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All systems go for east London's global fashion hubSubscription

16 April 2018 By

Industry partnership Fashion District is developing a business cluster in east London. Drapers speaks with some of its key players about their ambition to revamp London into a global hub for fashion technology. 

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Will the high street suffer a CVA domino effect?Subscription

13 April 2018 By Emily Seares

Following company voluntary arrangements from New Look and Select, and rumours that Mothercare will be next, Drapers asks whether there will be a ripple effect on the high street.

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Careers: the need for super-skilled store managersSubscription

28 March 2018 By Nicola Smith

As the role of the store manager becomes increasingly experiential, Drapers explores how this crucial customer-facing position is changing.

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First look: Battersea Power Station's bid to become London’s next retail hubSubscription

23 March 2018 By

Drapers visits London landmark Battersea Power Station as it plans to transform into a shopping district to rival Oxford Street and Westfield.

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Inside Adidas’s Westfield London 'stadium' storeSubscription

22 March 2018 By

Industrial, trendy and inspired by professional athletes, Adidas’s new “stadium”-style store in Westfield London fuses performance design with urban cool.

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Why mega-malls are still winning Subscription

14 March 2018 By Gemma Goldfingle

At a time when the viability of stores is being questioned, mega-malls are thriving. Drapers investigates why

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Welcome to The Fold's first physical storeSubscription

13 March 2018 By

Drapers goes inside premium womenswear brand The Fold’s first bricks-and-mortar store.

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First look at Westfield London’s £600m extensionSubscription

26 February 2018 By

Four years after construction began on Westfield London’s £600m extension, Drapers tours the site and its £33m John Lewis anchor, to find out how the shopping centre plans to attract new customers ahead of the March opening.

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A transformative experience: Silvertown's new approach to retailVideoSubscription

2 February 2018 By

Drapers visits east London’s 62-acre Silvertown site, which developers plan to turn into the capital’s leading creative hub for disruptive brands and retailers.

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How shops will evolve in 2018Subscription

3 January 2018 By

Drapers asks five top store design agencies how shopfits will evolve alongside changing customer habits in 2018.


Interior inspiration: the best new stores of 2017Subscription

28 December 2017 By Francesca Salisbury

Which new store openings have wowed with their originality, design and concept this year?

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The new UK retail hotspots and trends for 2018 Subscription

28 December 2017 By

Drapers takes a look at the new retail developments set to emerge in the UK in 2018, while Local Data Company’s Matthew Hopkinson discusses the sector’s store count trends this year.

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What works in experiential retailSubscription

13 December 2017 By

Drapers samples what the innovative experiential retailers have to offer.

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There's something about SézaneSubscription

28 November 2017 By

With a new pop-up in London and a steady stream of passionate fans, French brand Sézane is making waves in the market. Drapers spoke to founder Morgane Sézalory to find out more.

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Boden's bet on bricks and mortar VideoSubscription

27 November 2017 By

As lifestyle brand Boden opens the doors to its first flagship store, and second shop ever, on London’s King’s Road, Drapers meets with founder Johnnie Boden and CEO Jill Easterbrook to find out more about its Chelsea debut.

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Resale: risky business or rewarding revenue stream?Subscription

20 November 2017 By

The resale industry is soaring as entrepreneurial sellers trade on the inflated premiums buyers are prepared to pay for the hottest products and brands.

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Hunter's new store takes Scotland to TorontoSubscription

16 November 2017 By

British heritage brand Hunter opened its third global standalone store this week in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. The brand’s creative director, Alasdhair Willis, talks Drapers through the immersive Scottish outdoors shopping experience.

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Making the most of mallsSubscription

25 October 2017 By

As fashion space in shopping centres falls, schemes must evolve to attract the modern retailer and shopper.

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Welcome to our world: designing an immersive storeSubscription

23 October 2017 By

As the term “experiential retail” becomes mainstream, we investigate the challenges and opportunities for those tasked with designing stores.

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Inside the store of the 21st century: John Lewis at Westgate OxfordSubscription

23 October 2017 By

As John Lewis opens its experience-led store in Oxford’s Westgate centre, Drapers takes a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the space embodies the business’s ambitious evolution, and seeks to cater for the modern shopper.

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Apply in-store intelligenceSubscription

18 October 2017

Technology is enabling highly personalised levels of customer tracking and marketing, which retailers can exploit in stores.

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London's latest hits: the best new shop openingsSubscription

10 October 2017 By

September brought a spate of store openings in London, as fashion businesses continue to choose the capital as a global showcase. Drapers looks at some of the most innovative and exciting store designs.

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Find your perfect partner to expand overseasSubscription

9 October 2017 By

Drapers explains why more retailers are turning to international franchise partners to expand and de-risk ahead of Brexit.

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French force: Sandro CEO on the retailer’s Regent Street launchSubscription

8 September 2017 By

Following a strong set of 2016 results, French contemporary group SMCP opened its 12th Sandro store in the UK on London’s Regent Street last month. CEO Jean-Philippe Hecquet discusses the launch and Sandro’s future plans.

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Simplicity and impact: the Drapers take on Arket's debut storeSubscription

6 September 2017 By

With its monochrome interior and extremely minimalist design, Arket is bringing Scandi-inspired lifestyle essentials at high street prices to Regent Street.

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The remarkable reinvention of King's CrossSubscription

31 August 2017 By

The formerly derelict central London district is destined to become a shoppers’ paradise.

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First look: Inside Arket's sleek new storeSubscription

23 August 2017 By

Drapers brings you a sneak peek inside the stylish debut flagship store from H&M group’s new concept, Arket, ahead of its official opening this Friday.


Scandi invasion: Weekday moves into Regent StreetSubscription

18 August 2017 By

Drapers takes a tour around Weekday’s first UK store, where different textures and materials create a sleek yet playful feel.

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Inside Four Marketing's new King's Cross concept spaceVideoSubscription

9 August 2017 By

The retail concept launched by fashion distributor and marketing agency Four Marketing opens in London’s King’s Cross, as the area’s regeneration continues.

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Liberty’s magical menswear makeoverSubscription

7 August 2017 By

Get a first look inside the luxury department stores revamped menswear floor, as buyer Laura Robertshaw reveals her new strategy for the space.

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Japan's Asics brings robots to Regent Street VideoSubscription

3 August 2017 By

Pride of place in the window of the new Asics flagship store on London’s Regent Street, a metallic, shimmering robotic arm moves hypnotically back and forth. Inch by inch it draws an illustration of Asics’s signature trainer on the glass – hypnotising onlookers in store and summing up the heart of the new store’s concept: fusing technology, design, brand identity and excitement.

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