Interesting articles I’ve stumbled across

I’m always keeping an eye on articles related to fashion retailers, simply to see the latest going-ons in the industry! I get emails sent everyday and I always take a quick look on my train to see. Over the last few weeks, I found these the most interesting to read! A mixture of positive and negative news as usual:

Primark sales increase 15% with ‘strong’ Christmas trading

http://www.drapersonline.com/5068081.article?WT.tsrc=email&WT.mc_id=Newsletter182#.VNzeKkesVMY

Gap cuts design chief job as sales slowdown continues

http://uk.fashionmag.com/news/Gap-cuts-design-chief-job-as-sales-slowdown-continues,460374.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Pure London welcomes strong mix of retailers, Chinese buyers

http://uk.fashionmag.com/news/Pure-London-welcomes-strong-mix-of-retailers-Chinese-buyers,463705.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Textile factory: traumatising immersion for three fashion bloggers

http://uk.fashionmag.com/news/Pure-London-welcomes-strong-mix-of-retailers-Chinese-buyers,463705.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Ted Baker: Interesting interview with Ray Kelvin

http://m.uk.fashionmag.com/news/Ray-Kelvin-We-are-going-to-open-stores-in-Amsterdam-and-Stockholm-,453879.html#utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email

Having done a placement within the Buying department at Ted Baker, I found this article a really good read. It’s exciting to see the brand entering so many new markets, where so far they have been viable, despite the same global identity. Having studied Globalisation of brands in a university module and learning the importance of globalisation that is far from standardised, Ted Baker seem to understand and know what they’re doing!

It’s really intriguing to see how Kelvin works, especially of what I could see around the office! I love seeing Ted Baker’s quirky, highly distinguished brand image and I can’t wait to see their progress!

Adam Lippes Resort 2015 collection

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Love this collection! See the photos: http://www.style.com/fashion-shows/resort-2015/adam-lippes

“Continuing to evolve his refined vision of American sportswear, Resort found Adam Lippes in a relaxed mood influenced by French visual artist Willy Daro’s decorativeobjets, which fuse together natural metals and stones. That inspiration was reflected in the collection’s emphasis on organic shapes, particularly evident in easy pieces such as paper-bag-waisted trousers, fluid silk slip or wrap dresses, and soft double-knit merino ponchos. Daro’s works also gave rise to the graphic foliage print found on Lippes’ boxy, thigh-grazing shift, which would look terrific with a pair of flats. Keeping in mind the season’s early November delivery window, Lippes was sure to offer plenty of transitional outerwear to take his customer into the colder months. Highlights included an unconstructed topper cut from ivory wool, backed in duchesse, as well as “monastic,” robe-like coats (in either boudoir-ready satin or luxe, brushed cashmere) with open slits along the sides that imparted a dynamic movement. Elsewhere, Lippes continued to elevate denim—a relatively new category that has met with retail success—in the form of boxy chambray tunics and indigo wrap skirts, which communicated an easy elegance that wasn’t too fussy.”

Fresh Channel

Excited to see the new business structure for Warehouse, and what it will do for the business! Having been a part for Aurora Fashions for 4 years and continuing to be a part of the company in Head Office, I am always interested to see how its adapts and moves forward!

http://www.retail-week.com/companies/aurora/aurora-fashions-restructure-what-do-retailers-need-to-know/5047039.article

Rana Plaza

This isn’t recent news in the retail industry but having watched a BBC documentary a couple of months back, its message is still apparent and important to get out there. Watching the documentary was heart breaking and it showed how greed values profit more than human life. No-one should die for fashion and the worst thing is that it was completely avoidable. I highly recommend watching it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27107860