Having recently traveled around many towns in the North and Midlands, it is very sad to see the poor state of the retail landscape. Tattoo parlors, pound shops, e-cigarette retailers and charity shops seem to be dominating the high street, with empty shops also being abundant.
More needs to be done to stop our town centers becoming ghost towns. Local and central government need to tackle this immediately. I understand that businesses have to stand on their own two feet. But, if we want to protect our metropolitan landscape and create long term and meaningful employment, we need to improve our town centers and stop making it difficult for retailers to trade. We have no shortage of talented retailers, just a shortage of fertile ground for them to build great businesses on.
Congratulations to the entire team at Ted Baker, the British fashion industry can be very proud of your achievements, not just in winning this award, but in flying the flag for Britain.
I also praise Ray for his continued support of the wholesale sector. It has been a tough few years for multi-brand retailers, but I believe the future is bright. Retailers are resilient and resourceful, and from what I can see, they are pushing their way back to the front of the consumers mind. I see lots of great shops and lots of great product.
Well done Ted Baker!!!
Comment on: Indies pin hopes on careful buying
I think one of the issues that we face every January, and seem incapable of changing, is that we fill our shops with Spring product, when in the consumers mind it is still the middle of winter. Snow on the ground and light weight, garments and a summer colour pallet do not promote sales. The old saying "the right product at the right place at the right time" seems to be forgotten. Now, more than ever, there is a "need it, buy it" mentality, and if we fill our shops with Spring and Summer products (too early) we will only get one result. Now that many brands have reverted back to just two seasons, the problem is more evident.
Managing the change of season is a huge issue. The difficult economy and consumer confidence is what it is. We cannot change that, but we can change what when deliver product. The high street going into sale in December to clear space for Spring stock in January is a folly. As an industry we cut our own throats every year, and every year January disappoints.
Comment on: Obituary: Charles Eisenhour, Pepe Jeans London
What tragic news!
I worked with Charles during my time at Tommy Hilfiger. I looked up to him massively. He was cool, laid back, extremely knowledgeable, talented, highly respected and a really great human being.
The industry has lost one of its shining lights. RIP