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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First look: Irregular Choice in MexicoSubscription
Quirky footwear brand Irregular choice has opened its first Latin American store, in Mexico, to launch its expansion across the Americas.
Brexit, business and innovation kick off LFWSubscription
The British Fashion Council (BFC) urged the government to seek a Brexit deal that would “guarantee healthy and steady growth of [the fashion] industry” at the opening of London Fashion Week this morning, as it launched a range of industry initiatives.
Debenhams debuts in OmanSubscription
Debenhams has made its Oman debut, opening a new store in the country as part of its continued Middle East expansion.
Zalando launches re-usable packaging trialSubscription
German etailer Zalando has launched a four-week pilot to test re-usable packaging, in which customers are requested to return their shipping bags.
From January 2020, Berlin trade show Panorama is relocating to Templehof Airport, the old venue for rival trade show Bread & Butter.
New brand and own-brand development helped fashion sales withstand an otherwise disappointing set of results for the partnership, managing director of John Lewis & Partners Paula Nickolds has told Drapers.
The Future High Streets Fund has sidestepped the UK’s high streets in most need of investment, in favour of those in more marginal parliamentary constituencies.
Gant creative director returnsSubscription
Former Gant creative director, Christopher Bastin, is returning to the brand in the new role of global artistic director, Drapers can reveal.
John Lewis blamed a 4.9% dip in fashion sales for the week to 7 September on the annivesary of the launch of John Lewis & Partners womenswear collection, which resulted in a spike in sales last year.
Sale of fur banned at Islington markets Subscription
Islington has become the first London council to ban the sale of fur at markets throughout the borough.