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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N Brown hires financial services CEOSubscription
N Brown Group, which owns brands Simply Be, Jacamo, JD Williams and Ambrose Wilson, has appointed Daniel Joy as financial services CEO.
Investment sets Fresh Couture up for expansionSubscription
Independent UK streetwear brand Fresh Couture has secured a £250,000 investment to bring its design in house and drive ecommerce sales.
Debenhams splits with property directorSubscription
Debenhams has parted ways with property director Clive Bentley, amid preparations to close 22 stores in the New Year.
M&S to shrink flagship storesSubscription
Marks & Spencer is launching a review to downsize around 20 of its largest shops whereby upper floors of stores could be converted into residential or office space.
Family pays dividends at FenwickSubscription
Ailing department store chain Fenwick handed out dividends of £4.9m to its family owners last year, despite axing hundreds of roles.
Ted Baker seeks new chairmanSubscription
Premium retailer Ted Baker has hired headhunters to recruit a new chairman, after a difficult year that resulted in the appointment of consultancy firm AlixPartners.
Moncler plays down Kering takeover rumoursSubscription
The chief executive of Italian luxury brand Moncler, Remo Ruffini, has dampened speculation around a takeover by Kering.
Next proposes warehouse expansionSubscription
High street retailer Next is reportedly seeking planning permission to build a 777,000 sq ft warehouse in Yorkshire, creating more than 1,000 jobs.
Sports Direct offers up Lillywhites London leaseSubscription
Sports Direct could be on the cusp of ditching its Lillywhites store on London’s Piccadilly Circus, having reportedly put its lease on the market.
Revo junior vice-president announcedSubscription
Commercial property body Revo has announced Philip Bier, the entrepreneur that brought Copenhagen’s Flying Tiger to the UK, as its junior vice-president.