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  • Serve the peopleSubscription

    Features10 June 2011

    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.

  • A strong working relationship Subscription

    Features10 June 2011

    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.

  • China crisisSubscription

    Features10 June 2011

    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.

  • David Sancho, Mango's Senior Vice President

    David SanchoSubscription

    The Drapers Interview10 June 2011

    Mango’s senior vice president international expansion (China) is making a bold effort to crack the Chinese market by accelerating its store opening programme.

  • Army of shoppers targets UK fashionSubscription

    Features10 June 2011

    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?.

  • Xander Zhou

    Xander ZhouSubscription

    This Fashion Life10 June 2011

    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.

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    Reprieve for retailers as cotton prices slumpSubscription

    News24 May 2011

    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.

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    Burton uses British fabrics in new rangeSubscription

    News20 May 2011

    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.

  • Luxury department store Harrods is to launch an iPhone app to help shoppers find their way around the London store.

    Harrods launches iPhone app to guide shoppers around storeSubscription

    News18 May 2011

    Luxury department store Harrods is to launch an iPhone app to help shoppers find their way around the London store.

  • Luxury department store Harrods is to launch an iPhone app to help shoppers find their way around the London store.

    Harrods launches iPhone appSubscription

    News18 May 2011

    Luxury department store Harrods is to launch an iPhone app to help shoppers find their way around the London store.

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    Vente-privee to join forces with American Express for US launchSubscription

    News13 May 2011

    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.

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    Vente-privee to launch in USSubscription

    News12 May 2011

    Off-price fashion etailer Vente-privee is to launch in the US under a joint venture agreement.

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    Vente-privee to launch in USSubscription

    News12 May 2011

    Off-price etailer Vente-privee is to launch in the US under a joint venture agreement, Drapers can reveal.

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    "Made in" labelling proposals hit the buffersSubscription

    News11 May 2011

    “Made in” labelling will not be made compulsory after the European Parliament and European Council failed to agree on the controversial proposals.

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    Footfall expected to slide on day of Royal WeddingSubscription

    News26 April 2011

    Footfall is expected to be 16% lower than last year on the day of the Royal Wedding, as consumers spend the day celebrating at street parties instead of hitting the high street.

  • Ed Vaizey

    Ed VaizeySubscription

    The Drapers Interview21 April 2011

    The culture minister isn’t faking it when he says he loves fashion.

  • Production capacity on the rise in China

    Production capacity on the rise in ChinaSubscription

    News21 April 2011

    Production capacity in China is starting to bounce back after months of being seriously squeezed, Spencer Fung, chief executive of supply giant LF Europe, hastold Drapers.

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    Online fashion sales up 23% on last yearSubscription

    News15 April 2011

    Online sales of clothing, footwear and accessories rose 16% last month and 23% year-on-year, making fashion the best performing etail category behind only beauty products, despite tough trading on the high street.

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    Timing of Easter helps John LewisSubscription

    News15 April 2011

    John Lewis’ trading improved in the week to April 9, but the results were heavily influenced by the timing of Easter.

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    Prince Andrew hosts summit to promote UK fashion overseasSubscription

    News15 April 2011

    Prince Andrew called a summit of 13 fashion industry chiefs to explore ways to use his controversial role as UK trade envoy to boost the British industry’s standing overseas this week.

  • Sir Philip Green is in talks with the government to launch a fashion manufacturing academy

    Green in talks to launch fashion manufacturing academySubscription

    News14 April 2011

    Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green is in talks with the government to train the next generation of pattern cutters and machinists by launching a fashion manufacturing academy.

  • Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green is in talks with the government to train the next generation of pattern cutters and machinists, by launching a fashion manufacturing academy, Drapers has learned.

    Green in talks to launch manufacturing academySubscription

    News14 April 2011

    Retail tycoon Sir Philip Green is in talks with the government to train the next generation of pattern cutters and machinists, by launching a fashion manufacturing academy, Drapers has learned.

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    Jaeger pulled from market after 'too low' offersSubscription

    News13 April 2011

    Jaeger owner Harold Tillman has pulled premium chain Jaeger from the market after it failed to attract bids north of £100m, according to reports.

  • Douglas & Grahame deliveries hit by turmoil in Middle East

    Douglas & Grahame deliveries hit by turmoil in Middle EastSubscription

    News8 April 2011

    Brand house Douglas & Grahame has been hit by delivery delays after political unrest in the Middle East slowed production and freight out of the region.

  • RW Generic shoppers

    Non-food inflation slows to 1.5% in MarchSubscription

    News6 April 2011

    Non-food inflation slowed marginally to 1.5% in March from 1.6% in February, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

  • York-based superindie Sarah Coggles has hired two new heavyweight directors and opened the doors on its London office.

    Sarah Coggles hires finance and marketing directors Subscription

    News6 April 2011

    York-based superindie Sarah Coggles has hired two new heavyweight directors and opened the doors on its London office.

  • LVMH, the French luxury goods group behind brands including Louis Vuitton, Celine, Dior and Marc Jacobs, has said the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will have only a “limited” impact on its business there, and has vowed to continue investing in the terri

    LVMH says impact of Japanese quake 'limited'Subscription

    News1 April 2011

    LVMH, the French luxury goods group behind brands including Louis Vuitton, Celine, Dior and Marc Jacobs, has said the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will have only a “limited” impact on its business there, and has vowed to continue investing in the territory.

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    Hindmarch says red tape is strangling UK manufacturingSubscription

    News1 April 2011

    The UK’s stringent employment laws are holding back manufacturing and businesses, handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has claimed.

  • Moss Bros narrows its pre-tax losses

    Moss Bros narrows pre-tax lossesSubscription

    News30 March 2011

    Menswear group Moss Bros narrowed its pre-tax losses from £3.9m to £2.7m in the year to January 29, as like-for-likes moved into positive territory.

  • Philips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) nearly doubled revenues and beat earnings expectations in the fourth quarter to January 30, following its $3bn (£1.87bn) purchase of Tommy Hilfiger last May.

    Tommy Hilfiger helps PVH beat expectationsSubscription

    News29 March 2011

    Philips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH) nearly doubled revenues and beat earnings expectations in the fourth quarter to January 30, following its $3bn (£1.87bn) purchase of Tommy Hilfiger last May.

  • The government is considering introducing tax holidays for UK manufacturers, just weeks after Mulberry chief executive Godfrey Davies said in Drapers that the UK's punitive tax system could prevent it from opening a second factory in the country.

    Government mulls tax breaks for UK manufacturersSubscription

    News28 March 2011

    The government is considering introducing tax holidays for UK manufacturers, just weeks after Mulberry chief executive Godfrey Davies said in Drapers that the UK’s punitive tax system could prevent it from opening a second factory in the country.

  • Mango is on track to increase its store portfolio in China from 134 to 200 sites by the end of the year, and is targeting to open at least 500 stores in China by 2016.

    Mango accelerates China expansionSubscription

    News21 March 2011

    Mango is on track to increase its store portfolio in China from 134 to 200 sites by the end of the year, and is targeting to open at least 500 stores in China by 2016.

  • JD Sports Fashion is to buy streetwear brand Fenchurch it is understood, after beating off competition from a number of competitors.

    JD Sports Fashion rescues Fenchurch from administration Subscription

    News18 March 2011

    JD Sports Fashion has rescued streetwear brand Fenchurch from administration, but all of its staff have been made redundant.

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    M&S increases UK manufacturing in DerbyshireSubscription

    News18 March 2011

    Marks & Spencer has ramped up manufacturing of hosiery in the UK, 13 years after it controversially decided to move almost all of its production contracts overseas.

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    Alan Sugar’s plan to save manufacturing skillsSubscription

    News18 March 2011

    Entrepreneur says ‘incubator factories’ would support UK production growth.

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    Cash for training is the next stepSubscription

    Comment18 March 2011

    Exhilarated. It’s not a word you would automatically associate with manufacturing, but that was how the Drapers team felt after its open day for UK garment producers last Thursday.

  • JD Sports Fashion is to buy streetwear brand Fenchurch it is understood, after beating off competition from a number of competitors.

    JD Sports Fashion rescues Fenchurch from administration - but axes all staffSubscription

    News17 March 2011

    JD Sports Fashion has rescued streetwear brand Fenchurch from administration - but has made all of its staff redundant.

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    Anti-dumping duties scrapped but EC warns of "swift action" if neededSubscription

    News17 March 2011

    The European Commission has confirmed anti-dumping duties on leather footwear from China and Vietnam will be scrapped on April 1, but it warned that it would monitor imports for a year and take “swift appropriate action” if needed.

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    Skills gap is holding back UK manufacturing, designers tell House of LordsSubscription

    News17 March 2011

    The lack of skilled manufacturing staff in the UK is holding back the UK textiles industry, designers and manufacturers have told the House of Lords.   

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    River Island to revive Chelsea Girl brandSubscription

    News14 March 2011

    Chelsea Girl, the iconic 1970’s fast fashion retailer that later became River Island, is to be revived as a branded capsule collection within River Island stores.

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    IMAGE GALLERY: River Island to revive Chelsea Girl brandSubscription

    News14 March 2011

    Chelsea Girl, the iconic 1970’s fast fashion retailer that later became River Island, is to be revived as a branded capsule collection within River Island stores.

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    Pringle creative director resignsSubscription

    News11 March 2011

    Pringle of Scotland’s creative director Clare Waight Keller has resigned after five years at the brand.

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    Basler to up ‘sex appeal’ and bring in red-carpet glamourSubscription

    News11 March 2011

    Brian Rennie, the former Ultimo and Escada designer who this week became creative director of mainstream womenswear giant Basler, has vowed to “up the brand’s sex appeal” and introduce a range of red-carpet dresses.

  • Burberry

    Burberry tackles skills gap with apprenticeship schemeSubscription

    News11 March 2011

    Luxury British brand Burberry has launched an apprenticeship scheme to train up new staff in grass-roots manufacturing skills after it was forced to go on a recruitment drive overseas.

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    Gap to close stores and become more trend-ledSubscription

    News10 March 2011

    Casualwear giant Gap is to close 200 of its 900 US stores by 2013, and has admitted it has not invested heavily enough into attracting ethnic minority customers in the US.

  • Riccardo Tisci 'to replace John Galliano at Dior'

    Riccardo Tisci 'to replace John Galliano at Dior'Subscription

    News9 March 2011

    Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci is tipped by widespread chatter on Twitter to be named as John Galliano’s replacement at Christian Dior later today.

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    John Galliano show replaced by "tableau vivant"Subscription

    News4 March 2011

    The show for John Galliano’s eponymous label will go on on Sunday – but the format and venue have been entirely changed.

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    Levi's hires Apple and Nike marketing guruSubscription

    News4 March 2011

    Denim giant Levi’s has hired Apple marketing guru Rebecca Van Dyck to spearhead the brand’s global communications strategy, helping to fill the void created when Levi’s was dropped by its ad agency.

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    G-Star’s denim goes 5D for autumn 11 Subscription

    News4 March 2011

    G-Star is to launch a 5D denim range - a next generation move on from its highly successful 3D line - in a bid to double turnover and claw back market share in the premium denim market.

  • Clarks considers bringing manufacturing back to UK

    Clarks considers bringing manufacturing back to UKSubscription

    News4 March 2011

    Clarks, the global footwear giant, is assessing whether it can bring some production back to the UK to champion its British heritage.

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