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As structural changes are under way at Missguided and a further slowdown in online retail growth is predicted for 2018, Drapers asks if fast fashion retailers can weather the retail storm.
Suppliers out in the cold as tough trade bitesSubscription
Sub-zero temperatures have added to high street suppliers’ woes, as poor sales of spring stock spur retailers to delay deliveries and reduce their reliance on forward orders.
Adidas wins ‘three stripes’ trademark disputeSubscription
Adidas has won the latest round in an ongoing trademark battle with Belgian footwear company Shoe Branding over its three-stripe trademark.
Lance Clark, of Clarks footwear, dies aged 81Subscription
Lance Clark, part of the Clarks family shoe business, died on Tuesday 27 February, at the age of 81.
Debenhams launches Scandi brands Subscription
Debenhams is introducing five new Scandinavian womenswear brands for spring 18, as part of the department store chain’s strategy to overhaul its brand mix.
Superdry is partnering with Graduate Fashion Week for the first time to launch a new award celebrating outerwear design.
Nike ramps up female-focus with smaller sizesSubscription
Nike is making selected special edition trainers available in smaller sizes as part of a renewed focus on female consumers.
Gerry Weber launches online-only brandSubscription
German womenswear brand Gerry Weber is launching a new premium brand that is available exclusively through its own and third-party websites.
Cold snap stunts sales for footwear indiesSubscription
Adverse weather and cautious shoppers have led to a flat start to 2018 for footwear independents.
Levi’s to automate design and development Subscription
Levi Strauss & Co is automating its denim finishing process to become more responsive to customer trends and reduce its environmental impact.
The Hambledon launches online fashion offeringSubscription
Winchester-based lifestyle independent The Hambledon has launched menswear and womenswear online for the first time following the relaunch of its website.
Charles Tyrwhitt eyes online international expansion Subscription
Men’s tailoring retailer Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a localised ecommerce site for the Netherlands as part of its international expansion plan.
Fashion sales flat at John LewisSubscription
Fashion sales were up 0.4% at John Lewis for the week to 24 February.
Marks & Spencer reveals gender pay figuresSubscription
Marks & Spencer is the latest fashion retailer to disclose its gender pay data.
Is Richard Quinn enough to redesign Debenhams?Subscription
When Debenhams revealed Richard Quinn as the new addition to its Designers at Debenhams roster on 19 February, questions were raised about whether the department store chain’s core shopper would even know who this fashion-forward designer is.
Companies must focus on content and data to create the best possible digital customer experience, according to a new survey on the latest digital trends.
Mallzee secures new funding Subscription
Marketplace app Mallzee has raised a further £1.9m in funding, taking its total capital raised to £5m.
Bright founders step down Subscription
Marco Aslim and Thomas Martini, founders and directors of German streetwear tradeshow Bright, are stepping down from their roles after 13 years.
The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has warned that “too many” factories are still failing to address safety concerns nearly four years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory, which killed 1,129 workers.
Struggling US retailer J Crew has appointed veteran Starbucks executive Adam Brotman to the new role of chief experience officer to boost its turnaround plans.
Li & Fung bolsters top teamSubscription
Global supply chain giant Li & Fung has appointed Valerie Lavion as executive director to head up its childrenswear platform and department stores in North America.
Textiles Special 2016: Innovations Subscription
The latest textile innovations and technologies are bringing futuristic qualities to garments
The transformation of UK outletsSubscription
The outlet market has moved on from being a simple discount haven to becoming destinations in their own right.
Versatile revamp for Bernshaw rangeSubscription
Eveningwear and occasionwear brand Bernshaw has repositioned its collection for spring 14, introducing bright colours, geometric prints and coloured lace.
Pulp plots growth with Sports Direct’s helpSubscription
Young fashion retailer Pulp is expected to significantly increase its store portfolio after selling a majority stake to Sports Direct for an undisclosed sum.
When Fat Face took the bold step of turning its back on aggressive discounting at the height of the recession, it was a move widely applauded but few counterparts were prepared to follow its lead.
The London Textile Fair had its strongest edition to date last week, with 53 more exhibitors and around 200 additional visitors compared to its last show in January.
Click-and-collect to be worth £4bn by 2018Subscription
Click-and-collect will be worth more than £4bn to retail by 2018 as it continues to find favour with convenience-seeking consumers, according to new research.
The owner of defunct kidswear retailer Footprints has launched a new store in the aftermath of the former’s liquidation.
Landlords welcome BID contribution proposalsSubscription
Landlords have welcomed new government proposals that will allow them to have a greater role in the revitalisation of high streets.
Topshop upsizes Woking storeSubscription
Arcadia-owned Topshop is expanding its Woking store by a third to 5,966 sq ft.
Carl Peddie, the co-owner of Midlands mini-chain Diffusion, is calling for entries to the third annual charity golf day in memory of his sister Jannine.
Lifestyle retailer Fat Face is expanding into the US with plans to open stores followed by a dedicated US transactional site within the next two years.
Canadian designer Todd Lynn has created a 12-piece collection for Designers at Debenhams, which is due to go on sale in October.
Beyond Skin sheds old etail platformSubscription
Ethical footwear brand Beyond Skin is revamping its website as part of strategy to refocus on its etail business.
John Lewis is seeking to reinforce its menswear credentials by making its debut at London Collections: Men.
Fragmented ownership is a major barrier to reversing the decline of the UK’s town centres, according to new research.
Collectif invests for mainstream pushSubscription
Vintage-inspired alternative label Collectif is looking to make the leap into the mainstream market as it increases investment in retail and online.
Deadlock continues over Bangladesh safety accordSubscription
The fashion industry was inching closer to a historic agreement on fire and building safety for Bangladeshi suppliers on Wednesday, May 15.
John Lewis to open Oxford storeSubscription
John Lewis is to open a new 100,000 sq ft, three floor department store at Oxford’s Westgate Centre.
M&S autumn 13 - what the papers saidSubscription
A shake-up of its sub-brands, cuts to its supplier base, coats, sleeves and higher quality fabrics have all been praised as highlights of Belinda Earl’s debut collection for Marks & Spencer.
Carmen Busquets, the fashion entrepreneur and founding investor in Net-A-Porter, has invested in recycled fashion marketplace BuyMyWardrobe.
Premium label Saint Laurent has opened its first flagship store, which aims to be the “physical embodiment” of the brand’s new visual identity under creative director Hedi Slimane.
H&M could be exposed by Asian safety initiativesSubscription
Swedish retailer H&M is facing greater exposure to the cost of implementing health and safety measures than its high street counterparts, according to analysts.
Indie staffer wins Curvy Kate competitionSubscription
Plus-size lingerie brand Curvy Kate has crowned its latest “Star in a Bra”, which sees a member of the public become the face of its advertising.
Just as Mary Portas returns to our screens as the self-styled saviour of our decaying town centres, yet another wave of mainly negative publicity follows in her wake. Is she still needed to boost the high street? Drapers Debates…
Secretsales revamp to boost brand supportSubscription
Secretsales is poised to launch a new phase of development, overhauling its brand partnerships and introducing major changes to its website.
Funding for overseas trade shows doublesSubscription
Funding for UK companies hoping to exhibit at overseas tradeshows has almost doubled for the next two financial years, according to the UK Fashion & Textile Association.
Something Wicked launches into five stores Subscription
Fledgling lingerie brand Something Wicked has secured five international stockists for its debut range, as it looks to expand for future seasons.
Casualwear brand and retailer Esprit has warned that it expects a “substantial loss” in the second half of its financial year due to store closures and HK$2bn (£166m) goodwill costs related to its China business.