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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?”.
Onloan

Renting your clothes is not worse for the planet than throwing...

A recent study from LUT University in Finland has hit the headlines for its claims that fashion rental, which has boomed in the UK since the pandemic, is in fact worse for the planet than buying clothes and throwing them away.
Jeff Abrams

The Interview: Jeff Abrams, Founder and Creative Director, Rails

Despite the difficulties created by the Coronavirus pandemic, contemporary Los Angeles-based fashion brand Rails has been very actively broadening its reach. It’s currently running pop-up stores in Paris and in Selfridges in London, and it opened flagship stores in New York in autumn 2020 and San Francisco in spring 2021.
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Southgate wearing Percival “dream come true”, says brand’s co-founder

The continuing success of the England football team at Euro 2020, and manager Gareth Southgate sporting suit, knitted navy polka dot "lucky tie" and short sleeved cotton knits from British menswear brand Percival, is seeing the brand reap the benefits, according to Co-Founder and Creative Director, Chris Gove.
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.
Eric Musgrave

In My View by Eric Musgrave: Fool Britannia? Let’s keep branding...

David Antich is getting annoyed. And he is ready to do something about it. A couple of months ago, via one of his regular LinkedIn posts, David let rip at the murky practices surrounding country-of-origin branding and the (mis)use of “Made in the UK” and similar
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.

“Hybrid approach” to selling is key to fashion industry’s post-pandemic recovery

In a positive sign that the global fashion sector is firmly in post-pandemic recovery mode, a new survey from leading wholesale management platform JOOR has revealed that 90% of surveyed brands intend to present their new SS22 collections this summer, and 92% of buyers said they will be attending buying appointments.
womenswear

Rise of mid-size fashion shoppers sees brands blur lines between standard...

The rise of mid-size female fashion shoppers, sitting between UK sizes 12-18, is seeing apparel brands begin to blur the lines between standard and plus sizing, promoting greater size inclusivity within the fashion industry, according to the latest data from True Fit, the data-driven personalisation platform for fashion retailers.

Sole Fashion trade show postponed due to continued Covid uncertainty

The Sole Fashion trade show, which had been due to take place in August, has been postponed due to continued uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK.

2021 Colour Trends: Vitality

During this period choices made within design and product development are being challenged like never before. Colour connects to our senses in a profound way. It can arouse an array of feelings within us on a subconscious level it also creates a bridge, drawing together our visual and emotional senses.
Belstaff

Spotlight on: Belstaff AW21 with Creative Director Sean Lehnhardt-Moore

Belstaff is upping its focus on desirable womenswear pieces for AW21 with a more tightly edited but striking collection, to add to the men’s line that includes a new collaboration on outerwear pieces with breathable and waterproof fabric specialist Gore-Tex, revisiting a partnership first forged in the 1970’s.

Cross-border e-commerce sales projected to surge to £552bn by 2023

Cross-border e-commerce sales were forecast in 2019 to grow to £317 Billion by 2023 but are now projected to surge to £552Bn by 2023.

Does your brand work with influencers? Use this guide to keep...

Consumption of digital media skyrocketed during the pandemic as locked-down consumers turned to their smart-phones for inspiration, entertainment and, of course, shopping. According to data
Fashion Concept Award: Jessica Craddock (Nottingham Trent University)

Graduate Fashion Foundation announces 2021 award winners

The Graduate Fashion Foundation has confirmed its award winners for 2021, announcing winners of the catwalk, exhibition and International awards Graduate Fashion Week's home at Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross.
YANA Active

The interview: Sisters, Directors and co-founders of YANA Active, Charlotte and...

Based in Newcastle, sisters Charlotte and Sophie Wilson launched their YANA Active brand, “combining comfort, performance and high-end style” in December 2019, working on it at every available moment while still holding down full-time jobs.
High street shopping

Retailers suffer surprise sales fall in May despite reopening

Retailers suffered a surprise setback in May as a drop in food sales offset the gains seen by non-essential shops after they reopened.
Boohoo

Half of fast fashion made from plastics, new study finds

Fast fashion retailers are being urged to dramatically increase their use of recycled materials after a new study found that half of the clothes sold on popular websites were made from virgin plastics.

In Perspective: How to get customers into a loyalty loop

The search for the right garment or shoe often starts with a question, rather than going straight to blue jeans or black shoes. “I like what this influencer is wearing but I’ve never heard of that brand before, what else do they sell?”; or, “I like these shoes, I wonder how the sizing runs?” And it is typical for the questions to pile up until the customer is so confused that they either buy the wrong item or give up altogether.

Just Around the Corner upsizes venue amid growing brand list

Menswear appointment only ‘order writing event’ Just Around the Corner (JATC) has announced it is moving to a larger location - at The Boiler House in east London’s Brick Lane - for its first physical event in 18 months between 19-21 July, 2021, due to “unprecedented demand.”