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Easter holiday is the second most important trading period in the retail calendar. What will be the long-term impact on fashion businesses of missing out on this four-day bank holiday bounce?
Redundancies across the retail industry are rife as businesses race to cut costs to try to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic. But what is the reality of job losses on people’s mental health, and what can companies do to help relieve the impact?
Storms, record rainfall and now the rapid spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus – the first three months of 2020 have held unprecedented challenges for retailers.
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Oliver-Matei Buhus, operations director of high street supplier Paragon Clothing, tells Drapers how the coronavirus pandemic is shaking every aspect of fashion retail industry.
The retail property industry must let go of upward-only rent reviews if shops are to survive after coronavirus, argues Mark Burlton, managing director of independent retail real estate business Cross Border Retail.
Sunny Bird launched Bournemouth-based women’s fashion brand Perfect Dress Company three months ago. She discusses how she is keeping the business going through the coronavirus outbreak.
Nick Whitworth, co-founder and managing director of Cornish sheepskin brand Celtic & Co, talks to Drapers about how the Drapers Footwear Award-winning label plans to pull through the coronavirus crisis.
Jo Davies, owner of Cheshire-based boutique Black White Denim, says independents have the agility to survive the coronavirus crisis and fight it with positivity.
Paul Hayes, CEO of Seasalt, explains how the lifestyle retailer is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
Founder Lucy Aylen shares how agility and a focus on community spirit is helping womenswear brand Never Fully Dressed cope with coronavirus’s impact on wholesale partners.
Julia Redman, founder of consultancy BuyersEye and former head of buying for menswear, kidswear and homeware at value retailer M&Co, discusses the responsibility buyers have to support their suppliers through the Covid-19 crisis
Daniel Odermatt, senior product and marketing manager at Swiss textile company Ventile Fabrics, discusses the rise in “well-made” and performance-driven clothing materials.
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.
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.
The future of the traditional wholesale model in fashion has been the subject of much debate over the past few years.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Neil Clifford, CEO of high street footwear chain Kurt Geiger, explains why he has taken the decision to suspend his salary until stores reopen and how the business is supporting NHS workers fighting the virus on the frontline.
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.
It has been a nightmare week for the world of fashion retail. The situation we are waking up to each morning was almost unimaginable less than a fortnight ago.
Ailish Christian-West, president at property industry body Revo, calls for the government to support retail property owners to stop the “long-term decay of high streets”.