Comment and Analysis
What skills do retail leaders need today?Subscription
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
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.
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.
There are very few people that have had such an impact on the industry while keeping such a low profile as Philip Day.
House of Fraser’s announcement today that it is proposing to close 31 of its 59 stores is a sad but necessary development.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, tells Drapers how the government can ease the pressure on the high street.
Drapers Investigates: Who owns the high street? Subscription
The structure of the UK high street is changing. New fascias are being added to the mix, and the fashion industry has been playing an extended game of “pass the parcel”, as a wave of companies change hands in high-profile acquisitions.
House of Fraser
Includes Sports Direct, Agent Provocateur, Debenhams, House of Fraser
Retailers celebrate International Women's DaySubscription
Top retailers, brands, designers and businesses across the globe have shown their support on 8 March in solidarity with women to recognise and celebrate female achievements and call for change in the future.
Can a new top team turn around House of Fraser?Subscription
House of Fraser’s new chief executive, Alex Williamson, has been building his top team since his arrival at the department store chain in August.
Drapers takes a trip to Oxford Street to compare the in-house fashion offer at department stores John Lewis and House of Fraser.
Why fashion is recruiting outside the boxSubscription
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.
The past few weeks have brought some surprising appointments at some of the largest UK fashion retailers – not least the news last week that Goodwood boss Alex Williamson will take the reins at House of Fraser.
House of Fraser takes Drapers on a tour of its high-spec new store in Nanjing.
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.
It didn’t take long for David Walmsley, former director of digital at Marks & Spencer, to resurface. Just three weeks after his departure from M&S was announced, it was revealed he will join House of Fraser as chief customer officer.
Last week we held our annual Next Generation conference and networking event for first, second and third jobbers. Not only was it a great success, it was a wonderful reminder of how inspiring our industry is.
Wrangler has taken a tailored approach to denim to offer women the best-fitting jean, no matter their size.
Harnessing the power of his colleagues is what gives House of Fraser’s director of womenswear merchandising the edge to take on the competition.