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Editor's Comment: Menswear that creates a 'moment' to rememberSubscription

16 January 2020 By

During menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence last week, I headed to the striking Tepidarium Del Roster to see the latest collection from Italian heritage sportswear brand Sergio Tacchini.

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Editor’s Comment: Business rates need a radical rethinkSubscription

22 November 2019 By

As the spectre of another general election looms – the second in just over two years – this week we ask the fashion retail industry what policies they think the next government should prioritise. 

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First look: inside Adidas's 'high street HQ' flagshipSubscription

24 October 2019 By

With cleverly embedded digital tech and a swish design, Adidas’s new flagship store on London’s Oxford Street is a dazzling display of retail theatre.

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The Bottega Veneta renaissanceSubscription

21 October 2019 By

Heritage Italian leather brand Bottega Veneta is fashion’s ‘It’ label, and new creative director Daniel Lee’s designs are causing a stir with commercial buyers and shoppers alike.

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Getting Asos back on trackSubscription

18 October 2019 By Tim Clark

Profits have fallen at Asos. How can the etailer overcome its challenges to ensure sustainable growth?

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Editor’s Comment: Double tariff trouble for British fashionSubscription

8 October 2019 By

British fashion retail has been dealt a double dose of bad news in recent days.

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Editor’s Comment: Brexit déjà vu at London Fashion WeekSubscription

17 September 2019 By

Yet again we find ourselves in the strange position of celebrating London as an international stage for British design talent, less than two months before the UK leaves the European Union.

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Editor's Comment: There's fight left in our independent retailersSubscription

12 September 2019 By

Judging for the Drapers Independents Awards is always a lively debate, and one that reassures me that it’s not all doom and gloom on the high street – there is so much innovation and success to celebrate.

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Editor's Comment: Panic autumn Sales cause lasting damageSubscription

5 September 2019 By

Widespread discounting on autumn stock before the summer has even come to an end has, worryingly, become common practice for many UK fashion retailers – and has potentially damaging implications. 

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First look: Inside Flannels' Oxford Street flagship Subscription

5 September 2019 By

Drapers takes a tour of Sports Direct’s £10m Flannels flagship on London’s Oxford Street.

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Big names unite for sustainable fashion impactSubscription

30 August 2019 By

At the G7 summit in Biarritz last weekend 32 retailers and suppliers signed the Fashion Pact – an agreement to champion sustainable fashion. Drapers assesses their chances of success. 

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Four forces redefining the high streetSubscription

28 August 2019 By

As the retail industry returns from its collective summer holidays and looks ahead to the autumn season, Drapers recaps how the high street has changed so far this year

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Top team-ups: the best fashion collaborations of the year so farSubscription

27 August 2019 By

Fashion brands and retailers have teamed up with a range of designers, celebrities and even cartoon characters to launch limited edition collections in 2019. 

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The CBD buzz: a new high point for fashion retailers?Subscription

22 August 2019 By

CBD is the current buzzword of the beauty and well-being industries, but can fashion benefit?

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Birmingham's burgeoning retail sceneVideoSubscription

22 August 2019 By

It is the country’s second city, but is Birmingham the right location for retail expansion? Drapers takes a trip

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Editor's Comment: Online profitability is a long gameSubscription

22 August 2019 By

Consumers are embracing online shopping, which requires fashion retailers to invest heavily in developing ecommerce – but an increasing number are questioning the return on that investment.

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Editor's Comment: A pleasure and a privilegeSubscription

15 August 2019 By

When I joined Drapers in June 2005, I could not have imagined the challenges and opportunities the next 14 years would bring.


Greening the globe: worldwide sustainability lessonsSubscription

14 August 2019 By

The UK is at a sustainability crossroads. Drapers looks to other countries for the most effective ways to reduce the fashion industry’s environmental impact.

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Editor's Comment: Still a lot to be proud of on the high streetSubscription

6 August 2019 By

This week Drapers celebrates an incredible 132 years. Looking back at the industry over that time there have been huge changes and challenges to overcome but there has also been plenty to celebrate.

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The risks and rewards of franchisingSubscription

5 August 2019 By Tim Clark

Following Mothercare’s decision to franchise its UK operations, Drapers analyses what the model, traditionally used internationally, may have to offer the fashion industry domestically.

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Editor's Comment: HoF won't survive without strong supplier relationshipsSubscription

30 July 2019 By

To say it has been a turbulent week for Sports Direct Group is an understatement.

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Editor's Comment: Industry support must be Johnson's top prioritySubscription

24 July 2019 By

Consumer confidence is low, the high street is in the midst of one of its most challenging periods yet, Brexit is imminent, and the UK has a new prime minister, Boris Johnson.

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Comment: Steady spring 20 at Pure London and ScoopSubscription

24 July 2019 By Drapers Reporters

The spring 20 editions of UK trade shows Pure London and Scoop, which ran concurrently in London on 21-23 July, got off to a sunny yet slow start on Sunday, although both shows picked up across the three days.

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Editor’s Comment: Make high streets local focal destinationsSubscription

22 July 2019 By

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the high street is not dead.