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“Covid security” will require heavy investment, and retailers will still have to battle reduced footfall and consumer confidence if they reopen on 15 June.
Marks & Spencer’s long-awaited move to add third-party clothing and home brands to its online and in-store offer has been praised by industry insiders, but they warned the retailer must capitalise on the chance to broaden its customer base.
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Chief executive of London-based manufacturer Fashion Enter, Jenny Holloway, details how manufacturing has changed in the wake of Covid-19.
Greg McCurry, merchandiser for sustainable and fair trade fashion brand People Tree, and former senior merchandiser at Asos, Laura Ashley, Duchamp London and Links of London, says now is the time to “brush off” decades-old discounting and over-stocking habits.
Prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that stores can reopen from 15 June raises more questions than it answers for retailers.
Brian Burke, a director at business advisory firm Quantuma, which oversaw Select Fashion’s administration process last year, says the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill will help protect some retail businesses. However, he predicts CVAs “will form a large part of the future retail landscape”.
Just a week after luxury designers and retailers teamed up to demand a shift in fashion’s selling calendar, the fashion industry’s leading bodies have put up a united front to support the new direction.
Over the past few weeks, the Drapers team has been speaking to wholesale brands, agents, independent retailers and multiples about how they will tackle the autumn/winter season as we come out of lockdown – including plans to discount unsold stock.
Demon Zhang, founder and chief designer of Chinese womenswear brand Mithridate, which shows at London Fashion Week, tells Drapers how the business coped with the Covid-19 outbreak and how it is getting back to work.
Scott Joseph, founder of vegan, gender-neutral accessories brand Fashion Without a Face, discusses how he launched his sustainable Manchester-based business in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.
David Stevens, senior strategy director at brand consultancy Wolff Olins, says a green recovery from Covid-19 offers an economic and ecological opportunity.
Mike Lester, CEO of lifestyle retailer WoolOvers, unexpectedly doubled its sales in April.
Next’s decision to launch beauty halls in struggling shopping centres across the UK is risky, but boss Lord Wolfson rarely makes the wrong call.
Victoria Prew, Drapers 30 Under 30 alumna and co-founder of peer-to-peer fashion rental start-up Hurr Collective, tells Drapers how the business is adapting to life under lockdown.
Drapers examines the future of footwear chain Footasylum, after its proposed merger with retail giant JD Sports was thwarted by the Competition and Markets Authority
The high street is going to look very different when we come out of lockdown, in more ways than one.
Fashion brand consultant Elizabeth Stiles, who formerly worked in fashion buying and supplier account management for brands such as Urban Outfitters, Next, Miss Selfridge, New Look and Asda, reveals the common factors responsible for several retailers’ current troubles.
Erin Brookes, managing director and head of retail at Alvarez & Marsal, discusses how the restructuring firm behind Cath Kidston’s administration and footwear retailer Office’s sale process is spotting vulnerable retailers in the current retail climate.
Tahira Taylor, strategy director at retail experience design agency Fitch, discusses how embracing technology, fashion brands can better evolve to create sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.
Erica Vilkauls, former CEO for womenswear retailers LK Bennett and East, discusses the importance of leadership and offers her predictions for the retail landscape post-coronavirus.
Contemporary womenswear brand Paisie is stocked online at Wolf & Badger, Silkfred, Atterley, and at independent boutiques across the UK and Europe. Its founders, Vicky Ng and Kate Yiu, tell Drapers scaling down their spring collection as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Just over five weeks into the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, and fashion retailers are – tentatively – planning how to reopen stores.