Ruth Faulkner's stories
Kering reports "record" revenues in Q1Subscription
Luxury goods group Kering, formerly PPR, has reported “record” revenues in the first quarter of this year, up 3.1% to €2.4bn (£2bn).
Cloggs is ‘back on track’ after JD dealSubscription
Footwear etailer Cloggs says it is back on track towards growth, following its sale to JD Sports Fashion earlier this year.
Kookaï to wind down UK operationSubscription
Womenswear retailer Kookaï is winding down its UK business as part of a solvent liquidation process.
Fashion was the bright spot at John Lewis last week in what the retailer described as a “challenging week”.
Ipanema chases web sales via UK siteSubscription
Brazilian footwear brand Ipanema has set up a UK website, which it hopes will generate up to a third of all its local sales within three years.
It’s all about Eve for Crea ConceptSubscription
French contemporary womenswear label Crea Concept is to launch a dedicated eveningwear sub-brand for spring 14.
How did a ‘scruffy urchin’ unloading shoes out of a van on the King’s Road rise to become footwear royalty? The man who helped build Office recounts his tale.
Vintage dress brand Horrockses up for saleSubscription
Vintage womenswear brand Horrockses - a favourite of the Queen, Princess Margaret and Joan Collins - is up for sale.
Schuh took home the top accolade at Drapers’ Footwear & Accessories Awards 2013, beating stiff competition from Office, Aldo and Clarks to win Multiple Footwear Retailer of the Year.
Stella McCartney is to expand further in the Far East with more store openings in China later this year.
Indie ecommerce portal The Counter is hoping to capitalise on the closure of Miinto.
A new womenswear brand aimed at women over 5ft 9 is set to launch online and in store at Selfridges.
N Brown delivers "strong" full-year performanceSubscription
Home shopping group N Brown has delivered its fastest rate of revenue growth since 2009 as sales increased 6% to £784.7m.
Cabbages & Roses is the latest label to collaborate with Uniqlo. Ruth Faulkner chats to founder Christina Strutt about the collection, which entered stores last week.
Steel magnate Lakshi Mittal has reportedly invested €5m (£4.26m) in the parent company of German etailer Zalando.
Daniel Footwear ramps up websiteSubscription
Footwear mini chain Daniel Footwear has improved its website to coincide with its 20th anniversary and offer customers a “better shopping experience”.
Value retailer Primark has reported a 7% increase in like-for-like sales in the six months to March 2, 2013 as operating profits soared 55%.
Ted Baker chief executive Ray Kelvin was the highest climbing fashion name on the Sunday Times Rich List this year, as his wealth rose £135m to £231m.
Fashion brands scoop Queen's AwardsSubscription
Leather accessories brand The Cambridge Satchel Company and lifestyle clothing label Seasalt have both received Queen’s Awards.
John Lewis web sales pass £1bn markSubscription
John Lewis has clocked up online sales of more than £1bn a year earlier than anticipated.
Puma raids Pandora for chief execSubscription
Sportswear brand Puma has raided jewellery brand Pandora for its new chief executive.
Aurora's Ish Patel heads to Victoria's SecretSubscription
Aurora’s group omnichannel director Ish Patel has been poached by US lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret.
Sandro's parent acquired in private equity dealSubscription
The SMCP Group, the parent company of French brands Sandro and Maje, has been acquired by US private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR).
Exclusive: Footwear orders frozen at TK MaxxSubscription
TK Maxx has placed a temporary embargo on footwear after bad weather and poor sales left the off-price retailer overstocked.
The first sign of spring helped boost fashion at John Lewis last week, with sales up 7.6% in the division.
London Collections: Men schedule unveiledSubscription
The official schedule for the spring 14 edition of London Collections: Men (LCM) has been announced.
Fashion sales volumes fall in MarchSubscription
Sales volumes of non-food items fell 2.6% during March after being dampened by the weather.
Luxury Scottish knitwear brand Pringle of Scotland is the latest name to ditch Milan’s Men Fashion Week in favour of London.
Was Debenhams right to blame the weather?Subscription
As Debenhams cites the snow in January as the reason for the fall in first half profits - bu Ruth Faulkner considers whether that is the whole story.
Snow affects first half profits at DebenhamsSubscription
Pre-tax profits at Debenhams fell 5.4% to £120.3m in the six months to March 2, with the department store business blaming the January snow.
Shellys going back to its roots with Aldo dealSubscription
Footwear brand Shellys is being given a fresh lease of life under a new design and distribution team looking to return it to its 1990s glory days.
Losses mount at Jane ShiltonSubscription
Handbag and footwear business Jane Shilton has reported a pre-tax loss of £1.9m for the year to June 30, 2012, as it prepares to sell its footwear division.
Womenswear retailer Oasis is to launch a new personalisation service at its flagship Argyll Street store.
Fashion Scout opens for entriesSubscription
Emerging designer launch platform Fashion Scout has officially opened its applications for London and Paris Fashion Week.
Pitti announces guest designersSubscription
Kolor, the Japanese brand created by designer Junichi Abe in 2004, will be the menswear guest designer at the June edition of Pitti Uomo.
Mainstream womenswear retailer Phase Eight is to reopen its Winchester store following a fire at the premises in January.
First Micam Shanghai hailed as a successSubscription
The inaugural Micam Shanghai footwear event attracted 5,880 visitors over the three day show, which took place in China last week.
One of the co-founders of private sales etailer Vente-privee.com has been appointed as the head of the businesses brand consultancy arm Vente-privee Consulting.
Aldo’s wholesale arm APS is hoping to return footwear brand Shellys to its glory days. But the business must rely on more than ’90s nostalgia to survive, writes Ruth Falkner.
Q&A: Katie Canvin, owner of indie AustiqueSubscription
As premium London womenswear indie Austique gears up to open its third store in June, Drapers chats to owner Katie Canvin about the new store and the retailer’s plans.
Private equity firm Graphite eyes JoulesSubscription
The former owner of footwear retailer Kurt Geiger is among several private equity firms thought to be eyeing lifestyle retailer Joules.
BCBG Max Azria mulls London expansionSubscription
Contemporary womenswear label BCBG Max Azria is planning to expand in London over the next two years.
Gola to expand Irish wholesaleSubscription
Sports footwear brand Gola is expanding its wholesale presence in the Irish market with the appointment of two new sales agents.
A contemporary womenswear label that is wholly manufactured in the UK has soft launched online, and plans to target wholesale stockists for spring 14.
Rare London parent calls in administratorsSubscription
Women’s young fashion brand Rare London’s parent company is understood to have been put into administration.
Shellys to be resurrected by AldoSubscription
Iconic women’s footwear brand Shellys London is being resurrected by Canadian footwear giant Aldo.
Base London names brand ambassadorsSubscription
Men’s footwear brand Base London has appointed emerging indie rock band Missing Andy to be its new brand ambassador.
Hainsworth teams up with ClarksSubscription
Footwear retailer Clarks has signed up for a second collaboration with textile mill Hainsworth to produce a range of men’s desert boots for autumn 13.
Fashion sales at John Lewis climbed 5.6% over Easter, as more “weather-resilient” departments such as nursery and jewellery performed well.
Kensington Shoe EventSubscription
The Kensington Shoe Event returned to its original locale this year, checking into Kensington Close Hotel.