FUTURA MAGAZINE · March 2014
Welcome to the April issue of Futura, our third edition of the year. It's just a few weeks since our last issue but much has happened in the interim. From shop openings and, sadly, closures to proposed management buy-outs, new launches and appointments, and landmark legal battles, these – and many other stories – are all covered in our comprehensive news section. The trade show calendar has been equally busy, with a number of high-profile shows taking place in the first quarter of the year. For up-to-the-minute reviews of key events, such as Bread & Butter, Moda, GDS and Gallery, be sure to check out Showtalk section on page 15. Our Brand Watch feature which was launched last issue and aims to provide an insight to some of the key labels to watch proved to be so well received that we plan to make it a regular part of Futura. You can find the second instalment on page 17, where we profile a selection of brands and independent designers, all of whom are making their indelible mark on the fashion scene. Elsewhere, we've opened the floor, so to speak, to some of the country's independent retailers, finding out their views on everything from acquiring new brands and trading online. As ever, the results – which can be found on page 10 – make for fascinating reading. We're back again next month. In the meantime, though, please continue to stay in touch with us and keep sharing your views, comments and suggestions. All feedback – favourable or otherwise – is always helpful in enabling us to continue to meet your – our readers – wishes. Enjoy the read!
Alexander Fitzgerald, Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
FUTURA MAGAZINE · February 2014
It may be cold, dark and wet but we've been hard at work to being you some cheer in the form of a feature-packed bumper issue of Futura for February. The 52-page issue covers not just ladies' fashion but also men's and, to a lesser extent, children's. We've even packed in an extensive look at the latest footwear. Our focus, as with our January issue, is on the AW14 collection and, as such, we've scoured countless collections and catwalks to bring you the need-to know on the leading ranges, the hottest tends and the key pieces. We're not here to simply preach, though; we're happy to listen, too. To this effect, we've spoken to 12 independent retailers (six in menswear and six in ladieswear) across Ireland to find out their respective experiences of the recent Christmas sales. Their views and verdicts can be found on pages 26 and 50. Elsewhere, retailer Declan Mahon talks to us about his new dress hire store in Dublin (P.14), Frank Lyman reveals the thinking behind his eponymous fashion label (P.32) and Raymond Davern Jnr of Daverns of Cashel speaks to us about the Tipperary shop's exciting evolution. With all this plus much, much more, we're sure you'll enjoy the read! See you again in March.
Alexander Fitzgerald, Features Editor email@example.com
FUTURA MAGAZINE - Welcome to our first issue of 2014.
With the new year in full swing, we've been working hard to bring you a feature-packed issue brimming with all the latest news, views and need-to know. With the grande dame of O'Connell Street, Clerys department store, having recently re-opened for business, following a four-month closure necessitated by flood damage caused by an unseasonal thunderstorm, we attended the grand re-opening to see if it had been worth the wait. Our verdict? Read all about it on page 12. Retailers' views and opinions remain, of course, as important as ever in the fashion industry, so we've asked six independent retailers across the country to share their experiences with us. Read the interesting - and encouragingly optimistic - results in our 'So, How Was It For You?' feature on page14. Our fashion focus this issue is on the AW14/15 season which, judging from what we have seen so far, promises to be one to note. The first part of our two-part seasonal preview in Collection Reports can be found on page 16; the concluding section will be in the February/March issue. Other highlights in this issue include our regular features such as News and Showtalk, which can be found on pages 2 and 9 respectively, as well as a look at the latest developments in the on-going school uniform debate on page 21. Enjoy the read and see you next month!
Alexander Fitzgerald, Features Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
FUTURA MAGAZINE · February 2013
Proving that the best things come in threes, our February issue is an amalgamation of Menswear in Ireland, Futura and Footwear in Ireland. Two's company? We prefer to think, for this issue, at least, that it's three!
As with our January issues, the fashion focus is firmly on the A/W 2013/14 season. With this in mind, we've put together collection and trend reports for footwear and both men's and ladies' fashions.
One issue that is proving a growing concern for many involved in the fashion sector is that of rising rates. To gauge the extent of the problem, we spoke with four menswear retailers and found out their views and opinions. The results, which are on P.14-15, make for very interesting reading.
Retailers' opinions are, of course, of paramount importance to us – and to you, the reader, too, we imagine. With this in mind, we've carried out not one but two Vox Pops, which give a voice to retailers across Ireland. Fashion retailers in the ladies' sector share their views on P.20-21 while footwear retailers are given their own platform on P.48-49.
Our key interview this issue is with the Matthias Remus, the managing director of trousers specialist Bruhl. In our 'Wearing The Trousers' feature on P.18, the genial German reveals his plans for the company's future, explains how it remains competitive and outlines how the Irish market differs from its European counterparts.
Other highlights in this extended issue include our regular News section and an interesting look at the relatively recent phenomenon of mid-season sales and how they can prove beneficial. We're also put together the need-to-know on the forthcoming Fashion Coming Together event, which takes place from 24-26 February at Fashion City in Ballymount, Dublin 24.
With all this and much, much more, we hope you enjoy the issue!
FUTURA MAGAZINE · January 2013
A new year, a new issue!
A very warm welcome to the January edition of Futura. As our first issue of 2013, we've a bumper editorial line-up for you.
As 2012 fades into the distance, we look back on the past 12 months and get the views and verdicts of independent retailers across the country on how their respective businesses fared, what sold well and how customer spending patterns changed. See the first in our two-part feature on trading in 2012 on P.16; the concluding part will appear in our February issue.
When it comes to fashion, however, we prefer to look ahead – namely to A/W 2013/14, which provides our style focus this issue. In addition to previews on the key collections, we've compiled trends reports to give you the need-to-know on everything from the hottest trends and must-have colours to the most desirable designs.
With mid-season sales proving as contentious as ever – and usually prompting a Marmite-like love-them-or-hate-them reaction – what better time to look at this relatively recent phenomenon? In our 'Take The Money And Run' feature on P.27, Thierry Bayle argues his case for their viability.
With all this and much, much more, including our regular News and Showtalk sections, we hope you'll find plenty to keep you informed and entertained until our February issue.
Wishing you the very best in the interim….
FUTURA MAGAZINE · December 2012
There is so much activity going on at the moment that it's difficult to touch on everything. The run into Christmas has started. Consumers are buying early to avoid the possibility of a VAT hike in the budget, which we all hope will not happen. BUDGET DAY is looming and will create its own worries for retailers across Ireland but we hope the small business sector will be left in peace. As Nigel Blow, CEO of Arnotts discussed on Newstalk recently, " the budget would be better left 'til after the Christmas spend to create some confidence and certainty with retailers" We can all agree with this, but who listens?
As we approach Show Time, the final preparations are being made for the numerous trade shows that will launch the Autumn / Winter 2013 collections. In this issue we take a look at Showcase Ireland and a focus on Fashion here. Some great brands are to the fore for the January event at the RDS. There are lots of trade events to consider for the A/W 2013 buy in and we hope you will find the show to suit your needs in this issue, as outlined by Alexander Fitzgerald.
Greg Canty, our most forward-thinking contributor, gives some sound advice on the social media side of your business for 2013. It is now recorded that for Christmas 61% of consumers will buy online – so retailers, if you are not yet there with your website, it is time to do this, to grow your retail sales for the year ahead.
Christmas, we hope, will offer a good sell-through to retailers. And let's keep fingers crossed that the urge to go into early sale can be left on the back burner until 26 December.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas, and our good wishes for 2013. We will be back in January with the launch of the Autumn / Winter collections.
FUTURA MAGAZINE · May / June 2012
.... the sun is finally shining and will continue to shine, we hope for the rest of the summer. This past month has seen torrential rain and April showers that lasted into May adversely affecting retail sales. Customers aren't thinking flip flops when their feet are getting soaked or summery maxi dresses when they are still wearing coats! So we hope that the turn in the weather will boost peoples spirits and get them in the mood for spending.
In this issue, we speak to Deirdre Callaghan of Venus Boutique in Skibbereen, west Cork and to Jason Scott of the IT Department who educates us on EPOS systems. You will also find our regular round-up of news, footwear news, collections for AW12 and a special trade show preview on all the upcoming shows around Europe.
We will be launching a brand new sports trade magazine, Sports-Ireland next month. Read all about it on page 2 and if you would like to be involved, don't hesitate to contact us. We always look forward to hearing from you. See you next time,
FUTURA MAGAZINE · March / April 2012
Disappointing News this month.....
.... in the unusual shape of the Irish football team. The 'Boys in Green' will be sporting suits from a UK men's fashion company as they line out at official functions at Euro 2012 -- and they're free.
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) selected the newly launched British label Chess London -- with which Irish midfielder Keith Andrews is involved -- to supply the team suits for the European Championships.
An FAI spokesman confirmed it had spoken to a number of companies in relation to supplying the official attire.
"The company was chosen because their offer was free of charge... and had the full backing of all of the players," the spokesman said.
The irony of the Irish team representing Ireland on the international stage in English made suits is not lost on Irish retailers. Dublin-based tailors Louis Copeland provided the suits for players and officials at the World Cup in the US in 1994 and in Korea and Japan in 2002. Neville Murphy, assistant manager at Louis Copeland, said it was "very disappointed" not to have been appointed the tailor for Euro 2012. "They've selected a UK-based company to do them this year," Mr Murphy said. "We did quote for it but unfortunately we didn't get it this time. We were very disappointed, obviously. We've done it before and we've done it for the Ryder Cup, so we've a lot of experience doing big events like that." It is a sad day when we won't support our own. Moving on to better news, Bow and Pearl in Ranelagh have recently launched online, read the full interview with owner Bronagh O'Sullivan on page 16.
As well as that, we have a special focus on lingerie, weddingwear, schoolwear and accessories in this issue as well as all the latest news, collections and shows. We will see you next month!
FUTURA MAGAZINE · January 2012
A Very Happy New Year to You all........
We hope this new year heralds a fresh start bringing with it positivity and renewed optimism. 2011 was without doubt a very difficult year. Even Christmas time, usually a time of overzealous spending, increased footfall and guaranteed sales proved difficult. For nothing is guaranteed anymore. To see how four major retailers fared during the Christmas sales, what they really feel about the 2% VAT hike and their plans for 2012, turn to page 8.
There has been a lot going on in the world of retail since our last issue, not all of it good unfortunately. On page 7, we bring you the latest on the Barratts and La Senza closures and the industrial action of Primark in Northern Ireland. In other news, we are pleased to announce that the Fashion City Fashion Event is going ahead at the end of February and we will have all the details on that in our next issue.
For all you need to know on upcoming trends for autumn/winter 12/13, head to page 14 followed by our collection reports on page 16. You will find the latest updates on all upcoming shows in Showtalk and reviews of shows that have already occurred such as Showcase Ireland which was the best one yet!
We wish you a prosperous 2012.
Well it's that time of year again...
Well it's that time of year again. No, not Christmas time, Budget time! As Ministers Noonan and Howlin delivered the blows, I couldn't help but think that if Santa is doing his Naughty and Nice list this year, I have no doubt as to which side these guys will be on. The savage new Budget hits people where it hurts, including retailers. Despite much opposition, the 2% increase in VAT has been introduced and despite promises galore, no provision has been made for tackling the upwards-only rent reviews. 2012 it seems is going to be a tough year.
In other news, the Chinese Hub in Athlone has been given the go ahead for phase one. It is hoped that this development will give a much needed boost to trade, employment and tourism in the country.
This is our special trade show issue for 2012 where you can find all you need to know on upcoming shows and our handy event planner with all show dates marked which can be kept and hung up so you may never miss a show!
As 2011 draws to a close, I spoke to some of Irelands' retailers to find out how this past year treated them. To see what they had to say, turn to page 14. From talking to them, I know it has been a tough year on everyone so I hope you all have a very prosperous Christmas selling season.