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.
Eric Musgrave

In My View by Eric Musgrave: Online Independence

Fourteen months of lockdown has caused lots of us rethink lots of things. One of my biggest changes has been in my opinion of independent fashion retailers selling online.

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.
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Retail sales soar as shoppers welcomed back to stores with clothing...

Retailers enjoyed a surge in spending as shoppers flocked to high streets, and in particular to clothing stores, following the easing of restrictions that led to the re-opening of non-essential stores on 12 April after months of enforced closures.

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?
Eric Musgrave

In My View by Eric Musgrave: Service not included

The phrase I have heard most often from business leaders I have interviewed in the 40-plus years I have worked in the industry is: “We pride ourselves in giving great service.”

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. 

Major fashion names from ASOS to Primark sign up for Textiles...

Major fashion names, including ASOS, Next, Primark, Marks & Spencer and Boohoo, have signed up to the Textiles 2030 action plan, which has been described as "the most ambitious ten-year programme for clothing and textiles in the world".

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.
Oxford Street

Retail sales boosted as shoppers buy new outfits ahead of lockdown...

Retail sales in March beat expectations, with shoppers spending more in fashion in anticipation of being able to socialise again, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Independents on how trade has been since non-essential retail reopened

It’s been just over a week now since retailers were able to reopen their stores on 12 April and fashion independents have now got the first weekend of trading since Lockdown 3 under their belts. The mood has been positive, with customers enjoying being out to get their retail “fix” after so many months stuck inside, or out with nowhere to go. Here’s what some independents have experienced so far back on the
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.

Carnaby and Soho retailers react to reopening

Assessing the first day of reopening of non-essential stores that was Monday, 12 April, 2021, brands and retailers in and around Central London’s Carnaby Street and Soho give their verdict on how it was on the West End frontline
Eric Musgrave

In My View by Eric Musgrave: Time to ask the big...

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Out of store click-and-collect points: the future of retail?

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves throughout the retail sector, with retailers suffering their worst annual sales performance on record in 2020, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Break the border: don’t let the current trading environment distract you...

Crises like Covid cause countries and their people to look in rather than out, as you might expect as this all comes down to the health of each and everyone else. But this inward thinking can extend to all areas of life and business, with the result that opportunities available now and after the crisis can be missed.
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One year on from Lockdown 1: how shopping habits have dramatically...

Shopping habits have “changed dramatically” a year on from the first empty shelves and shuttered high street stores, according to retail experts.

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?