All the latest news from Moda

Moda brings you all the latest news from the retail fashion industry as well as what's happening in and around the show.

Check this page regularly for all the essential industry information, new products, retail innovations and brand updates. As the show approaches this will also be the place to keep up to date with all the latest news and information on what's happening at Moda in February 2015.

Anna Wintour honoured with Outstanding Achievement

Vogue editor will be honoured at British Fashion Awards.

6 November 2014

Anna Wintour will be honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award at this year’s British Fashion Awards. The iconic editor-in-chief of American Vogue and artistic director of publisher Condé Nast will receive the accolade on 1 December during the awards at London’s Coliseum.

Having started out at Harpers & Queen magazine in London in 1970, Wintour was made creative director of American Vogue in 1986 and later editor-in-chief of British Vogue. She rejoined American Vogue two years later in her current position, and was named as artistic director of Condé Nast in March 2013.

“Anna Wintour has helped, nurtured and advised the careers of some of the world’s most brilliant and creative designers, and there isn't a person working in fashion who has not been inspired and influenced by Anna's leadership,” says Natalie Massenet MBE, chairman of the British Fashion Council. “This is why we are honouring Anna at this year's British Fashion Awards. An editor, business woman, philanthropist, mother, friend and icon; this award recognises and celebrates her extraordinary contribution to the global fashion industry and to popular culture.

Anna Wintour

Small growth for independent retailers

BIRA members report small but significant increase this quarter.

BIRA has described growth within the sector as being “on the right side of zero”, following reports of a 0.6 per cent increase in takings this quarter. The association – which represents independent retailers – polled its members and found that growth was at its highest since before the onset of the recession in 2007.

“Small shops found more in their tills on the third quarter of this year than they did in the same three month period last year,” says Michael Weedon, deputy CEO and communications director at BIRA. “Not by much but, to put it another way, they outdid Tesco by some way.”

The Association, however, did also warn retailers that trading conditions would continue to be tough for some time yet.

“Gains in turnover of less than one per cent should be compared with a likely increase in business rates in 2015 of 2.3 per cent – unless there really is good news in the Autumn Statement – and the impending start, for many of these small businesses, of the costs associated with auto-enrolment pension contributions,” says Weedon. “The room for complacency really is zero.”


Julien Macdonald completes 450km cycle

Fashion designer makes journey across Madagascar for Enable Scotland.

31 October 2014

Fashion designer Julien Macdonald has completed a 450km cycle across Madagascar in support of learning disability charity Enable Scotland. The designer was joined by 12 solo cyclists in his epic mission, which began in the capital city of Antananarivo and came to an end five days later in the coastal town of Mahavelona.

“What an adventure!” says Macdonald. “The last day was the hardest but the group spirit pulled us through and even the oldest members of our group – some in their 60s – came through on top form.

“I’ve been truly inspired by my fellow cyclists and the landscape, and proud of what we have achieved for Enable Scotland. The Malagasy are such friendly and welcoming people. Everywhere we cycled through there were children lining the streets, waving smiling and cheering us on.”

Although the total raised by the event is yet to be confirmed, the charity is hoping that it will surpass last year’s total of £45,000.

Founded in 1954, Enable Scotland supports children and adults with learning disabilities, helping them to lead full and independent lives.

Julien Macdonald

Consumer confidence brings Christmas cheer

Industry analyst predicts increased spending for Christmas 2014.

30 October 2014

Consumers will spend £2.3bn more over Christmas this year in direct comparison with the same period last year, according to industry analyst Verdict. Improvements in the housing market and rising confidence are tipped to contribute to the increase in spending, which would be representative of a 2.6 per cent rise in comparison with last year.

Furthermore, clothing, footwear, health and beauty are the sectors that will see the biggest increases, according to the report. Specifically, Verdict predicts that clothing and footwear will see a rise of 3.5 per cent, although retailers are urged to ensure that their omni-channel offer is primed to take advantage of increased demand for click and collect and premium delivery services.

Consumer spending is tipped to reach £90.7bn, with almost 60 per cent of that spend directed towards the non-food sector in 2014.


Amazon tops department stores in digital customer experience report

The latest eChannel Retail Benchmark report placed the e-tailer over the likes of Debenhams, John Lewis and M&S.

Online retailer Amazon has topped the latest eChannel Retail Benchmark report examining digital customer experience, beating off department stores Debenhams, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer.

The report, undertaken by eDigitalResearch, which assessed the complete end-to-end customer experience across key digital channels – including websites, mobile sites and apps, found that Amazon topped the report thanks to its accurate and fast predictive text on keyword search, extensive customer reviews and one-click purchase function.

“Amazon has long led the field with their multi-channel customer experience, introducing ideas such as predictive search text and one-click purchases,” says Derek Eccleston, commercial director at eDigitalResearch.

“While they still don’t lead the way when it comes to design or first impressions, Amazon clearly understand their customers – they know that people are often wanting to make purchases quickly and their digital channels more than deliver on this front.”

Marks & Spencer, meanwhile, saw its overall multichannel digital customer experience position slip into third spot, following the site re-launch earlier this year. The fashion retailer scored poorly in both first impressions and checkout stages of the customer journey.

Other retailers to make the top 10 included Topman, Asos, House of Fraser, Topshop, New Look and Laura Ashley.


Barker aims to set a trend for younger male shoppers

British shoemaker Barker is looking to attract younger men with its more fashion-focused designs and recently launched etail website.

7 November 2014

UK sales and marketing manager Adrian Gell told Drapers: “Our current customer is aged 30 and over, but there is definitely an interest in some styles from younger, or at least younger-minded consumers, which is the market we are trying to tap into.

“We are trying to target the typical Barker wearer’s son, for example, who doesn’t realise we offer styles like contemporary brogues and Oxfords with a very heavy sole, which are made in England.”

Gell said Barker’s Creative Collection, which was launched four years ago and includes styles with contrasting leathers and different tanning treatments, is now the fastest-growing area of the business.

Barker launched a new website in September, designed to operate as a brand showcase as well as a transactional site, and is ramping up its social media presence on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to interact with younger customers.

The company, which was founded in 1880 and still produces some of its premium shoes at its factory in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, also plans to work with new independent stockists that appeal to a younger, more fashionable customer.

Barker has 600 UK stockists, in addition to four standalone stores in London and two in Moscow, as well as franchise stores in Prague, South Korea and Azerbaijan. It will open a new London store by Christmas, details of which will be released soon.

Barker also has a small women’s range of 12 styles, also designed to appeal to a younger, fashionable consumer.

Barker Shoes


Gardiner's open new showroom

Gardiners' extensive range is proudly on display in their new showroom which opened this Autumn!
The new showroom located at Gardiners 85,000 square feet bulk storage facility just outside of Gloucester, showcases the entire Group's core up and coming ranges for 2015, including:

  • The latest in sports fashion from Skechers
  • Waterproof shoes, wellingtons and classic collections from Cotswold
  • Sophisticated Italian fashion from women's footwear brand The Flexx
  • Style and hot earth colours from Riva for summer 2015
  • Modern technologies in safety specialist footwear
  • Hiking collections from Hi-Tec and Mirak
  • Children's and Back to School brands
  • Caterpillar Footwear and Clothing

Our ASM's are now taking appointments!

For more information visit

Hi-Tec Brand Ambassador Walks 3000km for Children's Charity!

Rob Candy is a 30 year old former communications officer from London who is on the pursuit of social change and to aid the lives of 30 young people from Kenya and Tanzania through the charities Rayleigh International and People.

Rob's aim is to raise NZ $30,000 which will go towards these charities that focus on sustainable development and improving the state of poverty. In addition to sponsoring the walking challenge, Hi-Tec will donate walking shoes to Rayleigh's global adventure programs in Costa Rica and Tanzania in 2015.

The trek is due to commence at the beginning of November and is expected to take around five months. Rob and his traveling partner Joss Smale will take on some of New Zealand's toughest terrain and in will be skirting the Pacific Ring of Fire in Hi-Tec's hero style the men's Altitude Pro RGS Waterproof hiking shoes. Rob chose the Altitude Pro RGS Waterproof specifically for thier superb track record in extreme conditions and high performance technology. The shoe features a Rolling Gait System midsole technology and Vibram outsole that ensure walkers feel secure and comfortable in all kinds of terrain.

Rob Candy has commented on this exciting partnership and his challenge to raise money for these children saying, "I'm not a professional walker at all, but I'm excited by the idea of making a positive impact while doing something I love. As a volunteer in 2013, I experienced first'hand the fantastic work Rayleigh are doing in Tanzania. It was there where I had my first taste of walking, too. Once you're out there, everything else just disappears.

"We can't wait to begin our adventure and it's fair to say we're also a little bit nervous about making it through 3000km. It's a tough trail and we're still learning, but as long as we've got the basics right - like having good shoes that can last the distance and packing light - then fingers crossed we will be fine. Here's hoping! "

Best of luck Rob and Joss from everyone at Hi-Tec UK!

Join Rob Candy as he walks New Zealand's 3000km Te Araroa trail at and keep updated with his movements and partnership with Hi-Tec at

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