Tag : Jack Wills
Fashion retail’s redundancy crisis at ChristmasSubscription
The festive season looks bleak for thousands of retail workers facing redundancy, many of whom are turning to charity for help.
The industry is calling for government support as scores of retailers across the UK cut head office roles in a bid to reduce costs and combat tough trading conditions.
Sports Direct axes more Jack Wills storesSubscription
Sports Direct has announced the closure of a further five Jack Wills stores following its acquisition of the lifestyle brand last month.
Suzanne Harlow exits Jack WillsSubscription
Jack Wills chief executive Suzanne Harlow has left following Sports Direct’s takeover of the lifestyle retailer, Drapers can reveal.
Sports Direct shutters Jack Wills storesSubscription
Sports Direct has closed eight Jack Wills stores, and more are closures likely if it cannot achieve lower rents across the remaining portfolio.
Retailers demand rent cuts on 500 storesSubscription
High street retailers River Island, Jack Wills and Schuh are pushing landlords to cut their store rents as tough trading and competitor company voluntary arrangements pile on the pressure.
River Island asks landlords for rent cutsSubscription
River Island is asking landlords to slash store rents by up to 40%, Drapers can reveal.
Jack Wills’ new owner, Sports Direct, is asking landlords to accept rent-free tenancy agreements across some of its worst-performing stores, Drapers can reveal.
Sports Direct seeks Jack Wills rent cutsSubscription
Jack Wills’ new owner, Sports Direct, is reported to be negotiating with landlords to slash rents across its 100-store portfolio.
This week Drapers celebrates an incredible 132 years. Looking back at the industry over that time there have been huge changes and challenges to overcome but there has also been plenty to celebrate.
Questions over Ashley’s strategy with Jack Wills Subscription
Industry insiders have questioned Mike Ashley’s long-term strategy as he continues to “irrationally hoover up the high street”.
Comment: Putting the preppy pep back into Jack Wills Subscription
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has acquired lifestyle retailer Jack Wills for £12.8m. What will it take to revive the flagging business?
Jack Wills sold to Sports Direct Subscription
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has acquired lifestyle retailer Jack Wills for £12.8m in a pre-pack administration deal.
Sports Direct frontrunner for Jack Wills sale Subscription
The private equity owner of Jack Wills, BlueGem, is reportedly close to agreeing a sale of the business to Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley.
Philip Day makes bid for Jack Wills Subscription
Philip Day, who owns Edinburgh Woollen Mill, has put in an initial bid for struggling lifestyle retailer Jack Wills.
Critics see private equity investment as the “kiss of death”, but for some fashion retailers it can be life-saving.
Jack Wills seeks new owner Subscription
The private equity owner of Jack Wills, BlueGem, is searching for a new buyer for the retailer, while retaining a minority stake, Drapers can reveal.
Tough trading hits Jack WillsSubscription
Jack Wills is reportedly facing a “cash crunch” following poor spring trading.
Fat Face bolsters executive teamSubscription
Fat Face has promoted director of buying and quality Kate Brown to the role of product director and hired Jack Wills’ Mark Wright as global operations director, under new CEO Liz Evans, Drapers can reveal.
Jack Wills profits plummetSubscription
Adjusted EBITDA at Jack Wills fell by 219% year on year to a loss of £7.5m in the 52 weeks to 28 January 2018.
Jack Wills denies store closures Subscription
Jack Wills has denied putting four of its stores up for sale to help cut costs.
Jack Wills puts four stores up for sale Subscription
Jack Wills has put four of its stores up for sale to help cut costs, after the retailer appointed advisers to assess the company’s financial position, it has been reported.
Jack Wills calls in advisersSubscription
Lenders at Jack Wills have appointed accountancy firm EY to asses the company’s financial position.
Fashion retail's highs and lows of 2018Subscription
As this year comes to a close and a new one approaches, Drapers recaps the twists and turns in the retail industry over the past 12 months
Suzanne Harlow, CEO, Jack Wills Subscription
Former Debenhams executive director Suzanne Harlow took over as CEO at Jack Wills in September, replacing Peter Williams, who left in August.
Bricks-and-mortar retailers are under pressure to evolve quickly to meet changing consumer behaviours and landlords must adapt to changing retailer requirements.
Jack Wills has appointed Marcus Appleton as retail director.
Jack Wills, Radley and Guess join The BoulevardSubscription
Northern Irish outlet centre The Boulevard will welcome Jack Wills, Radley and Guess this autumn.
Jack Wills 'in discussions' to reduce rentsSubscription
Young fashion retailer Jack Wills is holding conversations with landlords over reducing rents as part of a plan to alleviate pressure on the business, Drapers understands.
Superdry and Jack Wills battle over jacket Subscription
Superdry is said to be suing Jack Wills and a former employee over copyright and an alleged breach of contract.
Jack Wills founder 'pushed out' by ownersSubscription
The founder of Jack Wills, Peter Williams, is reportedly to leave the business following a row with private equity owner BlueGem Capital Partners.
Drapers speaks to Giulio Xiloyannis, chief operating officer of Zalora, to find out how brand exclusivity and next-day delivery by canoe fuels its ecommerce dominance of the south-east Asian market.
Jack Wills is holding redundancy consultations among its buying team this week, Drapers has learned.
For Peter Williams, who set up Jack Wills when he was just 24, there is only one thing you need to succeed – the right attitude.
Retailers: share space to combat rising prices Subscription
Retailers need to be willing to share store space as the cost of rents and business rates rise, chief executive of Jigsaw, Peter Ruis, has said.
Jack Wills ramps up wholesale strategySubscription
Jack Wills has unveiled plans to scale up its wholesale operations in the UK and overseas, supported by a new hire from SuperGroup.
Jack Wills appoints chief marketing officerSubscription
Jack Wills has appointed Burberry’s global director of marketing for menswear, leather goods and softs, Claire Waugh, as chief marketing officer.
Why athleisure has staying powerSubscription
Brands and supermarkets are jumping on the athleisure bandwagon as it continues to grow and evolve.
Jack Wills Gatwick store launch takes offSubscription
Jack Wills has opened a store in the north terminal at London Gatwick airport.
Jack Wills' Peter Williams: 'You absolutely need the right attitude'VideoSubscription
Jack Wills founder and CEO Peter Williams told attendees at Drapers Next Generation that the brand looks for the right attitude in candidates over experience.
British brand Jack Wills is expanding its presence in Europe with a store launch in Germany.
Off the Record: Drapers hits the gym with Jack Wills, Burberry's balloon and Long Tall Sally's pint-sized stylistsSubscription
Find out what’s happening on fashion’s social scene.
Those in the early stages of their careers in fashion retail should not be afraid to start up their own business, Jack Wills founder and chief executive Pete Williams said today.
Jack Wills has launched a campaign to celebrate the success of former Jack Wills employees-turned-entrepreneurs, as the brand prepares to celebrate its 18th birthday in April.
Athleisure stretches deeper into the high streetSubscription
As more and more retailers release their own activewear ranges, Drapers looks at the evolving market for athleisure and why performancewear is gaining the upper hand.
Like-for-like sales at Jack Wills rose 1% during December and its profit margin grew 6% from the same period in 2015 after the preppy fashion retailer took a firm stance on discounting.
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First look: Jack Wills launches athleisure rangeSubscription
Jack Wills has launched its first collection of activewear.
High street hit or miss: menswear autumn 16Subscription
Which menwear retailers delighted, and which disappointed, when Drapers went mystery shopping at Meadowhall in Sheffield?
What’s been happening in the world of fashion this week