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Marcus Jaye

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Marcus Jaye is founder and creative director of TheChicGeek www.thechicgeek.co.uk

In-Depth: Five a day fashion – the rise of plant-based “leather”

The next time you are in the fruit and vegetable section of your local supermarket, hand-picking the source of your latest five-a-day, take a look at the potential origins of your next luxury handbag or accessory.

War Paint For Men opens world-first men’s make-up brand store

Pioneering British Beauty Brand, War Paint For Men, has opened the world’s first men’s make-up brand store on London’s Carnaby Street. Producing tinted moisturisers, concealers, beard and brow gels and more, all tailored to the male market, War Paint For Men was founded in 2018.
Burberry

Burberry opens Sloane Street flagship

Burberry has opened No.1 Sloane Street, London, the first flagship store to feature Burberry’s new global design concept.
Vegan

Vegan marketplace receives £400,000 investment

Online vegan fashion marketplace, Immaculate Vegan Ltd., has successfully raised its first round of investment, securing £400,000 from a number of leading investors, including an award-winning angel investment fund.

In Depth: the repair renaissance

In the classic British sitcom, Only Fools and Horses, the ever-sharp Trigger claims that he’s had his road sweeper's broom for 20 years. He goes onto say that the broom has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles. "How can it be the same bloody broom then?" asks Sid, the cafe owner. Trigger produces a picture of him and his broom and asks: "what more proof do you need?”.
Sounder

In-depth: How fashion got into the swing of golf

For the younger, time-pressed and cash poor generations, golf used to be a sport associated with Surrey country clubs and the ageing gin and Jag brigade. It appeared to be a sport for the monied with time of their hands and it felt like golf clubs would be turning into wild flower meadows before Generations X and Z felt the pull of the manicured fairway.
Burberry AW21

With its CEO on the exit ramp, what next for Burberry?

The shock announcement that Marco Gobbetti, Burberry CEO, was to leave at the end of this year sent shares in the company spiralling downwards yesterday wiping £1bn off its market value.

Are we set to enter a new “age of independents”?

When a mighty oak falls the sunlight blazes in. The resulting glade sees green shoots appear with all manner of species stimulated to grow and compete for this finite opportunity.

In-depth: the SS21 trends retailers are backing to get the fashion...

Fashion trends, remember those? A collection of styled fashion ideas and images to push product onto consumers and allow buyers to focus and buy deeper on particular SKUs and styles.
Crocs

In-depth: Just how did Crocs become so cool?

The Marmite of footwear, the humble Croc has suffered much derision since its inception in 2002. Over 600 million pairs later, its fugly cool has struck the right lockdown note with sales booming. The latest global figures for 2020 reveal an incredible 69 million pairs sold, full year sales of $1.386 billion and a 12.6% revenue increase in 2020 vs 2019. So, how did Crocs get it so right?

In-Depth: revealing the male lingerie trend

Underwear sales have flown during lockdown and a new trend has emerged in men’s under garments - lingerie. Brands such as SDL intimates, Moot and Exterface are catering for this new demand and promoting a fresh male image.
Adidas

In-Depth: Horti-couture – how will the gardening/fashion crossover trend grow?

When did getting dirt under your finger nails become so de rigueur? While Capability Brown sounds like a colour by Farrow & Ball, according to IMRG, The UK's Online Retail Association, home and garden sales soared 74% year-on-year in 2020. 

In-Depth: What does a department store-less town look like?

Department store chains have come and gone before. Many stores’ names became amalgamated, swallowed up and disappeared thanks to the larger chains’ lofty expansion ambitions during the 20th century. However today, many mid-size British towns and cities are facing a completely department store-less future for the first time in living memory.
Foot Locker

In-depth: Dropshipping – what is it, how does it work and...

As a retailer, how do you increase your product range or brand selection without tying up money in inventory, warehousing and delivery costs? The answer could be dropshipping.
Peloton

In-depth: can Peloton capitalise on its community to create a new...

An aspirational brand selling products in the £1,000s diversifies into affordable sub-categories; this sounds like the classic financial model for luxury fashion or jewellery brands, but what about in fitness?
Mango

In-Depth: Will retailers’ third-party brand experiments work?

How can mono-brand websites appeal to the fickle consumer addicted to newness? For some, the answer appears to be adding a raft of third-party brands, such as Mango and Marks & Spencer have recently done.
New Bond Street, 2021.

Luxury leaders go local as pandemic continues to halt travel

The capitals of Europe have long been destinations for foreign tourists, most notably Chinese and Arabic visitors, to fill their shiny Rimowa suitcases to bursting with luxury goods. Buying a new Hermès bag on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré or a bespoke suit on Savile Row felt more authentic and could seduce many an international visitor to spend, spend, spend.

The Interview: Graham Hand, Co-Founder, Hand and Jones

2020 was a disaster for many brands and designers. Though, for some, it has been the impetus to strike out and do their own thing. For those individuals who were made redundant, or had a previous business disappear, it has been an opportunity to start afresh, optimistic about the future.

Can Boohoo really create an online equivalent of Inditex?

It was back in May 2020, just two months into the pandemic, that online fast-fashion group Boohoo started laying the groundwork for its recent spending spree. The Manchester based business raised £198m in a share placing, leaving the company with around £500m in cash.
Dr Martens

Is now a good time to invest in fashion and retail...

Investors in retail stocks and shares have had a wild rollercoaster ride over recent years. In a fickle industry polarised between winners or losers, picking worthwhile and profitable investments has been a difficult art. Many have seen their investments wiped out or drop massively due to the pandemic, while some online retailers have seen their share prices soar since March’s stock market nosedive.