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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...

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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...

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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...

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Retail Gazette Loves: Disney and Westfield's Star Wars Campaign

Wednesday 15 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Westfield has launched a new Star Wars-themed fashion campaign, showcasing the upcoming key spring and summer fashion trends from its roster of retailers. The integrated fashion campaign features items from Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City’s luxury fashion retaile...

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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...

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5 Minutes With Tracy Barton, Retail Stores Director, Well

Monday 13 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

It's been less than a month since Tracy Barton was appointed to the role of retail stores director for pharmacy chain Well. For this week's '5 Minutes With...' Q&A, the Retail Gazette caught up with her to find out more about her career and what she hopes to achieve in her new...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Retail Gazette Loves: Ocado's robot packing arm

Tuesday 07 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Online grocery retailer Ocado has been working on a robotic “soft manipulation” project which aims to automate the packing of fragile items in its high-tech warehouses. The SoMa project, funded by the EU, is a collaborative research project between Ocado Technology and special...