Martin Mason, managing director of footwear manufacturer and brand Tricker’s, explains why he believes the 191-year-old Northampton has reacted to the coronavirus epidemic.
The future of the traditional wholesale model in fashion has been the subject of much debate over the past few years.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Simone Cipriani, head and founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative at the UN’s International Trade Centre, tells us how the coronavirus crisis will impact vulnerable people along the supply chain – and what retailers can do to help.
It has been a nightmare week for the world of fashion retail. The situation we are waking up to each morning was almost unimaginable less than a fortnight ago.
Ailish Christian-West, president at property industry body Revo, calls for the government to support retail property owners to stop the “long-term decay of high streets”.
Next chief executive Lord Wolfson discusses the retailer’s “stress test” model, the importance of employee support and the need for continued innovation amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Simon Berwin, owner of Simon Berwin Advisory, and former managing director of menswear supplier Berwin & Berwin, discusses the importance of supporting each other during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Paul Moran, head of business rates at property firm Mason Owen, discusses the latest business rates developments.
Bobby Lane, small business growth expert and accountant to the fashion sector, gives his advice on how independent retailers can prepare for the downturn in the wake of coronavirus.
Mike Mikkelborg, former New Look and Gant supply chain director and CEO of data business Pilot Digital, discusses the impact the coronavirus is having on the fashion industry, from manufacturers to supply chain to retailers.
Lucy Reece Raybould, CEO of the British Footwear Association, explains how it is supporting the industry in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
This week marked a sharp turning point in the coronavirus crisis for UK fashion retailers and brands – and their customers – as the government ramped up measures to contain the infection and already-quiet high streets became ghost towns.
Chief executive of British Independent Retailers Association (Bira), Andrew Goodacre, shares his concerns over the impact of coronavirus on independent retailers.
Cathleen Nicol, founder of luxury accessories brand C. Nicol Studio, explains how small businesses are coping with the dramatic, swift changing challenges of the Coronavirus crisis.
Stephen Sidkin, partner at law firm Fox Williams, discusses the impact coronavirus could have on contracts.
Martin McElhinney, general manager at McElhinneys department store in Ballybofey, County Donegal, tells Drapers why the business made the difficult decision to close the store, to limit the spread of coronavirus in the local community.
I have had the pleasure of meeting countless whip-smart female leaders in the fashion retail industry, who are running innovative and successful businesses.
I recently chaired a lively debate about circularity in fashion, during which we explored some of the barriers to implementing closed-loop models, and possible solutions.
Eurig Lewis, owner of menswear independent Jackie James in Carmarthen, Wales, discusses why investing, even when the market was difficult, has set his businesses up for future growth.
Operating a retail business in China has never been a straightforward affair. Although first and foremost a human tragedy, the ongoing outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus is creating serious problems for those retailers who operate in the market.
The autumn 20 buying season will be remembered for one thing above all: the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Milan fashion week was never going to quietly pass us by.
In a world where a drumming gorilla is an effective tool for advertising chocolate, it is not unusual to see a conceptual ad campaign that does not feature the product.
Milan footwear trade show Micam was a quieter affair for autumn 20, as coronavirus and UK storms dampened footfall from international buyers.
Once the darling of the high street, Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group has been battling dwindling sales, profits and footfall as shoppers move on to fast fashion, digital-native rivals.
I was heartened by the Blitz spirit at trade show Pure London last weekend, where footfall remained steady despite the extremely stormy weather.
A key date in the fashion industry’s diary, Parisian textile trade show Premiere Vision was a muted affair for spring 21, but still provided a panoply of creative fabrics
I listened to the celebratory Brexit fireworks last weekend with a growing sense of unease. It might be the end of three and a half years of political stalemate, but it is also the beginning of a new era of uncertainty.
A busy week in the Danish capital brought star buyers, innovative brands and creative collections together for an event that is steadily gaining momentum and buzz.
Trade shows are notoriously cyclical, and last week I attended a much-changed edition of menswear show Jacket Required.
The North Yorkshire trade show continues to gain traction as more brands seek a fresh space in which to exhibit.
Autumn 20 was a subdued season, but a new layout and shifted brand focus hinted at the wider changes to come for Jacket Required.
Amid developments in the menswear trade show scene, Just Around the Corner is updating its approach and heading for new challenges.
Over the 139 years since its first branch opened in Bournemouth, Beales has weathered two world wars, several recessions and going from private to public ownership and back again.
It was arguably one of London’s most beautiful stores: a lofty urban paradise that centred around an open courtyard topped by a vaulted glass atrium.
The carbon and water footprints of UK fashion have decreased
significantly since we launched the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) in 2012, writes Peter Maddox, director of WRAP UK [the Waste and Resources Action Programme].
The relevance of Berlin’s flagship trade shows for British buyers has been hotly debated in recent years. When Drapers headed to Panorama, Seek and Premium for the autumn 20 shows, UK buyers may have been scarce, but the new-look events had won over British brands.
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.
The first Christmas trading updates out of the gate started the new year and new decade on a positive note.
Former prisoner Victoria Kate Johns explains why she created charity Leather Inside Out, which provides inmates with training in leather craft to help them find future employment
A new year and a new decade dawned as London Fashion Week Men’s kicked off the autumn 20 season with three days of catwalk shows on 4-6 January.
Chirag Patel, chief operating officer at Pentland Brands, explains how the business is driving smart working to stay relevant in today’s market.
Sustainability is fundamental for a brand’s long-term survival, argues Elaine O’Hare, senior associate at law firm Stevens & Bolton.
It has been a difficult year for many, but for Ted Baker it has been near catastrophic.
The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again. I have lost count of how many times I have heard this expression used in relation to fashion retail in 2019.