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Editor’s Comment: Ted Baker’s advisers have their work cut outSubscription

13 December 2019 By

It has been a difficult year for many, but for Ted Baker it has been near catastrophic. 

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Editor’s Comment: Embrace the speed of changeSubscription

6 December 2019

The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again. I have lost count of how many times I have heard this expression used in relation to fashion retail in 2019.

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Comment: Why humans trump robots in fashion retailSubscription

4 December 2019 By Victoria Nightingale

Unlike other retail sectors, the nature of fashion makes a robot takeover impossible, argues Victoria Nightingale, retail and consumer partner at executive search firm Bailey Montagu. 

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Editor’s Comment: Black Friday at a turning pointSubscription

28 November 2019 By

As Black Friday has mutated from a one-day event into a fortnight of deals, more and more fashion retailers have fallen down the rabbit hole of heavy discounting in the weeks before Christmas.

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Editor’s Comment: Business rates need a radical rethinkSubscription

22 November 2019 By

As the spectre of another general election looms – the second in just over two years – this week we ask the fashion retail industry what policies they think the next government should prioritise. 

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Editor’s Comment: Singles' Day is important – but let’s leave it in ChinaSubscription

14 November 2019 By

Chinese ecommerce platform Alibaba’s annual Singles’ Day discounting event dwarfs Black Friday in terms of sales, and provides an important opportunity for British brands to break into the lucrative Chinese market. 

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Retailer Insight: Build your high street tribeSubscription

12 November 2019

Ahead of Small Business Saturday on 7 December, Hilary Cookson, Lifetime Achievement winner at the Drapers Independents Awards 2019, says collaborating with neighbouring retailers is vital

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Editor’s Comment: A race to the bottom is not the solutionSubscription

5 November 2019 By

The first of this year’s Christmas adverts were unwrapped this week, but the festive cheer failed to mask an underlying anxiety as we wait to see how the Black-Friday-to-Boxing-Day period plays out.

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Editor’s Comment: Mothercare has to shake up its whole approachSubscription

30 October 2019 By

As the clocks went back and the temperature dropped last weekend, I headed to my local retail park to buy a new duvet for my son. I left disappointed – finding nowhere that sold a decent selection of children’s bedding – and caught myself wishing there was a Mothercare nearby.

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Editor’s Comment: Brexit exposed fatal flaws at BonmarchéSubscription

22 October 2019 By

Much like the weather, Brexit has become a somewhat convenient excuse for struggling retailers to explain away weak sales. But in the case of Bonmarché, it was the final nail in the coffin.

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Retailer Insight: Visual merchandising must tell shoppers a storySubscription

22 October 2019

Julie Schroer, senior creative manager at London womenswear independent Blaiz, Best Visual Merchandising and Store Design winner at the Drapers Independents Awards 2019, explains its award-winning approach.

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Editor’s Comment: Masterclasses in connecting with customersSubscription

15 October 2019 By

Changing shopping behaviours continue to rip through the fashion industry at speed, bringing both challenges and opportunities for retailers.

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'Boris says "do or die" – I say UK will be a dead man walking'Subscription

14 October 2019

A hard Brexit could be “catastrophic” for the fashion industry, writes Cécile Reinaud, founder and president of maternitywear brand Seraphine.

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Editor’s Comment: Double tariff trouble for British fashionSubscription

8 October 2019 By

British fashion retail has been dealt a double dose of bad news in recent days.

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Editor’s Comment: the Karen Millen store cull was hard to watch Subscription

3 October 2019 By

It was a sad moment walking past the closing Karen Millen store on the corner of Regent Street and Princes Street in central London last week.

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Retailer Insight: Andrew Jennings on how to remain relevant Subscription

30 September 2019

Retail has never been this fast and it will never be this slow again, writes Andrew Jennings, senior retail executive, author of Almost Is Not Good Enough and former boss of House of Fraser, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrods.

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Editor’s Comment: Facing the pressure of the fast fashion worldSubscription

25 September 2019 By

The high-stress world of fast fashion was laid bare last week in the first episode of a six-part BBC Three documentary on womenswear etailer In The Style.

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Comment: Première Vision sets edgy autumn agendaSubscription

20 September 2019 By

Sustainable innovations and Brexit were the top talking points at the autumn 20 edition of Paris textiles trade show Première Vision, as fabrics veered towards the dark and shimmering.

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London Fashion Week: the Drapers verdictSubscription

18 September 2019 By

International buyers flock to London’s womenswear designers for a balance between creativity and commerciality. 

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Retailer Insight: How China became a key market for RadleySubscription

17 September 2019 By Justin Stead

When Radley was bought by private equity firm Bregal Freshstream in 2016, the business was well-established in the UK, but under-represented internationally, writes CEO Justin Stead.