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Jacket Required's muted farewell to east LondonSubscription

23 January 2020 By

Autumn 20 was a subdued season, but a new layout and shifted brand focus hinted at the wider changes to come for Jacket Required. 

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Just Around the Corner primes for the futureSubscription

23 January 2020 By , Gabriele Dirvanauskas

Amid developments in the menswear trade show scene, Just Around the Corner is updating its approach and heading for new challenges.

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Editor’s Comment: Beales is a wake-up call on business ratesSubscription

23 January 2020 By

Over the 139 years since its first branch opened in Bournemouth, Beales has weathered two world wars, several recessions and going from private to public ownership and back again.

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Comment: Why a stunning store was not enough to save The Shop at Bluebird Subscription

20 January 2020 By

It was arguably one of London’s most beautiful stores: a lofty urban paradise that centred around an open courtyard topped by a vaulted glass atrium. 

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Comment: A circular economy is the only way forward for fashionSubscription

20 January 2020 By Peter Maddox

The carbon and water footprints of UK fashion have decreased significantly since we launched the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) in 2012, writes Peter Maddox, director of WRAP UK [the Waste and Resources Action Programme].


Comment: Brit brands out in force in BerlinSubscription

17 January 2020 By ,

The relevance of Berlin’s flagship trade shows for British buyers has been hotly debated in recent years. When Drapers headed to Panorama, Seek and Premium for the autumn 20 shows, UK buyers may have been scarce, but the new-look events had won over British brands.

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Editor's Comment: Menswear that creates a 'moment' to rememberSubscription

16 January 2020 By

During menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence last week, I headed to the striking Tepidarium Del Roster to see the latest collection from Italian heritage sportswear brand Sergio Tacchini.

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Editor’s comment: Here's to a full-price happy new yearSubscription

10 January 2020 By

The first Christmas trading updates out of the gate started the new year and new decade on a positive note.

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Retailer Insight: How prisoners can support UK manufacturingSubscription

9 January 2020

Former prisoner Victoria Kate Johns explains why she created charity Leather Inside Out, which provides inmates with training in leather craft to help them find future employment 

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Comment: LFWM packs creative punch despite sparse scheduleSubscription

6 January 2020 By

A new year and a new decade dawned as London Fashion Week Men’s kicked off the autumn 20 season with three days of catwalk shows on 4-6 January.

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Retailer insight: Pentland Brands' culture of innovationSubscription

20 December 2019

Chirag Patel, chief operating officer at Pentland Brands, explains how the business is driving smart working to stay relevant in today’s market.

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Sustainability: short-term survival or long-term success?Subscription

19 December 2019

Sustainability is fundamental for a brand’s long-term survival, argues Elaine O’Hare, senior associate at law firm Stevens & Bolton.

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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.