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What's behind the shopping centre & retail park footfall dive bomb?

Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The continuing battle for footfall between the high street, retail parks and shopping centres took an unexpected turn last month. Major shopping centres such as Westfield Stratford City consistently broke footfall records last year, reporting in July that they had beaten the f...


Indie of the Month: Brides Do Good

Tuesday 21 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Brides Do Good is not your average independent retailer. You might not see it establishing a chain on high streets around the UK anytime soon, but its humble ecommerce platform is certainly making a difference in the world. Founded by Chantal Khoueiry, Brides Do Good is a soci...


The rise of modest wear: Are retailers making a stand against discrimination?

Friday 17 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

In politically charged times, seemingly innocuous items can take on extraordinary levels of significance. In recent months, modest wear has begun to make its way into mainstream fashion, throwing petrol on an already lively debate. Earlier this week, a European court passed a ...


Hands on with IVALO, the Tinder of independent fashion

Thursday 16 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

What is it? IVALO is an app that allows users to browse independent fashion retailers' items just like Tinder. Having soft-launched back in October in its native Finland, the app soon overtook the country’s biggest rivals like H&M and Zalando. It is a sales platform using the ...


Grocery vs Fashion: Why is fashion being left in grocery's dust?

Thursday 16 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

This week Blue Inc, Jones Bootmaker and Brantano were added to the increasing list of fashion retailers flirting with administration, and could well end up among deceased UK high street chains American Apparel and Banana Republic. That the fashion sector is struggling will not...


Business Rates: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Wednesday 08 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The anticipated Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first and last, has just been announced and the controversial business rates reforms have taken centre stage. Over the past few weeks, key retail and business figures including the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Federation ...


Defying expectations, 45% of retailers are hiring more staff despite Brexit: study

Tuesday 07 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

New research has flown in the face of retail analysts with indications that certain roles could be on the rise in the industry. According to the Retail Salary Survey 2017, conducted by retail recruitment specialist Quest Search and Selection, 45 per cent of retailers have repo...


Nokia's 3310 and the nostalgia revolution

Friday 03 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Last month two companies came back from the dead, as Nokia and Blackberry revealed their "new" old phones. The launch of Nokia’s revamped classic 3310 has seldom left the spotlight since it was revealed, and BlackBerry’s KeyOne is hot on its heels. Nostalgia has clearly worked...


Could Amazon be the push the fashion industry needs?

Thursday 23 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Not content with disrupting the tech, online and grocery industries, Amazon last week announced it would be making its first UK foray into fashion. This could not have come at a more pertinent time, as London Fashion Week breaks into full stride, displaying the ever-increasing...


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...