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TRP Travel Retail Style Index: January 2021



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Welcome to the latest travel retail column for DRG by Alison Farrington aka The Retail Planner (TRP).

As the first update of the New Year, we kick off with a brief look at the new laws for duty free here in the UK, as well as some positive retail news from China.


1/ SEE EU LATER.
This month, there will undoubtedly be much Brexsplaining going on as travellers come to terms with the cancellation of tax-free shopping refunds for luxury fashion purchases in the UK. As of 1 January, the government has abolished the VAT Refund Scheme for non-EU travellers in the UK, meaning that shoppers from overseas can no longer claim their tax back on luxury purchases when they return home, unless the goods are shipped separately from the traveller (cost prohibitive). Meanwhile, the good news is that duty-free shopping is back for travel between the UK and EU (for alchohol and tobacco only), which means a Brexit bonanza for fans of the booze cruise. (more…)



Everyday movement



COS Active collection SS21

Don’t panic! This is a ‘new year, new me’-free zone, but I’ve just been served a fresh drop of COS active wear that I thought I’d share. COS positions its COS Active* collection (quite cleverly) as ‘designed for everyday movement’, thus taking it out of pure gym-speak.

As well as Lycra fare, there are Prada Sport-esque windbreakers*, some interesting quilted capes*, oversized hoodies* and boxy sweats*. Just the thing for the restricted Lockdown 2.0 walkabout, no? (more…)



Palate cleanser: The Row SS21



The Row SS21

After overindulging in 90s trash movies, toasted Panettone and lashings of brandy cream, it’s time for a palate cleanse. Here’s mine: The Row SS21.

What’s nice is that you can recreate these looks with stuff you already own. Just super-starch the shirts and steam iron the pants so they have a crease so sharp they could stand up on their own. (more…)



Save the date: Pretend It’s a City



Pretends It's a City New York doc on Netflix with Fran Lebowitz

Something to look forward to in January: Pretend It’s a City on Netflix, a film series about the evolution of New York City over the past several decades, narrated by my favourite New Yorker, Fran Lebowitz with Martin Scorsese. Mark your calendar for January 8th.

UPDATE: OK I’ve started watching and if you rate Fran, you’ll love it. I didn’t realise it’s a series! Martin Scorsese is very sweet, chuckling at Fran’s rants

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Fran Lebowitz / Pretend It’s a City
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