to know Subscription
Cassie Holland has taken quirky British knitwear brand Hades from a hobby to an award-winning international business
Accessing the £249bn purple poundSubscription
New accessible shopping day Purple Tuesday will launch on 13 November with the backing of some of the UK’s biggest retailers. Drapers investigates how the industry is improving its accessibility and inclusivity.
Why sustainability is now business criticalSubscription
Sustainability is rising up the agenda for consumers and there are growing risks for those who fail to act
The trio behind Gen Z shopping community DepopSubscription
Drapers meets Depop, the social shopping platform redefining how Generation Z and millennials shop
How can retailers be more entrepreneurial?Subscription
A spirit of innovation can help retailers to survive in tough markets, so learn from the brands that are putting it at their core
Hit or Miss: womenswear autumn 18Subscription
Drapers’ secret shopper tests womenswear retailers at the Lexicon Bracknell
Inside Selfridges’ reimagined menswear floorSubscription
The department store’s new “designer street” space rewires a traditional retail concept with today’s “street-to-designer” shopper in mind.
Comment: Drapers drops in on Coal Drops YardSubscription
If you go down to King’s Cross today, you’re in for a big surprise.
China’s rising digital stars Subscription
Alibaba and JD.com remain prominent, but several other platforms are making big inroads into the world’s biggest ecommerce market. Drapers investigates China’s emerging online leaders.
Digital fit technology comes of ageSubscription
New technology is helping to solve sizing and fit – one of online fashion retail’s biggest bugbears
Kering's champion of changeSubscription
Luxury group Kering is adopting the mantle of sustainability, and has ambitions to transform its own business at every level – and change the entire industry in the process.
What can trade shows do to survive?Subscription
Trade shows are in a state of flux. Some exhibitions have evolved, while others have failed to develop. But if the events are to survive, changes must be made.
Canadian club: meet Montreal's star brandsSubscription
An array of brands from Montreal are making waves in international fashion, and the UK is top of their destination wish list. Drapers took a trip to the French Canadian city to meet six brands from across the city’s fashion spectrum.
Earlier this month, Drapers took a trip to Canada to view luxury etailer Ssense’s vision of bricks-and-mortar retail’s future.
Casely-Hayford's new home of 'slow fashion'Subscription
Joe and Charlie Casely-Hayford explain the fresh concept and shift in strategy behind their luxury tailoring brand’s new London store.
As silk pyjamas and luxe loungewear become staples of retailers’ offers, Drapers looks into the rise of luxurious sleepwear labels.
Bringing Ghost back to lifeSubscription
As it prepares to launch new stores, Drapers talks to Ghost London’s creative director Sameera Azeem about breathing new life into the womenswear brand.
Tech entrepreneur turned fashion CEO Ulric Jerome was the ideal choice to help transform an independent retailer into an innovative, industry-leading international digital empire.
Top tips from an award-winning childrenswear retailerVideoSubscription
St Helens-based designer fashion retailer OD’s won its second Drapers Independents Award last month, this time for its refreshed childrenswear business.
How to attract menSubscription
Drapers finds out how high street retailers better known for their womenswear offer are cashing in on the booming menswear market
Now the spring 19 womenswear catwalk season is over, four of the industry’s leading buying directors reveal their top shows, key trends and must-buy products.
The annual list spotlighting fashion and retail rising stars is back for its 10th edition, and we want your nominations.
Following the pre-pack administration purchase of Coast by Karen Millen this week, Drapers investigates the pros and cons of the process and what, if anything, can be done to make the process more transparent.
Switching on to style: QVC focuses on fashion VideoSubscription
Fashion is an increasingly important part of home-shopping retailer QVC’s offer. Drapers chats to fashion buying director Nicholas Chalkley about the business’s digital future, the importance of own-brand and what sets QVC apart.
Fashion Radar: this week's brands to knowSubscription
Find out the launches to note and the new names to know with Drapers’ Fashion Radar.
The rise and rise of PrettyLittleThingSubscription
PrettyLittleThing’s astute marketing strategy, coupled with Boohoo Group’s robust infrastructure, have helped propel growth at the young fashion etailer, industry experts have said.
US heritage brand Brooks Brothers celebrates 200 years in business in 2018. As it revamps its UK store offering, Drapers looks at the history of success and future developments for the business.
Pentland Brands brand director for fashion Nicola Mathews and Karen Millen CEO Beth Butterwick talk to Drapers about how the the footwear licensing deal between the two is developing.
Paris Fashion Week: the nine trends of noteSubscription
The spring 19 womenswear catwalk season reached a crescendo this week as the industry’s big-name designers and emerging brands took to the catwalks of Paris. Drapers dissects the keys trend and fresh directions to know from the new collections.
Suitsupply: an omnichannel tailoring disruptorSubscription
Maverick Suitsupply founder Fokke de Jong has found a niche providing high-quality, unusual designs at accessible price points, and, like his brand, is determined not to fit in.
Savile Row measures upSubscription
Improvement works to Savile Row aim to ensure the iconic London shopping street is cut out to attract a wave of new visitors to Mayfair when the Elizabeth Line, formally known as Crossrail, opens next year. Drapers looks at how “The Row” is remaining at the heart of tailoring.
Chester Barrie steps into the futureSubscription
Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie has redesigned its store on the iconic London street to reflect its brand handwriting and attract a new wave of tailoring fans.
A suited season: spring 19's top tailoringSubscription
From classic brands to Scandi favourites, stock up on fresh tailoring styles via the Drapers edit of the spring 19 season.
There’s a buzz around Hummel Subscription
Danish brand Hummel has put a renewed focus on fashion with new line Hummel Hive and cool collaborations.
Ashley Ali plans to make his “celebrity appeal” fast fashion brand bigger than Boohoo – but is in no rush to do so.
As Debenhams unveils its new location at the Intu Watford shopping centre, Drapers delves inside the department store’s turnaround strategy and investigates whether beauty, experiences and gin can secure its future.
Milan Fashion Week: the 11 trends of spring 19Subscription
Womenswear designers showed their individuality at the spring 19 edition of Milan Fashion Week, resulting in a variety of trends – from bold neon to head-to-toe beige – which are set to impact the coming season.
Faced with the possibility of a no-deal departure from the European Union in six months’ time, British fashion businesses are scrambling to put contingency plans in place.
JD.com's luxury revolutionSubscription
Last week Chinese ecommerce giant JD.com announced it has renewed its sponsorship of the British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund.
London Fashion Week: the 10 trends to knowSubscription
Spring 19 was a standout season for London Fashion Week, as the city’s designers – big and small, new additions and show stalwarts – showed bold, unique collections that walked the line between creative and commercial. Here are Drapers’ 10 trends to know from the womenswear catwalks, plus insight from buyers about what caught their eye.
Kenneth Cole's European pushSubscription
As his eponymous brand celebrates its 35th anniversary, and brings new attention to the European market, Drapers sat down with Kenneth Cole on his busy stand at Micam.
Micam spring 19: Drapers' pick of the brandsSubscription
See Drapers’ pick of the new brands and standout names from the spring 19 edition of footwear trade show Micam in Milan on 16-19 September. All prices are wholesale.