Comment and Analysis
Drapers analyses why UK retailers are choosing to wind down their Irish arms, and the impact it is having on the country’s retail scene.
Drapers Hit or Miss: London department storesSubscription
London department stores face Drapers’ secret shopper’s scrutiny
To say it has been a turbulent week for Sports Direct Group is an understatement.
Over the past few years, there have been a number of unexpected appointments to the top rungs of traditional fashion retailers, as they have sought to break away from accepted thinking.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
First Look: House of Fraser brings 'merry' back for ChristmasVideoSubscription
House of Fraser is the latest retailer to unveil its Christmas advert, bringing a sense of merriment back to the festive season.
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.
First look: Inside House of Fraser ChinaSubscription
Drapers visited House of Fraser’s first standalone store in China, in the city of 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.
Fashion retail’s leading figures get out their crystal balls to predict what this year could have in store for the UK industry.
Drapers' verdict on the 2015 Christmas adsSubscription
Did you find “Man on the Moon” charming or did its sentimentality prompt waves of nausea? Were you baffled by Mulberry’s miraculous offering? Here, the Drapers team picks their favourite - and least favourite - 2015 Christmas ad campaigns.
From Birmingham to Bath, Drapers counts down the seven best store openings, extensions and revamps of 2015. Scroll through the images in our gallery to see which retailers made the list.
Image gallery: Drapers Awards Winners' Breakfast Subscription
Retailers from House of Fraser, Moss Bross, F&F and Oasis joined Drapers for breakfast at the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe on the south bank of the Thames on December 10 to celebrate their success at the 25th Drapers Awards in November.
20. Nigel Oddy, chief executive, House of FraserSubscription
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.
The Drapers Interview: Don McCarthy's giant steps Subscription
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.
Understanding China for an online launch Subscription
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.
House of Fraser’s head of multichannel and business development Sarah Baillie has identified well-managed customer service and value-for-money delivery costs as the two most important factors for improving shoppers’ experiences in stores and online.
Shopwatch: Jolly's of BathSubscription
Jolly’s of Bath has been renovated to make better use of the 184-year-old, Grade II-listed store’s architectural features.
Twitter Interview: Andy Harding, House of Fraser’s executive director of multichannelVideoSubscription
Drapers spoke to Harding via Twitter about the rise of mobile shopping – which he predicts could overtake plastic payments in two years – the new technologies for retailers to tap into and whether wearable technology in fashion will ever become mainstream.
Pop at HoF was hard but gave us confidence Subscription
Janan Leo is the owner of women’s footwear brand Cocorose London.
With overseas expansion at the top of many to-do lists, fashion industry leaders shared advice.
Brand debate roundtable: Redefining AquascutumSubscription
What do menswear buyers want from the new Aquascutum? The brand’s team were given the answers at a Drapers dinner.
Foreign money is often good money, so why the automatic suspicion about overseas owners?
Spring Windows: All Dressed up for SpringSubscription
Shop Window displays from your favourite Department stores
Customer deliveries: A retail pick-me-upSubscription
The growing popularity of click-and-collect presents an opportunity for retailers.
The death of omnichannel?Subscription
Well, the word at least. Ecom directors hate it, or at least that was the consensus at Drapers’ Etail Fashion roundtable yesterday.
Does it work? House of FraserSubscription
House of Fraser boldly describes itself as the “leading national premium department store in the UK”. It’s a bold statement and one that needs to be borne out both in-store and through online interaction.
Back to work with a bang this week for everyone in the fashion trade it seems, with one of the busiest weeks Drapers’ newsdesk has contended with.
Shopfits on a shoestringSubscription
It’s worth freshening up stores to maintain footfall, but retailers often balk at the expense. However, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Get up to speed with the multichannel evolutionSubscription
Welcome to the second edition of Drapers’ Multichannel Report, where we investigate the latest innovation and inspiration in the world of multichannel retail.