Indies go online, Downturn hits UAE, Lunch with Manolo, Bangladeshi protests, The skinny on men’s jeans

Indies click onto online portal to boost sales (Drapers)
“An increasing number of independent retailers are planning to plug into online portals to help raise their profile and drive online sales.”

Wealthy look for value as downturn bites (The National)
“Luxury retailers in the UAE are stocking more lower-priced items and classic pieces to cater to a new customer mentality after the economic downturn.”

Lunch with the FT: Manolo Blahnik (Financial Times)
Vanessa Friedman interviews Manolo Blahnik.

Sourcing at risk in Bangladesh (Drapers)
“Ongoing protests by clothing factory workers in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka are likely to become a long-term threat to retailers who source from the country, according to leading industry experts.”

Tight Squeeze: Making Room For a New Men’s Fashion (WSJ)
“Skinny jeans, with tapered legs and narrow-peg ankles, seemed like a flash in the pan when they appeared in stores a few years ago. They seemed more suited to women. Today, though, sales of men’s skinny jeans are going strong, and mass brands Gap and Levi’s are getting in on the action.”