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5 Minutes With Eloise Monaghan, Founder & Creative Director, Honey Birdette

Tuesday 21 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

With Australian lingerie retailer Honey Birdette opening its first batch of UK stores in the past few months, the Retail Gazette caught up with Eloise Monaghan, its founder and creative director, to find out what makes her tick. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background...


Indie of the Month: SilkFred

Monday 20 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

When Emma Watkinson was asked why she devotes her career to supporting and providing a platform for independent brands to sell their wares, her response was simple. “Working with them is an incredibly rewarding thing to do,” she said. “From a business angle it just works. They...


London Fashion Week: Could social media save the fashion industry?

Friday 17 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

London Fashion Week is in full swing as the world's movers and shakers in the fashion industry descend on the capital for a week of catwalks and cocktails. Underneath the celebrity veneer lies another story. The UK’s fashion industry is facing a difficult time. Heritage brands...


When should retailers get involved in politics?

Tuesday 14 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The state of western politics and the rise of global populism have become the focal point in almost every area of contemporary life. Many people are divided and even more have been driven to make their voices heard one way or the other. Since US President Donald Trump’s inaugu...


Could The Body Shop benefit from being sold?

Friday 10 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

This week cosmetics giant L’Oréal announced it was considering the sale of one of Britain’s most iconic retailers: The Body Shop. The country's love affair with the brand began in the 1980s when founder Dame Anita Roddick pioneered the craze of ethically-sourced goods in retai...


Retail vs Leisure: The battle for Valentine's Day 2017

Thursday 09 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Among the many unexpected trends we saw in retail over the last year was the significant shift towards spending in the leisure industry, as consumers moved away from physical retail purchases. Leisure attracted one and a half times more spend than retail last year, and its gro...


COMMENT: Overcoming the taboo of going into business with friends

Wednesday 08 February 2017 - Posted by Mike France, Co-Founder, Christopher Ward

The old adage that one should never mix business with pleasure is rather tired, and should not be taken as gospel. Running a business with friends — including retail businesses — has as much chance of being a revelation as it does a disaster. The first key to making it work is...


Consumer confidence explained

Friday 03 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Retail, like any business, depends on forward planning and smart investment, which in turn relies on accurate information — such as consumer confidence. Consumer confidence is something companies invest thousands of pounds and man hours into researching, and three separate and...


COMMENT: The tech innovations that could change retail forever

Tuesday 31 January 2017 - Posted by Jamie Murray Wells, Industry Head Of Retail, Google UK

Over the next decade, technology will be a key driver in transforming the retail industry and the consumer shopping experience. That’s the view from the latest report by the World Economic Forum and Accenture called Shaping The Future of Retail for Consumer Industries. I was i...


Could Chinese New Year be the biggest retail opportunity of the last year?

Friday 27 January 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Saturday January 28 marks the beginning of Chinese New Year, with millions of tourists from Asia expected to flock to the UK to celebrate the start of the year of the rooster. Data from Visit Britain suggests that flight bookings from China to the UK are up 81 per cent compare...