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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The latest news, features and analysis covering the fashion retail industry's response to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic, spanning retailers, brands, suppliers, logistics providers and shopping centres

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Trade shows and fashion weeks: coronavirus latestSubscription

3 April 2020

From postponements to digitalisations, keep on top of how Covid-19 is affecting European trade shows and international fashion weeks.

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Fashion suppliers' NHS rescue missionSubscription

2 April 2020 By

As the front-line fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus intensifies, UK suppliers and manufacturers have been quick to offer their services to the NHS for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

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Comment: 'Completely re-strategising' streetwear brand RepresentSubscription

2 April 2020

George Heaton is the founder of luxury streetwear label Represent, which is stocked by Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. He tells Drapers how the business is reacting to the impact of coronavirus.  

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Comment: Northampton footwear is weathering the coronavirus storm Subscription

1 April 2020

Martin Mason, managing director of footwear manufacturer and brand Tricker’s, explains how the 191-year-old Northampton business has reacted to the coronavirus epidemic.

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Editor’s Comment: Social distancing casts doubt on trade showsSubscription

1 April 2020 By

The future of the traditional wholesale model in fashion has been the subject of much debate over the past few years.

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Is coronavirus the final blow for bricks-and-mortar retail? Subscription

31 March 2020 By

Even before the current crisis, retailers were rethinking their approach to physical stores. Will they ever recover from the blanket closures?

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An indie ready for the coronavirus fightSubscription

30 March 2020

Vanessa Hodgson, founder and managing director of Suffolk- and Norfolk-based independent womenswear chain Collen & Clare, discusses how communicating amid the coronavirus crisis is the “only hope of moving forward”. 

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Comment: The good, the bad and the ugly will be remembered Subscription

30 March 2020

Simon Berwin, owner of Simon Berwin Advisory, and former managing director of menswear supplier Berwin & Berwin, discusses the importance of supporting those less fortunate during the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Editor’s Comment: Retailers will be judged on their coronavirus actionsSubscription

25 March 2020 By

During times of crisis, difficult decisions are necessary to save businesses in the long term. But the way in which some retailers have culled staff and cancelled orders will rankle for months to come. 

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Drapers Investigates: The cost of coronavirus to fashion retailSubscription

25 March 2020 By

Drapers’ survey of the impact of coronavirus on the fashion retail industry reveals the cost in terms of lost business and job cuts.

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Comment: KPMG's advice on accessing government supportSubscription

24 March 2020

Blair Nimmo, UK head of restructuring at advisory firm KPMG, tells businesses to make claims “clearly, early and with evidence” for the best chance of securing extended credit quickly. 

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Comment: Coronavirus could see global supply chains grind to a halt Subscription

24 March 2020

Simone Cipriani, head and founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative at the UN’s International Trade Centre, tells us how the coronavirus crisis will impact vulnerable people along the supply chain – and what retailers can do to help.

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