Competitive asset or unnecessary expense? The role of the designer within UK fashion retailing

C. M. Moore*, L. Shearer

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While much is made of the contribution of design to the achievement of competitive advantage within the British fashion retail sector, little attempt has been made to examine the processes in which design is managed, integrated and developed within such companies. With the cooperation of 11 of the UK's most successful fashion retailers, this research identifies that the responsibility for design direction and development has moved from supplier to fashion retailer, in order that the latter can fully exploit and protect the opportunities afforded to them through own-branding. Suggesting that design control affords greater supply chain control, the research also provides a valuable insight into the varying roles and responsibilities of the designer as well as the differing ways in which the design function is managed by fashion retailers. In addition, the research identifies that for some of the most successful fashion retailers, the contribution of the designer has been extended and his or her creativity incorporated into areas of decision making not traditionally associated with that of the fashion designer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-229
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Fashion Marketing and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Marketing


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