Category: Retailing

Trouble in Paradise? I don’t think so

Spotted on a beach in Barbados. One hanging garment rail a long way from home. Still at least this one was relaxing on the beach and probably doubles as a prop in some beach vendor’s stall when it’s not beach-combing It could…

A Cage’s Story

This roll cage lived a short and brutal life and it is unlikely to see another sunrise. It was made in the image of thousands others and was put on this earth to fulfill a noble purpose, to transport milk…

Farewell then, dear – High Street

In my youth, a forbidden fruit, Coffee in Wimpeys, but no loot, To spend on records, Ben Shermans or beer, A palace of riches but no room here, For me, a bloke on a mission, Making my way with hardly…

SOS – Save our shops!

This Monday, 4th July, is Independent’s Day. No, that is not a misprint. Shoppers are being encouraged by the British Independent Retailers Association to buy at least one item from a local retailer and celebrate diversity on the high street.…

Laying e-foundations

Having returned from being abroad for more than a month a half, I have the feeling very little back here in London has happened since mid July. Boris’ bikes are safely installed and I’ve spotted the odd Barclay’s bike out…

The art of selling

Getting there, to be an exhibitor at a trade fair, was one thing and with a little help from my friends at UKFT Exports (see the previous blog) I had secured the financing to attend. But how was I going…

With a little help from UKFT – Exports

It was a stockist of mine who recommended that I should exhibit at Playtime, the luxury children and maternity trade fair in Paris. As I delved into the world of trade fairs and the possible help there was in terms…

Good Cash, Bad Cash

For those of us who have woken up from the shock departure of England from the World Cup, there has been a thriving week of retail activity going in the meantime. SALES SALES SALES from SAMPLE SALES to END OF…

Is the economic climate creating a mixed bag?

It was during my time as Retail Manager for a French luxury home wear brand that I tried to understand the daily sales fluctuations for our central London boutique. Long serving staff explained that the current sales patterns were as…

The smaller, the smarter (in the beginning)…

Securing stockists as a designer is a huge and vital challenge to take your brand to the next level. After all, your stockist will be your representing interface for every customer who buys your collection, and aligning your choice of…