One of the UK’s leading fashion events, Pure London, has announced the launch of a new Accessories Concept at the AW18 show in February. The new concept is a platform for young talent in footwear and accessories.
Springboard released its November footfall figures on Monday and they made less-than-encouraging reading as visitor traffic to stores rose marginally (by 0.2%) in a month when traffic should have picked up even more.
Black Friday may have been expected to deliver a major boost to UK fashion stores but not only did it not do that, the race to buy online and general consumer caution meant that early December was weak too.
The UK fashion retail sector was pinning its hopes on Black Friday and the associated shopping days to rescue what has been a weak autumn season so far. But it doesn’t appear to have achieved that aim.
UK stores are expected to have dealt with large numbers of returns at the weekend following the Black Friday shopping surge in late November with a Collect+ survey saying returns were expected to peak on Friday.
The rising popularity of next day and specific day deliveries is impacting retailers’ ability to meet customer expectations, according to IMRG, with the percentage of orders arriving on time dropping by 7.4% in October.
Mobile orders surged across Yoox Net-A-Porter’s sites for Cyber Weekend with the firm saying they accounted for two-thirds of sales on Sunday. And total orders peaked at more one per second on Black Friday.