Fashion retail industry news, trends and analysis

  • brian burke quantuma

    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”. 

  • dries van noten aw20

    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.

  • Kirsty 2019 index

    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.

  • mithridate aw20

    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.

  • sophia pink backpack

    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

    David Stevens, senior strategy director at brand consultancy Wolff Olins, says a green recovery from Covid-19 offers an economic and ecological opportunity.

  • woolovers 2020

    Mike Lester, CEO of lifestyle retailer WoolOvers, unexpectedly doubled its sales in April.

  • next store cardiff

    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. 

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    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. 

  • centremk Footasylum 1

    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

  • Kirsty mcgregor 2019 index

    The high street is going to look very different when we come out of lockdown, in more ways than one.

  • elizabeth stiles

    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 alvarez and marsal md and head of retail

    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 fitch

    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

    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. 

  • Paisise spring 20 index

    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.

  • Kirsty mcgregor 2019 index

    Just over five weeks into the UK’s coronavirus lockdown, and fashion retailers are – tentatively – planning how to reopen stores. 

  • alastair kean

    Alastair Kean, development director at retail design agency Dalziel & Pow, explains why retailers and brands should use the coronavirus shutdown to pivot creatively. 

  • Helen Brocklebank, Walpole CEO, Drapers Imagery

    Helen Brocklebank, chief executive officer of Walpole, the official sector body and voice of UK luxury, discusses British luxury brands’ ability to adjust to change and grow. 

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    Understandably, fashion is not thinking about its gender pay gap amid the pandemic. But creating more equal workplaces must be part of the industry’s future after coronavirus. 

  • Kirsty 2019 index

    Fashion and textile manufacturers across the UK have the capacity and skills to make much-needed scrubs and other personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health and social care workers, which makes the current nationwide shortages incredibly frustrating.

  • wales bonner aw20

    The British Fashion Council announced that menswear and womenswear shows will merge into a “gender neutral” digital platform for June. It seems likely that flexibility will be a key trend for the new season.

  • stuart mc clure

    Stuart McClure, co-founder of retail sales aggregator, provides insight into how retailers and brands are using marketplaces to accelerate the sale of, and clear, discounted inventory. 

  • Disaster: more than 400 lives were lost in the Rana Plaza collapse. The factory was being used by Primark and Mango

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  • Jojo maman bebe 002

    The industry must navigate an ethical way through this crisis by providing support not only for businesses’ immediate teams but also international and developing world partners, says Maman Bébé founder Laura Tenison 

  • 5572

    Bridal and occasionwear designer Kate Halfpenny tells Drapers about how her business is adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, and supporting legions of brides in the process. 

  • diane werhle 3x2

    Diane Wehrle, Springboard’s marketing and insights director digs into the fashion industry’s unpredicted Easter weekend, and predicts that retail parks will benefit most from an increase in footfall after Covid-19. 

  • astrid andersen autumn 20

    Three designers who show at London Fashion Week and London Fashion Week Men’s tell Drapers how the coronavirus pandemic has affected their businesses

  • david nieper staff wearing nhs scrubs ppe

    Christopher Nieper, CEO of womenswear brand and manufacturer David Nieper, explains how he responded to local hospitals’ needs for gowns and scrubs. 

  • dre spotlight on sustainability index helen riley

    Helen Riley, fashion acquisition manager at Ebay UK, says fashion brands must think carefully and responsibly about stock levels after the coronavirus crisis. 

  • Priya Downes, CEO and co-founder of Nudea

    Lingerie brand Nudea’s co-founder and CEO, Priya Downes, tells Drapers she is lucky that the six-month-old brand is digital first, but finds it “tough to see the light” about future funding possibilities.

  • claire spencer-churchill and alex lyles co-founders of agency claret showroom

    Claire Spencer-Churchill and Alex Lyles, co-founders of agency Claret Showroom and resortwear trade show Splash Paris, explain how they are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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    One supplier has called for retailers and brands to pay up for cancelled goods. The author has asked to remain anonymous. 

  • Oliver buhus of paragon clothing

    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.

  • Mark burlton

    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, founder of Perfect Dress Company

    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. 

  • Kath and nick whitworth celtic & co

    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.

  • Joanna davies 2

    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 seasalt

    Paul Hayes, CEO of Seasalt, explains how the lifestyle retailer is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Lucy aylen lucy tighe never fully dressed

    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.

  • suppliers

    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

  • dre spotlight on sustainability index ventile retailer insight

    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

    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.  

  • Trickers isetan department store tokyo

    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.

  • Kirsty mcgregor 2019 index

    The future of the traditional wholesale model in fashion has been the subject of much debate over the past few years.

  • vanessa hodgson copy

    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

    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. 

  • Kirsty mcgregor 2019 index

    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. 

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    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. 

  • kurt geiger london

    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. 

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