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Drapers asks how the global pandemic has brought with it the chance for retailers to reassess their supply chain and sourcing models.
Fashion wholesale agencies and distributors across the UK have asked Drapers whether they are eligible to access any Covid-19 business rates relief and grant schemes. Find out the answer here.
Questions have been raised as to what retailers should do with items returned from sales online, in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Find out the answer here.
Steve Cochrane has taken lockdown as an opportunity to redesign his Middlesbrough independent Psyche, ready for the reopening of the high street.
Join Jacqueline Gold, the boss of lingerie and sex toy business Ann Summers, as she discusses all things retail with Drapers, from the company’s response to coronavirus to its plans for future growth.
The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increased consumer interest in wellness. These mood-boosting pieces could prove beneficial add-on buys for fashion retail.
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Cally Russell, founder and CEO of retail data specialist Mallzee, tells Drapers about his new initiative to help factories and workers hit by cancelled orders during the pandemic.
David Gallimore, managing director of Bradford-based textile manufacturer Luxury Fabrics, explains how manufacturing is getting back on its feet amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The mixed messages around when and how stores can reopen have at best caused a collective headache among fashion retailers, and at worst cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost trade, exacerbated the problem of what to do with mountains of unsold stock, and could lead to further job losses.
Chief executive of London-based manufacturer Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway, details how manufacturing has changed in the wake of Covid-19.
Greg McCurry, merchandiser for sustainable and fair trade fashion brand People Tree, and former senior merchandiser at Asos, Laura Ashley, Duchamp London and Links of London, says now is the time to “brush off” decades-old discounting and over-stocking habits.
Prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that stores can reopen from 15 June raises more questions than it answers for retailers.
Brian Burke, a director at business advisory firm Quantuma, which oversaw Select Fashion’s administration process last year, says the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will help protect some retail businesses. However, he predicts CVAs “will form a large part of the future retail landscape”.
Just a week after luxury designers and retailers teamed up to demand a shift in fashion’s selling calendar, the fashion industry’s leading bodies have put up a united front to support the new direction.
Over the past few weeks, the Drapers team has been speaking to wholesale brands, agents, independent retailers and multiples about how they will tackle the autumn/winter season as we come out of lockdown – including plans to discount unsold stock.
Demon Zhang, founder and chief designer of Chinese womenswear brand Mithridate, which shows at London Fashion Week, tells Drapers how the business coped with the Covid-19 outbreak and how it is getting back to work.
Scott Joseph, founder of vegan, gender-neutral accessories brand Fashion Without a Face, discusses how he launched his sustainable Manchester-based business in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.
David Stevens, senior strategy director at brand consultancy Wolff Olins, says a green recovery from Covid-19 offers an economic and ecological opportunity.
Mike Lester, CEO of lifestyle retailer WoolOvers, unexpectedly doubled its sales in April.
Next’s decision to launch beauty halls in struggling shopping centres across the UK is risky, but boss Lord Wolfson rarely makes the wrong call.
Victoria Prew, Drapers 30 Under 30 alumna and co-founder of peer-to-peer fashion rental start-up Hurr Collective, tells Drapers how the business is adapting to life under lockdown.
Drapers examines the future of footwear chain Footasylum, after its proposed merger with retail giant JD Sports was thwarted by the Competition and Markets Authority
The high street is going to look very different when we come out of lockdown, in more ways than one.
Fashion brand consultant Elizabeth Stiles, who formerly worked in fashion buying and supplier account management for brands such as Urban Outfitters, Next, Miss Selfridge, New Look and Asda, reveals the common factors responsible for several retailers’ current troubles.
Erin Brookes, managing director and head of retail at Alvarez & Marsal, discusses how the restructuring firm behind Cath Kidston’s administration and footwear retailer Office’s sale process is spotting vulnerable retailers in the current retail climate.
Tahira Taylor, strategy director at retail experience design agency Fitch, discusses how embracing technology, fashion brands can better evolve to create sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.
Erica Vilkauls, former CEO for womenswear retailers LK Bennett and East, discusses the importance of leadership and offers her predictions for the retail landscape post-coronavirus.
Contemporary womenswear brand Paisie is stocked online at Wolf & Badger, Silkfred, Atterley, and at independent boutiques across the UK and Europe. Its founders, Vicky Ng and Kate Yiu, tell Drapers scaling down their spring collection as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Just over five weeks into the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, and fashion retailers are – tentatively – planning how to reopen stores.
Alastair Kean, development director at retail design agency Dalziel & Pow, explains why retailers and brands should use the coronavirus shutdown to pivot creatively.
Helen Brocklebank, chief executive officer of Walpole, the official sector body and voice of UK luxury, discusses British luxury brands’ ability to adjust to change and grow.
Understandably, fashion is not thinking about its gender pay gap amid the pandemic. But creating more equal workplaces must be part of the industry’s future after coronavirus.
Fashion and textile manufacturers across the UK have the capacity and skills to make much-needed scrubs and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health and social care workers, which makes the current nationwide shortages incredibly frustrating.
The British Fashion Council announced that menswear and womenswear shows will merge into a “gender neutral” digital platform for June. It seems likely that flexibility will be a key trend for the new season.
Stuart McClure, co-founder of retail sales aggregator Lovethesales.com, provides insight into how retailers and brands are using marketplaces to accelerate the sale of, and clear, discounted inventory.
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The industry must navigate an ethical way through this crisis by providing support not only for businesses’ immediate teams but also international and developing world partners, says Maman Bébé founder Laura Tenison
Bridal and occasionwear designer Kate Halfpenny tells Drapers about how her business is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, and supporting legions of brides in the process.
Diane Wehrle, Springboard’s marketing and insights director digs into the fashion industry’s unpredicted Easter weekend, and predicts that retail parks will benefit most from an increase in footfall after Covid-19.
Three designers who show at London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men’s tell Drapers how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their businesses
Christopher Nieper, CEO of womenswear brand and manufacturer David Nieper, explains how he responded to local hospitals’ needs for gowns and scrubs.
Helen Riley, fashion acquisition manager at Ebay UK, says fashion brands must think carefully and responsibly about stock levels after the coronavirus crisis.
Lingerie brand Nudea’s co-founder and CEO, Priya Downes, tells Drapers she is lucky that the six-month-old brand is digital first, but finds it “tough to see the light” about future funding possibilities.
Claire Spencer-Churchill and Alex Lyles, co-founders of agency Claret Showroom and resortwear trade show Splash Paris, explain how they are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
One supplier has called for retailers and brands to pay up for cancelled goods. The author has asked to remain anonymous.
Oliver-Matei Buhus, operations director of high street supplier Paragon Clothing, tells Drapers how the coronavirus pandemic is shaking every aspect of fashion retail industry.
The retail property industry must let go of upward-only rent reviews if shops are to survive after coronavirus, argues Mark Burlton, managing director of independent retail real estate business Cross Border Retail.
Sunny Bird launched Bournemouth-based women’s fashion brand Perfect Dress Company three months ago. She discusses how she is keeping the business going through the coronavirus outbreak.
Nick Whitworth, co-founder and managing director of Cornish sheepskin brand Celtic & Co, talks to Drapers about how the Drapers Footwear Award-winning label plans to pull through the coronavirus crisis.
Jo Davies, owner of Cheshire-based boutique Black White Denim, says independents have the agility to survive the coronavirus crisis and fight it with positivity.
Paul Hayes, CEO of Seasalt, explains how the lifestyle retailer is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Founder Lucy Aylen shares how agility and a focus on community spirit is helping womenswear brand Never Fully Dressed cope with coronavirus’s impact on wholesale partners.
Julia Redman, founder of consultancy BuyersEye and former head of buying for menswear, kidswear and homeware at value retailer M&Co, discusses the responsibility buyers have to support their suppliers through the Covid-19 crisis
Daniel Odermatt, senior product and marketing manager at Swiss textile company Ventile Fabrics, discusses the rise in “well-made” and performance-driven clothing materials.
George Heaton is the founder of luxury streetwear label Represent, which is stocked by Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. He tells Drapers how the business is reacting to the impact of coronavirus.
Martin Mason, managing director of footwear manufacturer and brand Tricker’s, explains how the 191-year-old Northampton business has reacted to the coronavirus epidemic.
As the paths to purchase become ever more complex, Drapers’ latest report looks at the challenges and opportunities facing retailers in the multichannel world and beyond.
Drapers’ latest report explores some of the key issues driving sustainability forward and uncovers how the industry is working together for change.
A new report from New West End Company and Springwise considers the shape of retail in the next decade. Drapers brought together retailers to debate how the industry can redefine itself.
Our new report lists the founders challenging the status quo.
Our new report, Growth in a Changing Economy, explores how fashion brands and retailers can achieve growth in an uncertain climate.
Our new portal focuses on answering the questions brands and retailers want answered.
The Connected Consumer – Drapers’ multichannel customer insight report – shines a light on how fashion shoppers are using mobile, social and store shopping.
Drapers has collaborated with Raconteur on a new report, the Fashion Economy, published in The Times today.
Our webcast explored how brands are using analytics and automation to increase profit.
Between them, Generation Z and millennials – broadly, shoppers in their late teens, twenties and thirties – attract endless attention, and represent fashion’s consumers of both the present and future.
It’s not just a buzzword – artificial intelligence is changing how retailers do business in tangible ways. In our new report, we speak to some of the retailers using the technology about how AI is changing things for them.
Drapers’ multichannel trends report explores the most important trends in cross channel retail this year. Download it here for interviews with River Island, M&S, Mango and more.
Until recently, technology and fashion and may not have seemed natural bedfellows, and yet today, from design to marketing, from production to distribution, technology is influencing every facet of our industry.
Drapers, in partnership with Ebay, provides a quarterly snapshot of data on online fashion retail’s KPIs and trends.
Drapers’ multichannel breakfast will explore how the cross-channel mix is evolving in fashion in 2019.
Drapers’ webinar explores key lessons and insights from Christmas 2018.
How customer reviews are changing fashion, and our step by step guide to making the most of them.
Most of the visitors to a retailer’s website are anonymous. How can the experience be tailored to them without knowing who they are?
As sustainability - and squeezed margins - continue to put pressure on retailers to improve management of excess stock, off-price fashion has become a hot topic. Drapers’ new report explores its opportunities.
What does the ideal digital customer experience look like today, and who are the retailers leading the way?
Join us for a live briefing on what makes a great digital experience, and hear who’s getting it right.
Retailers are starting to learn more about their shoppers based on their online behaviour - something that is becoming more important in a post-GDPR world.
Our new report pinpoints the parts of the customer journey that technology is improving.
Sustainability in fashion is the hot topic of the moment, and was the subject of discussion at Drapers’ latest roundtable.
The 2018 retail peak is nearly upon us, and mobile will be playing a more important role than ever.
How are retailers’ email strategies evolving?
Our annual survey of fashion shoppers provides in-depth insight into what shoppers want in a multichannel retail world.
The Drapers Ecommerce Snapshot gives a comprehensive overview of fashion’s digital performance over the last quarter.
The single customer view is at the forefront of retailers’ minds, but GDPR and continuing customer concerns about privacy mean it is no easy win
Fashion retailers gathered at the Soho Hotel in June to discuss how 3D fashion is changing the industry.