Eric Musgrave's stories
Obituary: Former Chester Barrie MD Neil FittonSubscription
Neil Fitton, former managing director of Chester Barrie and main board director of Austin Reed, has died after a 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 81.
Obituary: Fashion journalist Marie ScottSubscription
Veteran journalist Marie Scott, who spent more than 50 years writing on British fashion, especially menswear and the luxury sector, was killed in a road traffic accident on May 7. She was in her early seventies.
As we near the 25th anniversary of the Drapers Awards on November 26 at Old Billingsgate in London, we will be looking back at some of the previous winners of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. We start with one of the earliest winners, River Island founder Bernard Lewis. From the Drapers archive, here is the Drapers Interview with Lewis after his big win a decade ago in 2005.
This is not a book review column, but I can heartily recommend to anyone interested in fashion retailing High Street Heroes by John Timpson, boss of the ubiquitous key-cutting and shoe-repair chain.
Apparently Nigel Northridge, the chairman of Debenhams, has known since Michael Sharp was appointed as CEO in September 2011 that he was planning to stay only five years. The rest of us learned that only today (October 22).
Drapers Talks: Debenhams chief's planned exit as profits rise 7.3%VideoSubscription
Drapers editorial director Eric Musgrave discusses the impact of Debenhams’ CEO Michael Sharp’s imminent departure, who could replace him, and the latest results, which have seen profits rise by 7.3%.
Drapers book review: High Street Heroes: The Story of British Retail in 50 People by John TimpsonSubscription
John Timpson has been in retailing for so long that he recalls the time when in around 1966 Philip Green was making him coffee when he visited shoe importer Martin Geminder.
Barbour raids Zalando for womenswear chiefSubscription
Barbour has poached Zalando head of womenswear Paget Billingsley for the same role at the British heritage brand.
The 300 or so young delegates at our Next Generation event in spring 2014 were treated to a bravura performance from the then Sir Stuart Rose, who gave 40 minutes of often hilarious reminiscences about his retailing career.
Drapers Talks: M&S loyalty card, Sports Direct's court battle and Oasis store revampVideoSubscription
Drapers’ editorial director Eric Musgrave discusses the new M&S loyalty card Sparks, which will launch next week, the mood across the footwear sector as winter boot sales struggle, Sports Direct’s Dave Forsey’s court summons over the USC administration and Oasis’s plans to revamp its larger stores.