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Next in talks on Cath Kidston buy, deal possibly imminent
Next is back on the acquisition trail. The retail giant, which delivers its results later this week, is reportedly in “advanced talks” about buying troubled Cath Kidston.
Julien Dossena to design Jean Paul Gaultier’s next couture collection
After Olivier Rousteing and Haider Ackermann, it will be the Paco Rabanne creative director’s turn to take charge of Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture line for one season. Dossena’s collection will be unveiled in July.
Matalan names new Chair from Takko, ex-Co-op food leader Whitfield is CEO
There’s a new leadership team at Matalan with the company announcing on Monday that Karl-Heinz Holland is now the company’s Chair and Jo Whitfield joins as CEO.
Luxury activity exploded in 2022, pop-ups were key - report
Luxurynsight has released its annual Global Luxury Brand Analysis report and found an unsurprising double-digit rise in overall activity for fashion and leather goods last year as the world 'normalised post'-pandemic.
UK Gen Z shoppers embrace VAT-free EU spending post-Brexit
The UK may have failed to offer the hoped-for Vat-free shopping for EU tourists post-Brexit, but British tourists are taking advantage of their ability to shop tax-free within the EU, and Gen Z is leading the charge.
Mary Portas weighs in as John Lewis controversy continues
JLP Chairman Sharon White is mulling bringing in an outside investor, but the idea has sparked a big backlash and at the weekend, a high-profile industry insider accused the retailer of losing sight of what’s important.
Longchamp celebrates its spring-summer collection at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel
The French brand celebrated this Thursday, March 23, its new collection at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. Stranger Things star, Natalie Dyer, attended the event.
Shein pop-ups heading to Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff
Global fashion and lifestyle e-tailer Shein is taking the brand on a physical tour this spring on two fronts: via a pop-up store and ‘glam’ bus.
Landsec retail prize winner will be offered pop-up in Leeds or Wandsworth
Landsec is again offering up-and-coming retailers the chance to win a month-long pop-up space at one of the commercial property giant’s prime retail destinations.
GfK UK consumer confidence rises again in March
UK consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in March following a dark period of consecutive declines going back to last autumn. Admittedly, it’s still in negative territory though.
UK retail sales rise in February but values fail to match inflation
British retail sales volumes rose 1.2% in February compared to January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Friday.
Gucci opens new store in Meatpacking District, reflecting a new design direction
The Italian luxury giant chose the vibrant artsy downtown Manhattan neighborhood for its latest retail space.
Luxury bags are significantly more expensive in China than in Europe
While waiting for the Chinese to start traveling again, brands are betting on a rebound in domestic demand following the end of the anti-Covid measures, increasing their prices, reported a study by Retviews by Lectra.
eBay promotes Williams to top UK role
Digital marketplace eBay has promoted its UK chief marketing officer Eve Williams to become vice-president and general manager of eBay UK. She replaces Murray Lambell, who held the post since 2020.
Joe Browns announces plans for 10 new stores
Joe Browns is to open 10 stores across the UK by the end of 2024 a big expansion from its current two stores. And it will dip its toe in the water of franchising with an additional location to open soon in Cumbria.
Royal College of Art gets top global art and design accolade for ninth year running
When it comes to long-standing accolades, The Royal College of Art (RCA) can have few rivals. The London institution has been ranked No 1 university for art & design internationally for the ninth consecutive year.