Katherine is deputy editor at Drapers magazine and Drapersonline.com. She oversees columns and the Indicator pages and works closely with the news team, writing on all aspects of fashion retail. She also has a particular brief to cover Arcadia, River Island and private equity. Katherine has six years experience in business journalism including stints on television trade magazine Broadcast and its publishing industry equivalent, The Bookseller. She is also a regular paper reviewer for BBC News and has written for The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian and Time Out. Before she became a journalist Katherine worked on the shop floor at an independent retailer, as well as at Monsoon and Waterstones.
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A strong working relationship Subscription
Finding a factory to make your clothes is only half the battle - you’ve got to work with them too. Drapers visited two Chinese factories manufacturing for some of the UK’s biggest names to find out how they operate.
Army of shoppers targets UK fashionSubscription
The number of Chinese tourists coming to the UK is soaring, and many of them want to splash out on fashion. So how can retailers cash in?.
Changes in Chinese manufacturing and demographics could hit its clothing output, so UK-based retailers and brands may have to rethink their buying strategies if they want to remain competitive.
Mango’s senior vice president international expansion (China) is making a bold effort to crack the Chinese market by accelerating its store opening programme.
Serve the peopleSubscription
The purchasing power of Chinese consumers is soaring, and many want to spend that money on fashion. If Western retailers do their homework, they could cash in on China’s burgeoning market.
Beijing menswear designer Xander Zhou is part of a new generation of Chinese fashion talent. He tells Katherine Rushton about his country’s position in the global fashion market.
Reprieve for retailers as cotton prices slumpSubscription
Cotton prices have fallen sharply over the last months after mills stockpiled the material to guard against potential price rises, and more farmers started planting the crop in order to cash in.
Burton uses British fabrics in new rangeSubscription
Menswear chain Burton is to launch a new heritage-inspired sub-brand named after its founder Montague Burton, which will use exclusively British-made fabrics.
Harrods launches iPhone appSubscription
Luxury department store Harrods is to launch an iPhone app to help shoppers find their way around the London store.
Off-price etailer Vente-privee will partner with American Express when it launches into the US, and will have access to its entire membership database.