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Kirsty mcgregor 2019 index

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.

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Editor’s Comment: Brexit déjà vu at London Fashion WeekSubscription

17 September 2019 By

Yet again we find ourselves in the strange position of celebrating London as an international stage for British design talent, less than two months before the UK leaves the European Union.

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Industry Comment: Collaborate to overcome fashion's new challengesSubscription

12 September 2019

New skills and collaboration are vital for fashion SMEs, writes Judith Tolley, head of creative business incubator the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, as it opens its new business hub

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Editor's Comment: There's fight left in our independent retailersSubscription

12 September 2019 By

Judging for the Drapers Independents Awards is always a lively debate, and one that reassures me that it’s not all doom and gloom on the high street – there is so much innovation and success to celebrate.

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Editor's Comment: Panic autumn Sales cause lasting damageSubscription

5 September 2019 By

Widespread discounting on autumn stock before the summer has even come to an end has, worryingly, become common practice for many UK fashion retailers – and has potentially damaging implications. 

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Comment: Apprenticeships have the power to transform fashion Subscription

2 September 2019

Creative and technical skills are vital for a thriving UK fashion and textiles industry, but skills shortages and risks to the talent pipeline are among the most urgent challenges facing the sector, writes John West, director of skills and training at the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).

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Industry comment: We need to be bold after Brexit Subscription

30 August 2019

Agility, courage and determination will let businesses prosper after Brexit, despite the challenges, writes Lucy Reece-Raybould, CEO of the British Footwear Association.

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Editor's Comment: Online profitability is a long gameSubscription

22 August 2019 By

Consumers are embracing online shopping, which requires fashion retailers to invest heavily in developing ecommerce – but an increasing number are questioning the return on that investment.

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Editor's Comment: A pleasure and a privilegeSubscription

15 August 2019 By

When I joined Drapers in June 2005, I could not have imagined the challenges and opportunities the next 14 years would bring.


Retailer Insight: Breathe some lifestyle into footwear retailSubscription

15 August 2019

Brands and retailers need to widen their view and delight their customers to remain successful, writes Gerard Levy, owner of independent footwear retailer Spice London and footwear agency Gil Agencies.