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.
Debenhams’ new management team must focus on cost cutting, product and store innovation to secure its future in the market, industry insiders have told Drapers.
Fashion SVP introduces two new areasSubscription
UK sourcing trade show Fashion SVP has announced new luxury and small-run areas for its June 2019 edition.
French fashion groups support Notre-DameSubscription
Heads of French luxury fashion groups LVMH and Kering have both pledged to help finance the reconstruction of Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was ravaged by fire last night in Paris.
Sports Direct to close Wigan warehouseSubscription
Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct will close its warehouse in Wigan, Greater Manchester, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs.
PrettyLittleThing partners with recycling appSubscription
PrettyLittleThing has partnered with clothing-recycling app Regain in an effort to divert consumers’ unwanted garments from landfill.
Record results for JD SportsSubscription
Revenue at JD Sports Fashion almost doubled to £4.7bn for the 52 weeks to 2 February 2019, as the retailer defied high street gloom by steering clear of reactive discounting and maintaining a clear customer proposition.
Debenhams CEO Sergio Bucher to exitSubscription
Debenhams chief executive Sergio Bucher will leave the company following its fall into administration last week, Drapers understands.
Mennace buying director joins River IslandSubscription
Shailen Unalkat, buying director at Missguided’s stablemate menswear label Mennace, has joined River Island as head of menswear buying, Drapers can reveal.
Head office roles slashed at AquascutumSubscription
British heritage brand Aquascutum has cut half of its head office roles amid a large scale restructuring, Drapers can reveal.
This Thursday Primark opened its biggest-ever store on Birmingham High Street, with five floors of fashion, beauty and food. Before the grand opening, Drapers sat down with its director of new business development, Tim Kelly, to learn more about the retailer’s largest global store.