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Editor’s Comment: Policy on the hoof is the last thing fashion needsSubscription

2 June 2020 By

The mixed messages around when and how stores can reopen have at best caused a collective headache among fashion retailers, and at worst cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost trade, exacerbated the problem of what to do with mountains of unsold stock, and could lead to further job losses.

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Comment: Opportunities and threats from the Covid-19 crisisSubscription

28 May 2020

Chief executive of London-based manufacturer Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway, details how manufacturing has changed in the wake of Covid-19.


Comment: The buying pattern needs to changeSubscription

27 May 2020

Greg McCurry, merchandiser for sustainable and fair trade fashion brand People Tree, and former senior merchandiser at Asos, Laura Ashley, Duchamp London and Links of London, says now is the time to “brush off” decades-old discounting and over-stocking habits. 

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Comment: It will be retail, but not as we know it Subscription

26 May 2020 By

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that stores can reopen from 15 June raises more questions than it answers for retailers.

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Select Fashion's administrator: Retail CVAs will be rife Subscription

22 May 2020 By Brian Burke

Brian Burke, a director at business advisory firm Quantuma, which oversaw Select Fashion’s administration process last year, says the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will help protect some retail businesses. However, he predicts CVAs “will form a large part of the future retail landscape”. 

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Comment: Industry heavyweights unite to realign calendarSubscription

22 May 2020 By

Just a week after luxury designers and retailers teamed up to demand a shift in fashion’s selling calendar, the fashion industry’s leading bodies have put up a united front to support the new direction.

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Editor’s Comment: Let pragmatism prevail as we reset fashion retail Subscription

15 May 2020 By

Over the past few weeks, the Drapers team has been speaking to wholesale brands, agents, independent retailers and multiples about how they will tackle the autumn/winter season as we come out of lockdown – including plans to discount unsold stock.

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Comment: A LFW brand 'thinking beyond traditional seasons' post-Covid-19Subscription

15 May 2020

Demon Zhang, founder and chief designer of Chinese womenswear brand Mithridate, which shows at London Fashion Week, tells Drapers how the business coped with the Covid-19 outbreak and how it is getting back to work.

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Comment: Why I am launching a sustainable online brand in a crisisSubscription

14 May 2020

Scott Joseph, founder of vegan, gender-neutral accessories brand Fashion Without a Face, discusses how he launched his sustainable Manchester-based business in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. 

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Comment: How can fashion sustain itself as green goes mainstream?Subscription

14 May 2020

David Stevens, senior strategy director at brand consultancy Wolff Olins, says a green recovery from Covid-19 offers an economic and ecological opportunity.

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Comment: 'We invited customers to give us a call and have a chat'Subscription

13 May 2020

Mike Lester, CEO of lifestyle retailer WoolOvers, unexpectedly doubled its sales in April.

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What's behind Next's bold bet on beauty halls?Subscription

11 May 2020 By

Next’s decision to launch beauty halls in struggling shopping centres across the UK is risky, but boss Lord Wolfson rarely makes the wrong call. 

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Comment: 'Stay lean, pivot quickly and look after your team'Subscription

7 May 2020

Victoria Prew, Drapers 30 Under 30 alumna and co-founder of peer-to-peer fashion rental start-up Hurr Collective, tells Drapers how the business is adapting to life under lockdown. 

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Can Footasylum stand alone after ‘absurd’ CMA decision? Subscription

7 May 2020 By

Drapers examines the future of footwear chain Footasylum, after its proposed merger with retail giant JD Sports was thwarted by the Competition and Markets Authority

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Editor’s Comment: Oasis/Warehouse collapse is a blow to us all Subscription

6 May 2020 By

The high street is going to look very different when we come out of lockdown, in more ways than one.

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Comment: What do struggling retailers have in common?Subscription

1 May 2020

Fashion brand consultant Elizabeth Stiles, who formerly worked in fashion buying and supplier account management for brands such as Urban Outfitters, Next, Miss Selfridge, New Look and Asda, reveals the common factors responsible for several retailers’ current troubles.

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Who is vulnerable in fashion retail – an administrator's viewSubscription

30 April 2020 By Erin Brookes, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M)

Erin Brookes, managing director and head of retail at Alvarez & Marsal, discusses how the restructuring firm behind Cath Kidston’s administration and footwear retailer Office’s sale process is spotting vulnerable retailers in the current retail climate. 

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Comment: How technology is enhancing sustainabilitySubscription

30 April 2020

Tahira Taylor, strategy director at retail experience design agency Fitch, discusses how embracing technology, fashion brands can better evolve to create sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.

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Coronavirus: Coming out the other side Subscription

30 April 2020 By Erica Vilkauls

Erica Vilkauls, former CEO for womenswear retailers LK Bennett and East, discusses the importance of leadership and offers her predictions for the retail landscape post-coronavirus. 

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Coronavirus: 'We are cutting costs wherever possible'Subscription

29 April 2020

Contemporary womenswear brand Paisie is stocked online at Wolf & Badger, Silkfred, Atterley, and at independent boutiques across the UK and Europe. Its founders, Vicky Ng and Kate Yiu, tell Drapers scaling down their spring collection as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.