Grace Whelan is a news reporter at Drapers, specialising in menswear and property across the magazine and website. She joined the team in 2018 after graduating from City, University of London with an MA in magazine journalism. Personal industry interests include the developing role of tech in retail and British manufacturing.
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Seasalt's CEO on business after lockdownSubscription
Seasalt’s future holds a digital transformation, appointment-based retail, and a shift in the retail calendar, chief executive Paul Hayes revealed in the latest Drapers Connects webinar.
Drapers launches Inspiring Independents 2020Subscription
Nominations are now open for Drapers’ list of the most inspiring independent fashion retailers in the UK and Ireland, which will celebrate success, creativity and survival in the sector during the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
Which retailers are discounting the most online?Subscription
French Connection and Miss Selfridge are the retailers currently discounting the most stock online, ahead of stores reopening from 15 June.
Drapers asks how the global pandemic has brought with it the chance for retailers to reassess their supply chain and sourcing models.
Mike Ashley ups stake in Four MarketingSubscription
Frasers Group chief executive Mike Ashley has increased his shareholding in brand agency Four Marketing to 49% – up from 32.5% in May 2019.
Inspiring Independents: Psyche, MiddlesbroughSubscription
Steve Cochrane has taken lockdown as an opportunity to redesign his Middlesbrough independent Psyche, ready for the reopening of the high street.
Debenhams reveals first stores to reopen Subscription
Debenhams has announced it will reopen 50 of its stores in England on 15 June, following the temporary closure of its store estate under coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
High street fashion chain New Look has begun talks with landlords to negotiate turnover-based rents across its store portfolio.
Global fashion brands have been adding their voices to the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping across the world after the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, caused by a police officer who knelt on his neck during his arrest in Minneapolis on 25 May.
Stitch Fix to cut 1,400 US employeesSubscription
Online personal styling service Stitch Fix is to lay off around 1,400 US employees.