The DRG Retail Index: Jigsaw x Bluebird, Be More Karen, Boden Future British, J Crew x WeWork, Nyden

Welcome to DRG retail editor ALISON FARRINGTON’S new monthly retail round-up, celebrating experimentalism and innovation on the high-street. From the latest social campaigns to exciting new retail formats, we’re watching… and shopping.

The Shop At Bluebird

Save the date for 20th April, when The Shop At Bluebird’s new department store style venue (complete with sunlit central atrium and rooftop terrace) will open in an old coach station venue, recently renovated by Covent Garden property management firm CapCo. The new Floral Street location called Carriage Hall will open with a brand new Jigsaw next door and count designer stores including Kent & Curwen, Agnes b and Paul Smith as upscale neighbours. (more…)

Arket’s curated archive wardrobe is a breath of fresh air in the toxic world of fast fashion

Arket women knitwear in the London Regent Street store

In an age where sustainability in fashion and provenance in food are starting to define how we choose to consume products, it’s refreshing to see a company building longevity and durability into a brand concept from the ground up. DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON reports.

Arket is a new retail brand from Swedish fashion giant H&M, but it is about as far away from ‘fast fashion’ as it’s possible to be. (more…)

What to buy from Arket: millennial pink jeans, recycled cashmere and a box of cookies

Arket new store opening Regent Street

OK, Arket hasn’t opened yet but first impressions are rather promising. It helps that the press day was meticulously merchandised, the catering was fantastic and the goody bag contained a useful duo of linen tea towel and ‘good’ olive oil.

In case you missed it, Arket is (yet) another new brand from the H&M stable, launching in early autumn. (more…)