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  • Jessica Brown

    Why it’s worth investing in tomorrow’s leadersSubscription

    3 April 2010 By Jessica Brown

    Drapers hosted 100 bright young fashion stars at its inaugural Next Generation Academy event at London’s Soho Hotel last week.

  • recruiting outside fashion

    Why fashion is recruiting outside the boxSubscription

    30 June 2017 By Jill Geoghegan

    As fashion retailers increasingly look outside of the industry to fill leadership roles, Drapers examines what is fuelling the shift and what the benefits may be.

  • Dreamceo

    What skills do retail leaders need today?Subscription

    13 September 2018 By Emily Sutherland

    Challenging times require strong leadership. Nowhere is this more true than on the UK high street, where fashion bosses are battling a sluggish economy and shaky consumer confidence in an ever-changing retail industry 

  • Ian Wright

    We’re all going on a summer holidaySubscription

    2 June 2012 By Ian Wright

    The Association of British Travel Agents recently published some research which indicates that the typical British holidaymaker spends as much money at home each year, before their trip, as they do once they’re sunning or skiing abroad – to the tune of £31.2bn.

  • Greig Holbrook, Oban Digital

    Understanding China for an online launch Subscription

    19 May 2015 By Greig Holbrook, chief executive of digital marketing firm Oban Digital

    In an interview with Drapers last month, House of Fraser’s chief executive Nigel Oddy revealed details of the department store’s imminent launch into China.

  • Jessica Price Brown Small

    There’s a lot in a name that you knowSubscription

    1 October 2010 By Jessica Brown

    This week Barbara Hulanicki issued a stinging attack on department store chain House of Fraser’s relaunch of the Biba brand she founded, and used the blaze of publicity to announce her own design deal with George at Asda (as revealed exclusively on, September 29).

  • johnlewis oxfordstreet

    The risks and rewards that lie ahead for department storesSubscription

    9 December 2016 By Emily Sutherland

    The UK’s biggest department stores are facing change at the top. Drapers looks at what the new chief executives of John Lewis, House of Fraser and Debenhams will have to deal with in 2017. 

  • Don McCarthy

    The Drapers Interview: Don McCarthy's giant steps Subscription

    5 June 2015 By Jill Geoghegan

    Don McCarthy is more recently known for heading up House of Fraser, but before this he spent 35 years shaping the modern footwear retail industry, making him a worthy winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drapers Footwear Awards 2015.

  • James Knowles

    The death of omnichannel?Subscription

    24 April 2013 By James Knowles

    Well, the word at least. Ecom directors hate it, or at least that was the consensus at Drapers’ Etail Fashion roundtable yesterday.

  • Sue butler

    Talking Business: Living wage is the price for successSubscription

    9 November 2015

    With a shift to online sales and increased pressures on store costs, any rise in the overall wage bill, such as that commensurate with the introduction of the national living wage, should provide the catalyst for fashion retailers to take a step back and consider how they can respond to this new situation.

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