Emily Seares has worked for Drapers since February 2008. She writes news and features for the magazine and for Drapersonline.com. Her specialist areas of expertise include online/home shopping, value, Next, Aurora Fashions, lingerie, mid-market womenswear, recruitment and logistics/fulfilment. She previously worked at Retail Week. Emily is also the best person to contact about View from the Shop Floor interviews for independent news.
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Alibaba Group invests in OrdreSubscription
Alibaba Group has invested an undisclosed sum in luxury wholesale website Ordre.
Sainsbury’s plans to buy a majority stake in rival supermarket Asda is set to create UK’s largest grocery group with 31.4% market share, and one of the biggest general merchandise groups, with combined revenue of £51bn. Drapers investigates what the proposed merger could mean for the UK clothing market.
A new destination store, 50m, is due to launch in London’s Eccleston Yards next month, dedicated to supporting and showcasing emerging designers.
Clothing spend in March fallsSubscription
Consumer spend in clothing and footwear dropped 2.7% in March, the sharpest decline for five months, rounding off the worst quarter in over five years for spend in general.
Colour takes starring role at this year’s OscarsSubscription
Opinion is divided over the impact the red carpet gowns at this year’s Academy Awards will have on mainstream occasionwear sales, as there were clear colour trends but few other innovations with strong commercial appeal.
Disgraced John Galliano 'going in to rehab'Subscription
Sacked designer John Galliano has been persuaded by friends to go into rehab after being fired by design powerhouse Christian Dior for an alleged anti-Semantic drunken outburst, according to reports.
Adidas net income drops 64% in final quarterSubscription
Adidas fourth quarter net income fell 64% to € 7million (£5.9 million), compared to € 19 million (£16.1 million) for the same period last year, impacted by higher sales and marketing expenses, according to the company.
Ten high street womenswear chains including French Connection, Reiss and Warehouse have teamed up with Glamour magazine to create 10 limited edition dresses as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.
Secretsales to relaunch websiteSubscription
Secretsales, the private Sales website, is to relaunch this afternoon with an overhaul of its services including improved navigation, better zoom ability on product imagery and text message delivery service.
Supergroup looks to West End for new flagshipSubscription
Supergroup, the young fashion business which owns the Superdry brand and retailer and young fashion chain Cult, is mulling opening a new flagship store on London’s Oxford Street or Regent Street.