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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Laura Ashley will extend its fashion offering to a younger demographic “by way of collaboration, capsule collections or launching a new sub-brand”, chairman Andrew Khoo has told Drapers.
Li & Fung swings back into profitSubscription
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Beth Butterwick departs from Karen Millen Subscription
Beth Butterwick has left her position as CEO of Karen Millen and Coast following Boohoo’s acquisition of the two brands.
Further redundancies at Karen MillenSubscription
All pattern cutting roles at Karen Millen and Coast have been placed into consultancy following Boohoo’s acquisition of the two brands, Drapers understands.
Office to shut up to 15 storesSubscription
Footwear retailer Office will close 10 to 15 of its loss-making stores in the next two years.
Notonthehighstreet appoints new chiefSubscription
Online marketplace, Notonthehighstreet, has appointed former Hello Fresh UK boss Claire Davenport as its new CEO.
Retailers despair at no-deal Brexit chaos Subscription
Retailers fear further depreciation of sterling and disruption of deliveries in the run-up to the all-important Christmas trading period, if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on 31 October.
Suzanne Harlow exits Jack WillsSubscription
Jack Wills chief executive Suzanne Harlow has left following Sports Direct’s takeover of the lifestyle retailer, Drapers can reveal.