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Get consumers excited about shopping again

Come Autumn 21 the “new normal” should be established and consumers should once again be living lives that involve social engagements, working from the office

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.

UK should be “ready for a spending boom” once lockdown lifts

The UK should reap the benefits of a spending boom once the latest lockdown lifts, according to the latest survey from consumer and location intelligence specialist, CACI.

The Interview: Richard Gilmore, Managing Director, Fred Perry and Adam Waterfield,...

This week saw Fred Perry, or rather Fred Perry Holdings – part of parent Japanese company Hit Union - acquire long-standing Northamptonshire footwear brand George Cox for an undisclosed sum.

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.
Bianca Rangecroft // Whering

The Interview: Bianca Rangecroft, Founder of Whering

Whering, an app designed to allow users to easily digitise their entire wardrobe, resulting in a streamlined, curatable and accessible online styling tool, was officially unveiled to the public last week.

PODCAST: more2 Founder & CEO Kevin McSpadden

We take a deep dive into the world of Marketing Science with Kevin McSpadden, founder and CEO of More2. Kevin works with retailers at board level to get them focused on the right measures and actions that will ensure their future success.
Showroom Canada

Canadian fashion brands to stage digital showroom during London Fashion Week

The High Commission of Canada in the UK in partnership with the Toronto Fashion Incubator, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Canadian Apparel Federation will be staging a digital showroom featuring a selection of some of Canada’s most exciting fashion design talent during London Fashion Week.
Mark Bage

The interview: Mark Bage, CEO of Not Studio and Founder of...

Ex-Coggles CEO Mark Bage has launched a premium sneaker platform called Sneak in Peace after spotting a gap in the market for people who want premium sneakers from some of the finest designers and brands in the world - curated with a real eye for every detail.
Anna Guerin The Landskein

The Interview: Anna Guerin, founder and Creative Director, The Landskein

With recent press coverage including a double-page spread in The Irish Times pre-Christmas, and HELLO! Magazine in recent weeks – shot on actress Sophie Anderton, who now lives in a stately home in Wicklow, Ireland, The Landskein is a new contemporary women’s tailoring brand.
Icon Outlet at The O2

In Detail: Icon Outlet at The O2 reports productive 2020

2020 was a year we will never forget, as UK retail faced the harsh landscape of lockdowns, social distancing restrictions and a lack of disposable income due to the repercussions of COVID-19.

Stockholm Fashion Week digital platform plans and line-up revealed

Plans for the three-day digital platform for Stockholm Fashion Week (SFW) have been revealed, with HRH Crown Princess Victoria opening the week with a speech on sustainability and diversity in fashion on 9 February, 2021.

PODCAST: Scamp & Dude Founder, Jo Tutchener-Sharp

Welcome to the latest episode of our Podcast series "In Conversation" where we bring you inspiring stories, retail insights and conversation from fashion's most influential business leaders. 
LFW 2020 - OSMAN

London Fashion Week February 2021 announces provisional schedule

The British Fashion Council has announced the provisional schedule for London Fashion Week February 2021, bringing together menswear and womenswear into one digital showcase which will run from 19 to 23 February 2021.

Brexit, borders and bureaucracy: how British fashion brands are coping

"Getting into the ports has been challenging. We've had to air freight more than we'd like to into the UK, and although there have been no issues trading with the US or outside of the EU, definitely until they sort out what I hope are some of the teething issues [...] it's challenging and difficult."
Brexit logistics

Brexit, borders and bureaucracy: logistics experts offer advice for fashion exporters

Fashion exporters heaved a huge sigh of relief at the end of 2020 when it was announced that the UK and EU had reached an 11th hour trade agreement before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020.
Gone in 3 Seconds

Gone in 3 seconds: Mobile shoppers don’t wait for websites to...

Despite the huge shift to online shopping, consumers give short shrift to mobile websites and mobile web-apps that don’t work quickly or look right, according to website testing platform LambdaTest.

In Detail: balance of retail power shifts as Boohoo buys Debenhams...

In 2006 Sir Philip Green, then owner of fashion retail giant Arcadia, was awarded a knighthood for his services to retail. He was not only the "king" of the high street but he was, as he liked to be known, "the emperor" with his palace based at 214 Oxford Street – better known as "Big Topshop" and the most exciting fashion retail location in the country.
Ian Fulcher

The Interview: Ian Fulcher, Costume Designer and ex-fashion designer

Ian Fulcher brings to every production an extensive history working in the costume industry - from co-designing his own fashion label in the early 2000's, to working at the historic London costumiers Angels.
Retail sales high street

In Detail: ONS retail sales figures 2020 show fastest level fall...

UK retail sales volumes increased in December as stores were allowed to reopen briefly, following the end of the second national lockdown in England, new figures show.