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  • Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

    21 February 2008

    As climate change bites, the high street needs to wise up or risk losing out
  • Asos.com

    21 February 2008

    After making its name with celebrity-inspired styles, etailer Asos.com tells Lauretta Roberts why it has a lot more to offer than just copycat clothes
  • Beauty and the beach

    8 September 2007

    Heidi Gosman and Penny Klein launched premium beachwear brand Heidi Klein after working as retail management consultants. Tapping into the holiday wardrobe needs of the jet set, the company opened its first standalone store in London's Westbourne Grove (below) in April 2002. A second London store followed in 2004, and a website was launched a year later. Since September 2006 the brand has been sold in Harvey Nichols in London and Barneys in New York.
  • BRC lobbies for rate cut as retail sales slow

    8 September 2007

    The British Retail Consortium has called for the Bank of England to cut interest rates, after its sales monitor reported a like-for-like sales rise of just 1.8% in August across the retail sector, against 2.5% last year. BRC director general Kevin Hawkins said the squeeze on disposable income and worries about interest rates, which have risen five times in a year, were hitting retail sales and shop prices.
  • Buchanan Galleries expansion kicks off

    8 September 2007

    Work has begun to double the size of Glasgow's Buchanan Galleries mall. The scheme, a partnership between Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors, includes rejigging the Open store, owned by JD Sports, to create two 25,000 sq ft units. The first phase will be completed by next summer.
  • Charli London dives into wholesale for spring 08

    8 September 2007

    Womenswear independent Charli London will launch an eponymous wholesale brand for spring 08 at streetwear show Who's Next in Paris this weekend. The two-store London indie is aiming for 30 accounts in its first year. The range, focusing on premium quality basics, will wholesale for between £7 and £22. Who's Next is at Porte de Versailles this weekend.
  • City worried by sales drop

    8 September 2007

    Market speculation suggests like-for-like clothing sales plummeted 3.1% in the week to September 1, causing concern for analysts banking on a strong autumn season for fashion multiples.
  • Figure fixers

    8 September 2007

    Merchandisers' love for Excel spreadsheets can turn sour as the files grow bigger and data gets lost in the muddle. Penelope Ody seeks out some alternatives
  • Gateshead hosts Berghaus standalone debut

    8 September 2007

    Berghaus opened its first standalone store this week at Gateshead's MetroCentre. The 2,000 sq ft store sells the brand's entire range of footwear, clothing and accessories for men, women and kids.
  • Hot Tuna to make waves in Middle East

    8 September 2007

    Surfwear brand Hot Tuna has signed a three- year distribution deal for the Middle East with distributor Sourcerite. Hot Tuna said Sourcerite will open a number of stores for the brand in the Middle East during the three-year period as part of the agreement. The first store, measuring 2,000 sq ft, will open in Dubai in autumn 2008.
  • Jahan Cashmere to open base in Scotland

    8 September 2007

    Iranian textiles manufacturer Jahan Cashmere has invested £20 million in a new facility in Kelso, Scotland, creating up to 60 jobs in the next three years. It has received £500,000 from the Scottish Executive and will open in the former Border Electronics factory, initially employing 20 staff.
  • K Fashion (UK) denies copying Arrogant Cat

    8 September 2007

    K Fashion (UK), the supplier and retailer accused of copying by womenswear brand Arrogant Cat, has hit back against the allegations. In its defence filed at the High Court, K Fashion denies it has copied any of Arrogant Cat's designs and is demanding the brand prove its ownership of the designs.
  • Legal notices

    8 September 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Lucia says farewell to Bainbridge

    8 September 2007

    Lucia agent Marianne Bainbridge is to retire after 28 years at the German womenswear brand.
  • M&S makes shortlist for RSPCA business awards

    8 September 2007

    A handful of fashion retailers and suppliers have been shortlisted for the Drapers-sponsored fashion category at this year's RSPCA Good Business Awards.
  • M&S retail boss joins George at Asda

    8 September 2007

    New global managing director for George Anthony Thompson will start his tenure with an in-depth consultation with customers. He said that he would also assess Asda's three retail formats and their suitability for George. The former Marks & Spencer retail boss joins on September 17. He replaces Angela Spindler.
  • Material thinking

    8 September 2007

    Autumn 08 heralds some innovative fabric blends and finishes as producers aim to keep pace with fashion's seasonal changes. Over the next six pages, we take a closer look at the textiles market ahead of this month's fabric shows
  • Miller sisters launch Twenty8Twelve store

    8 September 2007

    Sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller opened a Twenty8Twelve boutique last week in Westbourne Grove, London. The store will house their entire autumn 07 collaborative fashion collection.
  • Moss Bros rethinks its strategy for the future

    8 September 2007

    Moss Bros has kicked off a strategic review, led by non-executive director and Baugur representative Don McCarthy.
  • Myla unveils autumn 07 ad campaign

    8 September 2007

    Lingerie brand Myla will launch its autumn 07 marketing campaign next week, after adding Harvey Nichols to its wholesale stockists. The campaign, called Myla - Beauty and the Bedroom, features a model draped against a silk backdrop. The autumn 07 collection includes pure silk satin, silk chiffon and lace in nude, soft pink, ivory, blue and black. The ads will appear in October issues of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and V magazine. Myla also used brand consultancy Valerie Wicks.
  • Off the record - Rumours, gossip, parties

    8 September 2007

    Twenty8Twelve tears it up
  • One for the road

    8 September 2007

    Deciding whether to outsource distribution depends on each individual retailer. But if they decide to go ahead, there are plenty of providers, says Simon Jack
  • Own label tops the agenda in John Lewis's fashion assault

    8 September 2007

    John Lewis aims to bump up its own-label clothing sales to represent more than a third of its fashion sales within three years.
  • Personal trainers

    8 September 2007

    The trainer is shedding its classic look, with 1980s-inspired styling heralding bright colours, high-shine finishes and painterly graphics for spring 08
  • Retail Trust brings industry stars to book

    8 September 2007

    Who would George Davies or Sir Philip Green most enjoy taking out to dinner? The answers are in a new book launched by charity Retail Trust. Art of Retail, which celebrates the industry's leaders, will be launched with a portrait exhibition at Harrods' Dress Circle Restaurant in London next week. It profiles 34 retailers, such as Davies (pictured) and River Island's Bernard Lewis, who reveal titbits including their favourite luxury item and ideal dinner companion. The £60 book can be ...
  • Rigby & Peller plans to increase its store count

    8 September 2007

    Lingerie retailer Rigby & Peller will open two stores in the next two months, as part of plans to expand within the M25. The first store, which will open at the end of September on King's Road in west London, will be the retailer's largest at 1,800 sq ft. Another shop will open at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent at the end of October.
  • Roulette gambles on growth

    8 September 2007

    Jersey-based independent Roulette is gearing up to open a dedicated womens-wear store and expand its online offer.
  • Sports doyens launch upmarket fascia

    8 September 2007

    A group of sportswear industry veterans have launched a new sports concept called Lab Sport.
  • Staff training teaches us all a lesson

    8 September 2007

    When trading is tough, Investing in training sessions can reap big rewards, says Hilary Cookson
  • The drapers fashion fix poll

    8 September 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The Officers Club cuts its losses and refocuses

    8 September 2007

    The Officers Club posted losses of £1.05 million for the year to August 31 2006, compared with a loss of £4.86m the previous year. Group sales fell 13.8% to £57.6m, from £66.9m. The 70-store chain aims to move away from its discount stance following competition from value retailers, and said there was potential to grow its online sales.
  • Tightly knit

    8 September 2007

    A merger between two Australian wool organisations could revitalise both the Woolmark brand and the knitwear industry, as Linda Foster discovers
  • TM Lewin unveils City of London flagship

    8 September 2007

    Shirtmaker TM Lewin has opened a 3,000 sq ft flagship store on Fenchurch Street in the City of London, featuring its new brand identity. The store is TM Lewin's largest and offers a bespoke tailoring service and the full range of women's clothing. It also features a new layout, window designs, signage and merchandising.
  • Value chains make a play for kidswear share

    8 September 2007

    Value retailers have gained kidswear market share at the expense of high street chains such as Bhs and Gap. More than £1 in every £3 spent on kidswear is spent at a value retailer, according to a report from Verdict Research. The likes of George and Primark are forecast to grow their share of total kidswear sales from 35.9% in 2006 to 38.6% in 2007.
  • Which boots are made for autumn?

    8 September 2007

    With no defining trends for autumn footwear, leanne o'shea weighs up the styles on offer
  • Your chance to be a Drapers Awards winner

    8 September 2007

    The deadline to enter this year's Drapers Awards, which take place on November 21 at the Grosvenor House in London, is fast approaching. To find out whether you are eligible to enter and be in with a chance of winning, visit the Awards website at www.drapersawards.co.uk. If you are struggling to meet the deadline, email clare.west@emap.com to discuss an extension. Good luck!
  • Tomorrow's world

    8 September 2007

    As the autumn 08 textiles show season kicks off, key experts predict the dominant trends, ranging from technical blends to natural neutrals and brights
  • 50 years on for Charnos

    1 September 2007

    Lingerie brand Charnos has launched a limited edition collection for spring 08 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The range, called Claudia, comprises a padded balconette bra in A to D cup and a full-cup bra in D to G cup, both available in two colours. The designs feature Italian embroidery and bras retail at £35, with knickers from £16 to £18. Charnos said the range had been well received, with many mainline buyers at Harrogate Lingerie and Swimwear show last week also placing an ...
  • Accessories offer spices things up at Nougat

    1 September 2007

    Womenswear brand Nougat London has launched an accessories collection for spring 08, featuring handbags, belts and shoes in leather, suede and canvas. Bags will wholesale from £20 and shoes from £16. The accessories range will be sold across the UK as well as in Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Australia.
  • Arev snaps up Blooming Marvellous for £5m

    1 September 2007

    Maternitywear retailer Blooming Marvellous has been snapped up by Icelandic investor Arev. The 14-store business, which also has a mail-order operation, is understood to have been sold for £5 million. Arev also owns Jones Bootmaker and discount outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse.
  • Arnotts chairman buys out O'Connor family

    1 September 2007

    Arnotts chairman Richard Nesbitt has bought the 24.6% shareholding of the Irish department store business owned by the O'Connor family for more than EUR40 million (£27.12m). The deal marks the end of a battle for ownership of the business. Following the deal, a development partner can now be appointed for the extensive regeneration of Dublin's Northern Quarter, which Arnotts is spearheading. Prior to the buyout, Arnotts was owned jointly by the Nesbitt and the O'Connor families, with ...
  • Arrogant Cat fights over alleged copying

    1 September 2007

    Womenswear label Arrogant Cat is launching legal action against manufacturer K Fashion (UK), trading as CC Tokyo, over alleged copying of its designs. The two trade nearby on Great Portland Street in London, and Arrogant Cat is seeking £150,000 in compensation. Arrogant Cat has also demanded that K Fashion (UK) hand over details of its suppliers and customers. K Fashion (UK) declined to comment.
  • Berkeley bolsters its team to fuel expansion

    1 September 2007

    Retail recruitment firm Berkeley Search & Selection has appointed two senior consultants to help it expand into the travel, outlet, luxury, jewellery and cosmetics sectors. Davene Stirling and Nicole Pitt-Williams have joined as senior consultants in retail operations. Stirling worked in retail recruitment for two years, while Pitt-Williams has also spent several years in retail recruitment.
  • Bratz is revived with three stores

    1 September 2007

    Kidswear mini-chain Bratz has been rescued from administration by owner Bahram Parinchy.
  • Brother 2 Brother clarification

    1 September 2007

    Kelvin Gill is the sole owner of the Brother 2 Brother name, and not as stated in Drapers (August 25 2007). Gill bought the name from administrator P&A Partnership earlier this year and is expected to expand the business with a number of premium brands in 2008.
  • Covent Garden set for £40m expansion plan

    1 September 2007

    London's Covent Garden is to get an additional 85,000 sq ft of retail space after a £40 million development was approved.
  • Design talent on demand

    1 September 2007

    Alice Smith set up London designer recruitment agency Smith & Pye in 1992 with business partner Cressida Pye. Their aim is to introduce fashion companies to UK design talent, and they have placed designers at some of the most prestigious fashion houses and high street stores. The firm is now branching out by opening a New York office
  • Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week

    1 September 2007

    Last week's question was:
  • Gap posts an increase in international sales

    1 September 2007

    Like-for-like sales at Gap's international arm, which includes the UK and Europe, rose 3% during the second quarter of the year. International sales grew to US$373 million (£185.48m) during the period, from US$339m (£168.58m) for the same period the year before. Net earnings for the group rose 19% to US$152m (£75.63m).
  • Gina Bacconi's new line targets younger women

    1 September 2007

    Shubette, owner of the Gina Bacconi label, has launched younger and cheaper sub-brand Gina Bacconi Pink Label for spring 08. The eveningwear line targets customers aged between 16 and 30, with prices from £30 to £50 for a dress. Key pieces include mini puff-ball dresses, a sequinned multi-tiered style and short satin and chiffon dresses.
  • Green Park recruitment bolsters retail division

    1 September 2007

    Recruitment company Green Park has appointed Mary Driscoll as associate partner. Driscoll will lead the company's retail and consumer interim division, reporting to director and co-founder Steve Baggi. Her remit will include introducing experienced retail interim executives into organisations to help deal with issues related to supply chain, finance and human resources.
  • Hot Tuna has its eye on faster deliveries

    1 September 2007

    Boardsports brand Hot Tuna will speed up delivery times and cut its supply base as part of a rejig of its operations. The group will open a new sourcing office in Shanghai by the end of next month and will reduce design and manufacturing lead times by up to eight weeks.
  • La Senza extends its size range

    1 September 2007

    Lingerie chain La Senza has launched FF cup bras for the first time this week via its website. The new sizes will be available in the retailer's Love Lace style in black and white. Love Lace will also be available in a 30 AA cup in blue, black, red, lime and neon. Prices remain the same for all sizes at £15 for a bra, with matching shorts at £5.
  • Licensee to produce Karl Lagerfeld bags

    1 September 2007

    Bag manufacturer Accessory Network has struck a deal with designer brand Karl Lagerfeld to design, manufacture and distribute the brand's handbags, small leather goods and luggage. The ranges will launch in department stores and speciality stores in autumn 08.
  • London to host Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel show

    1 September 2007

    Karl Lagerfeld is to show Chanel's pre-autumn 08 range in London in early December. The location is not yet known, but reports suggest the show will be staged in a gallery. Chanel's pre-collection launched in 2002.
  • More bid talk at Sainsbury's

    1 September 2007

    The potential takeover of Sainsbury's by investment vehicle Delta Two rumbled on this week with reports that the grocer was seeking guidance from the Competition Commission about whether a deal would be allowed through.
  • Mulberry bags Katie Grand as creative chief

    1 September 2007

    Luxury accessories brand Mulberry has appointed fashion stylist Katie Grand as creative director. Grand, who was fashion director at magazines Dazed & Confused and The Face, will replace Stuart Vevers, who leaves in January. She will oversee the design of Mulberry's menswear, womenswear and accessories collections. Her first full range will be for spring 09.
  • New recruits drive Start-rite revamp

    1 September 2007

    Kids' footwear brand Start-rite has bolstered its management team as it bids to step away from its back-to-school image.
  • Organic sales reach £2 million as ethics kick in

    1 September 2007

    Ethical clothing helped to push sales of organic product past the £2 billion mark last year, according to a report by the Soil Association. The Organic Market Report said consumers were concerned that crops such as cotton involve pesticide use, particularly in the developing world, and that workers are not protected against such chemicals.
  • Outlet store is European first for New Era

    1 September 2007

    Cap brand New Era has launched its first outlet store, at the Freeport Braintree centre in Essex. This is the first such store for the brand in Europe, and is intended to be different to the flagship store in London's Brewer Street in terms of product and shopping experience. It will offer previous season's styles and discontinued products.
  • Pure poised to bump up its footwear offering

    1 September 2007

    Contemporary womenswear show Pure will offer a bigger footwear area for next season in response to an increased interest in the category from buyers. The dedicated footwear area will include an extra 7,000 sq ft of space on the upper floor of the show to make room for new brands. The next edition of Pure takes place at Olympia in London on February 10-12 2007.
  • Swimwear

    1 September 2007

    BLUE
  • Topshop braced for second coming of Kate Moss range

    1 September 2007

    The second instalment of Kate Moss for Topshop hits stores next week. The most striking piece is a wet-look maxi dress retailing at £50, while the 60-piece range also includes a striped crew neck jumper (pictured) at £45 and rock-inspired pieces such as a cropped leather jacket. A black leather doctor-style bag also features. Tailoring includes wide-leg trousers and waistcoats. Prices range from £15 to £250.
  • Lingerie

    1 September 2007

    From blues and browns to silver tones, we round up the season’s lingerie and swimwear trends
  • American Apparel opens Brighton store

    25 August 2007

    US casualwear retailer American Apparel has opened its fifth UK store, on North Street in Brighton. The shop will sell T-shirts, sweatshirts and tops for men and women. The retailer manufacturers all its product at its factory in Los Angeles. American Apparel's other UK stores are all in London. A store is also planned for Glasgow.
  • Baugur ups its Debs stake

    25 August 2007

    Stock across the fashion retail sector suffered this week, despite measures to stem the turmoil in the US financial markets.
  • Fat Face creative manager joins Crew Clothing

    25 August 2007

    Lifestyle brand Crew Clothing has appointed Zoe Price to the new role of head of womenswear. Price, who joined the company this month, was previously creative manager at Fat Face. Price said she aimed to grow the womenswear design team and develop the product offer.
  • G-Star gets up and running with Derby launch

    25 August 2007

    Denim brand G-Star will open a shop in Derby in October. The 3,200sq ft shop, in Westfield's Eagle Centre redevelopment, will be run as a franchise store by Wolverhampton-based young fashion independent Diffusion. G-Star has nine stores in the UK.
  • Hudson Walker signs a new recruit

    25 August 2007

    Former Marchpole UK sales manager Wayne Jenkins has joined London-based recruitment firm Hudson Walker International. He will cover a variety of roles, but has specific responsibility for wholesale sales positions. Jenkins previously worked at Gorland for five years.
  • Jesire ventures online with website launch

    25 August 2007

    Womenswear label Jesire is to launch its first website in mid-September. The site will showcase Jesire's range, as well as providing customer information on store locations and brand events. The site is expected to become transactional next year and is part of a wider expansion plan for the brand. Jesire has three standalone stores and 27 concessions in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
  • Liverpool's Bluecoat to host retail space

    25 August 2007

    The Bluecoat, the oldest listed building in Liverpool, is to reopen as a workshop and retail space for fashion designers and other creative businesses. The project will launch in early 2008, three years after The Bluecoat closed for a £12.5 million revamp. It will house six retail units, with the first tenant to be announced next month.
  • Loake ready to pounce with Puma shoe tie-up

    25 August 2007

    Northamptonshire footwear manufacturer Loake has teamed up with sports brand Puma to create a limited edition hybrid sports shoe - a first for the Goodyear-welted brand. The shoe, which is made from calf leather and cut, punched and sewn by hand, will carry a gold embossed 'Puma by Loake, England' logo on the leather insole. It is part of the Puma Bespoke Collection, which aims to recreate classic Puma styles with traditional influences.
  • M&S raises school cash

    25 August 2007

    Marks & Spencer has launched a schoolwear range in partnership with kids' charity Save the Children to raise funds for children in Africa. The retailer will donate 5% of the retail price of each back- to-school item and hopes to raise at least £500,000 towards building a school in Uganda. This year's school range is M&S's biggest ever. A basic three-piece uniform costs just under £6 and will be available from all M&S's UK stores.
  • Mango reshuffles its UK sizing for autumn

    25 August 2007

    Women's young fashion chain Mango is rejigging its sizing to include larger sizes for autumn. Plus-size model Crystal Renn (pictured) has also been hired as the face of the Spanish retailer for autumn. Mango's sizes, which went up to 14 or 16 in the UK, now go from size 6 to 18. The latest ad campaign aims to showcase larger sizes in Mango's range, which includes basics and more trend-led styles. The new sizes will be distributed across Mango's global stores. In the UK, 18% of the offer ...
  • Matthew Williamson denies Debenhams exit rumours

    25 August 2007

    Baugur-owned designer brand Matthew Williamson has rejected speculation that it is to pull its Designers at Debenhams range from the department store chain.
  • Miami to host Londonedge's US edition

    25 August 2007

    Streetwear show Londonedge is to stage a second edition of its US show in Miami, following its Stateside debut in New York in July. Londonedge Miami will take place in January, while the second New York show will take place in July 2008. The next UK edition of Londonedge and Londoncentral is on September 2-4 at Olympia 2 in London. More than 30 new exhibitors have signed up to the event.
  • Miss Selfridge is back in the black

    25 August 2007

    Miss Selfridge will return to profit this year after turning around a loss of £3.5 million last year.
  • Moda footwear

    25 August 2007

    A tough spring 07 meant buyers were in a cautious mood at Moda Footwear in Birmingham, despite the traditional and more directional looks on the radar
  • Moss Bros unveils new look at Cardiff flagship

    25 August 2007

    Moss Bros has opened a 7,000sq ft flagship store in Cardiff. The shop, in the former David Morgan department store building, features the menswear business's latest storefit, which is being rolled out across its portfolio. The design has a glass atrium and a catwalk of mannequins, as well as images of icons from the 1950s and 1960s, plasma screens and Wi-Fi facilities. The two-floor shop will sell casualwear and formalwear, shirts and accessories alongside a suit hire area.
  • New chief operating officer joins Hobbs

    25 August 2007

    Womenswear retailer Hobbs has appointed Nicky Dulieu to the new role of chief operating officer. She will be responsible for all the business's day-to-day operations, including merchandising, retail operations and supply chain management. Dulieu was previously finance director at the retailer. The new role has been created to allow Hobbs' chief executive Nick Samuel to lead the group's strategic development.
  • New owners lure more stores to Metquarter

    25 August 2007

    The Metquarter shopping centre in Liverpool is targeting accessories and lingerie retailers under its new owners.
  • Positive mood at Harrogate lingerie show

    25 August 2007

    Exhibitors were full of optimism at the Harrogate Lingerie and Swimwear Exhibition this week, despite independent buyers' plans to streamline their offers for spring 08.
  • Profits keep sliding at Ann Summers

    25 August 2007

    Profits at lingerie retailer Ann Summers halved last year, despite the chain opening 12 new stores. According to accounts filed at Companies House this month, pre-tax profits for the year to June 30 2006 fell to £1.53 million, down from £3m the previous year. Sales also fell £117m to £110m during the same period.
  • Profits on the rise at Edinburgh Woollen Mill

    25 August 2007

    Pre-tax profits at Scottish clothing and gifts retailer Edinburgh Woollen Mill have crept up by £1.03 million to £24.83m in the year to February 24, a rise of 4.3%, despite what directors called a 'tough trading environment'. The retailer also announced a turnover of £147.4m, up from £145.6m the year before.
  • Pure footwear

    25 August 2007

    Metallic wedges, sandals and acid-bright pumps stepped into line at Pure
  • PWC executive takes the helm at McQueen

    25 August 2007

    Corporate advisory specialist McQueen has hired former PricewaterhouseCoopers executive Jane Hughes as a managing director to head its retail industry practice division. Hughes is well known in retail corporate finance, having worked on 30 deals over the past seven years including the IBO of Phase Eight. The appointment reflects McQueen's desire to step up its retail clients.
  • Quest unveils womenswear venture in Falkirk

    25 August 2007

    Scottish young fashion independent Quest will open its first standalone womenswear store next spring. The retailer, which currently sells menswear and womenswear at its main Quest store in Falkirk, will transfer all its women's product to a 4,000sq ft shop in the same street in the Cow Wynd area of the town. Quest for Women will open in February next year, and an expanded menswear offer will occupy the existing 6,000sq ft shop. The business already has one menswear standalone in Falkirk ...
  • Ronit Zilkha's licensee goes out of business

    25 August 2007

    London Fashion Week brand Ronit Zilkha's sole licensee has gone into administration.
  • Snow + Rock signs for Manchester snow mall

    25 August 2007

    Specialist mountain sport retailer Snow + Rock is set to open a 10,000sq ft flagship store in November in Manchester's new Chill Factor-e development, which will feature a real snow indoor ski slope as the centrepiece of its alpine-style retail village. The store will be Snow + Rock's 16th outlet, following two openings last year at Gateshead MetroCentre and Monument in central London.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    25 August 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Thread & Bone adds slim suits for spring

    25 August 2007

    Premium shirt brand Thread & Bone has expanded its collection to include a slim-fit suit range for spring 08. The range, created by Northern Irish shirt manufacturer Glenaden, includes linen sheen mixes, evening suits, white dress suits and pinstripes. The company is also launching a womenswear range under its 1 ... Like No Other shirt brand for spring 08. The collection includes prints, jacquards, stripes and plain styles.
  • Viyella owners decide not to sell

    25 August 2007

    Womenswear brand Viyella has been taken off the market as owner Harris Watson focuses on the brand's growth.
  • Wet weather drives fashion sales on internet

    25 August 2007

    Online shopping received a huge boost from July's wet weather, with clothing sales up 56% on last year, according to a report from IMRG, the industry body for global etailing. The report found that UK online sales exceeded £4 billion a month for the first time. Sales of clothing, footwear and accessories have grown by 1,587% in the 78 months from February 2001 to July 2007.
  • Win LFW tickets courtesy of Cotton USA

    25 August 2007

    London Fashion Week returns on September 17-21 and Cotton USA is giving one reader the chance to bag a pair of VIP invites to the prestigious OnOff party, plus tickets to see Scottish designer Deryck Walker unveil his first ever women's collection. Enter by visiting www.drapersonline.co.uk and answering the following question: Which brand is sponsoring Deryck Walker's spring 08 catwalk show at OnOff?
  • Windows of opportunity

    25 August 2007

    Christine Brickman, creative director of design agency Elemental Design, has been dressing windows for more than 20 years after starting her career as a trainee at Miss Selfridge before moving to Wallis. Brickman now works with a host of retailers, citing Harrods as one of her biggest clients. Harrods will unveil a new Elemental Design window display in September, called Timeless Luxury, featuring brands such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton.
  • 53 Degrees North doubles up in Dublin

    18 August 2007

    Irish outdoorwear and lifestyle retailer 53 Degrees North has opened its second store, in Dublin's Blanchardstown Centre. The 20,000 sq ft store sells more than 50 brands, including The North Face, Oxbow and Oakley. The retailer's first store opened in Dublin's Carrickmines retail park in August 2005.
  • Anonymous by Ross + Bute to open flagship

    18 August 2007

    Womenswear brand Anonymous by Ross + Bute will open its second store on August 27 on King's Road in west London. The 580 sq ft store, which will be the company's flagship, follows the opening of its first store in London's Notting Hill in March 2005. The basement of the new store will become Anonymous by Ross + Bute's new showroom for autumn 08.
  • Blossom teams up for designer kidswear

    18 August 2007

    Maternitywear retailer Blossom will launch a kidswear collection in collaboration with designer brand Clements Ribeiro for spring 08. The 10-piece range will cater for boys and girls up to two years old. It will include T-shirts, knitwear, dresses and shorts, retailing for between £20 and £55. The range will be available from Blossom's store on Walton Street, south-west London, as well as the retailer's transactional website.
  • Copenhagen

    18 August 2007

    Inspirational fashion across a trio of concisely edited trade shows made for an effervescent line-up of buying options in Copenhagen last week. From mainstream goliath Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) - which had all the commercial buzz of Dusseldorf's CPD four seasons ago - to CPH Vision, which cemented its status as an Aladdin's cave of Scandinavian womenswear, Copenhagen Fashion Week is shaping up into an exciting pit-stop on the European buying carousel.
  • Disney agrees kidswear deal with George

    18 August 2007

    George at Asda will unveil an exclusive kidswear tie-up with Disney for autumn 07, comprising jeans, T-shirts, fleeces and accessories. The range, which will hit stores in October, targets boys and girls aged four to 12. Prices are yet to be confirmed.
  • Dublin Fashion Week line-up announced

    18 August 2007

    Topman creative director Gordon Richardson and Lucky Brand Jeans European managing director Anne Marie Scichili will be among the industry figures giving presentations at Dublin Fashion Week later this month. Designers including Aoife O'Leary, Edmund McNulty, Heather Finn, Unconditional and Tim Ryan have been lined up for the show, which runs from August 27-29 at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin.
  • Emap prepares to launch global fashion event

    18 August 2007

    Drapers publisher Emap plans to launch a global event for the fashion industry, following the success of the World Retail Congress which took place in Barcelona in April this year. Emap publishes trade title Retail Week, along with leading weekly consumer fashion magazine Grazia. It also owns web trend-spotting service WGSN, and will draw on the expertise of these products to stage the new fashion event.
  • Emma Bunton ads lift Mamas & Papas' sales

    18 August 2007

    Maternitywear retailer Mamas & Papas has seen a 43% uplift in like-for-like maternity fashion sales following the launch of its autumn 07 fashion campaign on August 6. The campaign features former Spice Girl Emma Bunton as the face of the 140-piece range, which is available in 32 stores. Prices range from £8 for a basic camisole to £90 for a printed silk wrap dress.
  • Ethics influence a third of female shoppers

    18 August 2007

    A third of female consumers avoid shopping with a brand or retailer that is perceived to be unethical, according to a survey of British shoppers by TNS Worldpanel Fashion. The report also found that 45% of consumers are sceptical about ethical marketing, while shoppers are most concerned about sweatshops and child labour, a fair price for producers and environmental damage. Despite the efforts of high street retailers, the use of organic fabric was only a priority among 15% of the 7,000 ...
  • Fenn Wright Manson opens Wiltshire store

    18 August 2007

    Womenswear retailer Fenn Wright Manson has opened its fifth standalone store in Marlborough, Wiltshire. As well as its standalones, it has 60 concessions in the UK and Republic of Ireland in department stores including Selfridges, House of Fraser and Brown Thomas.
  • Gibson range looks to 1960s

    18 August 2007

    Men's tailoring brand Gibson has launched a new range for spring 08. The collection, called Gibson London, is inspired by 1960s influences such as Small Faces frontman Steve Marriott and London's Carnaby Street. It features narrower suits with skinny lapels, print shirts with collar bars, knits, outerwear and accessories. The range is aimed at younger customers than Gibson's mainline, with suits priced between £80 and £90.
  • H&M sales surge 14% as growth continues

    18 August 2007

    Young fashion retailer H&M enjoyed a 14% hike in sales during July compared with last year. Despite the hike, the increase was slightly below market expectations. The Swedish firm now has 1,422 shops, compared with 1,248 stores last July.
  • Hunter Boot breaks sales records in the wet

    18 August 2007

    Scottish Wellington boot brand Hunter Boot has reported a record rise in sales for the period from May 1 to July 31 2007. Turnover is up 85% on the same time last year. Chief executive Malcolm Cannon attributed the growth to a wet summer.
  • Intermix has designs on the UK market

    18 August 2007

    US designer boutique Intermix is planning to enter the UK market next year. The New York-based retailer, which carries about 400 designer labels including Chloe and Valentino, is understood to be looking for a 4,000 sq ft store in Old Bond Street or Sloane Street in London. It then plans to look for further sites in Manchester and Leeds. The company has appointed CWM to search for sites.
  • John Lewis goes organic with school uniforms

    18 August 2007

    Department store John Lewis has launched a school uniform range made from organic cotton, which is being trialled in five stores. The uniforms, available for boys and girls aged three to 13 years, comprise skirts, tunics, trousers, polo shirts and sweatshirts. The collection is currently available in the retailer's stores in Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, London's Oxford Street and Cribbs Causeway in Bristol, as well as Peter Jones in London. Prices range from £4 to £17.
  • Jones Bootmaker hits 125

    18 August 2007

    Jones Bootmaker will launch a limited edition range called Reinvention to mark its 125th anniversary. The men's and women's collection will comprise four styles, each inspired by different periods between 1857 and 2007. Reinvention will be available in all Jones Bootmaker stores from mid-September until Christmas, priced from £80 to £120. The chain commissioned design agency Dalziel & Pow to develop the theme and create logos for the range.
  • Joules grows its offer and boosts store count

    18 August 2007

    Joules has opened three new standalone stores as it expands its offer to become a fully-fledged lifestyle brand.
  • Karen Millen ready to launch online store

    18 August 2007

    Contemporary womenswear retailer Karen Millen's will launch a transactional website in the UK in September. It will feature new swimwear and lingerie lines, plus its core clothing, jewellery and accessories ranges. Product will be viewable by colour, size and category using a search tool.
  • Legal Notices

    18 August 2007

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  • London's Trilogy to sell denim online

    18 August 2007

    London womenswear boutique Trilogy, will launch a transactional website on September 1 to sell premium denim labels including Sass & Bide, Earnest Sewn, Citizens of Humanity and 7 For All Mankind. Trilogystores.co.uk will include a magazine-style element and expert fitting advice. The site will offer 90% of the stock sold in-store. Trilogy, which is located in Duke of York's shopping centre off the King's Road, will open a second store in London in January.
  • Moda Spring 08

    18 August 2007

    Transitional looks were the order of the day at Moda in Birmingham, as buyers sought respite from the poor weather that has plagued the sector this year
  • Mosaic chairman joins Lipsy as brand puckers up for expansion

    18 August 2007

    Young fashion brand Lipsy has appointed Mosaic Fashions chairman Stewart Binnie as non-executive chairman, as the business expands internationally and launches a new website.
  • New underwear line for Calvin Klein

    18 August 2007

    Calvin Klein has launched a new underwear line for men and women for autumn 07. The new range, called Steel, contains 14 pieces with prices from £14 to £35. The brand has also revealed actor Djimon Hounsou, star of the film Blood Diamond, as the face of its autumn 07 ad campaign.
  • Off the Record - Rumours, Gossip, Parties

    18 August 2007

    Giving it some Lipsy
  • Oki-Ni rejigs its brands in lifestyle shake-up

    18 August 2007

    Menswear etailer Oki-Ni has abandoned its designer collaboration approach in favour of a completely new portfolio of brands for next spring.
  • Owners could sell bag brand Radley

    18 August 2007

    Private equity house Phoenix Equity Partners, which has a majority stake in handbag brand Radley, has appointed accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry out a strategic review of the brand, with a sale seen as one likely outcome. The price tag is estimated to be £150 million.
  • Religion unveils vintage sports range

    18 August 2007

    Streetwear brand Religion has launched an 11-piece menswear collection called Religion 2nd Edition. The range is inspired by Latin American themes, including Brazilian football imagery and street fashions from Havana in Cuba. Consisting of six T-shirts and five sweatshirts, the vintage sports-style collection focuses on detailed finishing. Pieces are available in eight colourways, from white or lemon to British racing green. Prices range from £9.50 to £20, and designs are sold in packs ...
  • Retailers voice price deflation fears over suppliers' cheap suits

    18 August 2007

    Independent menswear retailers are concerned that price deflation in the branded suiting market will destroy their tailoring business.
  • Rocket Dog bites back against fakes

    18 August 2007

    Footwear brand Rocket Dog is embroiled in legal proceedings against six UK retailers and has cases pending against stores in France and Spain over the 'passing off' of product.
  • Schuh extends online footprint overseas

    18 August 2007

    Footwear retailer Schuh has unveiled a new online store, which will serve the international market for the first time. The company expects most international interest to come from the US, Australian and European markets. The site carries all 3,500 products in the retailer's range. A spokeswoman for the company said Schuh hoped to become 'much more' of a multi-channel retailer and expected that a higher number of online browsers would now buy from the site.
  • Share Monitor - UK retailers hit by global instability

    18 August 2007

    Fashion retail stock was down almost across the board after the instability in global markets this week, although not as much as in other sectors.
  • TBC clarification

    18 August 2007

    Telephone contact numbers for the brands MAS, Farah and Trovata in last week's show report from TBC were incorrect. The correct number for all three brands is 020 7250 1056.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    18 August 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Tough trade fails to dent Moda mood

    18 August 2007

    Exhibitors at mid-market womenswear show Moda UK in Birmingham reported a confident mood among buyers, despite a tough season so far.
  • Tycoon banks on launch of luxury sportswear line

    18 August 2007

    US banking tycoon Matthew Mellon and his fiancee, actress and model Noelle Reno, will launch a luxury sportswear line for autumn 07 called Degrees of Freedom. The pair are in talks with Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges for exclusive distribution of the womenswear label. The 100% cashmere and jersey range comprises hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and vests, with prices from £10 to £252. Creative director Reno will model the range.
  • Undress to impress

    18 August 2007

    Sian Thomas left Marks & Spencer to join lingerie brand Madame V as creative director in 2005. She has upped the Brazilian label's fashion credentials and focused on underwear as outerwear. As a former senior lingerie designer at M&S she is a huge fan of its chief executive Stuart Rose, crediting him with teaching her about the value of communication across the supply chain
  • What's New

    18 August 2007

    An impressive swathe of fledgling talent demanded attention at Copenhagen Fashion Week. A minimalist handwriting set the directional design agenda, with very little chaff among the creative wheat on show in Denmark.
  • Shoezone and Stylo Group eye Shoefayre

    18 August 2007

    Stylo Group and value rival Shoezone are circling footwear chain Shoefayre, according to insiders.
  • All that she wants

    11 August 2007

    Bright colours, prints and sportswear-inspired outerwear provided freshness and modernity for contemporary womenswear buyers at Pure in London
  • Berman sisters take the reins at N.Peal

    11 August 2007

    Luxury cashmere brand N.Peal has appointed sisters Sara and Amiee Berman as creative directors, overseeing all N.Peal's menswear and womenswear ranges. The Bermans also have their own young fashion label, Sara Berman, as well as diffusion line Berman Black.
  • Brands uneasy over WSA date swap

    11 August 2007

    The decision to move the autumn 08 edition of US footwear show WSA later in the calendar caused concern among buyers and exhibitors at last week's event.
  • Caterpillar makes tracks in UK with clothing line

    11 August 2007

    Casualwear brand Caterpillar will launch a full workwear-inspired men's, women's and kids' wear line in the UK for spring 08. Licence holder SRI UK will distribute the complete range from autumn 08, but is already supplying some product for spring. The range harks back to the brand's workwear roots and includes jackets, jerseys, gilets, shirts and ribbed T-shirts. It is aimed at mid- to upper-tier retailers and will retail from £15 to £75.
  • Credit Suisse helps Ethel Austin to slash debt

    11 August 2007

    Value chain Ethel Austin has cut its debt by more than 60% after being rescued by new owners Credit Suisse and Eos Partners and existing shareholder ABN Amro. Ethel Austin, which breached banking covenants last month, will refit a further 95 stores this year after rebranding 165 shops last year.
  • Flannels cleans up with second Liverpool shop

    11 August 2007

    Designer independent Flannels has signed its second Liverpool store, at Grosvenor's £950 million retail-led regeneration of the city centre, Liverpool One. The 20,000 sq ft store will be in the scheme's Peter's Lane district. Flannels also has a store in Liverpool's Metquarter, and another 12 UK shops.
  • Ghost founder to launch own label

    11 August 2007

    Ghost founder Tanya Sarne will launch her own womenswear label for spring 08.
  • Hooch grows up with spring makeover

    11 August 2007

    Streetwear brand Hooch has had a style revamp for spring 08, moving away from its traditional casual look into more 'grown up' clothing. The brand, which has signed model Daisy Lowe as its spring 08 brand ambassador, will have more fashion-forward, trend-led styles for the coming season, including dresses, mini-culottes and feminine waistcoats. Hooch will also launch a series of flash collections alongside its core 100-piece range in the next year, with up to 20 items for delivery in ...
  • Littlewoods rebrands its Irish arm

    11 August 2007

    Littlewoods has rebranded its Republic of Ireland business to make it more consistent with its UK home shopping operation. Its catalogue titles Kays Ireland and Family Album have been merged and renamed Littlewoods Ireland. The catalogues will now feature the same clothing offer as in the UK, including its Trinny & Susannah line and brands such as Ichi and Enchanted by Ann Louise Roswald. Irish sales have risen by double digits year-on-year over the past few years. A Littlewoods Ireland ...
  • LK Bennett takes first step in Northern Ireland

    11 August 2007

    LK Bennett has signed a store in the £320 million Victoria Square development in Belfast city centre, its first in Northern Ireland. The footwear retailer has taken a 3,400 sq ft store on the lower ground floor of the mall, which will open in March next year.
  • Menswear range on the cards at La Senza

    11 August 2007

    Lingerie business La Senza will launch a menswear range this Christmas. The 15-piece collection of boxer shorts, pyjamas and T-shirts will be trialled online and potentially rolled out to stores later next year. Prices are yet to be finalised.
  • New chief exec shakes up JJB Sports

    11 August 2007

    Chris Ronnie's appointment as chief executive at JJB Sports sparked talk over the group's future direction.
  • Park and ride

    11 August 2007

    The cream of contemporary surf, skate and streetwear labels displayed the latest looks at London show The Park.
  • Penny Plain in administration for second time after trading slumps

    11 August 2007

    Troubled north-east retailer Penny Plain has gone into administration for the second time this year, with the loss of about 80 jobs.
  • Rain puts a dampener on July's retail sales

    11 August 2007

    Retail sales last month showed the weakest rise since November, with sales up just 1.2% like-for-like compared with July 2006. The British Retail Consortium said torrential rain had continued to hit clothing and footwear this year, but benefited department stores and out-of-town centres.
  • Rare brand launches wholesale business

    11 August 2007

    Womenswear label Rare is setting up a wholesale arm ahead of its website launch in October. It will also open concessions in Topshop stores in Maidstone and Canterbury in Kent in mid-August, taking its total Topshop concessions to 17.
  • Retailers braced for Chinese import charges

    11 August 2007

    Retailers should expect further restrictions on Chinese clothing imports once the current quotas come to an end on December 31, according to consultant PricewaterhouseCoopers. Quotas are not expected to be extended, but France and Italy may push the EU to impose duty on Chinese clothing to raise its price. PwC says autumn 08 stock is the earliest that could be affected.
  • Selfridges pops up to sell graduate fashion

    11 August 2007

    Selfridges has joined forces with Graduate Fashion Week to stage a 'pop-up shop' in-store during the first week of October. Art college students have been invited by the buying team to sell a total of about 20 items in store. It is the first time GFW has collaborated with a major fashion retailer.
  • SRG plans Suits You expansion and refits

    11 August 2007

    Speciality Retail Group (SRG) aims to open five Suits You stores next year and will refurbish older parts of the chain. The shopfit will be in line with newer outlets in Manchester and Norwich.
  • Step back in time

    11 August 2007

    Clashing colours on hoodies harked back to the 1980s, while technical fabrics, preppy styling and vintage sportswear were revisited for spring. Drapers asked four buyers to sum up the biggest trends on show at streetwear exhibition TBC.
  • TBC quiet but filled with optimism

    11 August 2007

    Exhibitors and buyers were in an optimistic mood at the spring 08 edition of streetwear show To Be Confirmed in London this week, although most said the show was quieter than last year.
  • Topshop and Topman expand at Brent Cross

    11 August 2007

    The Brent Cross shopping centre in north London will get a 10,000 sq ft rooftop extension at the end of this year, to provide bigger stores for two Arcadia fascias. The larger Topshop and Topman units will open in spring 2008 and will double their existing space. River Island will also move to a larger flagship unit.
  • UK first for Bench as Meadowhall store opens

    11 August 2007

    Streetwear brand Bench was due to open its first UK standalone store on Thursday, as Drapers went to press. The 2,700 sq ft shop is at Meadowhall in Sheffield. Bench is owned by Americana, which also owns the Hooch brand and Westworld chain.
  • Urban Outfitters eyes sites for Anthropologie

    11 August 2007

    US young fashion chain Urban Outfitters is looking for sites to launch its Anthropologie business in the UK. The fascia sells menswear, womenswear, accessories and homewares in the US and is aimed at slightly older customers than Urban Outfitters. No date has been set for a launch.
  • Wide Margin

    11 August 2007

    Some of the freshest new labels to watch were on show at London fashion and streetwear exhibition Margin.
  • Wolford clarification

    11 August 2007

    Total sales at luxury legwear brand Wolford rose by 16.7% to EUR141.7 million (£96m), from EUR121.4m (£82m), not as reported in Drapers (August 4).
  • Bench to take a seat in Northern Ireland

    4 August 2007

    Lifestyle brand Bench is opening its first standalone store in Northern Ireland. The 2,700sq ft unit will open at the Bridgewater Park centre in August, joining retailers including Puma, Jaeger, and Replay.
  • Caprice eyes new accounts and dives into swimwear

    4 August 2007

    Model Caprice has launched a swimwear range for spring 08, as she aims to more than double the distribution of her By Caprice lingerie line. By Caprice currently has 15 stockists, including Debenhams, Figleaves.com and Asos.com, and hopes to pick up 25 new accounts at Harrogate Lingerie and Swimwear Exhibition next month. By Caprice swimwear comprises eight lines from sizes 8 to 18, priced at £28.
  • Drapers ready to hike for CARE International

    4 August 2007

    A team from Drapers has signed up for the CARE International and Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge in Snowdonia on September 16. David Brooklyn, Rosie Nottage, Elise Pepper, Victoria Hart and Guy McCulloch will hike, cycle and canoe across Snowdonia National Park to raise money for CARE International. The team's kit was supplied by Gore-Tex brands Sprayway and Brasher. Drapers is the media partner for the event. Visit www.carechallenge.org.uk for details.
  • Freespirit suitors are set to pounce

    4 August 2007

    Retailers and private equity groups are eyeing boardsports chain Freespirit as owner Blacks Leisure weighs up its future.
  • Gap recruits new chairman and chief exec

    4 August 2007

    Gap has appointed Glenn Murphy as chairman and chief executive, succeeding Robert Fisher, who will remain on Gap's board of directors. Murphy was previously chairman and chief executive of Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada's equivalent of Boots.
  • Grenson to launch airport campaign

    4 August 2007

    UK footwear brand Grenson is launching an international airport poster campaign next month. The brand sells in Selfridges and Kurt Geiger, as well as selected independents. Prices range from £50 to £90.
  • Hackett picks Goode looks for autumn ads

    4 August 2007

    Hackett London has signed British actor Matthew Goode as the face of the brand this autumn. Goode, who starred in Woody Allen film Match Point alongside Scarlett Johansson, will also appear in a new production of Brideshead Revisited. He will feature in the autumn ad campaign in GQ, Arena and various Sunday supplements from September until Christmas for the brand's Mayfair collection, which is influenced by a 1950s and 1960s look. Hackett will also continue to sponsor England and Newcastle ...
  • Jesire sets its sights on new concessions

    4 August 2007

    Boutique label Jesire is to open concessions in department stores Elys of Wimbledon in south-west London and House of Fraser at Lakeside in Essex. The openings, in August and September respectively, will bring Jesire's concessions count to 28, plus three standalone stores. Its like-for-like sales rose by 19% last year.
  • Joystick Junkies plays the game in Europe

    4 August 2007

    UK streetwear label Joystick Junkies has signed a string of international distribution deals. Interga will distribute the brand in Italy; Disaster Distribution in France and Spain; and Port Company in Germany. The brand is planning a US launch next year.
  • Laurel unveils hi-tech new look for spring

    4 August 2007

    German premium womens-wear brand Laurel unveiled a new contemporary look in London last week.
  • Loewe appoints Mulberry design director

    4 August 2007

    Former Mulberry design director Stuart Vevers has joined luxury leather goods label Loewe as creative director. Vevers, who has been at Mulberry since 2005, will take up the role in January and will be based in Madrid, where Loewe has its studio.
  • London fashion week - New faces join LFW line-up

    4 August 2007

    London Fashion Week will attract a raft of new designer names to its catwalks in September, including Luella, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Rodnik and Armand Basi.
  • Louis Vuitton signs Westfield London store

    4 August 2007

    Louis Vuitton is to open a 3,000 sq ft store in the Westfield London shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush, west London, which is due to open in 2008. It will be the luxury brand's first site in a UK mall. Louis Vuitton already has standalone stores in New Bond Street, Sloane Street and Royal Exchange Buildings in London, plus concessions in Harrods and Selfridges.
  • LVMH credits Louis Vuitton as profits soar

    4 August 2007

    Profits at luxury brand house LVMH rose by 10% to EUR814 million (£549m) across fashion and leather goods for the first half of the year. Sales jumped by 12% to EUR2.6 billion (£1.75bn). Louis Vuitton was cited as a star performer after posting double-digit sales growth. Group profits rose 11% to EUR1.44bn (£970m). Sales were up 12% to EUR7.4bn (£5bn).
  • Moss Bros surprises City as sales rise

    4 August 2007

    Even retailers bucking the high street sales slump couldn't beat this week's general drop in retail stock.
  • New visual merchandising boss for Jigsaw

    4 August 2007

    Womenswear retailer Jigsaw has appointed Fay McLeod as visual merchandising director, reporting to creative director Louise Trotter. McLeod was previously a visual merchandiser at Liberty.
  • Power cut fails to dampen mood of visitors at AIS menswear show

    4 August 2007

    A cautiously upbeat mood prevailed at this season's Associated Independent Stores' menswear trade show in Solihull, despite a power cut that interrupted the first day of the three-day event.
  • Rockit science as Susanna Zeta debuts in UK

    4 August 2007

    Italian label Susanna Zeta is launching in the UK for spring 08 via London agency Rockit. The 40-piece womenswear range includes jewel-embellished dresses in silk and cotton, in red, violet and royal blue tones. Liverpool indie The Lounge has already picked up the label, which sits beside Gharani Strok and Antik Batik. Prices range from £90 to £150.
  • Sales drive Wolford's retail growth

    4 August 2007

    Luxury legwear brand Wolford is planning more UK stores on the back of soaring retail sales.
  • Scottish Retail Excellence Awards up for grabs

    4 August 2007

    Retailers are being invited to nominate contenders for the second Scottish Retail Excellence Awards. Categories include Retail Innovation, Store Manager, Independent Retailer, Responsible Retailer, Tourism Retailer, Shopping Destination, National Chain, Newcomer and Retailer. Nominations must be received by August 13. Visit the BRC website at www.brc.org.uk for more information.
  • Sniff scents a new location for footwear store

    4 August 2007

    Footwear retailer Sniff will open its third London boutique, in St Christopher's Place, in September. The 500sq ft unit, next door to Whistles, will sell branded and own-label men's and women's footwear, as well as cult styles from Nike. Sniff's other two stores are also in London.
  • Steady as he goes

    4 August 2007

    A cautious buying mood was reflected by a carousel of play-safe commercial collections at the AIS menswear show, which took place in Solihull last week
  • Stella McCartney set for spring lingerie launch

    4 August 2007

    Stella McCartney has teamed up with manufacturer Bendon to launch a lingerie range for spring. The collection will be available next month, aimed at high-end department stores and boutiques. Bendon holds the licence for Elle Macpherson Intimates, and owns Bendon Lingerie and Fayreform.
  • Supermarkets cash in on clothing sales

    4 August 2007

    Supermarkets' clothing and footwear sales are expected to grow by 45.4% by 2011, according to Verdict. The research firm also found that last year, leading supermarkets including Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco claimed more than £1 in every £10 spent on non-food products in the UK.
  • Textile Society celebrates its 25th birthday

    4 August 2007

    The Textile Society will hold its 25th Anniversary Symposium next month, celebrating the society's history. The event will feature talks from designers, historians and industry experts, covering topics including textile printing and history. The event will take place at the V&A Museum in London. For information go to www.textilesociety.org.uk.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    4 August 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The elves and the shoemaker

    4 August 2007

    In the past 10 years, footwear designer Jane Brown's business has grown from a small firm producing handmade product into two international brands, Jane Brown Shoes and Bacarolle. She was inspired as a child while watching her shoes being handmade at a market in Singapore, and her feminine footwear is praised for its comfort and style. Although her Notting Hill store has closed, Brown aims to open more shops in London and grow her stockist base
  • Three more stores join Drake Circus line-up

    4 August 2007

    Topshop, Topman and Cult Clothing have signed stores at the Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth. They join the likes of Primark, Bershka and Animal at the centre.
  • Triumph to make UK debut in September

    4 August 2007

    Triumph will open its first two stores in the UK, in Exeter and Basingstoke's Festival Place mall, in September. Both will sell all of Triumph's brands, including Triumph, Sloggi, Valisere and Hom.
  • Uniqlo signs two central London stores

    4 August 2007

    Japanese retailer Uniqlo will open its European flagship store on London's Oxford Street this autumn. The 25,000sq ft store, near John Lewis, will be joined by a 17,000sq ft branch at the eastern end of the street in the autumn. They will be the fourth and fifth Uniqlo branches to open in the UK this year, following shops in Knightsbridge, Kensington and Reading, taking its UK total to 13.
  • Victoria Square in Belfast bags fashion trio

    4 August 2007

    All Saints, Reiss and boardsports brand Billabong have signed up to the £320 million Victoria Square retail development in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other retailers at the 800,000sq ft centre will include House of Fraser, Hugo Boss, Coast and H&M. The scheme is set to open in March next year.
  • Vietnam ramps up textile and clothing exports

    4 August 2007

    Vietnam will double the value of its textile and clothing exports by 2010, according to research consultant Textiles Intelligence. The country plans to double the number of people working in the industry and boost exports from US$4.8 billion to US$10bn (£2.36bn to £4.93bn) by 2010. Vietnam joined the World Trade Organisation on January 11.
  • Woolworths rebrands Ladybird Value

    4 August 2007

    Woolworths is to rebrand its Ladybird Value kids-wear range as Worth It, to match the value brand that launched across the retailer's other product categories in May.
  • Adili.com hopes catalogue will lure new shoppers

    28 July 2007

    Ethical etailer Adili.com will launch its first catalogue in the autumn, in a bid to widen its customer base as it overhauls its website.
  • Austin Reed ready for womenswear growth as CC Petites gets new face

    28 July 2007

    Austin Reed is embarking on a womenswear push and has signed Just Good Friends actress Jan Francis as the face of its CC Petites range.
  • Baugur sets its sights on the US via Saks

    28 July 2007

    Icelandic private equity giant Baugur is turning its attention to the US with a £121 million investment in luxury department store Saks. Baugur unveiled an 8.08% stake in Saks as Drapers went to press. Saks operates 54 stores in the US, and the move could help Baugur introduce some of its existing brands into the country. Baugur recently promoted ex-managing director of retail Gunnar Sigurdsson into the role of chief executive, with the remit of exploring new markets.
  • CPD numbers dwindle as UK buyers head for rival shows

    28 July 2007

    UK buyers were thin on the ground in Dusseldorf this season, with agents reporting a lower turnout than expected during the shows last weekend.
  • Emozioni goes upmarket with radical new direction for spring

    28 July 2007

    German womenswear brand Emozioni unveiled a radical revamp at CPD in Dusseldorf this week, taking it upmarket to designer bridge brand territory.
  • Fat Face signs multi-category licensing deals

    28 July 2007

    Fat Face has signed three licensing agreements worth almost £20 million to produce branded eyewear, watches and luggage. The lifestyle brand has signed a £7m deal with watchmaker Peers Hardy to produce 44 watch styles, and a £3.5m deal with travel goods brand St.C for a luggage range. A £9m tie-up with Fabris Lane for men's and women's sunglasses has also been agreed.
  • Footwear steps into Warehouse for autumn

    28 July 2007

    Young fashion retailer Warehouse is to launch a capsule footwear collection to sit alongside its autumn 07 handbag and accessories offer. The range includes 13 styles of shoes and boots, with shoe prices starting at £35 and boots at £80. The range launches in September and will be available in 30 Warehouse stores, online and in selected House of Fraser concessions.
  • Gieves & Hawkes signs brand boss to lift Gieves collection

    28 July 2007

    Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes has signed former Moss Bros buyer Peter Sant to the newly created role of brand manager. Sant, who joins from shirt supplier Glenaden, has been drafted in to make the Gieves ready-to-wear range more commercial. The collection is sold in Harrods and Selfridges, as well as upmarket independents and in Gieves & Hawkes' own stores. The business has a total of 21 retail outlets in the UK.
  • Ladybird spots the potential of jewellery

    28 July 2007

    Woolworths is launching a jewellery range as part of its Ladybird clothing line as it looks to cash in on the gifts market. The 22-piece collection, which includes solid silver earrings, necklaces and bracelets for newborns to children aged 10 years, will target parents and grandparents. It will launch for spring 08, with prices from £12 for earrings.
  • Life can be a beach with Cotton USA

    28 July 2007

    Cotton USA is offering one Drapers reader the chance to win a fabulous beach kit, including Supima towels, which feature the Cotton USA 'Feel the Difference' mark, and £200 worth of accessories vouchers. Enter online by visiting www.drapersonline.co.uk and answering the following question: Which mark is featured on the cotton towels?
  • Menswear Designer Directions - Male order

    28 July 2007

    From shiny suits and wet-look nylons to looser tailoring and earthy neutrals, we distil the essential trends from the spring 08 catwalks in Paris and Milan
  • Mini chain Cruise to open Aberdeen stores

    28 July 2007

    Independent retailer Cruise will open two stores in Aberdeen in September. It has signed an 8,500sq ft site on Union Street in which to open a Cruise footwear and accessories concept store, plus an adjoining 4,000sq ft Hugo Boss franchise shop.
  • MK One plumps up its plus-size collection

    28 July 2007

    Value retailer MK One will expand the distribution of its plus-size range Chapter from 95 to 125 stores by October. It will also introduce seasonal colours to its logo and in-store signage to highlight its on-trend credentials, starting with pink for autumn.
  • Overseas sales boost Mothercare figures

    28 July 2007

    Mothercare's UK like-for-like sales rose 1.6% for the 15 weeks to July 13, with internet sales jumping 17.2%. UK store sales grew 0.1%, while international sales leapt by 20.9% for the period.
  • Reborn Tabitha shifts its strategy to retail

    28 July 2007

    Women's accessories label Tabitha is shrinking its wholesale business to focus on retail and home shopping, after it was rescued from administration last week.
  • Retailers faced with rising cost of ethics

    28 July 2007

    Ethical sourcing could raise retailers' production costs by at least 5%, according to research from Verdict. The Future of Ethical Sourcing report says the ethical agenda is growing to cover health and safety and child labour, as well as exploitation in the supply chain. Verdict said value retailers could be most affected because they are so price-driven.
  • Retailers' hopes for a summer recovery are sunk by flooding

    28 July 2007

    Fashion retailers are braced for a prolonged loss of trade after some of the worst flooding for 60 years.
  • Sales take an upwards step at Kurt Geiger

    28 July 2007

    Sales at footwear retailer Kurt Geiger rose 17.8% for the year to February 3 to £130.1 million against £110.5m the year before. Current trading was also up, with like-for-like sales from February 3 to July 7 rising by 8%.
  • Shining examples

    28 July 2007

    Contemporary influences and more technical-inspired directions helped to rejuvenate the mainstream womenswear collections on offer in Dusseldorf
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    28 July 2007

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  • Topshop pulls dress after Chloe legal action

    28 July 2007

    Topshop has been forced to withdraw more than 1,000 dresses after luxury brand Chloe threatened it with legal action over plagiarism, according to law firm Shoosmiths, which advised Chloe. Partner Gary Assim said Topshop was forced to pay tens of thousands of pounds in compensation and legal costs and withdraw a £35 yellow dress, after Chloe argued that it was almost identical to a £185 See by Chloe dress. Topshop was unavailable for comment.
  • US trade show Boutique Lingerie plans London edition for autumn

    28 July 2007

    US exhibition Boutique Lingerie is to launch in the UK this autumn to cater for smaller and niche brands.
  • Asda poised to launch 10 Living shops

    21 July 2007

    Asda will open 10 Asda Living stores this year, after poaching Gamestation boss Mike Logue as managing director of the non-food format. Logue will be responsible for expanding the Living fascia, for which 300 potential sites have been identified.
  • Baugur bumps up its Debenhams holding

    21 July 2007

    A consortium led by Icelandic investor Baugur has increased its stake in department store chain Debenhams. Baugur, retail entrepreneur Kevin Stanford and Icelandic private equity business FL Group announced this week that their stake in the company was now up to 9%.
  • Black is back at Oasis with limited-edition LBDs

    21 July 2007

    Womenswear retailer Oasis is launching a limited edition collection of classic black dresses to offer customers an alternative to its main, trend-led range. The LBD offer consists of four dresses, all are designed in house, and will be available in the retailer's top 20 stores from July 23. Each one comes with a tag stating the story behind the inspiration for the dress. Design manager Tom Young said: 'We felt there was more demand from our customers for something that is not so trend-driven, ..
  • BRC criticises London's plastic bag tax plan

    21 July 2007

    The British Retail Consortium has slammed plans for a tax on plastic carrier bags in London, attacking the capital's local authorities for their 'ignorance'. London's 33 councils have proposed a 10p charge on each plastic bag used. The BRC said plastic bags comprise only 1% of the total waste in landfill sites.
  • China deal sees Mothercare open in Shanghai

    21 July 2007

    Mothercare will open its first stores in China next spring, through a deal with Goodbaby, China's largest manufacturer of childcare products. Mothercare, which will take a 30% stake, will open two stores in Shanghai and one in Beijing. The joint venture, trading as Mothercare, aims to build a national presence in China in the next five years.
  • Director general to step down from BRC

    21 July 2007

    British Retail Consortium director general Kevin Hawkins is to retire at the end of the year. Hawkins, who will be 60 next month, took up the role in April 2004, having spent nine years as director of communications at supermarket chain Safeway.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Profit warning likely at Sports Direct

    21 July 2007

    Sportswear retailer Sports Direct this week snapped up a 60% stake in outdoor business Field & Trek for £5 million, but is expected to post poor trading figures.
  • Eastern Eye

    21 July 2007

    Marino Donati picks some of the stand-out labels on show at Hong Kong Fashion Week
  • Fearne cottons on to New Look range

    21 July 2007

    New Look has named TV presenter Fearne Cotton as the face of its organic cotton festival collection. Cotton launched the online campaign, called Go Organic with Cotton, this week. It will be supported by PoS in all 576 New Look stores from July 22. The womenswear range includes dresses, trousers, tops, denim and accessories. Organic cotton menswear, kidswear, babywear and maternitywear collections are also available.
  • Founders regain control of Blue Blood

    21 July 2007

    Dutch denim brand Blue Blood has been bought back by its founders after the majority of the brand was sold to Italian company Jam Sessions two years ago. According to founders Steve Te Pas and Jason Denham, who now own the business, the two companies did not share the same goals. Chief executive Te Pas said he wants Blue Blood to become 'the Ralph Lauren of luxury denim'. The brand plans to roll out a retail concept and hire a managing director in the next few months.
  • H&M's sales rise in June after slow May

    21 July 2007

    Like-for-like sales at young fashion chain H&M rose 5% in June compared with the same month last year, with total sales up 17% for the period. However, like-for-like sales for May were down 2%. H&M has 1,420 stores internationally.
  • Hilco UK recruits chief operating officer

    21 July 2007

    Restructuring specialist Hilco UK has appointed Andrew Pepper to the new role of chief operating officer. Pepper, formerly a partner at corporate restructuring firm Kroll, will also become chief executive of new group Hilco Commercial, which aims to turn around struggling non-retail firms in the UK and Europe.
  • Inditex unveils carbon footprint project

    21 July 2007

    Zara owner Inditex is aiming to track the carbon footprint of its production. The group is developing an IT system with the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which will allow it to monitor the environmental impact of each stage of production as part of a three-year green plan, which was launched this week.
  • In-Store to cut clothing offer as sales slip

    21 July 2007

    Value chain Instore will continue to streamline its clothing offer, after reporting a slowdown in like-for-like sales. Total like-for-likes rose just 4.1% for the 19 weeks to July 7, against a 7.9% increase for the 11 weeks to May 12. The retailer plans to cut its clothing offer to include only kidswear and basics, as it struggles to compete with value rivals. Clothing accounts for less than 10% of the business.
  • Jaeger London to launch fragrance and bodycare line

    21 July 2007

    Upmarket womenswear retailer Jaeger is to unveil a fragrance and bodycare range under its Jaeger London label. The range, which launches in October at department stores and Jaeger stores, will be made by licensee Juniper Brand Development.
  • Karen Millen to make a splash with swimwear

    21 July 2007

    Karen Millen unveiled its new lingerie line this week, and revealed it will launch a swimwear range for spring 08. The retailer's new 40-piece lingerie collection will be sold online and at the brand's flagship store in London's Covent Garden this autumn, as well as in the lingerie area in House of Fraser stores. It will also be stocked in key department stores internationally. The collection has been developed as part of a joint venture between the Karen Millen design team and the ...
  • Limited edition jeans unveiled by Ted Baker

    21 July 2007

    Lifestyle label Ted Baker is launching a line of men's selvedge denim jeans. The range, called Dunzo, will be a pre-shrunk, classic fit style in indigo with a limited-edition run of 500. It will retail at £120.
  • Promotions spark school uniform price war among value retailers

    21 July 2007

    Value retailers are gearing up for the fiercest price battle yet on back-to-school clothing, as the high street giants kick off their promotions.
  • Queen's Awards in hunt for star retailers

    21 July 2007

    Organisers of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise are calling for applications from UK retailers that excel in overseas trade, innovation or sustainable development. The deadline for entries to the Awards - seen as the equivalent of a 'corporate knighthood' - is midnight on October 31. To apply, visit www.queensawards.org.uk.
  • Retail damages ruling breaks new ground

    21 July 2007

    A legal wrangle over the rights of a footwear agent could change the future of retail compensation, legal experts have said.
  • Sand and Psyche to dress Middlesbrough FC

    21 July 2007

    Danish fashion brand Sand has teamed up with designer independent Psyche in Middlesbrough to dress Middlesbrough Football Club for the next three football seasons. Off the pitch, players and management will be kitted out in Sand clothing, from tailored suits to Italian shoes. They will also sport Sand accessories, including watches and ties.
  • Spring Fair graphics are reborn for 2008

    21 July 2007

    Retail trade show Spring Fair has unveiled a new look for its next edition, including new PoS, posters and brochures. The revamp is designed to appeal to a more international market. The next event of the show, which is run by Drapers publisher Emap, is at the NEC in Birmingham on February 3-7 2008.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    21 July 2007

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  • TM Lewin's logo revamped as modernisation picks up pace

    21 July 2007

    Shirtmaker TM Lewin is to overhaul its stores with a new logo as part of plans to modernise the business.
  • Tough market blamed for Jigsaw and Kew's losses

    21 July 2007

    Womenswear retailer Jigsaw will open more standalone stores in the US later this year, despite announcing falling profits and sales. In the year to September 30 2006, Jigsaw's pre-tax profits fell to £8.48 million, from £14.59m the year before. Directors at Robinson Webster, which owns Jigsaw and sister womenswear chain Kew, said the disappointing figures were a result of difficult trading and the time needed to establish new brands. Kew made a loss of £1.1m for the period.
  • UK and European exit denied by Gap

    21 July 2007

    Gap has denied reports that it will pull out of Europe and the UK if its European range fails to lift sales this autumn. The US retailer said it remained committed to its UK and European operations.
  • Uniqlo to invest £5.25m in UK expansion

    21 July 2007

    Japanese retailer Uniqlo will receive a £5.25 million cash injection from parent company Fast Retailing, to allow the retailer to expand its UK business. Uniqlo has 11 stores in the UK.
  • Whistles' website to go live in October

    21 July 2007

    Womenswear retailer Whistles will launch a transactional website in October. It will be the last of parent group Mosaic's fascias to open an online store, following stablemates Oasis, Karen Millen and Coast. Whistles' ecommerce site will also contain interactive elements for customers.
  • Windsmoor gets bigger in Jacques Vert overhaul

    21 July 2007

    Jacques Vert has expanded its womenswear brand Windsmoor to size 24 for autumn, as part of an overhaul of its ranges. The firm, which also owns Planet and Precis, this week posted pre-tax profits of £19.2 million, against £3.4m the year before. The leap was due to a net exceptional credit after winding up its pension scheme. Retail sales for the year to April 28 were up 5.4% to £114.9m. Analysts said the group was a 'very different animal' to a year ago, after disposing of its menswear ...
  • 100 new brands join the party at Premier Kids

    14 July 2007

    Kidswear show Premier Kids attracted 100 new exhibitors this season, with more than 320 brands taking part in the three-day event at Birmingham NEC this week. Buyers from top UK independents, as well as department stores such as Bentalls, Selfridges, Debenhams and Fenwick, attended. Visitor numbers were in line with last year, with international buyers from countries including Russia, Japan, Belgium and Denmark making up 8% of the total. Footwear label Footsie 100 launched at Premier ...
  • Acceptable in the 80s

    14 July 2007

    The decade spawned many a crime against fashion, but brands showing at Bread & Butter will be hoping to cash in on retro looks inspired by the 1980s
  • Agent M&R tucks into Junk Food Clothing

    14 July 2007

    US brand Junk Food Clothing has appointed M&R as its agent for the north of England and the Republic of Ireland. At present, the T-shirt label is sold through Harrods, Selfridges, Urban Outfitters and some major independent retailers. To contact M&R, email office@mragencies.co.uk.
  • Bright sparks

    14 July 2007

    Classic themes were pepped up with bright colours and bold prints at Premier Kids
  • Buyer leaves Office to join Kurt Geiger

    14 July 2007

    Office buyer Anthony Booth will join Kurt Geiger as branded buyer, after eight years at the footwear retailer. He will take up the new role in September and will replace Lisa McKilroy, who left the business after maternity leave.
  • Claire's takes on trendy Topshop

    14 July 2007

    Accessories chain Claire's has recruited Melanie Haworth to the new role of commercial director for the UK, as it aims to take on Topshop and New Look to become less price- and more trend-led.
  • Dolcis asks landlords for monthly rents

    14 July 2007

    Footwear retailer Dolcis has written to landlords asking to pay monthly rather than quarterly rents, after a tough second quarter. According to chief executive John Kinnaird, Dolcis, which is paying about £16 million annually on rent for its 70-strong chain, has embarked on a turnaround plan. It has drafted in design agency 20/20 to overhaul the business and develop a new store concept.
  • Drapers - Share monitor - Sports Direct profits to beat forecast

    14 July 2007

    Sports Direct received a boost this week after house broker Merrill Lynch said it expected the chain to unveil better-than-expected profits of £250 million next month.The full-year report will be its first results since it went public in March. Merrill Lynch said profits would be £14m better than forecast. Shares rose 7p to 184.75p.
  • Ecco ditches major UK distributors

    14 July 2007

    Footwear label Ecco is axing three key UK retailers as part of a move away from comfort towards a younger market.
  • Emma Bunton spices up Mamas & Papas ad push

    14 July 2007

    Mamas & Papas has unveiled the first images of its autumn 07 maternitywear campaign, fronted by Spice Girl Emma Bunton. The 140-piece range will hit 32 stores from August 6. Prices start at £8 for a basic camisole to £90 for a printed silk wrap dress.
  • Esprit opens first store outside London

    14 July 2007

    Mid-market women's, men's and kids' wear retailer Esprit has opened its first store outside London, as part of an expansion drive to open 19 UK stores by July next year. The shop, on Market Street in Manchester, covers two floors and stocks the retailer's full men's and women's collections.
  • Footwear Friends unveils support programme

    14 July 2007

    Trade charity Footwear Friends has launched the Footwear Friends Designer Award, which will assist an individual or partnership with a £4,000 sponsorship and mentoring scheme. Application forms are available at www.fbscharity.org.uk.
  • Graduation day at Fashion Retail Academy

    14 July 2007

    The first graduation of students from the Fashion Retail Academy in London took place on Wednesday, with 130 students completing their Level 3 Diploma in Fashion Retail. Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green, M&S chief executive Stuart Rose and Tesco clothing chief Terry Green, who co-sponsor the Academy, presented additional awards to students. Thom Scherdel (above left) won the M&S award for enterprise; Liam Price (second from left) received the Arcadia award for outstanding student; Francesca ...
  • Japanese firm snaps up Chester Barrie

    14 July 2007

    Tailoring label Chester Barrie has been bought by Prominent Europe, part of Japanese conglomerate Itochu. It was previously owned by UK company Speciality Retail Group. Itochu was revealed as the favourite to buy the business last month (Drapers, June 30). The deal gives Prominent Europe global ownership of the Chester Barrie and Chester trademarks, as well as the brand's flagship store on London's Savile Row.
  • Johnstons tailors a 210th birthday range

    14 July 2007

    Scottish cashmere manufacturer Johnstons is celebrating its 210th anniversary with the launch of its first tailored collection. The 11-piece range features items for both men and women, and includes jackets, skirts and coats. Retail prices range from £120 to £500.
  • La Redoute and Christian Lacroix in tie-up

    14 July 2007

    French mail order catalogue La Redoute has teamed up with designer Christian Lacroix to create an exclusive womenswear range for autumn 07. The capsule collection consists of seven pieces. Retail prices start at £59 for a bag to £185 for a coat.
  • Leeds concession and City store fill a gap for Jaeger

    14 July 2007

    Upmarket womenswear retailer Jaeger is planning two significant openings this year, with new outlets in Leeds and the City of London. Chief executive Belinda Earl told Drapers the absence of a retail presence in Leeds for the past few years meant a large part of its customer base had been overlooked, but it would now open a concession in House of Fraser. The retailer will also unveil a 2,300 sq ft standalone store in Cheapside in the City of London in October. 'We recognise it is a ...
  • Managing director eyes takeover at Envy

    14 July 2007

    Envy managing director Dean Argent is thought to be targeting City investors in a bid to launch an MBO for the business. Parent company Alexon is understood to be asking about £15 million for the chain, and rebuffed a £5m offer from entrepreneur John Kinnaird.
  • Marks & Spencer correction

    14 July 2007

    High street retailer Marks & Spencer's new range of trousers made from recycled plastic is produced by a supplier in Taiwan, and not as stated in the June 30 issue of Drapers.
  • Mountain Warehouse is latest Arev conquest

    14 July 2007

    Icelandic investment vehicle Arev has bought outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Mountain Warehouse for £17 million. It is understood that the retailer's majority shareholder, NBGI Private Equity, will no longer be involved with the business, which operates about 30 stores.
  • My first taste of Chinese takeaway

    14 July 2007

    An unexpected approach from a supplier prompts Martin Jones to order some stock from China
  • Naomi Campbell looks pretty in Pinko

    14 July 2007

    Model Naomi Campbell will be the face of Italian designer womenswear brand Pinko for its autumn 07 campaign. Campbell, who modelled for the brand two years ago, will replace singer Mariah Carey, who represented the brand in spring 07. The ads will break in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Grazia magazines, among others, in September issues and until the end of the season.
  • New recruits join Nike's UK marketing team

    14 July 2007

    Nike has bolstered its UK marketing team with the appointment of Levi's marketing manager Melanie Lowe as head of marketing for London. Alex Pellew, ex-account director at advertising agency TBWA, will be London brand manager for football and running. Ed Elworthy will become head of brand communications at the end of August, replacing Ben Moor who has left the firm. Elworthy was brand communications manager at Nike China.
  • Newcastle store shuts as rents rattle Frontier

    14 July 2007

    Trainer specialist Frontier is closing its Newcastle upon Tyne store and has put one of its other shops under review following rent increases.
  • Paris

    14 July 2007

    Shiny fabrics and colours added a touch of gloss to the Paris menswear catwalks. Stephen Spear reports
  • Past masters

    14 July 2007

    Couture Week's festival of fashion past and present offered food for thought as well as a feast for the eyes, as Charlotte Marrion reports
  • Paving the way

    14 July 2007

    After 36 years in retail, Catherine Paver admits she would still rather visit a footwear trade show than go on holiday. Lucia Cockcroft meets her to find out why
  • Prada in sale talks with interested parties

    14 July 2007

    Retail tycoon Richard Caring is understood to be in talks to buy Italian fashion house Prada. The Milan-based group is also said to be engaged in talks with at least two private equity houses in a deal that would value Prada at £1.3 billion.
  • Premium brand speeds up Ichi's offer

    14 July 2007

    Danish young fashion brand Ichi has unveiled premium sub-brand Ichi Gracious to help independents fight back against the multiples' young fast fashion offer.
  • Private equity cash boosts Jack Wills

    14 July 2007

    Private equity firm Inflexion has acquired a minority stake in multi-channel retailer Jack Wills. The cash will enable the firm to enter the Japanese and US markets through a catalogue and website, as well as grow the business in the UK. Jack Wills plans to open at least five new UK stores in the next year.
  • Retailers post a 30% sales rise at The Mailbox

    14 July 2007

    The Mailbox shopping centre in Birmingham reported a 30% increase in sales after the first week of its summer Sale. Some retailers in the luxury mall, which includes Harvey Nichols and Emporio Armani, cut prices by as much as 70%.
  • Stores could be let off in model row

    14 July 2007

    Retailers could be spared responsibility for monitoring the use of unnaturally thin models, after interim results from the British Fashion Council's independent inquiry were published this week.
  • Surf's up for Luella Bartley with O'Neill collection

    14 July 2007

    Surfwear brand O'Neill has launched an exclusive womenswear line from UK designer Luella Bartley as part of it spring 08 collection. The label's main range features four themes for men and women. Bartley's collection comprises 30 styles that boast bright colours and strong graphics.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    14 July 2007

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  • The ideal relationship summed up

    14 July 2007

    Victoria Suffield reflects on the elements that make up a perfect union between retailer and label
  • UK reps appointed by Tough Jeansmith

    14 July 2007

    Latitude Marketing has appointed two agents to represent Hong Kong denim and accessories brand Tough Jeansmith in the UK. Starting from spring 08, Alan Lind will cover Scotland and Cumbria, while Martyn Warden will be the representative for the rest of the north of England.
  • Valentino buys 45% stake in Proenza Schouler

    14 July 2007

    Valentino Fashion Group, owner of Valentino and Hugo Boss, has acquired a 45% stake in high-end womenswear label Proenza Schouler for a reported $3.7 million (£1.8m). Shirley Cook will remain as Proenza Schouler chief executive.
  • WDT signs Diesel boss to lead international push

    14 July 2007

    Diesel's US chief executive Pan Philippou is returning to the UK in September to become chief executive at brand house WDT.
  • Zara appoints new UK and Ireland manager

    14 July 2007

    Stefano Sutter has been named UK and Republic of Ireland manager for Zara, part of the Inditex group. Sutter was previously Inditex's manager in Canada and replaces Mike Shearwood, in a move forecast by Drapers (May 12). Shearwood will join Mosaic Fashions in the autumn as deputy chief executive, with responsibility for womenswear chains Oasis, Principles and Warehouse.
  • Bruuns Bazaar recruits UK sales manager

    7 July 2007

    Danish brand Bruuns Bazaar has appointed Jonty Rooke as UK sales manager. Rooke, formerly UK sales manager at Nicole Farhi, will oversee womenswear, menswear and accessories and will develop the brand's independent accounts.
  • BSSA says training bodies must help indies to boost their skills

    7 July 2007

    Retail training groups in the UK must put more emphasis on supporting small businesses, according to the British Shops and Stores Association.
  • Chessmen loses Cardiff shop as footfall slides

    7 July 2007

    Cardiff-based independent Chessmen is closing one of its five stores following tough trading.
  • Claire's Accessories under new ownership

    7 July 2007

    Claire's Stores, the US company that owns Claire's Accessories in the UK, has been acquired by New York private equity firm Apollo Management for US$3.1 billion (£1.5bn). Sales at Claire's Accessories rose 8.5% to £153.4 million for the year to January 28 2006, up from £141.2m the previous year, but pre-tax profit fell 97% to £125,000, from £4.6m the year before.
  • Coats join the spring line-up at P.burrows

    7 July 2007

    High-end brand P.burrows is launching a range of women's lightweight coats for spring 08. The 15-piece capsule collection will go into existing doors including independents Square in Bath and Matches in south-west London, and will wholesale for between £135 and £265.
  • Cotton USA beach kit and towels up for grabs

    7 July 2007

    Cotton USA is offering Drapers readers the chance to win a beach kit, including Supima towels featuring the Cotton USA 'Feel the Difference' mark, and £200 worth of accessories vouchers. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to answer the following question: Which mark is featured on the cotton towels? Enter online via www.drapersonline.com.
  • Drapers Share monitor - M&S reined in by flat clothing sales

    7 July 2007

    Marks & Spencer is expected to be in a cautious mood over its first quarter results, due out on Tuesday.
  • Eastern Europe holds promise for UK retailers

    7 July 2007

    UK retailers looking to expand into mainland Europe should consider opening stores in the 10 new EU accession states, where research shows that consumer appetite for fashion is greatest. According to research firm Verdict, combined clothing sales in the 10 new member states jumped by more than a fifth between 2001 and 2006, from £6.4 billion to £7.7bn. In the UK, average clothing expenditure per capita increased by £38 between 2001 and 2006, rising from £518 to £556, whereas in Estonia ...
  • Episode signs model to front its ad push

    7 July 2007

    UK-born model Jacquetta Wheeler is to front the autumn 07 campaign for classic womenswear brand Episode. The campaign will run in the label's concessions from August, as well as on billboards and women's consumer magazines, including Tatler and Women & Home, from September. Episode's autumn collection focuses on classic pieces, with a palette of plum, port, raspberry and burnt orange on floral print combinations and sleek tailoring.
  • IC Companys plots fresh UK assault with concession and franchise push

    7 July 2007

    IC Companys, owner of Danish brands InWear and Matinique, will pursue a new concessions and franchise strategy for the UK following the appointment of Peter Andersen as head of the UK business.
  • Investment firm snaps up J Lindeberg

    7 July 2007

    Swedish lifestyle brand J Lindeberg has been acquired by private investment firm Proventus. Stefan Engstrom has been named chief executive of the label with immediate effect. Engstrom joins from Swedish label Peak Performance, where he was one of the co-founders.
  • Kirby Footwear signs buying boss for Milano

    7 July 2007

    Kirby Footwear has hired John Barnes as senior buying controller for the Milano brand, based at the company's buying office in Leicester. Milano, which is owned by Kuwait-based Alshaya Group, aims to expand in the next two years to add to its 55-store portfolio in seven countries in the Middle East. Kirby Footwear has been the buying contractor for Milano since 2000.
  • London Denim in hunt for backers

    7 July 2007

    Premium women's jeans brand London Denim is touting itself on the private investment market in a bid to attract funds to grow the business.
  • Manchester gears up for Fashion Weekend

    7 July 2007

    Fashion Weekend will launch in Manchester on October 4 to 7 at Urbis, in association with Grazia magazine. The event, which first launched in London five years ago, offers participants the opportunity to shop for designer labels at reduced prices. For tickets call 0871 203 1081.
  • Moovy clarification

    7 July 2007

    Wholesale prices for Italian womenswear brand Moovy range from £18 for tops to £100 for dresses and not as stated in Drapers on June 16.
  • Oli signs TV presenter Holly Willoughby

    7 July 2007

    TV presenter Holly Willoughby has been signed as the brand ambassador for Oli, the new premium label from home shopping retailer Otto UK. Models Jodie Kidd and Jasmine Guinness and designer Maria Grachvoge have designed their own Oli Fusion capsule ranges. Oli, which made its debut on Wednesday, will be available to buy online via dedicated website. The brand will also appear in a separate catalogue called the Oli Style Guide.
  • Premiere Vision plans dedicated denim show

    7 July 2007

    Paris textiles show Premiere Vision is launching a satellite show dedicated to denim, to take place on December 4-5 at The Docks in Paris. It aims to attract 50 exhibitors, including denim weavers, finishing companies and accessories manufacturers.
  • Pretty Polly socks it to 'em with new ads

    7 July 2007

    Lingerie brand Pretty Polly has unveiled its latest billboard ad campaign. The brand's ads, featuring its Silver Fresh range of trainer socks, are part of a £1 million push for its new Fresh Feet range. Rival brand Sloggi has also unveiled new ads to coincide with the Tour de France in London this weekend.
  • Relaxed looks on Paris menswear

    7 July 2007

    A more relaxed silhouette than in previous seasons and a sophisticated palette of neutrals mixed with saturated brights defined Paris Men's Fashion Week. Belgian designer Kris Van Assche showed a reduced collection for his debut Dior Homme show on this week's catwalks, following Hedi Slimane's departure last season.
  • Smyth & Gibson puts its shirt on wholesale launch

    7 July 2007

    Shirtmaker Smyth & Gibson will re-enter the wholesale market next year, following a £500,000 investment into its manufacturing site in Derry, Northern Ireland. The investment has boosted production by about 70%, enabling production of 1,000 shirts a week. The firm aims to have at least five wholesale accounts in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2008, plus five in Europe. 'The company is secure enough to take the wholesale risk,' said founder Richard Gibson. Established more than 15 ...
  • Sole providers

    7 July 2007

    Patent platforms and ankle boots are the big shots in the high street's autumn 07 footwear offer
  • Sonneti creates brand director position

    7 July 2007

    Young fashion brand Sonneti has promoted sales manager Darren Poulter to the role of brand director. The newly-created position will enable him to oversee production, sales and marketing. Poulter will report directly to Asbed Momdijan, chief executive of parent company WDT. Former brand manager George Rashbrook has left Sonneti - and the fashion industry - after seven years at WDT to become a publican in Wales.
  • Summer trade hits 10-year low

    7 July 2007

    High street retailers are experiencing one of the toughest summer trading periods in years, thanks to the double whammy of poor weather and interest rate hikes.
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    7 July 2007

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  • TK Maxx boss quits after six months in charge

    7 July 2007

    TK Maxx managing director Stephanie Morgan is understood to have left the business after six months in the role. Morgan joined the discount retailer from Littlewoods and is not thought to have a new role lined up.
  • Top floor reopens at Meadowhall

    7 July 2007

    The Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield reopened its upper floor this week after the mall was closed for a week due to flooding. The lower floor remains closed, and a spokeswoman for the centre could not confirm when it would open again.
  • UK buyers uninspired at Pitti Bimbo

    7 July 2007

    The mood was mixed at kidswear fair Pitti Bimbo in Florence last week, with UK buyers uninspired by a lack of innovation.
  • Visual Thinking's Kuwait role for Baroue

    7 July 2007

    UK visual merchandising agency Visual Thinking has been appointed as VM and brand delivery consultant for the launch of kidswear retailer Baroue, which will debut in Kuwait in August.
  • Adams Kids unveils first store since takeover

    7 July 2007

    Adams Kids has opened its first store since it was acquired by former Stead & Simpson chairman John Shannon in February. The 2,800 sq ft store opened in Swindon in Wiltshire last month. Shannon said it was trading beyond expectations.
  • Aspecto teams up with Adidas to unveil Y-3 brand in Manchester

    30 June 2007

    Young fashion independent Aspecto is opening a concept store at the Triangle mall in Manchester, in a collaboration that will create the first UK store for Adidas designer brand Y-3.
  • BFC picks designers for New Generation funding

    30 June 2007

    Central Saint Martins graduates Danielle Scutt and Louise Goldin will receive New Generation catwalk sponsorship for the first time this season, the British Fashion Council announced this week. Duro Olowu, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Todd Lynn and Marios Schwab will also receive sponsorship. For more on New Generation, see page 10.
  • Buyers must build ethical costs into FOB

    30 June 2007

    Retailers must build compliance costs into the Free On Board (FOB) price of garments if they are committed to ethical trading, delegates at the Drapers Global Sourcing Summit were told this week.
  • California's Bobi targets UK and Ireland for spring

    30 June 2007

    Bobi, the California-based womenswear brand, is launching in the UK and Republic of Ireland for spring 08. Its collection features tops, tunics and dresses in luxury jersey, ribbed cotton and modal thermal fabrics. Wholesale prices range from £6 for a vest, £8 for a top and £23 for a dress. Bobi has appointed JBA and Macleod Agencies as agents for the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Ashley moves to oust Blacks' board

    30 June 2007

    Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley this week heightened controversy surrounding the company by threatening to call an EGM to oust the board of Blacks Leisure.
  • Footwear pair kick off Bukta's relaunch

    30 June 2007

    Heritage sportswear brand Bukta is relaunching under the charge of Simon Dickie, managing director of footwear brand Pod, and footwear agent Steven Price Brown. The duo have acquired the Bukta UK distribution licence as part of a global deal and will showcase the new-look product at Bread & Butter in Barcelona next week. Bukta, which was founded in 1879, is relaunching with the 80-SKU collection, split into two ranges. One will incorporate archive styles, while the other will feature ...
  • Gant revives Ivy League style for spring 08 range

    30 June 2007

    US lifestyle brand Gant is launching a heritage-inspired range for spring 08. The look, called Bold Varsity, is part of the brand's GNH collection, and is inspired by Ivy League university styles. It targets younger, more fashionable shoppers aged 20-plus and includes hoodies, sweats and knits, providing a more layered look. Styling is fitted, and many garments feature surface detail. The collection launches on July 9, with wholesale prices at £28 for shirts, £32 for hoodies and £35 ...
  • Gap hunts for stores in portfolio review

    30 June 2007

    Gap is understood to be scouting for new store locations in the UK as part of its portfolio review. The US retailer aims to dispose of some secondary locations and underperforming stores. However, property sources said new units in more prime locations were also being sought. Gap has about 170 stores in the UK.
  • Gisele adds face value to Vero Moda's ads

    30 June 2007

    Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has been named the new face of Danish brand Vero Moda. The model will front the autumn 07 marketing campaign, which launches on August 1 and will feature in stores and on branding. The tie-up is expected to last for at least a year. Bundchen will also be the face of the next issue of Vero Moda's magazine. The label is owned by Bestseller, whose other brands include womenswear label Vila and denim brand Jack & Jones. Bestseller's brand portfolio is ...
  • In the Company of Men

    30 June 2007

    Representatives from four menswear brands assess the mood at Pitti Uomo
  • Innovative theme for underwear forum

    30 June 2007

    Fashionability and function is the theme of this year's Body, Beach & Legwear Innovation Forum at the Hotel Intercontinental in Dusseldorf on July 21. The event takes place on the eve of the Body Look lingerie and beachwear show in the city, which runs from July 22-24. The forum will look at how new fabrics and materials are allowing manufacturers to create more functional lingerie and trendier underwear.
  • Internacionale adds to management team

    30 June 2007

    Women's young fashion chain Internaaionale has named Sue Scanlan as managing director. Scanlan was previously in an interim role at Primark and will take up the role in August. Internaaionale has also appointed Peter Whittle to its retail operations team on an interim basis. He previously handled regional operations for the north at River Island.
  • Japanese group leads Chester Barrie bid war

    30 June 2007

    Japanese firm Itochu is the favourite to snap up Savile Row tailor Chester Barrie, as owner SRG tries to offload the brand.
  • Joules plans spring capsule range

    30 June 2007

    Multi-channel retailer Joules will launch a capsule range for spring, after its mail-order arm grew nearly 400% in the past year.
  • Kurt Geiger boss named as one to watch

    30 June 2007

    Kurt Geiger creative and board director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley has been named as one of the top young British businesswomen to watch by Management Today. Farrar-Hockley featured in the magazine's Top 35 Women Under 35, compiled with the help of established British businesswomen, bankers, headhunters and academics.
  • Little Drama Queen grows up with new agents

    30 June 2007

    Dutch babywear brand Little Drama Queen has recruited two new agents to distribute the range in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Scullion Agencies in Dublin and Chris Prowse-Smith from Heavenly Kids in Preston, Lancashire, will sell the range in Ireland and the UK's north-west respectively. Another UK agent will be appointed later this year.
  • London Fashion Week clarification

    30 June 2007

    This year's Exhibition at London Fashion Week runs from September 16-19, and not as stated in the May 26 issue of Drapers. London Fashion Week runs from September 15-20.
  • Long Tall Sally drafts in new MD

    30 June 2007

    Niche retailer Long Tall Sally is drafting in home shopping expert Andrew Shapin as its managing director, as part of plans to grow its home shopping business.
  • Mothercare Direct boss journeys to Lands' End

    30 June 2007

    Tim Curtis, head of Mothercare's online division Mothercare Direct, will join multi-channel retailer Lands' End as UK managing director. He will start his new role in September to replace Jason Feist, who is returning to the US. Andrew Doe, formerly at holiday group Thomas Cook, will replace Curtis at Mothercare on an interim basis.
  • New logo for Triumph debuts at Madrid store

    30 June 2007

    Lingerie manufacturer and supplier Triumph has unveiled a new logo in its Madrid store this month. The logo will be rolled out globally from January 2008 and will feature in the brand's advertising campaign for spring 08.
  • Nylon Hosiery appoints creative specialist

    30 June 2007

    UK hosiery supplier Nylon Hosiery has recruited Garry Chambers as creative development specialist. He will lead the relaunch of the firm's Pamela Mann brand, which will include a revamped logo and press campaign, plus a website and online image library. Chambers was previously a freelance graphic designer.
  • Old Faithfuls

    30 June 2007

    Buyers had their work cut out looking for new directions in Florence, with many Italian heavyweights presenting an almost identikit roll-call of spring 07 trends
  • Revamp kicks off at Hoopers' Carlisle store

    30 June 2007

    Department store group Hoopers has kicked off a major overhaul at its Carlisle store, involving a six-figure investment and including the menswear department.
  • Sales soar 22% at Jaeger as portfolio grows

    30 June 2007

    Upmarket womenswear retailer Jaeger has posted sales of £70.6 million for the year to February 28, up 22% from £58.1m last year. Chief executive Belinda Earl said the company's broadening offer and expanding portfolio helped to boost sales. The company has 137 doors in the UK and Europe and plans to expand in the US with an exclusive women's line for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.
  • Shepherdson considers Oxfam advisory role

    30 June 2007

    Oxfam has confirmed it is in talks with former Topshop brand director Jane Shepherdson about a voluntary advisory role to help shape the charity's retail strategy. Her role will be finalised in the next couple of months.
  • Store openings as Henri-Lloyd expands

    30 June 2007

    Henri-Lloyd is to open four new shop-in-shops in House of Fraser in August. The shop-in-shops will launch at HoF's Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds and Gateshead MetroCentre stores. The move follows trials at its London Oxford Street store and Dublin department store Arnotts, as well as a tie-up with young fashion retailer Scotts in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre.
  • Strong retail figures boost Gerry Weber sales

    30 June 2007

    Sales at German womenswear brand Gerry Weber were up 12.5% in the six months to the end of April, rising to EUR236.7 million (£159.3m) compared with EUR210.4m (£141m) for the same period last year. Gerry Weber's retail arm posted the strongest sales rise, at 49.5%. The business plans to open 70 new Gerry Weber stores this financial year.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    30 June 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Two new directors for George at Asda

    30 June 2007

    George at Asda head of buying Sarah Bradley and head of sourcing Jon Wragg have been promoted to directors. Bradley and Wragg will take up their roles of buying director and global sourcing and development director respectively with immediate effect, reporting to brand director Fiona Lambert and managing director Angela Spindler.
  • Undress to impress

    30 June 2007

    Sian Thomas left Marks & Spencer to join lingerie brand Madame V as creative director. She has developed the Brazilian label by upping its fashion credentials and focusing on underwear as outerwear. As a former senior lingerie designer at M&S she is a huge fan of its chief executive Stuart Rose, crediting him with teaching her about the value of communication across the supply chain.
  • Womenswear debut for sport-luxe label Zilli

    30 June 2007

    French sport-luxe menswear brand Zilli will launch its first womenswear range for autumn 07. Prices for the collection start from £1,750 for a silk jacket. It will be available in Zilli boutiques in 35 countries from September, including the brand's UK shop on London's New Bond Street.
  • Wondermummy gives birth to wholesale offer

    30 June 2007

    Maternitywear etailer Wondermummy has launched a wholesale range for retailers featuring a selection of its best-selling own label styles. The collection, aimed at UK and Republic of Ireland retailers, is available throughout the year on a short-order basis. Extra pieces will be added to the range at the start of each season. Wondermummy's offer ranges from tops and trousers to swimwear and nightwear.
  • Clarks to pep up profits with overseas push

    30 June 2007

    Clarks is to embark on an international roll-out to help stem falling UK profits, according to reports. The group is planning a 450-store global assault over the next 10 years, and aims to have as many shops abroad as it does in the UK. The initial push will be in Europe, in what is believed to be a franchise-led strategy. This will be followed by a US push, where Clarks currently has 210 stores.
  • Additions Direct goes for a high-fashion look

    23 June 2007

    Home shopping retailer Additions Direct has unveiled a new look in a bid to add a 'younger, vibrant edge, with an emphasis on high-fashion credentials' to its offer. The new look includes an updated logo, revamped web page layout and better navigation. The site accounts for 40% of the retailer's turnover.
  • Burberry hangs out with UK rock stars

    23 June 2007

    Burberry has unveiled an edgy autumn 07 advertising campaign inspired by rock bands, whose members feature in the images. Designed by creative director Christopher Bailey, the label's tough-looking collection is fronted by UK models alongside musicians from bands The View, Larrikin Love and The Paddingtons, and is inspired by a British medieval theme. The campaign, which breaks in August, features the newest addition to the Burberry Icons Collections - the Knight bag (pictured), a studded ...
  • Debs to get Ted Baker kids' range

    23 June 2007

    Ted Baker will launch a kidswear collection for Designers at Debenhams this autumn as it aims to broaden its customer base beyond its wholesale and retail business.
  • Designers go public with new website

    23 June 2007

    A website offering up-and-coming designers a chance to sell their designs at retail prices will be launched at London Fashion Week in September. The Fashion Public site is headed by former KPMG consultant Jill Simon. Designers pay a one-off fee to upload their stock, which is sold at retail prices. Two-thirds of the price will go to the designer, with the remainder kept by Fashion Public.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Qatari royals raise Sainsbury's stake

    23 June 2007

    Speculation about another bid for Sainsbury's arose last week after a Qatari investment group increased its stake in the chain by 7%.
  • Ermanno Scervino signs first UK store

    23 June 2007

    Italian luxury fashion retailer Ermanno Scervino is set to open a shop in Sloane Street, central London, in the autumn. The 6,500 sq ft shop will sell the brand's menswear and womenswear collections.
  • Evolution begins at Lyon Mode City

    23 June 2007

    Global swimwear and lingerie show Lyon Mode City has been overhauled for autumn, with the launch of a new gallery exhibition.
  • Fashion and retail win extra funding to improve training

    23 June 2007

    Fashion and retail industries will receive extra government funding next year, in a bid to improve the standard of training and tackle skills shortages in the sector.
  • George at Asda to slash its prices

    23 June 2007

    The price of up to 1,500 George at Asda products will be slashed as part of a £250 million price-cutting spree, with a 25%-off promotion taking place this weekend. The group said between 10% and 15% of the 10,000 products affected by the cuts would be in its George clothing line. The offer, which kicked off last weekend with 25% off some lines, will be staggered over the next few months.
  • Graduate Fashion Week clarification

    23 June 2007

    The joint winners of the River Island Gold Award, Jaspar Chadprajong and Nicolas Thomas, studied at Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication and University of the West of England at Bristol respectively, and not as stated in the June 16 issue of Drapers.
  • H&M to team up with Roberto Cavalli

    23 June 2007

    Swedish fashion giant H&M is to launch a collection by Italian designer Roberto Cavalli this autumn. The one-off range will include a 20-piece menswear collection and 25 pieces for women, including lingerie and accessories. The collection will go into 200 stores worldwide on November 8. Global like-for-like sales at the retailer rose 7% for the second quarter. Total like-for-like sales excluding VAT rose 6% for the first six months of the year, and total sales were up 15% to SEK36.8bn ...
  • High street harvest

    23 June 2007

    Monochrome and steel looks prevail for autumn 07 menswear, as the high street turns to detailing to liven up the basics
  • It's Grim Up North for denim label Red Monkey

    23 June 2007

    Japanese denim label Red Monkey has a new UK sales agent, Grim Up North. The label will show at Bread & Butter in Barcelona in February 2008.
  • Lingerie founder Corre turns down MBE

    23 June 2007

    The founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur has rejected his MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours on political grounds.
  • London store marks J-Bees' UK launch

    23 June 2007

    US casualwear retailer J-Bees is planning to open up to 10 stores in the UK after opening a shop in The Mall in Wood Green, north London last week. The 2,000 sq ft will sell brands including Reebok, Akademiks, Timberland and Sean John.
  • Lyle & Scott and Primark in legal row

    23 June 2007

    Knitwear brand Lyle & Scott is seeking compensation from Primark over the use of an emblem similar to its eagle trademark, despite failing to stop the value retailer selling goods bearing the emblem.
  • Matthew Williamson to celebrate a decade of design with LFW show

    23 June 2007

    Designer Matthew Williamson is returning to London Fashion Week with his spring 08 collection, to celebrate 10 years in the industry. His designs last appeared in London Fashion Week in 2001, after debuting in September 1997. British Fashion Council chief executive Hilary Riva said that Williamson's presence would help to increase the spotlight on LFW. Following the show, the Design Museum in the capital will run an exhibition focusing on the design and process of Williamson's work, ...
  • McCartney and Oxfam team up at Glastonbury

    23 June 2007

    Stella McCartney has designed a limited-edition vest to be sold exclusively at this year's Glastonbury festival. The vest is inspired by 1970s tie-dye fashion and will be on sale for £30 at the Oxfam/Stella McCartney stall in the south-west corner of the Glastonbury site. All proceeds will go to Oxfam.
  • Monsoon decides not to roll out menswear

    23 June 2007

    Monsoon is not planning to introduce its menswear line into further stores, after the retailer confirmed its two men's standalone shops - in Newcastle and London's Covent Garden - will close in the near future. Monsoon said its menswear offer was best positioned alongside other categories and would continue to be sold through 49 stores across the UK, Russia and online.
  • Mudpie to provide trend forecasts at Premier Kids

    23 June 2007

    Premier Kids has teamed up with global fashion intelligence service Mudpie to highlight spring 08 trends at its show at the NEC in Birmingham on July 8-10. Mudpie has developed four trends - China Modern, Nu Authentics, Sustainability and Old World Explorer. Retail consultant Jackie Cook from JCR Consultancy will present the trends at 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm on Sunday and Monday, and 11.30am and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Among the new labels set to launch at Premier Kids is Tiny 9, developed ...
  • Net-a-Porter joins fight against breast cancer

    23 June 2007

    Net-a-Porter has joined forces with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Foundation to launch a limited-edition online shop for the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Worldwide charity. Ranges created by international designers will be launched on the site during New York Fashion Week in September, with designer Ralph Lauren creating the inaugural Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Worldwide-branded shirt.
  • New chief exec takes the reins at Lee Cooper

    23 June 2007

    Lee Cooper has drafted in former Etam director Stefaan Le Clair to head the business. It follows the departure of interim chief executive Ajay Khaitan, who bought the brand in 2005 via private equity group Amerisque Capital and has now returned to his investment business. Le Clair joined this week and will be charged with growing the brand, which is aiming for 500 stores in Asia by 2009.
  • New chief executive recruited by CWF

    23 June 2007

    Kidswear licensing group CWF has appointed former Cacharel chief executive Chrystel Abadie-Truchet to the same role. Abadie-Truchet, who will join CWF in early August, replaces Yves Martin, who left the company in early 2007 to pursue other interests. Adabie-Truchet will be responsible for strengthening CWF's position as a European leader in luxury and high-end kidswear licensing.
  • Overseas shoppers boost West End sales

    23 June 2007

    Fashion sales from overseas shoppers in London's West End have grown by 13% in the past year, according to Global Refund. Total sales rose the most at Bond Street and Regent Street, where they were up by 20% and 18% respectively. Total sales in Oxford Street grew by 17%, while Sloane Street recorded the smallest growth, at 9%. The number of Russians and Nigerians spending in the West End rose the most, up 45% and 29% respectively.
  • Rockport appoints manager for Ireland

    23 June 2007

    Footwear and clothing label Rockport has named Donnach O'Donohoe as channel manager for the Republic of Ireland. Donnach, who previously worked for Clarks, will help reposition the brand. He will also be charged with improving Rockport's penetration in Ireland.
  • Small is beautiful for Per Una range

    23 June 2007

    Marks & Spencer has designed a petite range for its Per Una brand, set to launch for autumn 07. The collection, which will launch in-store in September, will cater for women who are 5ft 3in and under. The scaled-down clothes will be available in sizes eight to 18.
  • Student prizes at Asos.com

    23 June 2007

    Asos.com joined up with the London College of Fashion to find two final-year students to design an outfit and win a three-month work placement with the etailer. Twelve students made it through to the final of the Fame, Fortune & Fashion Awards. The winners were Eyizera Phoenix for womenswear and James Hawkes for menswear. The pair were chosen by a judging panel that included Asos retail director Robert Bready and designer Danielle Scutt. Their fashion-forward designs will be sold on ...
  • Tesco reports 'subdued' sales in non-food

    23 June 2007

    Tesco's non-food growth has slowed, with the retailer posting a 4.7% rise in UK like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to May 26. This was down from 5.8% the previous quarter. The supermarket group said its non-food markets were 'more subdued' as a result of interest rate rises.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    23 June 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The future of fashion

    23 June 2007

    Internationally acclaimed make-up artist Ruby Hammer and beauty publicist Millie Kendall founded make-up brand Ruby & Millie in 1998. Now sold in more than 400 Boots stores, the duo are supporting the Courvoisier 500 online network at www.cvf500.com by judging the fashion section. The network aims to provide opportunities for 500 of the UK's top young achievers
  • Barcelona hosts River Island's Spanish debut

    23 June 2007

    River Island has kicked off its European expansion plans with a store in Barcelona in Spain. The retailer is also in talks to open in Bilbao, with Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Belgium also being targeted for overseas growth. Most of the retailer’s stores outside the UK are in the Middle East, although there two in Poland and one in the Nertherlands.
  • Baby Spice is new face of Mamas & Papas

    16 June 2007

    Pop star Emma Bunton has been signed as the new face of Mamas & Papas. Former Spice Girl Bunton will model the retailer's autumn 07 maternitywear range, and images will be used in the company's catalogues, point of sale and magazine ads.
  • Barbican markets its new fashion event

    16 June 2007

    London's Barbican arts centre is to host a new fashion fair aimed at trade buyers and consumers. FaCshion, which will take place on July 28, will showcase small businesses and designers offering clothing, hats, bags and footwear. Organisers said they aim to replicate the atmosphere of London markets such as Portobello Road and Spitalfields. For more details and registration, email info@facshion.co.uk.
  • Boden plans US distribution hub

    16 June 2007

    UK home shopping retailer Boden is to open a 60,000sq ft distribution hub in Pennsylvania, as part of its plans to grow the business in the US.
  • Bottega Veneta and Wolford join Harvey Nics

    16 June 2007

    Department store Harvey Nichols will add Bottega Veneta and Wolford concessions to the line-up at its London Knightsbridge store for autumn 08.
  • BRC welcomes shake-up in annual leave

    16 June 2007

    The British Retail Consortium has backed government proposals to increase annual minimum leave entitlement from 20 days to 24 days from October. The rule will be phased in, allowing employees to continue working on some of their leave days until April 2009, when the minimum entitlement will increase to 28 days.
  • Burberry recruits new marketing chief

    16 June 2007

    Luxury brand Burberry has appointed Leslie Dance as senior vice-president for global marketing. She joins from mobile phone group Motorola, where she was corporate vice president and marketing manager.
  • Contemporary menswear indies make short work of spring sales

    16 June 2007

    Contemporary menswear independents have enjoyed an upbeat spring 07, with sales outperforming the results from this time last year. About half of the retailers polled for this week's Indicator said their sales for the week were better than the same time last year.
  • Contemporary womenswear

    16 June 2007

    Short-order buying ups the ante as independents fight the high street
  • Derek Rose poised for loungewear launch

    16 June 2007

    Luxury nightwear brand Derek Rose is launching a loungewear collection for spring 08 as it expands into the lifestyle market.
  • Ethical fashion brands scoop Observer awards

    16 June 2007

    Ethical footwear brand Terra Plana won Ethical Fashion Product of the Year in the Observer Magazine Awards last week. Runners-up included Ciel and The Hemp, while ethical chain Gossypium was runner-up in the Best Local Shop category.
  • Ex-Puma chief turns his hand to recruitment

    16 June 2007

    Former Puma managing director Andrew Peters has joined retail recruitment consultancy Berkeley Search and Selection to spearhead the growth of its new sportswear and equipment division. The recruitment firm recently opened its first regional office in Manchester.
  • Fat Face rides the wave into Asia

    16 June 2007

    Fat Face is to enter the Far East through franchise stores in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia as it targets overseas growth.
  • Franchisee plans Vivienne Westwood stores

    16 June 2007

    Vivienne Westwood UK franchisee Hervia is planning to open three Vivienne Westwood standalone stores in the UK in the next year. The first will open in October in Newcastle upon Tyne, with other possible openings in Nottingham, Birmingham and Glasgow. Vivienne Westwood currently has three standalone stores.
  • Free six-day training for female designers

    16 June 2007

    Training council Skillfast-UK is to offer a free six-day course for female fashion designers as part of the Women & Work Sector Pathways Initiative. The £10 million initiative is designed to boost women's prospects in various industries. For more details visit www.skillfast-uk.org.
  • Giant ad push for Carnaby Street

    16 June 2007

    Property investment group Shaftesbury is to launch its first bus advertising campaign for London's Carnaby Street, in a bid to position the area as the home of international brands. The 'Carnaby Is Shopping' campaign features models photographed as giants, dwarfing the familiar landmarks and buildings on the street.
  • Gola Classics picks Argentina for second store

    16 June 2007

    British sports brand Gola Classics has opened its second ever standalone store, at the Unicenter mall in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 1,300sq ft store uses heritage imagery from Gola's archives. The brand launched its first ever standalone store in Tokyo in May.
  • Henri-Lloyd scoops top honours at UKFE Awards

    16 June 2007

    Casualwear business Henri-Lloyd was named Exporter of the Year and Menswear Brand of the Year at this year's UK Fashion Export Awards.
  • Inditex profits soar by more than a third

    16 June 2007

    Zara owner Inditex reported a 19% increase in net sales to EUR2 billion (£1.35bn) for the first quarter of the financial year, with profits up more than a third to EUR200 million (£135m). In the 12 weeks to April 30, the group launched 114 stores globally across its Zara, Pull and Bear and Massimo Dutti fascias.
  • Jordan goes upmarket for spring 08 swimwear

    16 June 2007

    Model Katie Price, aka Jordan, will design a high-end swimwear and nightwear collection with lingerie brand Panache for spring 08. Her existing swimwear line, which launched for spring 07, is sold through George at Asda stores, with some also available through home shopping groups Grattan and Freemans. The current collection, initially available in larger cup sizes, is now in its second season and consists of four looks: spot and tie, sparkle, bead trim and stripe. Prices start at £10. ...
  • Lee Cooper in designer jeans collaboration

    16 June 2007

    Lee Cooper will launch two designer denim lines for spring 08 in a tie-up with Marchpole subsidiary Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (JCC).
  • Moovy appoints agent for UK debut

    16 June 2007

    Italian womenswear brand Moovy has recruited John Breckman of JBA as its UK and Republic of Ireland agent ahead of a spring 08 UK launch. Moovy will show its first collection at Pure in London on August 5-7. The label will target independents and department stores, with wholesale prices ranging from £11 for skirts to £61 for dresses.
  • National Schoolwear concessions in Woolies

    16 June 2007

    Woolworths is to launch dedicated schoolwear concessions in partnership with the National Schoolwear Centre. A trial concession will open on Saturday at Woolworths' store in Camberley, Surrey. Another will launch in Chippenham in Wiltshire on June 30. The retailer will roll out the concept to a further 20 stores within a year and to a total of 60 stores longer term.
  • New show planned for Dusseldorf

    16 June 2007

    Former Bread & Butter marketing director Mark McGuire is to launch a young fashion trade fair in Dusseldorf next season.
  • Office figures outstep the footwear market

    16 June 2007

    Footwear retailer Office has unveiled a round of trend-bucking figures for the year to January 28. Turnover at the chain surged 33 % to £92.7 million. Operating profits grew 13% to £3.6m, thanks to online sales and consolidated manufacturing processes. The retailer is poised to generate sales of more than £100m this year.
  • On the pulse - Pulse accessories

    16 June 2007

    Jewellery at accessories show Pulse went to town on colour, with natural fabrics providing the backdrop on bags
  • People: Sarah Curran, my-wardrobe.com - Web wardrobe mistress

    16 June 2007

    Having started out in the industry as a fashion agency sales executive, Sarah Curran spent seven years as a sub-editor at media group News International before opening London boutique Powder. She moved to the south of France three years later and launched my-wardrobe.com in April 2006, stocking brands from Betty Jackson, Cacharel and Paul & Joe to Manoush, 18th Amendment and Orla Kiely. Its success brought Curran back to the UK and she runs the firm from Nottingham.
  • Play.com ups its game plan with branded clothing offer

    16 June 2007

    DVD and games etailer Play.com has launched an online clothing shop selling lifestyle brands such as Animal, Quiksilver and Bench, in an effort to grow its clothing sales.
  • Reiss and Ben Sherman join Oracle line-up

    16 June 2007

    Ben Sherman and Reiss will open at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading this month. Reiss has taken a 3,636sq ft unit, while the Ben Sherman store, formerly occupied by Kookai, is 2,152sq ft.
  • Retail sales expected to slow in town centres

    16 June 2007

    Out-of-town and online retail sales are growing more than twice as fast as high street sales, according to research from Verdict. Sales at out- of-town, neighbourhood, online and mail-order retailers will grow by 15.4% by 2011, compared with 6.5% growth in town centres. The forecast is bleak for older malls, but the research said new shopping centres will perform well, with department stores such as John Lewis driving growth.
  • Rip Curl on a wave as European profits soar

    16 June 2007

    Surf and snowboard brand Rip Curl is forecasting a turnover of EUR125 million (£84.7m) for 2007-08 for its European business, after orders for autumn 08 soared by 15%. The growth is mostly from its surfwear collection, but wetsuits and accessories also rose by 11% and 20% respectively. The firm will open its 70th store next year.
  • Sales director's departure makes waves at Quiksilver

    16 June 2007

    Quiksilver is hunting for a replacement for UK sales director Jason Lynch, who has left the business.
  • Shares dip as bosses bag a big bonus

    16 June 2007

    Shares dipped this week at retailers that announced big pay packets and bonuses for their top staff.
  • Stead & Simpson recruits retail chief to rebrand Shoe Express

    16 June 2007

    Footwear retailer Stead & Simpson has drafted in David Rostron as retail director to rebrand its Shoe Express chain and review its retail and brand portfolio.
  • Ted Baker pursues more women

    16 June 2007

    Ted Baker will roll out womenswear-only stores following a successful trial of the format in London's Covent Garden.
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    16 June 2007

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  • Tom Ford eyes London shop within three years

    16 June 2007

    Former Gucci designer Tom Ford will open four stores, in London, Milan, Los Angeles and Hawaii, in the next three years. Ford, whose first store opened in New York in April, also plans to open 100 Tom Ford stores in the next 10 years, and roll out shop-in-shops in department stores such as Harrods.
  • Urban Outfitters takes to the floor with latest opening at Bluewater

    16 June 2007

    Streetwear retailer Urban Outfitters unveiled a new store in Bluewater shopping centre in Kent last week. The 15,000sq ft shop is the first of its stores to occupy a single floor. It predominantly stocks the retailer's womenswear offer, with menswear and homewares located towards the back of the shop. The storefit features an 'inside out' theme, with exposed woodwork at the front. Urban Outfitters will also open a 12,135sq ft store at the Dundrum shopping centre in Dublin, which will ...
  • Website backs Uniqlo's UK push

    16 June 2007

    Japanese retailer Uniqlo has launched a transactional website as part of its push to develop its business in the UK.
  • Baugur earmarks £600m for expansion

    9 June 2007

    Icelandic investment group Baugur has put aside about £600m to buy companies or grow existing ones, according to press reports. Chief executive Jon Asgeir Johanneson will use some of the cash to expand Karen Millen from seven US stores to as many as 120.
  • Bhs and Tammy eye international growth

    9 June 2007

    Bhs owner Sir Philip Green is thought to be planning to grow the company's girlswear brand Tammy internationally, according to reports. He also aims to open more Bhs stores outside the UK. Green is understood to have held talks with potential partners for Tammy standalone shops. Tammy has not operated standalone stores in the UK since 2002.
  • Board role for John Lewis marketing boss

    9 June 2007

    John Lewis has appointed interim marketing director Gill Barr to the same position on the management board. Barr, who is developing a marketing strategy for the retailer, said: 'There is a huge opportunity to grow our relationship with customers.' She was previously chief executive of gourmet meal delivery service Deliverance.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Leahy plans Tesco's move into India

    9 June 2007

    Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is understood to be in line to pocket millions of pounds in share bonuses if the chain meets its US expansion targets.
  • Gisele and Jamie team up for Aquascutum ads

    9 June 2007

    Aquascutum has signed supermodel Gisele Bundchen and actor Jamie Dornan to front its autumn 07 global ad campaign. The pair play a 'power couple' in the ads, which will run in glossy fashion magazines worldwide from August. The campaign features all of the brand's men's and women's collections, including Aquascutum London, Aquascutum Collection and Aquascutum Ltd. It also includes one of five coats from Aquascutum Vintage, a new capsule collection inspired by original Aquascutum coats ...
  • Harrods backs Tanner Krolle's case

    9 June 2007

    British luxury accessories brand Tanner Krolle is to launch a luggage range in Harrods in September as part of a revamp of the department store's luggage floor. The autumn 07 range will be the first under creative boss Manuela Morin, who joined last year.
  • JJB Sports faces £20m sales slump

    9 June 2007

    JJB Sports chief executive Tom Knight believes the company will lose about £20 million in sales from replica football kit this year, due to the absence of the football World Cup.
  • Joint winners for GFW's 2007 Gold Award

    9 June 2007

    Judges at this year's Graduate Fashion Week decided that the River Island Gold Award was too close to call and chose joint winners. Jasper Sincha Chadprajong of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and Nicholas Thomas from the University of West England in Bristol will both share the £20,000 prize.
  • Kinross to get own shops

    9 June 2007

    The Cashmere Store of Scotland is rebranding two of its three stores in Edinburgh to Kinross Cashmere. The locations, in the Royal Mile and George Street, will reopen on June 9 and 29 respectively under a long-term agreement with the brand. Kinross Cashmere is owned by yarns and home textiles business Dawson International, which announced a pre-exceptional operating loss of £1.5 million for the year to December 30 2006.
  • Ladybird flourishes in spring's warm weather

    9 June 2007

    Early warm weather drove sales of Woolworths' kidswear brand Ladybird in the 17 weeks to June 2, the retailer revealed in an interim trading statement. Chief executive Trevor Bish-Jones added that Ladybird's first UK standalone would open by the end of the year.
  • Lee Cooper appoints south-east manager

    9 June 2007

    Denim brand Lee Cooper has signed Andy Taylor as regional account manager for the south-east. Taylor, formerly of shirt brand Life & Limb, will report to head of UK sales David Westhead.
  • Littlewoods adds to its plus-size offer

    9 June 2007

    Home shopping group Littlewoods is extending its Nicholas Millington occasionwear range with 15 pieces for larger women, including sizes 16 to 26. The collection will be designed around a size 20 block and is in addition to the existing Nicholas Millington offer, which goes from size 10 to 20. It will be available from July. Littlewoods is also planning a 50-piece plus-size fashion brand in sizes 16 to 32 that will launch in September. Littlewoods' core range caters for sizes 10 to 26.
  • London store on cards for Helena Christensen

    9 June 2007

    Danish supermodel Helena Christensen is reportedly planning to open a London boutique and is scouting locations in Notting Hill. Christensen, who stopped modelling full time seven years ago, designs her own range and already has two stores in New York.
  • Luella Bartley makes a splash with O'Neill

    9 June 2007

    British designer Luella Bartley has created a 30-piece signature collection for boardsports brand O'Neill. Bartley, herself an amateur surfer, has created a spring 08 range comprising T-shirt dresses, sweatshirts and coloured jeans, as well as bikini and board shorts combinations.
  • M&L Harris to represent Paule Ka for spring 08

    9 June 2007

    French bridge brand Paule Ka has appointed M&L Harris as its UK agent. The label's spring 08 collection will feature about 60 pieces and will be sold from June 11-15, although wholesale prices have not yet been fixed. The brand has flagship stores in London's Bond Street and Sloane Square and 15 stockists in the UK.
  • M&S poised for peak performance

    9 June 2007

    A four-man team from Marks & Spencer has signed up to take part in this year's CARE International and Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge in Snowdonia. M&S sourcing director Glen Tinton, executive assistant Scott Fyfe and merchandising bosses Nick Jones and Richard Price will represent the retailer as they hike, cycle and canoe across Snowdonia National Park to raise money for CARE International. A team from young fashion brand Criminal has also signed up for the challenge, which is ...
  • Mackays makes its retail debut in Ireland

    9 June 2007

    Value retailer Mackays has signed its first Irish store, at Newry Street in Banbridge. The retailer has 260 UK stores under the M&Co and Mackays fascias. DTZ McCombe was the property agent for Mackays.
  • Menswear indies blame the weather for turbulent sales

    9 June 2007

    Unpredictable weather has led to mixed trading at menswear independents in the past few weeks, as they gear up for Pitti Uomo in Florence this month.
  • Menswear team rejig at Harvey Nichols

    9 June 2007

    Richard Johnson has been appointed as head of men's formalwear buying at department store Harvey Nichols. He was previously buyer for international, designer, and accessories and replaces Fiona Firth, who left in November. Adrian Gibson is now casualwear and contemporary buyer for menswear. He was previously tailoring buyer and replaces Terry Betts, who has moved to take on Johnson's previous role.
  • Moss Bros delivers a new take on suit hire

    9 June 2007

    Suits retailer Moss Bros has launched a same-day delivery service for tuxedo hire, to be trialled in London's Zone 1. The Express hire package includes a classic satin lapel and trouser stripe dinner suit, a white pleated front dress shirt and handkerchief, pre-tied bow tie and cummerbund. Prices start at less than £50 plus delivery. The company blamed a 0.8% drop in sales for the first quarter on poor performance at its hire business.
  • Permira set to bid for Hugo Boss

    9 June 2007

    London-based private equity firm Permira is to make a full bid for Hugo Boss parent company Valentino, having secured majority control of the Italian business. Permira agreed to buy 10.8% of Valentino to add to its existing 29.6% stake, meaning it was obliged under Italian law to bid for the whole company.
  • Pinko chases UK sales with wholesale push

    9 June 2007

    Italian womenswear brand Pinko will open its second UK store this autumn as it ramps up its wholesale distribution.
  • Profits continue to soar at Net-a-Porter

    9 June 2007

    Pre-tax profits at online retailer Net-a-Porter have risen by 62% to £2.1 million for the year to January 2007. Turnover, which has nearly doubled year on year since Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, grew by 75% on the previous year, from £21.3m to £37.2 m. The etailer stocks designer brands such as Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture and Vera Wang.
  • Rain and interest rate hikes hit sales in May

    9 June 2007

    UK like-for-like retail sales grew 1.8% in May, compared with a rise of 3.6% in May 2006. May's clothing and footwear sales were hit by wet weather this year following a warmer-than-usual April. 'Although the weather was bound to depress sales growth, many of our members believe that the effects of the recent rate increases are now beginning to show in these figures,' said BRC director-general Kevin Hawkins.
  • Roswald dives in with Evans

    9 June 2007

    Designer Ann Louise Roswald has created a 10-piece beach range for Arcadia plus-size chain Evans. The collection will go into Evans' top 50 stores on June 18, with prices starting at £7 for a headscarf to £35 for a straw beach bag. The swimwear range features two-piece bikinis and one-piece halterneck swimsuits in bold prints. It is offered in sizes 16 to 24 in cup sizes C/D and DD/E.
  • Tastes of the Season

    9 June 2007

    Retro styles dominate as the high street reveals its essential trends for autumn 07 womenswear
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    9 June 2007

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  • Womenswear indies searching for brands to plug Pola's gap

    9 June 2007

    UK womenswear independ-ents are scouting for a replacement for Finnish middle-market brand Pola, following its closure.
  • Clarks appoints New Balance manager

    9 June 2007

    Alistair Cameron, New Balance general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, is to join footwear giant Clarks as director of the women’s division. The new role was created after a reorganisation in October last year when Clarks merged its UK and international arms.
  • Accessories and men's footwear fuel Faith's expansion strategy

    2 June 2007

    Footwear chain Faith will roll out its accessories range and ramp up its men's offer in a bid to diversify from its mid-market base.
  • Asda offers £10 uniform

    2 June 2007

    Asda has fired the opening salvo in the back-to-school price war by selling an entire kids' uniform, including shoes, for less than £10, 34% down on last year's price of £14.95. The package for three- to six-year- olds includes a polo shirt, vest, sweatshirt, underpants, pair of socks, trousers or a skirt and a pair of black scuff-resistant shoes for £9.96. A rival retailer described Asda's offer as potentially 'devastating' to other back-to-school retailers. Retail Knowledge Bank senior ...
  • Baugur signs star banker as retail number two

    2 June 2007

    Icelandic investment house Baugur has hired a former Merrill Lynch banker to bolster its retail team. Jeff Blue joins as deputy managing director of retail investments with a remit to streamline Baugur's back-office operations across its brands. Blue is on gardening leave from his role of director in the investment banking team at Merrill Lynch. He will report to Baugur managing director of retail Gunnar Sigurdsson.
  • BRC urges government to fine shoplifters

    2 June 2007

    The British Retail Consortium has lambasted government plans to suspend on-the-spot fines for shoplifters if offenders agree to a probationary period of good behaviour. The agreement is known as an Acceptable Behaviour Contract.
  • Burberry eyes UK retail advance

    2 June 2007

    Burberry is gearing up for a retail and concessions push in the UK, but is reining in its wholesale business after the company reported flat annual profits.
  • Cardiff independent Drooghi shuts up shop

    2 June 2007

    Cardiff-based young fashion independent Drooghi has closed. The business, located in High Street Arcade, sold womenswear and menswear brands including Duffer, Nolita, Levi's Vintage, Adidas and Nike, alongside its Rather Not Say own label.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Sainsbury's hits out at green rivals

    2 June 2007

    Eco-friendly high street retailers' green initiatives were blasted by Sainsbury's boss Justin King this week.
  • Fila takes aspirational approach for its first ad push in a decade

    2 June 2007

    Sports brand Fila has unveiled its first advertising campaign for 10 years. The brand has launched a six-figure ad push which it hopes will reposition it as 'highly aspirational'. The series of ads with the slogan 'Admired by many. Worn by few', will feature in men's magazines including the June issues of Arena, Esquire and FHM.
  • Hobbs gears up for autumn web launch

    2 June 2007

    Hobbs' transactional website will launch in the autumn, initially offering half the retailer's product, including accessories, jewellery and footwear. Chief executive Nick Samuel said he hoped the site would have the same turnover as a Hobbs shop.
  • HoF adds Kenneth Cole to its line-up

    2 June 2007

    House of Fraser plans to launch a Kenneth Cole menswear collection next year, after it secured exclusive rights to the brand name in the UK.
  • Internet boom entices more shoppers online

    2 June 2007

    Etailing is growing 13 times faster than the traditional retail sector, new research has found.
  • Lambretta will be spruced up after MBO

    2 June 2007

    Young fashion brand Lambretta aims to boost fashionability after a management buyout led by ex-design director Robert Harmer. The label will tone down its 'laddish' image and mod heritage in favour of more sophisticated styling, adding more premium product. The Thomas Browne menswear label will also be revamped. Management bought the business from brothers Stanley and Robert Cohen, with the former retaining a small stake.
  • LittleMissMatched to open in Bluewater

    2 June 2007

    LittleMissMatched, the US kidswear and accessories retailer, is set to open its first UK store at Bluewater in Kent. The firm, which sells mismatched socks as well as nightwear, flip-flops and bedding for girls aged from four to teens, will follow the 900 sq ft shop with more openings in the next few years.
  • Model Penny Lancaster links up with Grattan

    2 June 2007

    Home shopping retailer Otto UK has signed model Penny Lancaster as the new face of its Grattan mail-order business. Lancaster, fiancee of rock star Rod Stewart, will join Nicky Hambleton-Jones, presenter of Channel 4's 10 Years Younger, in fronting Grattan's womenswear offer and will also model the products. This is the second season with Grattan for Hambleton-Jones, who provides style tips and advice on the retailer's website.
  • Monsoon boss lends his voice to indies report

    2 June 2007

    Monsoon founder Peter Simon is among a raft of retailers backing a report that aims to protect small businesses. The Balance of Trade report, published by the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, recommends changes to planning regulations, flexible leasing and charges at supermarket car parks to stop independent retail areas becoming 'clone streets' full of larger multiples.
  • Moss Bros ventures outside UK with RoI store

    2 June 2007

    Moss Bros will open its first shop outside the UK this month, at Kildare Village retail park in the Republic of Ireland. The 2,400 sq ft Savoy Taylors Guild store will sell brands including Zegna, Cerutti De Havilland and Ventuno, plus the eponymous own brand. Meanwhile, House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy and ex-BDO Stoy Hayward director Tony Bogod - both from Unity Investments, which has a 28.5% stake in Moss Bros - have been named non-executive directors at Moss Bros. The group's ...
  • Mothercare favours out-of-town growth

    2 June 2007

    Mothercare will shift its focus from the high street to out-of-town stores, as sales rose by 5% to £498.5 million for the year to March 31. Pre-tax profits slipped 21.9% to £18.9m, after changes in accounting standards and a depot move. Chief executive Ben Gordon said out-of-town stores will make up the bulk of its growth. He will roll out 10 more out-of-town stores by next year.
  • New country manager at The North Face

    2 June 2007

    Outdoor brand The North Face has signed Andrew Barker as country manager for the UK and Republic of Ireland. He was previously sales manager at the brand and will be replaced by Jason Robinson.
  • New Look bidders asked to increase offers

    2 June 2007

    New Look has asked bidders to improve their offers for the fashion chain after they fell short of the £2 billion target, according to reports as Drapers went to press. Bidders were given until June 1 to revise their bids.
  • O'Neill to surf into new territory with franchises in smaller towns

    2 June 2007

    Surfwear brand O'Neill will open its first franchise stores this year as it expands its retail portfolio into smaller towns.
  • Own-brand footwear added to Joy's offer

    2 June 2007

    Contemporary mini-chain Joy has launched its first own-brand footwear range in a bid to go head to head with fashion multiples.
  • Pure opens door to menswear as it lures young fashion brands

    2 June 2007

    London trade show Pure will show menswear collections for the first time this season, following increased interest from young fashion brands that carry both men's and women's ranges.
  • Ready-to-wear at Timothy Everest

    2 June 2007

    Tailor Timothy Everest will unveil its first ready-to-wear range for autumn 07, in retailers including Flannels, Liberty and John Lewis. Suits will retail for between £499 and £695, with shirts at £110 to £130 and trousers at £55.
  • Retailers await eBay stolen goods decision

    2 June 2007

    Heads of loss prevention from House of Fraser, River Island, Monsoon, Mosaic and Asda are confident that eBay will ban the sale of gift and credit vouchers after a meeting with the internet auction site in May. Retailers requested more collaboration on tackling the sale of stolen goods on the site. eBay will make a decision in September.
  • Revamp for Quadrant department store

    2 June 2007

    Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society has refurbished its Quadrant department store in Braintree, Essex, in a bid to move upmarket. The revamp cost £270,000 and involved moving non-fashion to the upper floor, as well as adding 7,000 sq ft to the ground floor fashion department.
  • RSPCA to reward retail's animal welfare pioneers

    2 June 2007

    Fashion brands and high street stores with a commitment to animal welfare have until June 30 to enter the RSPCA Good Business Awards 2007.
  • Sales soar at revamped Debenhams store

    2 June 2007

    Sales at Debenhams' revamped store in Uxbridge, west London, have risen by almost 7% since it was refurbished three years ago at a cost of £80,000. The retailer took City analysts to visit the shop, which is part of plans to modernise its portfolio.
  • Samsonite launches fifth Black Label shop

    2 June 2007

    Luggage and travel accessories brand Samsonite has opened its fifth Samsonite Black Label shop, in London's Regent Street. Launched in 2005, the premium Samsonite Black Label line is aimed at affluent travellers. The new shop occupies two floors and ranges include Samsonite Black Label by Alexander McQueen, Fashionaire, X'Lite, Vintage, Resort, Samsonite Black Label Ultimate Travel Shoes and Samsonite Black Label Accessories.
  • Studio 13 clarification

    2 June 2007

    Studio 13, an agency featured in the Secret Agents feature in Drapers on April 14, also distributes apres-beachwear label Juliet Dunn in the UK, Republic of Ireland and North America. The brand is stocked in Harrods and Harvey Nichols as well as boutiques around the country.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    2 June 2007

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  • The old ones are the best

    2 June 2007

    Levi's is celebrating its 50th birthday by launching reworkings of vintage styles taken from its 150-year-old archive. Lynn Downey, the keeper of the iconic denim brand's history, shares her experiences among the thousands of garments, photos and documents that make up the Levi's archive
  • Trendy makeover for Littlewoods with Trinny & Susannah own label

    2 June 2007

    Littlewoods is using its tie-up with TV stylists Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine to launch a new womenswear label in a bid to improve its trend credentials.
  • UMI & Co licks Lollipop concession into shape

    2 June 2007

    Online fashion boutique UMI & Co has launched its first concession, in London footwear and accessories independent Lollipop. A limited number of vintage and new pieces, including bags, jewellery, hats, T-shirts and beauty products, will be available at the Lollipop store in Islington, north London.
  • Warrington redevelopment opens its doors

    2 June 2007

    The redeveloped Golden Square shopping centre in Warrington in Cheshire, opened this week. Developed by the Warrington Retail Partnership, the 365,000 sq ft scheme includes retailers such as Oasis, H&M, and Bank, which are opening their first stores in the town, and is anchored by Debenhams.
  • Alshaya on the hunt for fashion president

    26 May 2007

    Middle Eastern retail franchise group Alshaya is hunting for a president for its fashion and footwear division. The company, which works with Next, Debenhams and H&M, plans to develop its ties with more brands and enter new markets.
  • April proves prosperous for clothing sales

    26 May 2007

    Clothing sales rose by 1% last month compared with the previous month, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics. Total retail sales fell 0.1%, while online sales increased by 2.5%. The British Retail Consortium said the drop in total sales showed how interest rate rises were affecting consumer spending.
  • Blossom links up with Ribeiro

    26 May 2007

    Maternitywear brand Blossom is collaborating with design duo Clements Ribeiro for a 10-piece autumn 07 capsule collection. The partnership is set to continue for spring 08, after which a different designer will take on the role each season. The range will be available at the label's flagship store in South Kensington, west London and on the label's website, as well as in some independent stockists. Prices range from £41 for a polo neck to £120 for a printed silk dress.
  • Brent Cross hosts new-look Gap

    26 May 2007

    Casualwear chain Gap is trialling a new European store concept at Brent Cross shopping centre in north London.
  • College claims first with masters degree in ethical fashion

    26 May 2007

    The University College for the Creative Arts in Epsom, Surrey, is to offer what it claims is the UK's first masters course in ethical fashion. Starting in September, it will focus on alternative strategies to fast fashion, new materials and technologies, and ethical and sustainable production.
  • Contest kicks off for fashion entrepreneurs

    26 May 2007

    Fashion entrepreneurs are being encouraged to fast-track their careers by entering the Courvoisier Future 500 competition, which aims to boost entrants' public exposure. The fashion and retail category, sponsored by Drapers, is judged by Ruby Hammer and Millie Kendall, creators of Ruby and Millie cosmetics. Applicants must be aged between 25 and 40 and the entry deadline is August 16. For more information and to enter, visit www.cvtf500.com.
  • Crew Clothing's Marlborough launch

    26 May 2007

    Lifestyle retailer Crew Clothing has unveiled a store in Marlborough, Wiltshire, bringing its store total to 36. The shop will also offer Crew Clothing's first kidswear range. The business aims to open seven more shops this year, followed by 10 in 2008.
  • Derek Rose appoints new sales director

    26 May 2007

    Men's nightwear and underwear supplier Derek Rose has hired Matt Tomlinson as sales director. Tomlinson, who joins from Gillette, will take on responsibility for men's and women's sales in both the UK and international markets. Derek Rose has 300 accounts worldwide.
  • Dining out with Retail Trust

    26 May 2007

    Leading lights from the retail industry's past and present gathered for a dinner at London's Tower Bridge on Monday to celebrate the Retail Trust's 175th anniversary. Guests included Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed, Inditex UK managing director Mike Shearwood and Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King. Austin Reed tailoring manager Brian Rouen (left) is pictured with Retail Trust chief executive Nigel Rothband and Nick Robertson, chief executive of Asos.com. The charity aims to raise ...
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Slower M&S sales make City nervous

    26 May 2007

    Marks & Spencer's share price was on a rollercoaster this week, soaring before it reported preliminary results but then falling 4.3% on the news.
  • Every trick in the book

    26 May 2007

    Former Harvey Nichols marketing director Mary Portas launched Yellow Door Creative Marketing in 1997 and works with brands such as Dunhill, Clarks, Fullcircle and John Smedley, as well as writing books and magazine articles on retail issues. Her four-part BBC2 series Mary Queen of Shops starts on May 31 and will be accompanied by a book, How To Shop, published by BBC Books.
  • First steps

    26 May 2007

    Starting a new business is never easy and entering one of the toughest sectors doubles the challenge. Four UK footwear independents share their start-up experiences
  • Focus Group signs Man City sponsorship deal

    26 May 2007

    Brand agency Focus Group will sponsor Manchester City Football Club next season in a deal including kit, travel and sportswear. The new kit will be the lowest-priced at Manchester City for more than 15 years, with prices starting at less than £30 for an adult replica shirt. Manchester City players will be supplied with travelwear by Sergio Tacchini and sportswear from US fashion designer Marc Ecko.
  • Gieves & Hawkes shelves its sub-brand in fashion rejig

    26 May 2007

    Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes is dropping its Gieves sub-brand.
  • Grads army

    26 May 2007

    Four supporters of Graduate Fashion Week give their views on why UK design talent is thriving and how to land that all-important first job
  • Harrods plans kids' refit as sales surge

    26 May 2007

    Harrods will refit its babywear area in time for spring 08, after the department's sales so far this year soared by 35%.
  • Hoss Intropia to open second London store

    26 May 2007

    Spanish contemporary womenswear retailer Hoss Intropia is set to open its second UK store on London's King's Road. The business, which has a flagship store on Regent Street, has 19 stores in Spain and more than 1,200 worldwide.
  • Instore and Tesco added to Solutions line-up

    26 May 2007

    Speakers from Tesco and Instore have been confirmed for technology event Retail Solutions on June 5-7 at the NEC in Birmingham. Pre-register for the event at www.retailsolutions2007.com.
  • John Lewis boss speaks out on town centres

    26 May 2007

    John Lewis Partnership chairman Charlie Mayfield has warned that government proposals to change out-of-town planning rules must promote town centre regeneration. He called for 'balanced development with a long-term perspective' after changes were announced this week.
  • John Lewis tests new menswear area

    26 May 2007

    John Lewis is creating a dedicated in-store area to trial new brands in its menswear department.
  • Lipsy kisses old logo goodbye

    26 May 2007

    Young fashion brand Lipsy is poised for a major overhaul in August, in an attempt to grow up with its customers. The label is introducing a more mature logo and relaunching its transactional website, to be designed by digital agency Imano. The new branding swaps Lipsy's recognisable bright red lips logo for a softer version. It also plans to grow online sales by 125% a year in the next three years. Managing director Jeremy Stakol said online performance was exceeding expectations, adding ...
  • LK Bennett to open first Northern Ireland shop

    26 May 2007

    LK Bennett has signed a store at The Outlet at Bridgewater Park in Northern Ireland. The retailer's 2,307sq ft shop will sit alongside Joseph, Ghost, Mexx, Ravel, Jaeger and Fila at the designer outlet centre, which opened earlier this month.
  • Local designers line up for Brighton Frocks

    26 May 2007

    The annual Brighton Frocks fashion show, which provides local designers with a platform to exhibit to a national audience, will showcase the work of 11 independent designers, including ethical footwear brand Beyond Skin. The show's three categories include streetwear and alternative, vintage and retro, and bespoke. Brighton Frocks is on June 15 at St George's Church in Kemptown, Brighton.
  • M&S suits England soccer stars

    26 May 2007

    Timothy Everest and Jeffery-West will take over from Giorgio Armani as official outfitters of the England football squad as part of a deal with Marks & Spencer, as revealed by Drapers in January. England's senior and under-21 teams will wear suits and accessories from M&S's Timothy Everest Autograph range and footwear from its Jeffery-West line in a three-year agreement with the Football Association. A ready-to-wear version of the suit and accessories was due to go into stores as Drapers ...
  • Management buyout at Base London

    26 May 2007

    Base London chairman Chris Howell and his executive team have led an MBO of the footwear brand. The move marks the exit of Marc Verona, who stepped down as managing director in March, and comes a year after Ian Cartwright took the helm as MD. Cartwright said the deal gave his team the chance to 'take control of the brand's destiny'.
  • New brand boss to overhaul HoF

    26 May 2007

    House of Fraser aims to rejuvenate its image after appointing former Marks & Spencer head of external marketing Matt Chambers to the new role of brand director.
  • New chief executive as profits dive at Instore

    26 May 2007

    Discount retailer Instore has appointed former Thorntons chief executive Peter Burdon to the same role, replacing Trevor Coates with immediate effect. The business reported pre-tax losses of £9.1 million for the year to February 24, compared with profits last year of £3.3m. Overall sales rose by 4.3% to £280.1m.
  • New storefit is great white hope for Laura Ashley's youth appeal

    26 May 2007

    Classic womenswear chain Laura Ashley is to trial a stark new shopfit as part of a move to target younger customers.
  • Next launches new shopfit at Bluewater

    26 May 2007

    Next was due to give shoppers the first glimpse of its new store blueprint as Drapers went to press. The store at Bluewater in Kent was set to open on Thursday, sporting the new lower-case logo and 85% of the new shopfit. Wooden floors have been replaced by ceramic tiles and mirrored chrome frameworks, while Next's white-on-black palette will be used to improve in-store navigation. The retailer will unveil another new store at Meadowhall in Sheffield in autumn, featuring the full new ...
  • Owen Owen boss saves remaining stores

    26 May 2007

    Owen Owen's remaining department stores have been bought by managing director David Thompson. He beat other parties - understood to include Allders - to buy Lewis's in Liverpool, Robbs in Hexham and Joplings in Sunderland via new company Vergo Retail. Owen Owen went into administration in February and its Esslemont & MacIntosh store in Aberdeen shut this month.
  • Peacocks to spread its wings on the internet

    26 May 2007

    Value chain Peacocks will launch a transactional website in August. The site will initially offer a limited womenswear collection of up to 100 lines, but the retailer plans to introduce menswear, kidswear and exclusive online ranges at a later date.
  • Poor first-half performance at Intimas Group

    26 May 2007

    Lingerie supplier Intimas Group said performance for the first half of the year would be worse than expected. Intimas, whose brands include Lepel and Charnos, blamed the downturn on the loss of the Contessa business, a cut in private-label swimwear and tougher trading terms with some suppliers. However, chairman Michael Hobbs said autumn orders looked strong and he expected second-half performance from its branded and private-label business to be ahead of the second half of last year.
  • Posh to judge Graduate Fashion Week award

    26 May 2007

    Victoria Beckham will join Graduate Fashion Week's judging panel to pick this year's River Island Gold Award winner, alongside Harper's Bazaar US editor-in-chief Glenda Bailey, Lanvin artistic director Alber Elbaz, and River Island boss Richard Bradbury. As well as choosing this year's Gold Award, the judges will also pick menswear and womenswear award winners.
  • Regent Street flagship for Russell & Bromley

    26 May 2007

    Footwear retailer Russell & Bromley will open a new flagship store in London's Regent Street. The space was formerly occupied by jeweller Boodles and consists of a ground floor, mezzanine and basement. Russell & Bromley has 40 branches in the UK, including nine stores in London.
  • Show Guide 07

    26 May 2007

    Over the next 10 pages, Drapers presents the essential dates and details for all of next season's most important shows, exhibitions and catwalks
  • Slam sets sail with launch of transactional website

    26 May 2007

    Sailing and sportswear business Slam will launch its first fully transactional website on June 1. The site will sell the company's entire product range, which includes more than 300 lines.
  • Talent scout

    26 May 2007

    On the eve of Graduate Fashion Week, Drapers previews emerging design talent from the UK's fashion colleges
  • Tapping into bath

    26 May 2007

    Four Bath menswear indies on how the city is changing and their plans for 2008
  • Ted Baker rolls out premium womenswear line

    26 May 2007

    Ted Baker will launch a new premium womenswear collection at eight of its stores. The roll-out follows strong sales of the range at its first womenswear standalone shop in London's Covent Garden. The range will also be sold via Ted Baker's website, but will not be available for wholesale.
  • Textile Forum moves to larger London venue

    26 May 2007

    Fabric show Textile Forum is moving to The Vinyl Factory in London's Soho for its next edition, which will be held from October 10-11 2007. The show, aimed at designers and featuring small to medium-sized fabric specialists, will include more than 25 exhibitors from UK, Austrian, French, Italian, Spanish and Swiss mills.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    26 May 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Triumph to open first UK standalones

    26 May 2007

    Lingerie business Triumph will unveil its first standalone stores in the UK by the end of the year.
  • Win a designer bag from Jens Laugesen

    26 May 2007

    Designer Jens Laugesen has teamed up with Cotton USA to give readers the chance to win a limited edition Jens Laugesen bag from the Interior collection, sponsored by Cotton USA at this year's London Fashion Week. To win, answer the following question: Who sponsored the Interior range? To enter, visit www.drapersonline.com and quote code DR1.
  • Young women dominate UK's internet use

    26 May 2007

    Womenswear retailers could cash in online after a study showed women aged 18 to 34 are the largest group of internet users in the UK. The study, by web consultancy Nielsen/NetRatings, revealed that the group makes up 18% of the UK's total web users. For men, the 50-plus age group uses the web the most.
  • Autumn on display

    19 May 2007

    New season's wares always bring new display challenges. Drapers talks to visual merchandising experts and retailers for tips to make the most of autumn's looks
  • Boxfresh managing director in surprise exit

    19 May 2007

    Stephen Gill, managing director of young fashion brand Boxfresh, has left with immediate effect. The former Ben Sherman footwear director joined the business a year ago.
  • Brands up in arms as Pitti Uomo relocates 50 menswear stands

    19 May 2007

    More than 30 UK brands are considering pulling out of menswear show Pitti Uomo after being relocated from their usual hall.
  • Cut-price showroom offer for Drapers readers

    19 May 2007

    UK Fashion Exports is offering its central London showroom, which can accommodate up to 10 people, at £150 plus VAT for half a day, or £200 plus VAT for a full day until August 31 as an introductory offer to Drapers readers. The deal represents a saving of £50 and £100 respectively on the non-member rate. Recently redesigned and refitted, the showroom has movable rails and professional lighting, as well as free Wi-Fi.
  • Decision looms for three Owen Owen stores

    19 May 2007

    The future of Owen Owen's three remaining department stores will be decided in the next few days, with one party - thought to be Allders - still in negotiations. Administrator Kroll said a potential deal would be made 'in days not weeks'.
  • Derby shopping mall to open six months early

    19 May 2007

    Developer Westfield and investment manager Hermes, the joint owners of the new Westfield Derby shopping centre, have said it will open on October 9, six months ahead of schedule. Fashion retailers signed up for the centre, which will have more than one million sq ft of shopping space, include Next, Zara, Bershka, Topshop, River Island, H&M, Monsoon, Republic and Baronjon.
  • Designer kidswear area launches at Harrods

    19 May 2007

    Harrods has unveiled a designer kidswear room for international brands and has also added Missoni, which will be available exclusively to the retailer, and Chloe as new labels for autumn 07. The 2,120 sq ft Children's International Designer Room, which replaces toys area Children's Theatre, houses Roberto Cavalli, D&G, Ralph Lauren, Armani Junior and Christian Dior. Formed around a contemporary background, each brand is highlighted by an individual shopfit and sits alongside the rest ...
  • Drapers Share Monitor - M&S up against tough comparables

    19 May 2007

    Marks & Spencer is expected to deliver mid-single digit sales growth for the year at its results next week.
  • Dune and Pavers win top prizes at Drapers Footwear Awards

    19 May 2007

    Footwear chain Dune and Pavers founder Catherine Paver were the big winners at the Drapers Footwear Awards, held this week in association with Gore-Tex.
  • Gap blames Easter for continued sales slide

    19 May 2007

    Gap's international sales, including the UK, were down 5% on comparable store sales for the four weeks to May 5. In its home US market, like-for-like sales across the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic brands were down 16%. It blamed part of the decline on Easter being a week earlier than last year.
  • Graduate Fashion Week to be biggest ever

    19 May 2007

    This year's Graduate Fashion Week will be the biggest yet, showcasing collections from more than 1,000 students from 48 UK universities. The event, which takes place on June 3-6, will include 19 catwalk shows, while Gala Show 2 will feature the 16 best collections from the week.
  • Hot Tuna signs Von Dutch boss as chief exec

    19 May 2007

    Surf lifestyle brand Hot Tuna has poached Von Dutch managing director Niels Anders Juul as chief executive. He helped Von Dutch to grow its turnover from US$5 million (£2.5m) to US$50m (£25m) in three years, in adult clothing.
  • Legal notices

    19 May 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • LK Bennett steps up its expansion strategy

    19 May 2007

    LK Bennett is ramping up its growth plans in a bid to increase its footprint in the premium market.
  • London retail sales outperforming rest of UK

    19 May 2007

    The London Retail Consortium (LRC) said April's like-for-like retail sales in central London were up 4.5% on last year. This compares with a UK-wide rise of 2.4% for the same period.
  • Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

    19 May 2007

    Life's a gas at store opening
  • People: June Kenton, Rigby & Peller - Supporting the bra industry

    19 May 2007

    Having worked in the lingerie business for more than 30 years, June Kenton knows the industry like the back of her hand. She prides herself on offering a proper fitting service, but refuses to use a tape measure - with one look, she guarantees the correct bra size. Since buying the Rigby & Peller lingerie business in 1982, Kenton has ensured maximum exposure for the upmarket brand, including supplying the infamous 'big pants' for Renee Zellweger's character in the film Bridget Jones's ...
  • PPR announces official bid to buy Puma

    19 May 2007

    French retail and luxury goods group PPR has made an official bid to buy German sports brand Puma. PPR already has a 27.1% stake in Puma, and is making its offer through its subsidiary Sapardis. PPR said it would continue to run Puma as a separate company and had no plans to de-list it.
  • Private equity firms make eyes at Valentino

    19 May 2007

    Private equity firms Carlyle Group and Permira are looking to buy about 50% of Italian fashion house Valentino. The funds are in talks with Canova and International Capital Growth, which own 19% and 29.9% stakes respectively. Valentino owns the Hugo Boss and Marlboro Classic brands.
  • Rate rises fail to hinder retailers

    19 May 2007

    Retail spend will slow in the next three months after last week's interest rate rise, but fashion will be boosted by consumers trading up to more premium product, according to the British Retail Consortium's Quarterly Trend Analysis Report.
  • Register for free entry to Premier Kids show

    19 May 2007

    Buyers can avoid the £15 entry fee for kidswear show Premier Kids if they book in advance. The fair, organised by Drapers publisher Emap, takes place on July 8-9 at the Birmingham NEC. Registration is free at www.premierkids.co.uk or by calling 0870 429 4514. New brands include Tikuld, Amplified Kids, Egg & Avocado and Willow & Finn.
  • Sales rocket at Debenhams' Irish operation

    19 May 2007

    Debenhams has filed accounts showing its Republic of Ireland business is booming, even before the acquisition of nine Roches stores in September last year. The figures for the year to September 2 2006 showed sales rose 41% to EUR30.2 million (£20.6m). Operating profit was up 114% to EUR6.5m (£4.4m). The department store chain said the EUR29m (£19.8m) Roches acquisition had added 595,000 sq ft of space and boosted sales by £84.6m.
  • Spring trading increases year on year at H&M

    19 May 2007

    Total sales at Swedish young fashion retailer H&M grew 21% in April, compared with the same month in 2006. Like-for-like sales were up 8% for the period. The corresponding figures for March were even stronger, at 29% and 17% respectively.
  • Star style is steadily losing its shine

    19 May 2007

    The recent glut of celebrity tie-ups has forced Michael Ashison to look elsewhere for inspiration
  • Stockholm hosts Nudie's retail debut

    19 May 2007

    Denim brand Nudie Jeans has unveiled its first ever store, in Sweden, and is gearing up to open in Japan and Germany. The brand aims to launch up to 10 shops over the next five years and has not ruled out opening a standalone store in London. The Swedish shop, in Stockholm, spans 1,000 sq ft and will stock the Nudie Jeans, Denimbirds and Whipping Floyd brands. The Japanese store is scheduled to open at the end of August, but the label is yet to confirm dates for its German debut, where ...
  • Strong performance boosts Benetton profits

    19 May 2007

    Italian fashion retailer Benetton announced that sales in the first quarter of 2007 rose 10.5% to EUR460 million (£315m), with an operating profit of EUR41m (£28m), up 17%. The retailer said adults' and kids' clothing performed well, with positive signs from casualwear sub-brand Playlife.
  • Ten new concessions in autumn for Kookai

    19 May 2007

    Womenswear retailer Kookai is adding 10 new concessions for autumn 07, with current partners Debenhams, Selfridges and House of Fraser. A new shopfit is expected to roll out at the same time. Kookai currently has 10 stores and 28 concessions.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    19 May 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The Indie beat

    19 May 2007

    With the Liverpool One development aiming to transform the city's retail offer, established independents weigh up the opportunities and the competition
  • Time to get tangled up in the web

    19 May 2007

    After deciding to take the plunge, Rebecca Furbank finds online retail is a tough market to crack
  • Toast burns French Connection results

    19 May 2007

    French Connection said total sales were up 5% and like-for-likes up 3% for the 13 weeks to January 31. But performance at womenswear mail order arm Toast was 'very disappointing'. Seymour Pierce analyst Richard Ratner estimated that like-for-like sales at Toast were running at 20% to 30% down. In wholesale, UK forward orders for autumn 07 were 2% down on last year.
  • Topshop hunts for New York sites

    19 May 2007

    Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green is planning to open three Topshop stores in New York within the next nine months, according to reports. He is looking for sites in three New York locations including on Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Midtown. Green will also open a New York office for the US business.
  • Tu clothing is Sainsbury's 'star performer'

    19 May 2007

    Sainsbury's clothing brand Tu was described as a 'star performer' that 'underpins the company's non-food offer' as the retailer unveiled a growth plan. The strategy will boost sales by £3.5 billion by 2010, with a third coming from non-food. Total sales rose 6.9% to £18.5bn, with pre-tax profits up from £104m to £477m for the year to March 24.
  • Urban Outfitters and Republic join line-up at Liverpool One

    19 May 2007

    Young fashion chains Urban Outfitters and Republic are the latest signings to the Liverpool One shopping development, giving both their first stores in the city.
  • Viyella 'must pair up' to survive

    19 May 2007

    Womenswear brand Viyella will have to be teamed with a partner brand to make it profitable, say analysts, after it was put up for sale this month.
  • Windsor signs head of international sales

    19 May 2007

    Classic brand Windsor has appointed Sven Paus as head of international sales. His remit includes international sales of both womenswear and menswear.
  • Armani Exchange to hit Regent Street

    19 May 2007

    Giorgio Armani’s fast fashion sub-brand A/X Armani Exchange is to open on London’s Regent Street by the end of the year. Its other European stores are in Liverpool and Bluewater in Kent.
  • Next recovery continues despite slow May

    19 May 2007

    Next failed to impress the City with its trading update this week, although its sales decline has slowed. For the 15 weeks to May 12, like-for-like sales fell 2.7% in the 336 stores unaffected by new openings, against a drop of 7.2% last year. Next Directory sales rose 4.6%. It said a good Easter was followed by a ‘very disappointing’ start to May.
  • Own brands to lead online advance at House of Fraser

    19 May 2007

    House of Fraser is to focus on own labels in its first foray into selling clothing online.
  • Peacocks rebrands boyswear label

    19 May 2007

    Peacocks has renamed its boyswear brand in an attempt to up its fashion credentials, after unveiling its latest concept store in Manchester last week.
  • Three new labels in store at Matalan

    19 May 2007

    Matalan will launch three womenswear brands for autumn 07 and segment its in-store offer more clearly, to help customers better distinguish its price structure and product mix.
  • Boden gives birth to babywear collection

    12 May 2007

    Lifestyle retailer Boden is extending its range by launching a babywear collection for autumn 07. The brand already offers menswear, womenswear and kidswear for children aged 12 months to 14 years. The 38-piece range will target newborns to 18 months, and will feature old-fashioned cable knit cardigans, polka-dot dungarees and a dinosaur print babygro. Most styles are machine washable, including some in lambswool. Prices range from £12 for an applique T-shirt, £16 to £18 for trousers ...
  • Brintex to represent Harrogate Lingerie show

    12 May 2007

    Harrogate Lingerie & Swimwear show organiser Brintex has acquired the annual Intimate London Body & Beach show, formerly run by Oyster Fashion Events. The next edition of Body & Beach will be on July 29-31 at London Olympia.
  • Crave to bump up its maternitywear chain

    12 May 2007

    Leicester maternity brand Crave is planning an aggressive roll-out strategy, aiming to open four shops over the next 12 months.
  • Curtain up for Stage with first UK store

    12 May 2007

    American-owned footwear chain Stage made its UK debut at the Bishopsgate development in central London last week. The multi-brand concept store, run by Global Retail Inc, will sell footwear brands including Jessica Simpson, JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Betsey Johnson, Arturo Chiang, Vince Camuto and BCBG Max Azria.
  • Deal to launch Domo T-shirts in UK

    12 May 2007

    Fashion UK, which holds licenses for cartoon characters including Miffy, Betty Boop and Snoopy, has added Japanese animated character Domo to its portfolio in a licensing deal with entertainment-rights group Entara. T-shirts and sweatshirts will hit UK stores in September, with retail prices from £20 to £35.
  • Don't miss the Drapers Footwear Awards

    12 May 2007

    This is the last chance for readers to book a table for the Drapers Footwear Awards, the biggest night in footwear retailing. The event takes place on May 16 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. To book a place, call Sara Donaldson on 020 7505 8719.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Mixed results for sportswear sector

    12 May 2007

    The sports and outdoor sector dominated this week, following results from JD Group and Blacks Leisure.
  • Dual promotion at Holy Fashion Group

    12 May 2007

    Swiss brand house Holy Fashion Group has promoted Matthias Mey to brand managing director of its Windsor.men label and Marcel Krug to brand managing director of Tommy Hilfiger Tailored Clothing Europe. Mey and Krug were previously brand managers and have joined the management team at menswear label Strellson, which the group also owns.
  • Dune shifts upmarket with refit of top stores

    12 May 2007

    Footwear retailer Dune is to roll out its London Covent Garden concept to its top 10 stores as it pushes its offer upmarket.
  • Export Awards finalists unveiled

    12 May 2007

    The shortlist for the UK Fashion Export Awards has been revealed and includes finalists for the inaugural Ethical Fashion Award.
  • Fashion Forward sponsorship now available

    12 May 2007

    The British Fashion Council is inviting applications for its Fashion Forward sponsorship. The deadline for entries is Friday May 18 and while all will be considered, companies with turnover of less than £100,000 or greater than £1 million are unlikely to be shortlisted. Contact Anne Lomax on 0207 636 7788degr anne.lomax@britishfashioncouncil.com.
  • Fashion's hat tricks

    12 May 2007

    Leeds-based agent Jayne Wynick joined her family's company, Escott Fashion Agency, in 1983 when it bought millinery group Escott Hats. Today, occasionwear brand Cattiva accounts for 75% of Escott's business, alongside own-label millinery and womenswear labels Peter Martin and Red by Eugen Klein, which was new for autumn 07
  • Isabella Blow dies at the age of 48

    12 May 2007

    The UK fashion industry lost one of its most influential and eccentric stars this week. Stylist Isabella Blow died on Monday, aged 48. She was credited with discovering designers Julien Macdonald and Alexander McQueen, and helped to launch the modelling careers of Honor Fraser, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl. Blow was famous for her flamboyant headwear designed by Philip Treacy, another of her proteges. Although Blow was linked with haute couture, she was also involved with high street ...
  • Jack & Jones expands in Northern Ireland

    12 May 2007

    Menswear label Jack & Jones, part of the Bestseller Group, is poised to open its fifth store in Northern Ireland. Franchisees Martin and Liam Boyd will open a 2,100 sq ft store at the Richmond Centre in Londonderry. Savills Hamilton Osborne King represented the tenant.
  • James Lakeland to open in Manchester HoF

    12 May 2007

    Womenswear brand James Lakeland is to open a concession in House of Fraser in Manchester this weekend, adding to its existing 11 department store doors. The 500 sq ft space will sit alongside the likes of Roland Mouret, Ronit Zilkha and Joseph.
  • Jeans for £2.50 bump up sales at George

    12 May 2007

    Sales of jeans at George at Asda rose 70% week on week during the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, after the retailer offered men's jeans for just £2.50 a pair. Customers were offered two pairs of jeans for £5 to clear stock.
  • Kate Moss launch boosts Topshop website

    12 May 2007

    Topshop's website was the second most-visited fashion site in the UK on May 1, due to increased traffic off the back of its Kate Moss launch. Online research group Hitwise said Next took a 7.94% share of the UK's online shopping site visits, while Topshop's share hit 6.25%. Young fashion etailer Asos.com was third, with a share of 3.74%, and Additions Direct had 2.95%.
  • Lambert Howarth desperate for cash as sales and profits tumble

    12 May 2007

    Footwear supplier Lambert Howarth is crying out for additional funding to save it from breaking banking covenants after a tough year of trading.
  • Legal notices

    12 May 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Maggie Carol brand goes into liquidation

    12 May 2007

    UK-based mid-market womenswear brand Maggie Carol went into liquidation on April 19. Campbell Crossley & Davis is handling the liquidation of the brand, which had about 40 stockists in the UK.
  • Management rejig kicks off at John Lewis

    12 May 2007

    John Lewis has promoted systems director Eric Gregory to the role of personnel director. Gregory, who will take up the post on May 13, succeeds Tracey Killen, who will become director of personnel for the John Lewis Partnership. Killen replaces Andy Street, who was made managing director of John Lewis in February.
  • Manchester uni bags first Portfolio Award

    12 May 2007

    Drapers awarded its first Colleges Portfolio Award in association with the British Fashion Council to Manchester Metropolitan University last week.
  • May poll

    12 May 2007

    Mainstream womenswear and occasionwear retailers lift the lid on spring trading and reveal their buying and Sale strategies for autumn
  • Menswear indies struggling as interest hikes start to bite

    12 May 2007

    Menswear independents are facing tougher trading conditions following a rise in interest rates, with men shunning formalwear and transitional product this season.
  • N Brown's fast fashion debuts online

    12 May 2007

    Home shopping retailer N Brown has made its first foray into fast fashion via a new website, as it celebrates record full-year results.
  • New Look bid talk at Lily Allen launch

    12 May 2007

    New Look unveiled its Lily Allen tie-up range, called Lily Loves on Tuesday night, as its private equity owners arranged their next board meeting in the background. As the crowd listened to Allen perform at the London Marble Arch store, backers and management were scheduling to meet in two weeks' time, when the first bids are expected. New Look posted sales of more than £1 billion last year and at least eight parties, believed to include KKR, Texas Pacific and Cinven are circling. Management ...
  • Nottingham fashion students hit the catwalk

    12 May 2007

    Fashion students at Nottingham Trent University will showcase their final year collections at a fashion show at Nottingham Arena on June 11. Proceeds from Fashion 55, where 55 students will reveal their designs, will be donated to The Prince's Trust charity.
  • Own-label expansion for new Liberty boss

    12 May 2007

    An expanded Liberty of London clothing offer is on the cards as new chief executive Geoffroy de La Bourdonnaye prepares to take charge at the landmark London department store.
  • Sales race ahead at Adidas and Reebok

    12 May 2007

    Total sales at Adidas Group rose 3% to EUR2.54 billion (£1.73bn) for the first three months of the year, with sales for the Adidas brand up 2% to EUR1.8bn (£1.22bn). Sales at subsidiary Reebok rose 15% to EUR524 million (£356.55m).
  • Sales rise in April for second year in a row

    12 May 2007

    UK retail sales in April rose 2.4% like for like compared with April 2006, according to the British Retail Consortium. Sales for April 2006 were 6.8% ahead of the same month the year before thanks to Easter falling within April rather than March, as occurred in 2005. It said clothing and footwear showed 'excellent growth in the warm weather'.
  • Style guides

    12 May 2007

    For a first look at next year's trends, Drapers asked four fashion industry insiders to predict spring 08's hottest fabrics, shapes and styles
  • Terry Green denies £1m pay rise rumours

    12 May 2007

    Tesco clothing boss Terry Green denied reports this week that he had received a £1 million pay rise and had his remit widened to include electricals, toys, sports goods and garden furniture. He said: 'This statement is not true at the moment. I don't make these decisions - it's up to somebody else to do that.'
  • Tesco targets mature shoppers

    12 May 2007

    Tesco will launch two sub-brands under its designer F&F label to target a more mature market and expand its menswear offer.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    12 May 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Transactional debut for Beales' website

    12 May 2007

    Department store chain Beales has overhauled its website to make it transactional. The site previously only provided users with information and images of Beales' 12 department stores.
  • UK agent for Lyon Mode City exhibitors

    12 May 2007

    Promosalons UK, which represents French lingerie and swimwear show Lyon Mode City for UK buyers, has been appointed as the show's official agent for UK exhibitors. Commercial manager Bryna Black can be reached on 020 8216 3104 and at bryna@promosalons.co.uk.
  • UK debut on the cards for Buckler menswear

    12 May 2007

    Menswear retailer Buckler is set to open its first standalone store in the UK, near Spitalfields market in east London. The US chain will open a 2,120 sq ft store on Artillery Lane in the next two months. Buckler was launched in New York in 2001.
  • Ultimo bigs up its smalls with Kimberly Stewart campaign

    12 May 2007

    Lingerie brand Ultimo unveiled the latest ads for its Adore Moi range this week, featuring rock star Rod Stewart's daughter Kimberly. The line is available exclusively at Debenhams, priced from £18 to £22 for bras and £8 to £10 for briefs. Ultimo founder Michelle Mone said sales of the range had increased by 30% since its launch in September 2006. Stewart replaces Jade Jagger as the face of Adore Moi.
  • Warrington indies upbeat after shopping centre redevelopment

    12 May 2007

    Independent retailers in Warrington are cautiously optimistic about the opening of the £120 million redeveloped Golden Square shopping centre at the end of this month.
  • William Hunt dresses Man United players

    12 May 2007

    Manchester United players will walk out onto the pitch at the new Wembley Stadium before the FA Cup final next Saturday dressed by Savile Row tailor William Hunt. The sb navy wool suits with peak lapels were designed by Hunt and handmade at the BMB suit factory in Goole, east Yorkshire.
  • Yoox.com makes a splash with Sucrette's vintage swimwear

    12 May 2007

    Yoox.com has signed a deal with Italian label Sucrette to sell a limited edition swimwear range. The 20 designs in the Vintage Inspired Beachwear collection feature handcrafted details. The line includes dresses, pants and skirts made from vintage silk from the 1940s. Prices range from £79 to £105.
  • Zendor merges business into one warehouse

    12 May 2007

    Multi-channel retail provider Zendor, whose clients include River Island, JJB Sports and the Early Learning Centre, has united its core team and resources at its new warehouse in Chadderton, Manchester. Zendor plans to house a number of clients at the 145,000 sq ft site. Its fulfilment, IT, marketing, business development and project and client management teams are all based at the Chadderton site.
  • Clarks calls time on Ravel after 40 years

    12 May 2007

    Ravel has been given the boot by owner Clarks after more than 40 years on the UK high street. It is to close its 50 stores after failing to turn round persistent poor trading. Clarks will absorb any potentially profitable stores into the main chain and will sell remaining outlets, but aims to keep shops open until all stock has been sold. Ravel staff will transfer to the reformatted Clarks shops. Some suppliers ...
  • Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

    12 May 2007

    London’s frock chicks
  • Another Primark store opening frenzy

    5 May 2007

    Primark's latest store opening at Brierley Hill shopping centre at Merry Hill, West Midlands, this week was expected to draw huge crowds, with the first 100 customers receiving a £50 voucher. It follows manic scenes at the retailer's flagship on London's Oxford street last month, when 500 shoppers turned up on opening day.
  • Benetton brings two new members on board

    5 May 2007

    Benetton Group has announced two new board members, with Alessandro Benetton joining as executive vice-chairman and Alfredo Malguzzi as director. Net income at the Italian fashion group rose 11.7% to EUR125 million (£85.2m) last year, with consolidated revenues up 8.3% to EUR1.9m (£1.3m).
  • Boden joins retail roster at The Heart

    5 May 2007

    Mail order clothing retailer Boden is opening its second store, based at The Heart shopping centre in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.
  • Brighton indie rebrands its stores to appeal to younger customers

    5 May 2007

    Two-store Brighton menswear independent Powell & Palmer has renamed its business Fishers Menswear to attract younger, more upmarket customers, ahead of its online launch later this month.
  • Chelsea Stores snapped up by Mothercare

    5 May 2007

    Mothercare has completed the £85 million deal to buy Early Learning Centre owner Chelsea Stores, but it does not include the three-store Daisy & Tom kidswear chain. One store is in the process of closing, while the other two will be retained by a current shareholder, publisher and printer DC Thomson. The acquisition increases Mothercare's portfolio from 225 to 430 UK stores.
  • Criminal shifts supply to Far East

    5 May 2007

    Young fashion brand Criminal is moving its supply chain functions to the Far East in a cost-saving drive that will cut lead times by up to three weeks.
  • Date announced for Lingerie Contour Ball

    5 May 2007

    The lingerie industry's annual Contour May Ball will take place on May 17 at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. For further information, contact Rachel Senior on 0114 241 8868 or email rachel_senior@panache-lingerie.co.uk.
  • Dents plans 230th anniversary collection for autumn 07

    5 May 2007

    British accessories brand Dents will launch a high-end range of leather bags and purses for autumn 07. Called the Portrait collection, it celebrates the brand's 230th year in business. Each of the 50 styles in the range comes in textured, laundered buff leather, punky black leather with rivets, mock croc and quilted finishes. Prices range from £30 to £80.
  • Department store Robbs of Hexham to close

    5 May 2007

    Robbs of Hexham, part of department store group Owen Owen, will close on May 12, after administrators failed to find a buyer. It follows last week's decision to shut Owen Owen's Scottish store Esslemont & McIntosh. Meanwhile, only one party remains in negotiations for Owen Owen's other stores, Joplings in Sunderland and Lewis's in Liverpool. Until last week there were two bidders, one of which was understood to be department store group Allders. However, administrator Kroll said Lewis's ...
  • Drapers Share monitor - Sports Direct slowdown worries City

    5 May 2007

    Sports Direct's warning that sales are slowing barely two months after its flotation has increased the City's frustration with the group in the past week. Following downgrades, its credibility among City analysts has hit rock bottom. Shares fell 8.75p to 236p, compared with a float at 300p.
  • Fashion brands get the charity ball rolling

    5 May 2007

    This year's Walk with Cancer charity ball, in association with The Institute of Cancer Research, will feature catwalk presentations from its host, couture designer Eric Way, as well as tailoring supreme Ermenegildo Zegna. Way has also designed a range of shoes with half the RRP being donated to the charity. Tickets to the ball, which takes place on June 7 at The Savoy in London, cost £185. For more information call 020 7153 5297.
  • Fashion sales rise, but wholesale slips

    5 May 2007

    Some 16% of clothing retailers and 67% of footwear and leather goods retailers reported a rise in year-on-year sales in April, compared with the same period last year, according to the CBI Distributive Trades Survey. Wholesale fared less well, with 15% of wholesalers reporting a downturn. However, this compared favourably with March, when 21% of wholesalers reported a year-on-year slump.
  • Five more Bhs stores poised for a facelift

    5 May 2007

    Bhs has started to roll out its new store concept, which was trialled in London's Oxford Street store in September. Two stores have already been revamped - the Milton Keynes store was completed in April and the Peterborough shop was refitted last week. The new design is due to be rolled out to seven stores in total.
  • Former B&B director joins Dusseldorf fairs

    5 May 2007

    Former Bread & Butter marketing director Mark McGuire has joined Igedo Fashion Fairs Dusseldorf, which runs the CPD and GDS events. He will be responsible for developing the young fashion and street wear sector.
  • GMTV fashion awards scoops new sponsor

    5 May 2007

    The Perfume Shop is the new sponsor of GMTV's annual fashion awards, which will take place on May 14 at Cafe de Paris in London. The event will be renamed The Perfume Shop High Street Fashion Awards 2007. The retailer will present its own award for best-dressed female star in high street fashion, which is voted for by shoppers at its 150 UK stores and through the GMTV website.
  • Home is where the heart is

    5 May 2007

    Former sculptor Beverley Calvert turned her artistic talents to luxurious, lounge-worthy jersey when she launched Hommebody as a menswear label in 1998. Since then, it has expanded into womenswear and maternity-wear, rebranded as Homebody and has 110 stockists worldwide. Distributor Marchpole bought a 51% stake in the business in July 2006.
  • Jane Norman agrees £132m refinance deal

    5 May 2007

    Jane Norman has outlined plans to open more than 100 stores after it announced a £132 million refinancing package.
  • Justhom.com team launches second website

    5 May 2007

    The team behind men's underwear website Justhom.com has launched a second underwear and swimwear site called Deadgoodundies.com. Partners Adam Davies and Jane Garner set up Justhom.com, which sells Hom collections, in 2004. The new website will sell labels including Bruno Banani, Strellson, and Sloggi for Men.
  • KatyRose brings French dressing to UK market

    5 May 2007

    Former Morgan UK buying director Katy Solomons has launched an online and retail concept called KatyRose to bring French womenswear brands to the UK market.
  • Kipling gets the Topshop treatment

    5 May 2007

    Accessories brand Kipling will launch its first concession within Topshop's flagship at London's Oxford Circus in May, selling a range of rucksacks and bags. The area will showcase classic styles from the collection, alongside more directional pieces, and is Topshop's first luggage concession.
  • Lastminute.com and Gharani Strok team up for dress launch

    5 May 2007

    Gharani Strok has launched a limited edition dress in collaboration with etailer Lastminute.com. The silk version of the trademark Gharani Strok wrap dress, which will be available in June, is designed to fold and fit into a small bag. The black and pink dress, which will retail at £350, comes with a matching pouch and is available on Lastminute.com. Proceeds will go to the Lavender Trust breast cancer charity.
  • Legal notices

    5 May 2007

    WINDING-UP ORDERS
  • Liberty lines up wholesale expert for top job

    5 May 2007

    Liberty is understood to be close to recruiting a luxury brand wholesale and licensing expert to take the top job at the business. It follows Liberty's plans to move into wholesale with its Liberty of London brand. Chief executive Iain Renwick left last week after four and a half years. His replacement is due to be announced in the next week.
  • Littlewoods chairman Simon to retire

    5 May 2007

    Littlewoods Shop Direct chairman David Simon is to retire at the end of May. He has been at the business for five years, overseeing its sale to the Barclay brothers and the merger of Littlewoods and Shop Direct.
  • Mercier Sarl to sell Antik Denim in Europe

    5 May 2007

    Jeanswear brand Antik Denim has signed a licensing agreement with French company Mercier Sarl to sell its range in Europe. The deal, which lasts 20 months, gives Mercier the right to manufacture, sell, market and distribute clothing and accessories for the brand.
  • Monsoon Accessorize adds fair trade bags

    5 May 2007

    Monsoon Accessorize will launch its own eco-bags in June. The three-style range, made from fair trade cotton, will be priced at between £5 and £12.
  • New creative director for Emanuel Ungaro

    5 May 2007

    Emanuel Ungaro Menswear has appointed Franck Boclet as artistic and creative director. Boclet joins from the same role at menswear brand Francesco Smalto and will show his first range in Paris in July.
  • New Look to open men's flagship

    5 May 2007

    New Look will unveil a 'menswear flagship store' in London this summer as it aims to increase its slice of the £8 billon menswear market.
  • Northern Threads sews up its new brand list

    5 May 2007

    North-east menswear independent Northern Threads has extended its shop to introduce a raft of new brands. The seven-month-old business, run by former Cruise managers Nigel Binnie and Phil Goodfellow, has added a 200 sq ft area to the store in South Shields and brought in new brands including Diesel, J Lindeberg, Lacoste and Nike White Label for autumn. The business also sells clothing and footwear from G-Star, One True Saxon, Modern Amusement, Lyle & Scott, Evisu, Hudson, Jack & Jones ...
  • Off the Record

    5 May 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Oliver Sweeney takes new look to Norwich

    5 May 2007

    Footwear brand Oliver Sweeney has rolled out its new format to the first of its concessions, at Norwich-based menswear store Trumbull's. The brand unveiled the concept, which displays footwear and accessories on distressed-effect stainless steel units, in October at its New Bond Street shop in London.
  • Oxford St blaze costs stores £1m

    5 May 2007

    London's Oxford Street experienced its worst blaze in 25 years last week when New Look's store near Tottenham Court Road went up in flames. The blaze is thought to have cost stores £1million in lost trade. Up to 30 fire engines and 150 firefighters were called to the scene to tackle the blaze, which started on April 26 at 7pm. A London Fire Brigade spokesman said the fire was severe and that the fate of the New Look building had not been determined. The fire also affected Marks & Spencer, ...
  • Patagonia Footwear bolsters management

    5 May 2007

    Outdoor specialist Patagonia Footwear has appointed Duncan Holme as sales and marketing manager for Patagonia Footwear Europe. Holme joins from Pacific Brands Footwear in Auckland, New Zealand, where he was sales manager for Hush Puppies and Caterpillar.
  • Peacocks reveals 'quirky' store blueprint

    5 May 2007

    Value chain Peacocks will unveil its latest store design in Manchester next week, which will be used as the blueprint for its new concept fashion stores.
  • Sales rocket at Asos.com

    5 May 2007

    Sales at online retailer Asos.com soared by 116% to £42.6 million for the year to March 31. However, chief executive Nick Robertson said the figure was slightly distorted due to the Buncefield explosion, which hit the group's head office in 2005. The company estimated that the real increase was closer to 80%. Sales for the first four weeks of the current financial year also rocketed, with the retailer reporting a rise of 102%. Asos house broker Richard Ratner of Seymour Pearce said ...
  • Short circuit

    5 May 2007

    Missed out metallics in your spring 07 buy? Never fear, Drapers has come to the rescue with a round up of on-trend pieces, all available for in-season ordering. Spring's spectrum of metallics takes in gold, bronze, pewter and silver, with a scattering of ornate and embellished fabrics
  • Spring greens

    5 May 2007

    Drapers quizzes the founders of four eco-friendly clothing labels about the environment, the industry and the future of fashion's green landscape
  • Studio 13 clarification

    5 May 2007

    Studio 13, one of the agencies featured in Drapers' Secret Agents feature (April 14), also distributes apres-beachwear label Juliette Dunn across the UK, Republic of Ireland and North America. The brand is stocked in Harrods and Harvey Nichols as well as boutiques around the country.
  • Teez the World brings fragrant range to UK

    5 May 2007

    Teez the World, a tops and T-shirts business that infuses garments with aloe vera and fragrance, has launched in the UK, with prices between £6 and £8. It claims unique technology gives the clothes a moisturising feel and a built-in scent that lasts 30 washes. Department stores Jarrolds in Norwich and Creaseys of Guernsey have bought into the range.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    5 May 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The Original Factory Shop in warehouse move

    5 May 2007

    Value chain The Original Factory Shop will relocate its existing 45,000 sq ft head office and warehouse from West Yorkshire to a 145,000 sq ft facility in Burnley, Lancashire, this weekend. The new site will be able to service more than 200 stores. At present, the chain has 73 shops.
  • JD overhauls its Oxford Street shop as part of fashion facelift

    5 May 2007

    Sports fashion retailer JD is revamping its Oxford Street store to create a London flagship, as it rolls out a more fashion-friendly storefit.
  • Peter Werth shop-in-shop hits House of Fraser

    5 May 2007

    Menswear brand Peter Werth has launched its first shop-in-shop concept at House of Fraser on London’s Oxford Street. The area, which features logo-patterned wallpaper, blue lighting and chrome fittings, will be rolled out to House of Fraser stores in Manchester, Leeds and Victoria in London, as well as Elys of Wimbledon, in the autumn.
  • Analysts back Asos as profits soar

    28 April 2007

    Online fashion retailer Asos.com is on target to more than double its profits in the next two years, analysts said this week.
  • Asos.com embroiled in Arrogant Cat fight

    28 April 2007

    Young fashion brand Arrogant Cat is suing Asos.com for design right infringement, after it accused the etailer of copying a pair of denim shorts. A source close to Arrogant Cat said the brand was seeking an injunction to prevent further infringement and the delivery of remaining stock. The two firms collaborated on a range last season.
  • Birmingham's retail BID appoints chairman

    28 April 2007

    Retail Birmingham, which operates a Business Improvement District (BID) for the city's retailers, has named Alan Chatham, director of the Mailbox development, as chairman. Birmingham's retailers voted last autumn in favour of paying a levy to support the BID's marketing initiatives, including plans to improve signage and provide information points in the city's main shopping areas.
  • Buchanan Galleries growth in the pipeline

    28 April 2007

    Plans to double the size of the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre in Glasgow have been submitted to the city council. Developers Henderson Global Investors and Land Securities want to add 700,000 sq ft of space to the mall, which houses more than 80 retailers including H&M and Gap.
  • Celebrity couple Vernon and Tess front Tesco ads

    28 April 2007

    Tesco has signed husband-and-wife TV presenters Vernon Kay and Tess Daly as the faces of its clothing ranges. The agreement is set to run for a year and will begin early next month, when the first shots of the duo will feature in stores. The images were taken in South Africa, with the couple modelling the supermarket's spring 07 clothing collection. Clothing chief executive Terry Green described the deal as a 'major coup' for Tesco. 'Not only do they look great, they are also regular ...
  • Coast on expansion trail with 35-store target

    28 April 2007

    Mosaic Fashions-owned retailer Coast has secured at least five new sites, as part of the group's plans to open 35 stores across its fascias this year. One opened in St Albans this month and others are due to be unveiled at Clarks Village in Somerset in May, Exeter in September and two in Ireland in October. It is understood that the retailer is also looking at sites in Cardiff and Bristol.
  • Comptoir des Cotonniers in management rejig

    28 April 2007

    French womenswear retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers has parted company with founder and chief executive Frederic Biousse after a management shake-up instigated by parent group Fast Retailing. Sales chief Elie Kouby has also left and has been replaced by Twiggy Jouannet. Biousse's role has been filled by Fast Retailing executive Masa Matsushitam, while Gap executive Vincent Douillet has joined to head its retail operations.
  • Disney dabbles in denim with new kidswear range

    28 April 2007

    Disney is gearing up to launch its first UK range of non-character Disney-branded kidswear, ahead of a potential move into adult clothing.
  • Drapers and BFC offer award for UK colleges

    28 April 2007

    Drapers has teamed up with the British Fashion Council to launch a new award for UK fashion colleges.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Supermarkets go green to woo City

    28 April 2007

    Marks & Spencer was one of several retailers launching green strategies this week as part of the 'We're In This Together' campaign.
  • End of road for Brighton indie

    28 April 2007

    Brighton streetwear independent One40Five Store has closed after more than 10 years of trading, due to financial problems after mass-market retailers moved into the seaside city.
  • Esslemont & MacIntosh to shut up shop

    28 April 2007

    Department store Esslemont & MacIntosh, part of Owen Owen, will shut next week after administrator Kroll failed to find a buyer for the Aberdeen shop, which has 107 staff. It will shut on May 5 if a deal is not secured. Kroll said two parties were negotiating for Owen Owen's other stores - Robbs in Hexham, Lewis's in Liverpool and Joplings in Sunderland. It is thought Allders is one of the interested parties.
  • Fox Williams' seminar looks at contract issues

    28 April 2007

    Law firm Fox Williams is hosting a distribution seminar on May 15 to examine issues surrounding the termination of contracts in UK and EU markets. Chaired by Fox Williams' fashion specialist Stephen Sidkin, it will feature speakers from French, German and Dutch members of the firm's EU network. For more information, phone 020 7614 2545 or email mmooney@foxwilliams.com.
  • French Connection out to make friends online

    28 April 2007

    French Connection has launched a MySpace-style website to strengthen its appeal to the youth market. The networking site, www.anewmovement.com, targets under-25s and invites aspiring designers and musicians to upload pictures, blogs and other information.
  • Future is bright for Miss Selfridge's new range

    28 April 2007

    Miss Selfridge has launched a trend-led basics collection under the brand T Boutique. The range includes smock tops, cardigans, crocheted black vests and boob-tube dresses, in bright shades including buttercup yellow, coral, neon pink and electric blue. T Boutique, which will develop throughout the season, went on sale on Thursday and is priced between £6 and £28.
  • Galliano fined for misusing ad photographs

    28 April 2007

    Designer John Galliano has been ordered by a French court to pay EUR200,000 (£136,000) in damages for unauthorised use of images belonging to US photographer William Klein. The images were used in an ad campaign, which ran in a number of fashion magazines. Galliano has been told to pay EUR150,000 (£102,000) for abusing Klein's authorial rights and EUR50,000 (£34,000) in damages due to the original work being poorly reproduced in the adverts.
  • Gap promotes Muto to presidential role

    28 April 2007

    Gap has named Gary Muto as president of GapAdult and GapBody. The company veteran was formerly president of Gap's US start-up Forth & Towne, which will close in June. Muto takes over from former GapBody chief Tom Wyatt, who was last month made president of Gap's outlet division, and GapAdult boss Denise Johnston, who resigned in January. Muto joined the retailer in 1988 as merchandise manager.
  • Gap's European team shapes autumn offer

    28 April 2007

    Shirt dresses, oversized cardigans and Balenciaga-inspired jodhpurs will all feature in Gap's autumn 07 range, the first complete collection designed by the chain's European merchandising and design team.
  • Gola makes its retail debut with Tokyo store

    28 April 2007

    Footwear brand Gola unveiled its first standalone store last week, in Harajuku, Tokyo. The 695 sq ft shop could be followed by more international openings, although the firm would not confirm a timescale or locations.
  • Green denies Debenhams bid interest

    28 April 2007

    Arcadia-owner Sir Philip Green has denied any interest in Debenhams after bid speculation caused the share price to rise 2.4% to 148.25p as Drapers went to press. City rumours also suggested Baugur and private equity companies could be considering a takeover of the department store group.
  • Headworx sponsors English surfing contest

    28 April 2007

    UK boardsports brand Headworx is sponsoring the English Surf Championships at Watergate Bay in Newquay, Cornwall, on May 5-7. The Championships are run by the English Surfing Federation, a not-for-profit group that supports English surfers.
  • Jaeger aims for overseas growth

    28 April 2007

    Premium menswear and womenswear retailer Jaeger plans to double its international store count over the next 18 months. The firm aims to increase its retail, franchise and wholesale business, increasing its portfolio of overseas stores from 40 to 80. It is scoping new areas in Australia, South Africa, eastern Europe and the US.
  • Katherine Hooker launches ready-to-wear for autumn

    28 April 2007

    Designer Katherine Hooker has unveiled her first ready-to-wear collection for autumn 07. The range includes a tailored coat with funnel neck and paisley detailing, as well as a suede jacket and a velvet collar and cuff coat. Jackets start from £350 and coats from £450. The collection will initially be sold only in Katherine Hooker's shop in Chelsea south-west London.
  • Leeds' Victoria Quarter set for new arrivals

    28 April 2007

    Paul Smith is to open a store in the upmarket Victoria Quarter shopping centre in Leeds. The retailer is in discussions to open a 3,800 sq ft shop in September. It will join shirt retailer Hawes & Curtis, which opened last week, as well as Louis Vuitton, Agent Provocateur, Harvey Nichols and Ted Baker.
  • Legal notices

    28 April 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Liverpool One names new chief executive

    28 April 2007

    Grosvenor, developer of the Liverpool One development, has signed Joanne Jennings as chief executive of the scheme. Jennings who is currently chief executive at Belfast City Centre Management, will oversee the launch and management of the scheme, set to open next year. Retailers including John Lewis and New Look have already signed up.
  • Mailbox hoists the For Sale sign in Birmingham

    28 April 2007

    The Mailbox shopping centre in Birmingham is up for sale with a price tag of £300 million. The 1.5 million sq ft scheme, overseen by Birmingham Development Company, includes upmarket retailers such as Harvey Nichols, Emporio Armani and Hugo Boss. A 500,000 sq ft extension to the centre, called The Cube, is currently being built.
  • Off the Record

    28 April 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Online accessories store for Tanner Krolle

    28 April 2007

    Luxury accessories brand Tanner Krolle has unveiled a transactional website this month. It said the new site, at www.tannerkrolle.com, took 7% of its total retail sales in the first week of its launch.
  • Oxford Street could host Primark duo

    28 April 2007

    Value chain Primark is not ruling out opening a second store on London's Oxford Street, amid soaring sales at the retailer.
  • Papillon Bleu's revamped website goes live

    28 April 2007

    Beachwear and accessories label Papillon Bleu has relaunched its website, www.papillonbleu.com. The revamped site features a new section called Live Help, a free online service allowing visitors to chat directly with a shopping assistant.
  • Pringle rebrands Red Label as 1815

    28 April 2007

    Pringle of Scotland is renaming its more youthful Red Label line for autumn 07 as part of a strategy to develop it into a global standalone brand.
  • Red Alert unveils web recruitment site

    28 April 2007

    UK fashion distributor and recruitment agency Red Alert has launched a jobs website. The site, www.redalertagencies.com, also has information on the brands that Red Alert distributes, including K-Swiss, Criminal and Chilli Pepper. The company is in talks to add a European womenswear brand to its portfolio.
  • Shellys shuts Oxford Circus shop

    28 April 2007

    Shellys has closed its flagship London Oxford Circus store after 16 years of trading. The shop, which shut on Saturday, has been sold to Italian lingerie firm Calzedonia, which owns lingerie chain Intimissimi. It is thought Calzedonia paid a seven-figure sum, but Michael Ziff, chief executive of Shellys' owner Stylo, would not comment. Ziff said he was in talks with agents over a new store on Oxford Street, which he expected to open within four months. Shellys now has five stores in ...
  • Stanford bumps up his Mulberry shareholding

    28 April 2007

    Entrepreneur Kevin Stanford has upped his stake in luxury goods firm Mulberry. He spent £3.5 million on 1.5 million shares at 235p last week, pushing his stake over the 22% threshold at which shareholdings must be declared. Stanford now holds 24% of voting rights at the company.
  • Style excess brings success

    28 April 2007

    After moving to the UK to set up a wholesale and PR office for Danish brand Bruuns Bazaar, Malene Majlund opened a Rutzou and Tara Jarmon showroom in her flat in west London, and InExcess Fashion was born. Six years later the agency has 280 accounts in the UK and Republic of Ireland, and also represents By Malene Birger and French label American Vintage
  • Suppliers sign up for fundraising challenge

    28 April 2007

    Development agency CARE International has signed menswear firm Morrison McConnell and schoolwear supplier Banner to take part in the Prima Solutions Adventure Challenge.
  • Tesco goes trendy with fancy pants range

    28 April 2007

    Tesco will launch a trend-led lingerie label called Charmed under its F&F brand in August. The collection, which will be available in 382 stores, will be priced at £6 to £8 for bras and £3 for briefs. Briefs will be available in sizes 8 to 16, with bras from 32A to 38D.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    28 April 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Ugg adds leather styles to its autumn collection

    28 April 2007

    Footwear brand Ugg Australia is stepping up its product offer by 40% for autumn 07.
  • Upheaval for Reebok's European offices

    28 April 2007

    Reebok is poised to reshuffle its UK operations as part of plans to relocate the brand's European arm. Some of Reebok UK's back-office operations will be moved to a new European HQ in Amsterdam, which will open this summer. The brand has offices in Lancaster and Bolton in Lancashire, but it is unclear how its UK staff will be affected. Reebok was unavailable for comment.
  • Web users fishing for Crocs

    28 April 2007

    US footwear brand Crocs has been named as the current most popular fashion-related internet search term in the UK.
  • Website for New Look's Lily Allen range

    28 April 2007

    New Look has launched an information website ahead of the launch of its Lily Allen collection. The site includes a blog by the singer, product previews and store listings. The Lily Loves line will launch in 312 stores in the UK and Europe next month.
  • Weller gets shirty with Ben Sherman

    28 April 2007

    Paul Weller and Ben Sherman have teamed up to create Paul Weller Candy, a range of mod-inspired shirts. The rock star sketched ideas for the brand's designers, stipulating Italian buttons, a four-finger button-down collar, 100% cotton pinpoint Oxford fabrication and a back yolk-hang pleat. The five-style collection will hit stores this spring and wholesales at £22.
  • White City adds Hugo Boss to its line-up

    28 April 2007

    Hugo Boss is to launch its fourth UK shop, at the Westfield London mall in White City. The 4,252 sq ft shop will sell all of Hugo Boss's brands, including Boss Black, Boss Orange and Boss Green. The centre will open on October 16 next year. Hugo Boss is owned by CWM.
  • American Apparel to open London flagship

    21 April 2007

    US casualwear retailer American Apparel will open a flagship store in London's Kensington High Street in June. The shop will be next to Urban Outfitters in a unit previously occupied by Shellys, and will be the business's biggest UK store at 3,500 sq ft. A store is planned for the Liverpool One scheme next year and sites in Brighton and Glasgow are also being sought. American Apparel has three company-owned stores in the UK, in London's Carnaby Street, Portobello Road and Shoreditch.
  • Aristoc kicks off search for Ultra Woman

    21 April 2007

    Aristoc is launching a campaign to find the UK's most inspirational, high-achieving woman. The search, which starts on May 4, invites the public to nominate their Aristoc Ultra Woman via www.aristocultrawoman.co.uk. Aristoc boss Sue Clague, ex-tennis pro Annabel Croft and Camelot chief executive Dianne Thompson are the judges.
  • Asos bigs up its ranges with size 18 launch

    21 April 2007

    Asos.com is launching size 18 across its main range next week, extending its sizing from 6 to 18 across its entire own-label womenswear collection. The website has also signed underwear label Freya, which specialises in larger cup sizes from D to F. The move is part of Asos's efforts to broaden its appeal and cater for the plus-size market.
  • Autumn debut for Hobbs' transactional site

    21 April 2007

    Hobbs is to launch a transactional website later this year. Managing director Nick Samuel said the womenswear retailer was deciding how much and which product categories would be available online when it launches in the autumn.
  • Berghaus to open flagship in MetroCentre

    21 April 2007

    UK outdoor brand Berghaus will open a flagship store in MetroCentre in Gateshead this autumn. It will sell a mix of clothing, footwear, accessories and equipment. Designs for the store are being developed by retail consultants Caulder Moore, and it is due to open in September. Berghaus is also finalising a deal for distribution in Japan.
  • Boxfresh designer moves to Miss Selfridge

    21 April 2007

    Boxfresh womenswear designer Melanie Bainbridge is leaving the streetwear brand to take up a design role at Miss Selfridge. Bainbridge will start at the Arcadia chain later this month. She will be replaced by Rachel Banham, who joins from Red or Dead.
  • Burton drops Nico name as it expands own-label denim range

    21 April 2007

    Burton is rebranding and expanding its Nico denim own-label, with the spring 07 collection branded simply as Burton. Products in the range include slim-fit jeans, unstained indigo jeans called Crosshatch, a bleached version called Bleach Crosshatch, and boot-cut variations, including its Alpin style. The collection is available nationwide and online, priced at £20 to £35.
  • Capital basks in buoyant sales for March

    21 April 2007

    Retail sales in central London were up 10.8% like for like in March, according to the London Retail Consortium. The LRC said clothing and footwear benefited from the spring weather. Director Kevin Hawkins said: 'It is another good result for central London retailers. Tourism seems to be booming and this, combined with continuing strong price competition for their businesses, suggests further growth is likely.'
  • Contemporary revamp fuels Gas

    21 April 2007

    Italian brand Gas is expanding beyond denim-based streetwear to create a more sophisticated and contemporary offer, which will launch for autumn.
  • Deadline for New Generation sponsorship

    21 April 2007

    The deadline for applications for this year's New Generation scheme has been set as May 16. Backed by Topshop, new designers can now apply to the British Fashion Council for sponsorship to show at London Fashion Week. Entrants must have been in business for three years or less.
  • DHL to use green truck for fashion deliveries

    21 April 2007

    Parcel delivery company DHL is to trial one zero-carbon-emission electric lorry to transport stock to UK fashion retailers. From the end of this month, the company's fashion and department stores division will use the single nine-tonne Smith Newton truck, which is made almost entirely from recycled materials, to make deliveries from its consolidation centre to retailers.
  • Diesel takes to catwalk at Pitti Uomo for spring

    21 April 2007

    Italian fashion brand Diesel is to stage an event at Pitti Immagine Uomo in Florence for the first time this summer, although it is adamant the appearance does not mark the start of a trade show strategy.
  • Drapers Footwear Awards student finalists

    21 April 2007

    Drapers can confirm that the shortlisted students for this year's Drapers Footwear Awards are:
  • Drapers Share monitor - Clothing adds shine to Tesco's shares

    21 April 2007

    Tesco reported annual UK clothing sales growth of 16% despite the effects of 'unseasonal weather'.
  • Extra space for London streetwear shows

    21 April 2007

    Streetwear shows Londoncentral and Londonedge will expand their floor space by 14% at the next event in September. The exhibition will also hold its first event in New York in July. The UK show takes place at Olympia 2 in London on September 2-4.
  • Eyewear range in sight at Pepe Jeans London

    21 April 2007

    Pepe Jeans London has signed a licence deal with Mondottica to design and distribute its new eyewear. The 60-piece range will feature optical and sunglass styles, with retail prices from £40 to £60. The Pepe licence will cover Europe, Asia, Oceania, Latin America and the Middle East.
  • Four new lingerie brands lift Topshop's Oxford Street offer

    21 April 2007

    Topshop is ramping up its lingerie offer at its flagship store on London's Oxford Street, with four brands set to debut in store by May.
  • Gap delivers maternitywear range to UK

    21 April 2007

    Gap this week launches a maternitywear collection called GapMaternity in the UK and France. The collection is designed by Gap in the US, where it already sells maternitywear, and will be sold in four UK stores - Leeds, Guildford in Surrey, and Kensington High Street and Oxford Street in London. Products include jeans and lightweight linen tops at £30, and T-shirts from £10.
  • Instep reaches the end of the road

    21 April 2007

    Children's footwear retailer Instep has gone into administration, with rival chain European Sole understood to have snapped up 10 of the business's stores.
  • Jesire poised to spice up its HoF concessions

    21 April 2007

    Womenswear brand Jesire will refurbish its concessions in House of Fraser in London's Oxford Street and Cardiff this summer. The Cardiff revamp coincides with the refurbishment of the House of Fraser store. Jesire also plans to revamp all its concessions and standalones next year, with Glasgow and Cheltenham being the first.
  • Kenneth Cole president joins Jimmy Choo

    21 April 2007

    Jimmy Choo has hired a new chief executive after the departure of Robert Bensoussan last month. Joshua Schulman will join the company from his role as president of Kenneth Cole New York. Jimmy Choo wants to ramp up its international presence under Schulman, and will look to add to its current global portfolio of 60. The next openings will be Kuala Lumpur in July and Bombay in August. The firm also has growth plans for mainland China.
  • Legal notices

    21 April 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Lisa B unveils range for expectant mums

    21 April 2007

    Fashion model and mother of two Lisa B has teamed up with maternity retailer Crave to create a maternitywear range. The autumn collection will be unveiled on May 3.
  • Liverpool One to launch £5 million ad push

    21 April 2007

    The Liverpool One retail development will be launched next year with a £5 million advertising campaign spread over three years. The scheme, which is being developed by Grosvenor, will be anchored by John Lewis and Debenhams, and also features large stores from New Look, Topshop and Topman. The campaign, created by Finch, will include TV and magazine ads.
  • M&S stands by Ferry as Nazi furore continues

    21 April 2007

    Marks & Spencer has distanced itself from Bryan Ferry's comments this week regarding Nazis, but was refusing to ditch the singer as Drapers went to press. A spokeswoman said it 'welcomed' his apology. She said none of M&S's menswear models were on an ongoing contract and it was 'yet to decide future plans for menswear advertising'.
  • Marks & Spencer clarification

    21 April 2007

    Marks & Spencer's director of sourcing is Glen Tinton and not as stated in Drapers on April 7.
  • Marni unveils designer website in Japan

    21 April 2007

    Designer brand Marni has launched its web site in Japan, after trading for six months in Europe and the US. The site was created in collaboration with etailer Yoox.com.
  • Microzine heads for Carnaby Street

    21 April 2007

    Independent lifestyle retailer Microzine is to open a 4,000 sq ft flagship store off London's Carnaby Street, with plans to also move into own-label footwear.
  • Oasis picks metallics for autumn 07

    21 April 2007

    Oasis has gone all out for the 1980s vibe coupled with a more sober story in the first glimpse of what the high street is backing for autumn.
  • Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

    21 April 2007

    Word on the street
  • Punkyfish hooked on expansion

    21 April 2007

    Young fashion brand Punkyfish is to cement its national retail presence by opening five new stores by the end of the year.
  • Radley's second shop proves a hit

    21 April 2007

    Handbag and accessories brand Radley's second store in London's Covent Garden has smashed sales targets after its Easter opening. The official launch was used to unveil the brand's new premium London range, with retail prices rising beyond its typical top price point of £150 to between £200 and £400.
  • Retailers fool the public over waist sizes

    21 April 2007

    High-street stores including Gap, H&M and Zara have been confusing UK customers into thinking their waistlines are an average 3in slimmer by understating the sizes on trouser labels, according to The Sunday Times. It claimed the actual size of jeans sold by French Connection was 6in over the stated measurement. The named retailers denied practising 'vanity-sizing'.
  • Selfridges unveils menswear-only promotion

    21 April 2007

    Selfridges will launch its first menswear-only promotional campaign, Shop Like A Man, at its London Oxford Street store next month.
  • Soaring sales are in the bag at Burberry

    21 April 2007

    Burberry's global retail sales rocketed by 24% in the three months to March, with total underlying sales for the year up 15% to £850 million. Wholesale also gathered pace in the second half, with underlying revenues rising 17% to £172m. Licensing sales were up 15% to £435m. Burberry is likely to focus on growing its high-margin accessories arm, which accounts for 26% of total sales. The closure of its Welsh factory cost the group £6.5m this year, but will save it £1.5m annually.
  • Store opening programme helps to boost global sales at H&M

    21 April 2007

    Global sales at Stockholm-based young fashion chain H&M have risen 29% year-on-year for March. H&M attributed much of the increase to its 170 new stores that have opened since last March. Taking this into account, like-for-like sales grew by 17%.
  • Store refit for Oliver Sweeney

    21 April 2007

    Men's footwear retailer Oliver Sweeney has revamped its store on London's King's Road as part of a UK-wide overhaul of its retail format.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    21 April 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Tiger of Sweden rebrands to D_Store in Leeds

    21 April 2007

    Swedish brand Tiger of Sweden has rebranded its shop at The Light shopping centre in Leeds as D_Store. The new concept, the first in the UK, sells a mix of suits, denim, casualwear, beachwear and accessories for men and women, from brands including Frank Dandy, Cojak and Tiger of Sweden. The 3,000 sq ft unit also features sofas, a library and free refreshments.
  • Ultimo goes loud with its summer swimwear

    21 April 2007

    Ultimo has unveiled its swimwear collection for summer 07 as part of its strategy to be as big in swimwear as lingerie. Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding (pictured), who has been the face of the brand since last year, has been joined by Kimberley Stewart, daughter of rock star Rod. She has been confirmed as the replacement for Jade Jagger as the new face and body of Adore Moi by Ultimo, a range that is exclusive to Debenhams.
  • Van Heusen bumps up its HoF concessions

    21 April 2007

    Shirt brand Van Heusen has opened five more House of Fraser concessions. The 250 sq ft areas are in Cwmbran in south Wales, Darlington in County Durham, Doncaster, Epsom in Surrey and Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The label has opened 21 concessions at HoF over the past 14 months, and has 48 stores and concessions in the UK.
  • ... but indies report mixed Easter

    14 April 2007

    It was mixed fortunes for independent retailers over Easter, as good weather and half term slowed sales for some, while those in large towns profited from footfall driven by Sales at neighbouring multiples.
  • Adili.com seeks own-label team

    14 April 2007

    Ethical fashion etailer Adili.com is hunting for a team to head its new own-label business, as it plans to enter the UK wholesale market for the first time next year.
  • Asos.com and Strutt Couture pair up for summer shoe deal

    14 April 2007

    Asos.com has joined forces with shoe brand Strutt Couture to design a footwear collection for summer 07. The diffusion range, called Strutt2 for Asos.com, will be available on the etailer's website from May. The range features eight styles with futuristic Perspex detailing, wedge heels and sporty strapping in a variety of colours and finishes, including metallics. Prices range from £115 to £130.
  • Banbridge outlet centre opens its doors

    14 April 2007

    Retailers including Gap, Marks & Spencer and Nike unveiled stores at The Outlet shopping centre in Banbridge, Northern Ireland last week. The outlet centre opened with about half of its shops trading. The £70 million scheme, developed by GML Estates and Land Securities, features 79 retail units. Other retailers at the centre include Jeff Banks, Jaeger and LK Bennett.
  • Baugur boss rules out bid for Debenhams

    14 April 2007

    Baugur chief executive Jon Asgeir Johannesson has said the group has no intention of making a bid for Debenhams in the near future. In an interview with the Financial Times, the boss of the Icelandic investor, which has interests in UK fashion retailers including Mosaic and MK One, said that its House of Fraser business had a lot of work to do before Baugur would look at something else.
  • Berghaus sub-brand on the drawing board

    14 April 2007

    Outdoorwear label Berghaus is planning to launch a new sub-brand. The strategy is understood to be at an early stage, with a launch scheduled for autumn.
  • Claire's to push retail as a career choice

    14 April 2007

    Accessories chain Claire's is launching a campaign to challenge the negative perceptions of working in retail and raise the profile of careers in the industry. It has forged links with The University of Central England and North West City Jobs, a Birmingham-based group that helps businesses promote careers among people from deprived areas.
  • Drapers calls for independent stockist listings

    14 April 2007

    In order to ensure the most accurate data for the weekly Indicator survey, Drapers is updating its retailer databases and is calling on brands to submit their stockist lists. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please send lists, including the store name, manager's name, store address and phone number, in Microsoft Excel format to leanne.oshea@emap.com.
  • Drapers Footwear Awards 2007

    14 April 2007

    The Drapers Footwear Awards gala dinner on May 17 will host about 650 guests from across the industry. As well as celebrating the best of new and established businesses, the event, sponsored by Gore-Tex, also recognises up-and-coming talent from UK colleges and universities. This year, the standard of student entries has been exceptional and the judges - Louise Howroyd from Bertie, Lydia Howard from Shoe Studio Group, and Drapers fashion editor Khabi Mirza - had their work cut out. ...
  • Drapers Share monitor - Warm weather heats up high street

    14 April 2007

    High street retailers benefited from good weather this Easter and stocks rose accordingly. Debenhams had up to 70% off at its Blue Cross Sale, and shares rose 4p to 179p ahead of its half-year results next week.
  • DSquared signs Pollini for women's footwear

    14 April 2007

    Premium Italian fashion brand DSquared has appointed Pollini, part of the Aeffe Fashion Group, to produce its women's footwear line for autumn 07, following the end of its licence with Vicini. The brand's women's footwear range has about 250 international stockists including Selfridges, Harrods and Harvey Nichols in London, Brown Thomas in Dublin and Cricket in Liverpool, and sells about 18,000 pairs of shoes each season. DSquared designers Dean and Dan Caten plan to increase sales ...
  • Ecco plans concessions to boost its retail presence

    14 April 2007

    Footwear brand Ecco is embarking on a concessions drive as it builds its retail presence after opening its third London store.
  • Ethical bags prove New Look has lots of bottle

    14 April 2007

    New Look has launched a range of polyester bags made from recycled plastic bottles. The Greenspun fabric is supplied by Greenpac, which makes the yarn in Taiwan. The bags sold out within two weeks of the first order. New Look is the second retailer to link up with Greenpac, following Marks & Spencer's trial of fleeces using the same material. M&S will roll out the fleeces for autumn.
  • Fashion goes public with sample sale

    14 April 2007

    Start-up etailer FashionPublic.com is inviting young designers to take part in a sample sale on May 11 at The Gallery in London's Soho. The site, which will launch officially during the next London Fashion Week, is an online marketplace for independent fashion brands.
  • Former MD stages buyout to keep Chatham afloat

    14 April 2007

    Marine-inspired clothing and footwear brand Chatham has been bought out of receivership after it collapsed last month.
  • Frockonline.com launches with Paris brands

    14 April 2007

    Womenswear website frockonline.com will launch on April 19, offering collections from more than 20 brands including Looking Glass and Numph. The transactional site will also carry exclusive Parisian brands such as Mode Machine and Bel Air.
  • Geox kicks off UK growth at Bluewater

    14 April 2007

    Italian footwear brand Geox will kick-start its UK growth with a flagship store at Bluewater in Kent.
  • India.***

    14 April 2007

    As Indian designers begin to find their feet, many are struggling to balance Western appeal with Eastern heritage
  • Jetlag Jeans prepares to land in the UK

    14 April 2007

    US denim brand Jetlag Jeans will be launched in the UK in May. The collections for men and women will each consist of 15 denim styles and six cargoes. Hoodies and T-shirts will be added to the range later in the season. Prices will range from £35 to £48, with the brand aiming for distribution in independent boutiques and department stores. Jetlag is manufactured entirely in Italy.
  • Joseph scouts for new commercial director

    14 April 2007

    Luxury brand Joseph is hunting for a commercial director as part of a management reshuffle to cope with expansion in Asia. Managing director Marc Forestier said there was still more potential to grow its 17-store and 11-concession UK business.
  • Kidswear News

    14 April 2007

    A round-up of new collections for children
  • K-Swiss recruits UK and Ireland sales manager

    14 April 2007

    Footwear brand K-Swiss has appointed David O'Malley as sales manager for its classic athletic footwear for the UK and Republic of Ireland. He will be responsible for the brand's accounts with the John David Group and will report to country sales manager John Casey. O'Malley previously worked at Timberland.
  • Legal notices

    14 April 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Life & Limb manager leaves as parent rejigs

    14 April 2007

    Area sales manager Andy Taylor is set to leave menswear label Life & Limb as part of a reshuffle at parent company Saville Heaton. Taylor, who has not yet decided on his next move, will complete his handover at the end of June. Saville Heaton also distributes Oakman Menswear, GB Clothing and Milan Suits. Managing director William Heaton said the brands' distribution would not be affected.
  • LRG brings Luxurie to the UK for autumn

    14 April 2007

    Urban fashion brand LRG will bring its womenswear line Luxurie to Europe for autumn 07. The brand, which launched in the US for spring 06, will target the UK, Germany, France, Belgium and Portugal, selling through existing LRG accounts as well as new stockists. The 84-piece collection will be split into two deliveries, including September and October, and will wholesale from £8 to £56 with limited-edition jean styles at £160.
  • Mango Cruzes into celebrity tie-up

    14 April 2007

    Mango has teamed up with actresses Penelope and Monica Cruz for autumn, with the sisters designing a collection for the Spanish fashion retailer. Penelope, who received an Oscar nomination for her role in the film Volver, will also be the face of the brand for autumn 07. The limited edition Penelope and Monica Cruz for Mango range will be inspired by classic 1950s pieces and will include eveningwear, knitwear, jeans and separates. It will launch in all Mango's stores worldwide this ...
  • McArthurGlen wants shoppers to fall in love

    14 April 2007

    Designer outlet centre group McArthurGlen is launching ads called 'Love' as part of its guilt-free shopping campaign, which launched last spring. Created by Publicis Dialog, the ads will run on TV, in cinemas and in the press this month, and depict a female shopper falling in love with her purchases and treating them to a candlelit dinner. McArthurGlen has seven outlet centres in the UK and nine in the rest of Europe.
  • Moss Bros adds new labels to bolster sales

    14 April 2007

    Menswear business Moss Bros is to add French Connection and CK by Calvin Klein to its list of brands, as part of plans to stem declining sales and improve the suiting offer among its £249-plus collections. The additions come as Icelandic investment group Baugur, which owns part of a 28.5% stake in Moss Bros via Unity Investments and just under 20% of French Connection, prepares to add two non-executive directors to the board. The Moss Bros business will add 80 more Moss stores and spend ...
  • Mothercare looks overseas as store sales soften in UK

    14 April 2007

    Mothercare is pushing its online, overseas and out-of-town retail offers after its UK store sales fell by 1% for the 11 weeks to March 31. Chief executive Ben Gordon told Drapers that its focus on the internet, where sales grew 15% for the year, was becoming more important and that he would open more out-of-town stores this year. Mothercare has 10 destination stores that carry a larger offer, such as 70 pushchairs compared with 30 models in high street stores. Gordon will also open ...
  • Multiples make the most of bank holiday sales boom ...

    14 April 2007

    The sunshine brought shoppers onto the high street in force over the Easter bank holiday weekend, with some describing it as the best Easter weekend in several years.
  • Net-a-porter founder on awards shortlist

    14 April 2007

    Net-a-porter founder and chairman Natalie Massenet has been shortlisted for the Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year award. The winner will be announced on April 17.
  • Off the Record

    14 April 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Optimism at Turkish fabric show

    14 April 2007

    The Turkish Fashion Fabric exhibition attracted fewer visitors than last season to its two-day show at Olympia in London last week.
  • Oxbow braves the waves for surf event

    14 April 2007

    Lifestyle brand Oxbow will be the official clothing sponsor for the 2007 British Longboard Union Series events. The BLU series, which tests surfers' skills across four beaches at different times of the year, will take place on April 14-15 and May 12-13 at Perranporth, Cornwall; June 9-10 at St Ouens Bay, Jersey; and June 16-17 at Watergate Bay, Cornwall.
  • Pentland hopes new boss can refresh 'stale' Kickers brand

    14 April 2007

    Brand house Pentland has parachuted Ian Blackman, managing director of its Ted Baker division, into the top role at its ailing Kickers footwear brand to drive its turnaround.
  • People: Rohit Bal, designer - Star of India sparkles ever brighter

    14 April 2007

    Rohit Bal is one of India's most celebrated fashion exports. By dressing actress Liz Hurley and her fiance Arun Nayar for the Indian finale of their cross-continent wedding, Bal shot to new prominence - his designs featured in news coverage worldwide, from Hello to CNN. Recognised for his meticulously detailed fashion rooted in the traditional Eastern aesthetic, Bal creates a couture range alongside Balance by Rohit Bal, his ready-to-wear line. Today, Bal's business is set to be acquired ...
  • Plus-size school uniforms feed obesity debate

    14 April 2007

    Kidswear retailer National Schoolwear Centres has fuelled the ongoing child obesity debate by launching the UK's largest ever school uniforms.
  • PPR poised to pounce on sports brand Puma

    14 April 2007

    French luxury brand house Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR) is to launch a friendly takeover bid for sports brand Puma, after it bought a 27.1% stake in the company last week. The bid from PPR, owner of Gucci, values Puma at about EUR5.3 billion (£3.61bn). The deal would allow the German sports label to carry out more designer collaborations similar to its range with Alexander McQueen.
  • Primark is quids in after Oxford Street launch

    14 April 2007

    Primark clocked up record sales on the first day of trading at its London Oxford Street store last Thursday. The retailer sold out of handbags and said pinafore dresses were strong sellers. Queuing outside the shop continued throughout the bank holiday weekend. The New West End Company said the opening contributed to increased footfall on Oxford Street, which rose 16% compared with last Easter. For more on Primark, see page 11.
  • Recycleyourjeans.com turns old denim into sandals

    14 April 2007

    UK footwear manufacturer Softwalk has launched an online business, www.recycleyourjeans.com, selling women's sandals made out of recycled denim. For £45, with free postage, customers can send in their old jeans, which will then be made into a pair of sandals. The brand also plans to launch a men's style later this summer.
  • Red Brand seals Tootal licensing agreement

    14 April 2007

    Red Brand, which distributes men's brands Luke and Modern Amusement, has signed a deal to licence menswear brand Tootal's clothing range. Directors Simon Poole and Andrew Ellard said the deal would enable Red Brand to move beyond distribution and further into brand management. Tootal launched its debut clothing collection for autumn 07 through Red Brand, which will have full control over Tootal's distribution, prices, design and sales. Ellard and Poole will still be involved in the ...
  • Review at Penny Plain as investors take over

    14 April 2007

    Womenswear retailer and mail-order business Penny Plain is undertaking a full review of its operations after being bought out of administration by a group of private investors.
  • Rose Foster prepares to join La Senza

    14 April 2007

    Monsoon chief executive Rose Foster has confirmed she will join lingerie retailer La Senza on Monday. Foster will become chief executive at the chain.
  • Secret agents

    14 April 2007

    It's time to update your contacts book with the UK's hottest agencies selling some of the coolest women's fashion brands for autumn 07
  • Sweaty Betty goes straight to the Heart

    14 April 2007

    Activewear retailer Sweaty Betty will open a store at the Heart shopping centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, in May. The retailer has 24 stores and concessions, including an own-brand concession in Harrods that opened at the end of last year. Sweaty Betty also stocks brands including Adidas and USA Pro.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    14 April 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week. Last week's question was:
  • Tofu is full of beans as wholesale arm takes off

    14 April 2007

    Independent womenswear retailer Tofu is close to securing its second London boutique in Kensington High Street as it branches into wholesale.
  • Ex-House of Fraser buyer moves to Diesel

    14 April 2007

    Former House of Fraser buyer Yasmin Khan, who was previously known as Jaspal Billing, has been appointed buyer at denim brand Diesel. Khan was buyer for young fashion at the department store group, but left in February as part of a rejig of the senior buying team. Khan has also worked at USC as head of womenswear.
  • All clear for Pitti Immagine venue in Florence

    31 March 2007

    The venue for the Pitti Immagine trade shows has been given the all-clear, after fears it would have to close for allegedly breaching refurbishment regulations. The Fortezza da Basso in Florence hosts the Pitti Uomo menswear show, Pitti Bimbo kidswear event and textile fair Pitti Filati. The next show at the venue is Pitti Uomo on June 20-23.
  • Black Magic

    31 March 2007

    From punk-inspired black leather and rivets to the new vogue for hats in all their permutations, Drapers rounds up the key accessory looks of the season
  • Changes afoot as Treds unveils own-label and kids' collections

    31 March 2007

    Independent young fashion footwear chain Treds has launched an own-label and kids' offer for spring.
  • Cushe adds two new members to its team

    31 March 2007

    UK footwear brand Cushe has made two new appointments. Neal Wells, previously with eyewear and lifestyle brand Oakley, is now global sales and merchandising manager, and Liam Fahy, a past winner of the Drapers Student Footwear Design Award, has joined the brand's design team. The label has now signed international distribution deals in France, Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Portugal.
  • Day Birger et Mikkelsen hunts for London sites

    31 March 2007

    Danish contemporary bridge brand Day Birger et Mikkelsen is scouting west London for two boutique locations and is gearing up to open concessions in five or six House of Fraser stores this August. The business, which has a turnover of £30 million, plans to increase its retail offer and wholesale distribution following investment from Icelandic group Baugur. The brand already has a store in London's Sloane Street.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Acquisition talk bolsters Sports Direct

    31 March 2007

    In a typically bold move, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley this week snapped up 3.14% of sports brand Adidas, the label that has ironically been moving to tighten up its distribution policy to protect it from discounting.
  • Emanuel Ungaro to launch outdoor ad

    31 March 2007

    Luxury brand Emanuel Ungaro is running a billboard advertising campaign in the UK to highlight its spring menswear offer. The two-week campaign broke nationwide on March 26. The move is part of a bid to re-establish Emanuel Ungaro as a leading worldwide menswear brand.
  • Exploiting the Beckham effect

    31 March 2007

    Wale Adeyemi's original career ambitions amounted to a job in window-dressing, but the Londoner overshot the mark to become a designer with bullet-proof credibility. His reputation was cemented when David Beckham was snapped wearing his iconic graffiti-print jacket. Adeyemi has since proved his versatility by designing for A-listers including Beyonce Knowles and Alicia Keys. He now has his own womenswear line, is creative director of urban range Fabulous 500 and is a consultant for ...
  • Ex-Z closes its Zara end-of-line stores

    31 March 2007

    Five-store business Ex-Z, which sells end-of-line Zara product, has shut all of its stores. The chain, run by a company called X-ara, operated five stores in outlet centres in Lincoln, Spalding in Lincolnshire, Durham, Braintree in Essex and Castleford, West Yorkshire. Zara UK said the company was not part of its operation, or a franchise arrangement, and that it had no plans to operate outlet stores itself.
  • Fashion retailers taking a hike for charity

    31 March 2007

    Places for the 2007 CARE International charity challenge are filling up fast. The event, sponsored by Prima Solutions (pictured), is on September 16 and involves hiking, biking and canoeing around Snowdonia National Park to raise money for CARE. For details, visit www.carechallenge.org.uk.
  • Freespirit set to lose Quiksilver

    31 March 2007

    Surf brand Quiksilver is pulling out of Blacks Leisure Group's Freespirit chain following demands for revised supply terms.
  • French manufacturers to line up in London

    31 March 2007

    A group of 12 French contract clothing manufacturers will show at an event in London next month. Participants include ACC, Getex, Jacques Bremaud and Textile Du Maine. The show, organised by the French Embassy, will take place at Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel in London on April 18.
  • Harrods reveals store plans for Terminal 5

    31 March 2007

    Harrods has unveiled plans for its new concept store at Heathrow Terminal 5.
  • International ambition for Eton outfitter

    31 March 2007

    Men's outfitter New & Lingwood, which supplies Eton College with handmade shirts and hosiery, is looking for an investment partner to fund international expansion. The company, which is owned by South African shoe retailer Anthony Spitz, has appointed Cavendish Corporate Finance to raise £10 million.
  • Intimas on track for store debut

    31 March 2007

    Lingerie supplier Intimas Group will open its first high street standalone store in the UK by the end of the year.
  • Joules clothing sales correction

    31 March 2007

    Sales at multi-channel retailer Joules Clothing increased by 180% to £1.6 million for February, surpassing its target of £1.2m, and not as stated in Drapers (March 24).
  • Laura Ashley to increase its clothing offer as sales rise

    31 March 2007

    Laura Ashley reported a 25.9% rise in fashion sales for the year to January 27. Fashion accounted for 18% of the chain's total annual sales of £225 million, including homewares and accessories. Laura Ashley chief executive Lillian Tan said the retailer, famed for its floral prints, would grow its clothing offer to account for 20% of the business this year. Laura Ashley is to celebrate the boost in fashion sales by launching a heritage range on April 16. The 26-piece Laura Ashley Archive ...
  • Legal notices

    31 March 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • London hosts first Folk shop

    31 March 2007

    UK contemporary men's casualwear label Folk has opened its first store this week on Lamb's Conduit Street in Holborn, London. The 600 sq ft store not only stocks the Folk menswear label, by designer Cathal McAteer, but also sells its footwear sister brand Shofolk, as well as complementary brands including Blue Blood, 6876, Humanoid, Tretorn, BSA and Birkenstock. The store's footwear range will be displayed on a specially commissioned art installation by Swedish designers Vujj. The shop ...
  • Monsoon chief takes early exit to join La Senza

    31 March 2007

    Monsoon chief executive Rose Foster has quit the company two months earlier than planned, to join lingerie retailer La Senza. The move comes as Monsoon appointed ex-Somerfield chief executive Steve Back as financial director, to replace Mark McMenemy, who left this month.
  • Mosaic on the hunt for new UK locations

    31 March 2007

    Mosaic Fashions is scouting for up to 25 locations for new Warehouse and Principles stores in the UK. It has appointed retail agents CWM, Leslie Perkins and Michael Peddar to look for sites.
  • Myer to sell Jeff Banks in Australia

    31 March 2007

    British menswear designer Jeff Banks is to launch a menswear collection in upper- to mid-market Australian department store Myer through local licensee Ransal. His eponymous label will offer a range of men's suits, shirts, ties, shoes and accessories across the full portfolio of Myer stores in Australia.
  • Myleene Klass joins line-up for M&S TV ads

    31 March 2007

    Marks & Spencer launched its new TV ad campaign this week, with musician and TV presenter Myleene Klass joining the line-up for the retailer's spring campaign. Coinciding with the ads, M&S unveiled its revamped website, operated by Amazon.com, which includes colour-changing and zoom features. The retailer also launched its 'Do you need a bag?' eco-initiative this week.
  • Nation lands second store at Stansted

    31 March 2007

    Fledgling surfwear chain Nation will open its second store at Stansted Airport next month. The retailer, which was founded by wholesale surfwear veteran Peter Caldwell, plans to concentrate on opening in airport locations, before venturing onto the high street.
  • New sales boss to increase Criminal activity

    31 March 2007

    Young fashion brand Criminal has appointed Mark Giltrow as sales director. Giltrow moves from Levi's, where he was sales director. He replaces Peter Lynes, who has left the company to set up his own sales agency. Criminal is preparing to open its third shop, in London's Portobello Road, in May.
  • New sales manager joins John Smedley

    31 March 2007

    Knitwear brand John Smedley has hired Simon Tennant to take on the newly created role of sales manager. Tennant spent more than eight years at welted footwear specialist Alfred Sargent, most recently as sales manager. He will join John Smedley on April 3. John Day will remain at John Smedley in his role as sales director.
  • North-west nears retail saturation point

    31 March 2007

    The north-west of England will become saturated with retail space by 2015 because more than double the required space is being developed, according to research from the British Council of Shopping Centres. The area has 8.4 million sq ft of shopping centre space in the pipeline, excluding retail parks. However, research from market analyst Experian indicates that the north-west region only requires 4.6 million sq ft to satisfy retail spending growth.
  • Off the record

    31 March 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Pavers kicks off Staccato growth

    31 March 2007

    UK footwear independent Pavers is to open 20 stores under its young fashion fascia Staccato over the next two years.
  • Phase Eight hopes to quadruple UK portfolio

    31 March 2007

    Phase Eight believes it can add 150 stores to its existing 60-strong UK portfolio, after its recent sale to a group led by Icelandic bank Kaupthing. One of the main investors involved in the buyout, Jane Norman chief executive and Phase Eight non-executive director Saj Shah, told Drapers that it was considering all major UK locations and the market could handle up to 250 Phase Eight shops. Separately, Jane Norman has been approached by a number of potential US franchisees interested ...
  • Profits slump for Alexon in Dolcis aftermath

    31 March 2007

    Alexon is expected to report full-year profit before tax of between £7.4 million and £7.7m on Monday, a fall of 62% on the previous year due to the sale of its underperforming Dolcis chain in December. City analysts said they were cautious about Alexon's recovery prospects despite shedding loss-making businesses Dolcis and Mandolin.
  • Radley's first big ad campaign is in the bag

    31 March 2007

    British accessories brand Radley is to launch its first major ad campaign for spring 07. It will break on April 1 with double-page spreads in weekend broadsheet supplements, including You magazine, Sunday Times Style and Stella, running until May. This will be followed by ads in Hello!, Grazia, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Tatler, Harpers and Elle. The £500,000 campaign was created by ad agency DDB London.
  • Sandk to sell Danish brand Holly's in UK

    31 March 2007

    Danish casualwear label Holly's, which offers babywear, kidswear and womenswear, has been taken on by kidswear agency Sandk in the UK. Holly's offers mix-and-match styles, mostly in cotton, with the spring collection priced from EUR7 (£4.76) for a long-sleeved baby's body suit and EUR17 (£11.56) for a women's tank top.
  • Sell-off hint as Baugur's Souk opens

    31 March 2007

    Baugur is to start selling off parts of its retail portfolio over the next two years, in a bid to prove it is not just an acquisitive investor.
  • Skinny model inquiry may hit retailers' ads

    31 March 2007

    The British Fashion Council's inquiry into the use of unnaturally thin models at London Fashion Week could have wider ramifications for fashion retailers, if it is found that their advertising encourages an unhealthy body image.
  • Supply Chain Focus: Etailing Logistics - Putting the e into retail

    31 March 2007

    As the internet boom forces more fashion retailers to grapple with online retailing and become multi-channel operators, industry experts pick out the key logistical challenges.
  • Supply Chain Focus: Future Strategies - Thinking ahead

    31 March 2007

    What key factors will shape the supply chain model of the future? We posed questions to two retailers and two logistics providers
  • Supply Chain Focus: Mosaic Fashions - Piecing together Mosaic

    31 March 2007

    Balancing huge growth with the logistical demands of eight brands is all in a day's work for Mosaic distribution boss David Roberts
  • Talking Shop correction

    31 March 2007

    The Talking Shop column that appeared in Drapers on March 24 was wrongly attributed to regular columnist Martin Jones, the managing director of the Vaughan-Davies menswear store in Mold, north Wales. It was in fact written by Richard Vaughan-Davies, an occasional contributor to Talking Shop and the owner of the store.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    31 March 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Urban Outfitters joins Bluewater and Dundrum

    31 March 2007

    Urban Outfitters will open stores in Bluewater in Kent and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland this year. The 11,850 sq ft Bluewater store will open in June, while the Dublin shop will open in the Dundrum mall by December. The US chain has four stores in the UK and an existing store in Dublin.
  • Woolworths plans standalone Ladybird shops

    31 March 2007

    Woolworths is seeking sites for its first standalone Ladybird kidswear store in the UK, chief executive Trevor Bish Jones has said. Ladybird sales at Woolworths stores rose 5% in the past 26 weeks.
  • River Island celebrates as pre-tax profits rise

    31 March 2007

    Pre-tax profits at River Island are understood to have risen by more than 10% to over £155 million for the year to December 31, with sales increasing at a similar rate. Turnover for the same period in 2005 was £595.4m. The retailer has unveiled plans to expand abroad and is poised to roll out stores in Europe. Locations are expected to include Spain, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg.
  • AIS honours for leading lingerie brands

    24 March 2007

    Charnos, Lepel and Pour Moi? all picked up awards in the AIS Ligerie and Legwear Show's annual prize-giving last week. Lepel was named Lingerie Brand of the Year, with Charnos scooping the Legwear Brand of the Year award and Pour Moi? winning Best Newcomer.
  • Benetton appoints new managing director

    24 March 2007

    Benetton has named Gerolamo Caccia Dominioni as managing director. Dominioni is currently vice-chairman and chief operating officer at Warner Music International. He will take up the role at Benetton on June 1.
  • Bidders join race to snap up Fat Face

    24 March 2007

    Speculation grew over potential new owners of Fat Face this week, as the deadline for first-round bids for the chain loomed. Companies including HG Capital and Bridgepoint are understood to be among those vying to buy the lifestyle retailer, which has sales of more than £110 million and comes with a £300m price tag. Fat Face is currently majority-owned by private equity business Advent. Founders Tim Slade and Jules Leaver own 30% of the company, but it is unclear whether they will reinvest.
  • Blessed with the fringe benefits

    24 March 2007

    As creative director of design competition Fashion Fringe, Colin McDowell is renowned for his support of UK designers. Since launching three years ago, the project has given advice and support worth £300,000 and the 2007 Fashion Fringe, which opened last week, includes a new accessories category. McDowell is also senior fashion writer for The Sunday Times Style supplement, and a fashion historian and author of more than 16 books.
  • Boss leads buyout at Berkeley recruitment

    24 March 2007

    Retail headhunter Paul Meechan has bought specialist footwear and fashion recruiter Berkeley Search & Selection in an MBO. Meechan, who is Berkeley's chief executive, is planning to expand the business by opening a regional office in Manchester.
  • Budget brings mixed news for industry

    24 March 2007

    This year's Budget has met with mixed reactions from the industry, with corporation tax cut for big businesses but increased for small companies.
  • Carnaby Street hosts Wrangler concept store

    24 March 2007

    Denim brand Wrangler opened what is being hailed as its first UK concept store in London on Thursday. The 2,000 sq ft shop on Carnaby Street was unveiled this week, with a new design including the retro Wrangler rope logo on the shopfront.
  • Conjuring an answer to my prayers

    24 March 2007

    Simon Beales waves his magic wand in an attempt to make the fashion industry a better place
  • Designer joins as sales rise at Wolford Group

    24 March 2007

    Sales at Austrian hosiery and ready-to-wear firm Wolford Group rose 16.1% to £73.2 million for the nine months to January 31, with a 25.5% increase in the UK market. Ronald van der Kemp joined the group this month as designer, replacing Antonio Berardi. Van der Kemp previously worked for luxury labels including Celine and Escada.
  • Drapers Share monitor - Sainsbury's buoyed by takeover talk

    24 March 2007

    Supermarkets won favour with the City this week, led by further talk of a bid for Sainsbury's.
  • Escada brings its luxury offer to India

    24 March 2007

    Luxury fashion and accessories brand Escada launched in India last week, opening two stores in Mumbai. A total of seven Indian openings are planned over the next two years with its local distribution partner S Kumars Nationwide.
  • Etail launch at Fenn Wright Manson

    24 March 2007

    London-based womenswear label Fenn Wright Manson has launched a transactional website in response to customer demand. Shoppers can now order online from the new mail-order section of the site, which previously only displayed look-book images. Fulfilment for the home shopping operation will all be done in house. The brand's spring 07 range reflects a shift away from an occasionwear focus, which previously accounted for 80% of its offer. It now offers a more balanced casualwear range ...
  • Fashion stores slow to embrace web shopping

    24 March 2007

    Two-thirds of footwear and fashion retailers are losing out on the £1.2 billion online clothing market by not having a transactional website, according to multi-channel consultancy Zendor. It described the fashion and footwear sector as one of the slowest to embrace online retailing. In its research, which tracked 130 of the UK's top retailers, Zendor found that the number of fashion and footwear stores that had launched transactional websites had increased from 23% in 2003 to 39% in ...
  • French Connection to open HoF concessions

    24 March 2007

    Young fashion brand French Connection is planning to launch concessions in House of Fraser, as the department store business expands its concession model and reduces its own buy offer. French Connection is already stocked in 61 HoF stores around the UK.
  • Internaaionale poised to take on rivals with new storefit and logo

    24 March 2007

    Internaaionale is to unveil a trial storefit and redesigned shopfront next week, with a view to rolling it out across the entire 75-store chain.
  • Interviews require patience of Job

    24 March 2007

    Recruiting new employees has become a painful and disappointing experience for Martin Jones
  • J Lindeberg ditches womenswear

    24 March 2007

    Swedish clothing brand J Lindeberg is to scrap its womenswear offer to sharpen its focus on the core menswear business.
  • John Lewis tests new womenswear storefit

    24 March 2007

    John Lewis's trial of a new menswear store concept is to be replicated for womenswear. The format, which launched in the menswear area of its store in Southampton last October, will feature brand logos, lifestyle shots and new fixtures.
  • Joules Clothing's sales rocket by 180%

    24 March 2007

    Sales at multi-channel retailer Joules Clothing have soared 180% to £1.6 million for the year to January, compared with the previous year. The team will relocate to a new office in Market Harborough in Leicestershire by the end of the year.
  • Legal notices

    24 March 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Less is more as Liberty eyes profit

    24 March 2007

    Liberty is expected to move into profit by the end of the year, after clothing and accessories sales helped to push the store's sales up 6.4% to £33.6 million for the year to December 31. The sales boost came despite a 20% drop in selling space. Chairman Richard Balfour-Lynn told Drapers that cutting space by 20% had created a more cohesive environment at the store on London's Great Marlborough Street. He added that a more design-conscious customer and contemporary product had led to ...
  • Lonsdale to sponsor ITV's The Contender

    24 March 2007

    Lonsdale has signed up to become the official clothing provider to the UK team for the new ITV series of boxing show The Contender. The Contender UK versus USA show will take place at the Metroradio Arena in Newcastle on March 30.
  • Madonna's new collection is in vogue at H&M

    24 March 2007

    Pop star Madonna launched her M by Madonna line for H&M on Thursday. The collection is her second for the high street chain and has launched across 26 countries. It includes pencil skirts, empire-line dresses in monochrome prints, tailored jackets, city shorts, a beige belted trench coat, cropped leather jackets and a white sequined mini dress. Prices range from £8 to about £150.
  • Managing director recruited at New Balance

    24 March 2007

    Sports footwear brand New Balance has appointed Jonathan Ram as managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He takes over from Alistair Cameron, who left the company earlier this month. Ram was previously international business manager at New Balance.
  • Mark Kimber to unveil own brand

    24 March 2007

    Southern independent footwear chain Mark Kimber Shoes is set to unveil its first own-label men's range, as it looks to open more stores.
  • Mothercare eyes Daisy & Tom takeover

    24 March 2007

    Mothercare is in talks to buy Chelsea Stores, which owns the Early Learning Centre and kids' clothing and bookshop retailer Daisy & Tom, for £85 million. Chelsea Stores is owned by a consortium including Waterstone's bookshop founder Tim Waterstone. Mothercare will reveal further plans next month.
  • National treasures

    24 March 2007

    Independent retailers from across the UK and Republic of Ireland reveal their best-selling items to provide a snapshot of current sales trends
  • New horizons

    24 March 2007

    Texture and fabric drive autumn's looks, with shiny organza, leather, quilting and velvet leading the way
  • O Lingerie contact number clarification

    24 March 2007

    The contact number for O Lingerie is 020 8879 0810, not as reported in Drapers (February 10).
  • Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

    24 March 2007

    Gold rush
  • Online store set for overhaul at Harrods

    24 March 2007

    Harrods' transactional website will get a makeover in July. The store aims to grow its online business after claiming that its bricks and mortar operation has reached its potential in terms of sales. Shoppers will be able to search www.harrods.com by price, product, brand and merchandise categories.
  • Oxfam's designer travel wallets hit the web

    24 March 2007

    Designers including Katharine Hamnett, Maharishi and Gharani Strok have created travel wallets for Oxfam's I'm In campaign. The wallets, used to store London Underground's Oyster card, will be given free to those who sign up for the campaign, or can be bought for £4.99 at www.oxfam.co.uk/wallets.
  • Paul Smith to span the Globe at Terminal 5

    24 March 2007

    UK designer Paul Smith will launch a new concept, called Globe, at Heathrow's Terminal 5, which opens in March next year. The store will sell rare books, photos and furniture as well as clothing. Paul Smith also has a store at Heathrow Terminal 3.
  • Plus sizes to increase at MK One

    24 March 2007

    MK One is expanding its plus-size range Chapter in all stores as it aims to challenge New Look and Peacocks in the sector. It follows the trial of a shopfit last October that gives more space to the collection. The concept, which was trialled in stores in Workington in Cumbria, Newport in south Wales, Maidstone in Kent, Worcester, Preston in Lancashire and Kirkcaldy in Scotland, divided the womenswear offer into three different areas - the mainline, teen range Sophie, and Chapter, which ...
  • Protests could target M&S after supplier is criticised in Morocco

    24 March 2007

    Marks & Spencer could face store protests later this month after accusations of poor working practices at one of its major suppliers.
  • Research shows well-established CMT sector

    24 March 2007

    Research into the cut, make and trim (CMT) sector by fashion skills council Skillfast-UK has contradicted the traditional image that a CMT business is a backstreet operator. Most CMT companies that took part in the study were found to be well established, having traded for 10 years or more, with two in five establishments now more than 20 years old.
  • Sergio Rossi signs up for Sloane Street

    24 March 2007

    Italian luxury footwear and handbag retailer Sergio Rossi has signed its first UK shop, in Sloane Street in London. The retailer, part of the Gucci Group, will open the 1,000 sq ft shop in spring 2008. Letting agent Harper Dennis Hobbs acted on behalf of Sergio Rossi.
  • Shoe Studio settles Jimmy Choo dispute

    24 March 2007

    Jimmy Choo has rapped Mosaic-owned Shoe Studio Group on the knuckles for a second time in two years for selling copies of its footwear designs.
  • Shoppers snap up Anya Hindmarch eco bag

    24 March 2007

    Eco-friendly designer shopping bags created by Anya Hindmarch, in collaboration with environmental campaign group We Are What We Do, sold out within two hours of Anya Hindmarch's London Knightsbridge store opening last Wednesday. More than 500 shoppers queued up from 6am to buy the £5 canvas bag, featuring the slogan I'm Not A Plastic Bag. Sainsbury's will stock the bag from April 25.
  • Ted Baker ready to rethink its wholesale distribution

    24 March 2007

    Ted Baker is reviewing its wholesale distribution strategy to protect the brand and capitalise on increasing customer demand for smarter styles.
  • Textile Forum going strong after 10 seasons

    24 March 2007

    The Textile Forum celebrated its 10th season last week with its latest event at The Music Room in central London. Organisers reported brisk trade and a good cross-section of fabric buyers, and the prize for the best-dressed stand was awarded to James Chatburn of Acorn Fabrics. The next show takes place on October 10-11.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    24 March 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The Who brings clothing to a new generation

    24 March 2007

    Iconic rock group The Who is lending its name and image to a 1960s-inspired clothing line from Lambretta. The range, now on sale for autumn, comprises a 16-piece tribute collection as well as a 19-piece iconic range that copies key styles worn by the band. Among these will be a £175 replica of the US army fishtail parka worn on the cover of the band's 1973 album Quadrophenia, and a copy of Pete Townshend's Union Flag blazer, to retail at £300. The tribute collection will sell for between ...
  • Tickets on sale for Drapers Footwear Awards

    24 March 2007

    The UK's finest footwear brands and retailers will be celebrating at the Drapers Footwear Awards 2007 on Wednesday May 16. The London Hilton on Park Lane is the venue for the dazzling black-tie event, which will honour the best of the UK footwear industry. Snap up a table by visiting www.drapersfootwearawards.co.uk or call 020 7505 8719.
  • Todd & Duncan to sponsor student award

    24 March 2007

    Cashmere yarn spinner Todd & Duncan is to sponsor an award for excellence in fashion and textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. The £7,000 prize is open to all final year students and will be judged on individuality and creativity, with a particular emphasis on the use of colour.
  • TV style gurus in Littlewoods link

    24 March 2007

    Littlewoods.com has launched an interactive style advisory service in conjunction with TV style gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine. Users can create an online mannequin that mirrors their own body shape, while an automated online style adviser offers fashion and dressing tips tailored to their size.
  • UK basket drops kids' wellies and men's boots

    24 March 2007

    Children's wellington boots and men's leather boots have been removed from the 2007 'basket of goods' - the 650-item cross-sector shopping list produced by the Office for National Statistics and used by the government to measure inflation. No new clothing or footwear items were added to the basket, which is intended to reflect an average UK shopping list.
  • Verdict report identifies retail growth sectors

    24 March 2007

    Research consultancy Verdict has published a clothing and footwear report to help retailers identify fast-growing sectors, explain key market issues and reveal clothing spend. To buy the UK Retail Futures 2011: Clothing & Footwear report, email drapers@datamonitor.com.
  • Adili adds new ethical ranges for spring

    17 March 2007

    Online ethical retailer Adili will expand its brand offering into menswear, footwear and jewellery for spring 07. New labels added to its line-up include footwear brands Terra Plana and Worn Again and jewellery brand Fifi Bijoux. Adili has expanded its lines from 279 to 450 for spring.
  • Anna Scholz is a plus for Neiman Marcus in US

    17 March 2007

    Upscale US department store chain Neiman Marcus is to sell a capsule collection of clothing from UK-based plus-size designer Anna Scholz next month. The pieces, which include nightwear and daywear, will be available in sizes 10 to 24. In addition to her store-based stockists, Scholz also sells online in the UK through catalogue and internet fashion retailer Simply Be.
  • Buyers call for GDS rethink

    17 March 2007

    German footwear show GDS is in urgent need of a shake-up as its importance wanes, according to buyers.
  • CAT on the prowl to grow its customer base

    17 March 2007

    CAT footwear has relaunched its women's range for autumn 07 and is sponsoring a series of music gigs to boost its profile. The women's collection includes 20 styles, priced from £38 to £63, designed by former Lacoste design boss Vicky Carr. The brand aims to use the gigs, called Built for the City, to raise its profile and establish new routes to media.
  • Consultant joins board at Pro-Fit fabric firm

    17 March 2007

    Garment technology firm Pro-Fit of Bradford, West Yorkshire, has appointed brand consultant Tony Bottomley from fashion agency Mixed Company as non-executive director. He will advise the board on branding and marketing and help to select international joint venture partners.
  • Curtain up for first Stage footwear store

    17 March 2007

    Stage, a multi-brand footwear store selling labels including JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Betsey Johnson and Vince Camuto, will open on April 23 at the Bishopsgate development in central London. The shop will take the place of the Episode outlet store, which has now closed.
  • Daniel Christian refreshes its tailoring range

    17 March 2007

    Manchester menswear label Daniel Christian is relaunching its tailoring range in a bid to appeal to a new sector of retailers and shed its casualwear image. It follows the appointment of Kira Bowman as designer, who was previously a menswear designer for La Redoute. Twelve new suit lines will be added to the offer, which previously comprised six styles. Prices will range from £49 to £69.
  • Department stores told to fight back

    17 March 2007

    Department stores must move their offer upmarket to avoid supermarkets and discounters further encroaching on their sales, research firm Mintel has warned.
  • Diesel's head of retail moves to Habitat

    17 March 2007

    Denim brand Diesel's UK head of retail Ruth Dangerfield will leave the company in May to head Habitat's UK business. Diesel said it had not yet found a replacement.
  • Drapers calls all new independent retailers

    17 March 2007

    Drapers is putting together a round-up feature of new independent retailers. If your store has opened over the past year, Drapers would like to hear from you. Call 020 7812 3777 or email charlotte.marrion@emap.com.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Blacks' tough stance pleases the City

    17 March 2007

    The City responded well to Blacks Leisure Group's tougher stance, after it wrote to suppliers last week demanding tough new terms including an extra 30 days' credit and a 5% discount. Shares rose 9.75p to 304p.
  • Fareham attracts Desire by Debenhams

    17 March 2007

    Desire by Debenhams has taken one of four new units being developed at Fareham Shopping Centre in Hampshire. The 20,000 sq ft store will be Desire by Debenhams' eighth and is due to open in spring 2008.
  • Footwear and Leathergoods show cancelled

    17 March 2007

    ITE Footwear has scrapped the second edition of its London Footwear and Leathergoods show after failing to attract enough exhibitors. The event was due to take place on March 25-27 at London Olympia.
  • Gant appoints new UK marketing manager

    17 March 2007

    Swedish lifestyle brand Gant has signed Jayne Bristow as marketing manager for Gant UK. She was formerly marketing and promotions manager at House of Fraser and will report directly to managing director Tracy Stone.
  • Gola uses its DNA for ads

    17 March 2007

    Sportswear brand Gola Classics has unveiled its new ad campaign with the tagline The Pattern of Life. The press campaign, which will run during March, April, September and October to coincide with the label's 2007 delivery dates, takes its inspiration from a DNA double helix. It depicts a DNA strand made up of pairs of brightly coloured Gola trainers. It will feature across selected music and style magazines such as the NME and Vice, on viral marketing and exhibition stands, as well ...
  • Gul wings it into Truro with fifth store

    17 March 2007

    Boardsports brand Gul will open a fifth shop, in Truro, Cornwall, on March 23. The store will sell surf-inspired fashion as well as technical clothing such as wetsuits. Gul has stores in Newquay, St Ives and Falmouth in Cornwall, and Portsmouth.
  • H&M makes East Asian debut in Hong Kong

    17 March 2007

    H&M opened its first store in East Asia last week at Queen's Road, Hong Kong. Across four floors, the 38,000 sq ft shop sells women's, men's and kids' lines. In April H&M will open two shops in Shanghai and three in Hong Kong in the autumn.
  • Hoss Intropia makes its UK debut in London

    17 March 2007

    Spanish womenswear chain Hoss Intropia officially opened its first UK store this week, on London's Regent Street, with model Lily Cole on hand to promote it. The retailer plans to open four to six UK shops, potentially including a second London site. It has 15 stores in Spain and one in Portugal.
  • Job losses looming at fashion group Elle

    17 March 2007

    Up to 220 staff face redundancy at Elle after it went into administration last week. The 40-store chain, owned by L Wear, has closed all but five of its shops - York, Ashford in Kent, Bridgend in south Wales, Colne in Lancashire and Cheshire Oaks in Cheshire remain open. Elle's 20 House of Fraser concessions have also closed.
  • John Lewis to roll out men's refit and women's own label

    17 March 2007

    John Lewis plans to launch a new own label for women's footwear and roll out the blueprint for its menswear section, as it assesses the balance of its branded and own-brand offer.
  • Kate gets in Vogue for her Topshop launch

    17 March 2007

    Supermodel Kate Moss provided a sneak preview of her much anticipated debut collection for Topshop this week, ahead of its May 1 launch. Moss graces the cover of Vogue's April issue, wearing a £60 dress from her range. It is one of about 80 items that will be priced from £10 for a vest up to about £200 for a leather jacket. The collection will be rolled out to 300 UK stores and 30 Topshop franchises worldwide.
  • Landmark chief hungry for 'pricey' New Look

    17 March 2007

    The boss of Dubai-based retailer Landmark Group Mahesh Jagtiani is eyeing young fashion chain New Look, but says the £2 billion price tag is too high.
  • Legal notices

    17 March 2007

    WINDING-UP ORDERS
  • M and M Direct mulls AIM float

    17 March 2007

    Discount leisurewear and sports retailer M and M Direct is considering an AIM float as an exit for its private equity backer ECI Partners.
  • Multi-brand Puma store pounces into Tokyo

    17 March 2007

    Puma is to open its second multi-brand store, in Tokyo, on March 30. The shop will stock autumn 07 collections from Puma's designer collaborations, including 96 Hours and Alexander McQueen Puma. The concept, called Puma Black Store, has another shop in New York.
  • New categories at revamped Mikey

    17 March 2007

    Contemporary fashion jeweller Mikey will roll out a new store concept next month and expand its product categories, as it embarks on a brand overhaul after being bought out of administration last year.
  • Off the Record

    17 March 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Pantone overhauls its colour swatch cards

    17 March 2007

    Colour standardisation company Pantone has revamped its swatch cards as part of a plan to streamline colour development in design. The cards, which cover 1,925 colours in the fashion and home colour system, now provide a loop of swatch material rather than a glued-down square. Following a tie-up with Swiss chemical business Clariant, Pantone now offers colour support at matchpantonecoloursbyclariant.com.
  • Pretty Ballerinas shop tiptoes into London

    17 March 2007

    Footwear brand Pretty Ballerinas has opened its first standalone store on Brook Street in London. Following a soft launch on February 1, it opened its doors officially this month. Initially selling 89 styles, five new styles will be added each week. Pretty Ballerinas debuted in March 2005 as an online business amid growing popularity for pump-style footwear. The label is owned by Spanish footwear house Jaime Mascaro, which also owns Ursula Mascaro, Calzados Ferreries and Bini Bini.
  • Retailers set to cash in on Mother's Day gifts

    17 March 2007

    Doting children will spend £80 million on fashion for Mothering Sunday presents this year, according to the British Retail Consortium. The association forecasts that almost 3.5 million mothers will receive clothing as a gift. BRC director general Kevin Hawkins said the day was an increasingly important trading event for retailers and predicted that this year's event would drum up a total of £1.5 billion in sales, up 6% on last year.
  • Rising sales fuel Esprit's UK growth

    17 March 2007

    Esprit is to open 19 UK stores by July next year, after reporting that sales in the UK had started to recover at last.
  • Savile Row apprentice wins tailoring gong

    17 March 2007

    Roxanne Jones, an apprentice at Savile Row tailor Dege & Skinner, has scooped this year's Golden Shears tailoring award, sponsored by the Merchant Taylors' Company and judged by Ozwald Boateng. Her winning outfit was shown at a catwalk event at the Merchant Taylors' Hall in London on March 12.
  • Slacks & Co to offer trousers in half sizes

    17 March 2007

    New UK women's tailoring brand Slacks & Co is to focus on fit for its autumn 07 trouser designs by offering in-between sizes. The collection, which will be inspired by style icons of the 1950s through to the 1970s, will be available in sizes seven, eight and nine through to 15, with a view to replicating the waist sizing used for jeans.
  • St Patrick's Day to hit Irish trading

    17 March 2007

    Retailers in Dublin have been forced to change their opening hours this weekend, as St Patrick's Day celebrations mean limited trading on the key shopping day before Mothering Sunday.
  • Stella McCartney stirs things up down under

    17 March 2007

    Stella McCartney caused a storm in Australia on Monday with the launch of a value clothing range for Aussie retailer Target. Overcrowding in stores mirrored the chaos surrounding the launch of the designer's range for H&M in Europe last year.
  • Student designs Jaeger window displays

    17 March 2007

    Jaeger has collaborated with London College of Fashion student Hayley Bannister on a new window display to be unveiled on March 29 across all three of the retailer's London stores. All of the college's BA Fashion Illustration second-year students were briefed on the brand's spring 07 ranges and asked to submit illustrations that epitomised Jaeger's designs. Two of Bannister's illustrations will act as backdrops to the main windows of the retailer's Regent Street, Brompton Road and King's ...
  • Sun brings out shoppers as early Easter prompts Sales

    17 March 2007

    The sunshine has lured shoppers into stores this week as high street multiples are forced to go on Sale to clear stock before this year's early Easter.
  • Tesco unveils Hamnett eco range

    17 March 2007

    Tesco is to create shop-in-shops for its new designer collaboration with Katharine Hamnett, a fair trade and organic clothing line that debuted in stores this week.
  • The designer from down under

    17 March 2007

    After a two-season break from showing on the Paris catwalks, Australian-based New Zealand designer Collette Dinnigan returned for autumn 07. Her feminine dresses have been worn by actresses Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth. Since her debut collection in 1990, she has won a number of accolades, including the 1997 Louis Vuitton Business Award, and was honoured with her own stamp by Australia Post in 2005. A kids' range hit stores last year and there are plans for a lingerie ...
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    17 March 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The fur flies as Tommy Hilfiger calls time

    17 March 2007

    Tommy Hilfiger has joined Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Kenneth Cole in banning fur from its ranges, following talks with animal rights group PETA. The label said it would not develop any more products containing fur, and any fur garments in production will be phased out by spring 08.
  • Tickets on sale for Drapers Footwear Awards

    17 March 2007

    The UK's finest footwear brands and retailers will be celebrating at the Drapers Footwear Awards 2007 on Wednesday May 16. The London Hilton on Park Lane is the venue for the dazzling black-tie event, which will honour the best of the UK footwear industry. Snap up a table by visiting www.drapersfootwearawards.co.uk or call 020 7505 8719.
  • TJ Hughes signs famous families for ad push[QQ]

    17 March 2007

    Value retailer TJ Hughes will unveil its largest advertising campaign next week, featuring stars' family members. Carol Vorderman's mum, Jonathan Ross's mum, Robbie Williams' dad and Wayne Rooney's brother (pictured from left) all feature in the campaign, which will be rolled out on TV, online, in print and on outdoor posters. According to the retailer, the ads aim to show consumers that by using stars' family members, TJ Hughes is not passing on the costs of celebrity endorsement to ...
  • Top of the class

    17 March 2007

    A quick rifle through Top Drawer turns up some stylish accessories
  • Uniqlo kicks off UK expansion

    17 March 2007

    Japanese retailer Uniqlo is back on the growth trail in the UK, with plans to open 30 stores by 2010. It also aims to unveil the first of a new larger-format concept in London in October. The 14,500 sq ft store - the UK's largest Uniqlo shop - will open on October 19 on Oxford Street. Two more stores of 10,000 sq ft will open in May on Kensington High Street and in Reading, featuring parts of the Oxford Street design. Uniqlo debuted in the UK in 2001. It has eight UK shops.
  • Full Circle to unveil complete footwear line

    17 March 2007

    Following a soft launch in spring 07, young fashion brand Full Circle is introducing a full footwear offer for autumn 07. Targeting 100 premium menswear and womenswear retailers, including existing stockists and footwear multiples Sole Trader and Schuh, the range will include 18 men’s styles priced from £25 to £42 and 18 women’s designs priced from £23 to £57. Key pieces include equestrian-inspired boots with a military influence.
  • Asda vows to help indies recycle

    10 March 2007

    Asda chief executive Andy Bond has offered independent retailers the use of the supermarket giant's recycling facilities.
  • Bench and Hooch change hands

    10 March 2007

    Americana International, owner of the Bench and Hooch brands, has been acquired by private equity company HgCapital for £190 million, kickstarting the fashion house's international growth plans.
  • Buyer numbers up at London Fashion Week

    10 March 2007

    UK buyers visiting The Exhibition at London Fashion Week increased by 20% compared with September last year, with orders estimated to be in the region of £40 million. There were 49 designers on the catwalk, and 200 designers in the exhibition.
  • Conference will help retailers build multi-channel models

    10 March 2007

    Businesses can learn how to shape their multi-channel retail models for the future at the Drapers and Retail Week Multi-Channel Retail Forum 2007 at the Congress Centre, London, on Thursday March 29. Speakers from Mothercare, Sainsbury's and John Lewis Direct will be among those appearing atthe event. For more information or to book a place visit www.multichannel-retail.co.uk or call 0845 056 5899.
  • Deadline extended for UKFE Awards entries

    10 March 2007

    The entry deadline for the UK Fashion Export Awards has been extended to March 30, with judging to take place on April 23. For more information visit www.ukfashionexports.com.
  • Debbie Rix, UK General Manager, DB Apparel - It was written in the bras

    10 March 2007

    Debbie Rix's lingerie career began at DB Apparel-owned Playtex in the early 1990s. She oversaw Wonderbra's 'Hello Boys' ad campaign, then had five years off to have a family before moving into consultancy. She later moved to the US to work for basics brand Hanes before successfully launching half-sized bras for Playtex in the US. Now back in the UK, Rix hopes to repeat this success in Europe.
  • Debutants to show at Textile Forum

    10 March 2007

    Printed fabrics business Ascher and Austrian embroidery specialists HOH will exhibit for the first time at the Textile Forum, which takes place on March 14-15 at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, London.
  • Denim launch for Beckham label

    10 March 2007

    Victoria Beckham has developed the first denim range for her dVb brand to launch in the summer, coinciding with the end of her deal with denim label Rock & Republic.
  • Drapers Footwear Awards shortlist

    10 March 2007

    Initial judging for The Drapers Footwear Awards, in association with Gore-Tex, has taken place and for the shortlisted businesses below, the competition now really takes off.
  • Drapers Share monitor - Bid deadline for Sainsbury's suitors

    10 March 2007

    After Marks & Spencer chief executive Stuart Rose backtracked over suggestions that he was interested in a bid for supermarket giant Sainsbury's, other potential suitors were given an ultimatum by The Takeover Panel this week. Private equity firms including CVC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and The Blackstone Group now have until April 13 to make a move. Sainsbury's shares rose 21.5p to 539p and M&S's fell 11.5p to 664p.
  • Gap to refocus as international sales decline

    10 March 2007

    US fashion retailer Gap's plans to refocus its product away from a younger customer are likely to filter into its UK strategy. A spokeswoman for Gap in the UK said that its 18- to 35-year-old customer range was too broad and that the UK-based European team was working on how it could create a better defined offer with a more focused target market. Gap Inc reported a 6% drop in international sales for the 14 weeks to February 3.
  • Golddigga chief makes shock exit

    10 March 2007

    Golddigga chief executive Daniel Morris has made a surprise exit from the business after less than a year at the helm, following several redundancies at the brand.
  • Harrods boss to help Burberry workers

    10 March 2007

    Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed met with the GMB union and Burberry workers this week to discuss a new textile venture in the Rhondda Valley, south Wales, ahead of the closure of Burberry's factory this month. It is hoped that Al Fayed's intervention could save up to 100 of the 300 jobs under threat.
  • Hot Tuna hooks £2.5m through equity deal

    10 March 2007

    Surfwear label Hot Tuna will receive an extra £2.5 million equity funding to enable expansion after signing a deal with Cornell Capital Partners private equity fund. The brand was floated on the stock exchange in September 2005 and has secured accounts for its first full season this spring since its 2006 relaunch, with retailers such as East Anglia-based eight-store surfwear chain Fluid and Midlands-based Two Seasons, which has seven shops. Model and entrepreneur Elle Macpherson was ...
  • Hudson teams up with Arsenal Football Club

    10 March 2007

    Men's footwear brand Hudson has become the official footwear supplier to Arsenal Football Club. The label has more than 300 stockists including Kurt Geiger, Office and Schuh - a figure that has increased by 30% over the past year. Hudson is hoping the deal could lead to an Arsenal player becoming the face of the brand.
  • Indie band singer to front spring ads at Marks & Spencer

    10 March 2007

    Marks & Spencer has signed Dan Gillespie, the front man of UK indie band The Feeling, as the latest face in its menswear ad campaign. He joins rock star Bryan Ferry for the spring 07 ads, which appeared in stores this week and will run in national newspapers and men's magazines, as well as on outdoor advertising pitches, during March. The campaign has been photographed by singer Bryan Adams, who appeared in M&S's autumn 06 ad campaign.
  • Jane Norman rolls out new store design with a 'clubby atmosphere'

    10 March 2007

    Young fashion retailer Jane Norman will roll out a new design concept this year, as it seeks to vamp up the chain's image.
  • John Lewis appoints H&M leasing manager to drive store openings

    10 March 2007

    John Lewis has appointed H&M's leasing manager Holly Ledson to help drive store openings. Ledson joins as acquisitions and development manager on April 2. The department store group plans to open up to 20 new stores in a bid to double turnover by 2017. The retailer was expected to announce profits of more than £300 million as Drapers went to press.
  • John Lewis loses top spot as UK's favourite

    10 March 2007

    Department store group John Lewis has been voted the UK's second favourite retailer behind supermarket chain Waitrose - which is also owned by the John Lewis Partnership - in a poll of 6,000 shoppers conducted by Verdict Research. TKMaxx, H&M, Primark and JD Sports came in fifth,sixth, ninth and 10th positions, respectively.
  • Kipling opens second UK store in London

    10 March 2007

    Accessories brand Kipling is to open its second UK store in Brompton Road, west London. The 620sq ft shop will open in April, and follows the label's UK retail debut in London's Regent Street last year. Kipling is sold in 48 countries around the world. Letting agent Harper Dennis Hobbs said the brand was looking for similar sites for further UK openings this year.
  • Kylie teams up with H&M to help Water Aid

    10 March 2007

    Pop star Kylie Minogue is the face and inspiration of a beachwear line from H&M this spring. The limited edition range, called H&M Loves Kylie, includes 15 styles with an Australian theme. The collection has a chic bohemian feel, with a mix of sporty and glamorous looks in metallic fabrics. It goes into H&M stores in mid-May, with 10% of sales going to charity Water Aid. Prices range from £4.99 to £19.99.
  • Lack of response to EU anti-dumping report

    10 March 2007

    The public consultation into anti-dumping duties on footwear imported from the Far East risks failing to represent the views of the footwear sector due to a lack of response, according to trade sources.
  • Le Mystere's boob job bra sizes up UK market for summer debut

    10 March 2007

    US lingerie label Le Mystere has become the sole global licensee for a patented bra for women who have undergone breast enlargement. The collection, known as Le Mystere No 9, features five bra styles with deeper cups, with longer, more relaxed underwires and wider centre connectors. The range is priced between £26 to £28. Le Mystere has been selling in the UK for one season, where it is represented by Robert Webb agencies.
  • Legal notices

    10 March 2007

    WINDING-UP ORDERS
  • Lifestyle brand Calmia goes into liquidation

    10 March 2007

    Yoga lifestyle label Calmia has gone into liquidation. The business has closed its Selfridges concession and its store in Marylebone, west London.
  • Madrid signals Thomas Burberry store roll-out

    10 March 2007

    Thomas Burberry has opened its first mono-brand store, in Madrid. The 1,700sq ft, single-floor store showcases the full womenswear, menswear and accessories collections. Owned by Burberry, the label targets young urban customers and is overseen by Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey. It wholesales to 40 UK independents and department stores including Selfridges, Urban Outfitters and Williams & Griffin. Madrid is the first of a planned store roll-out programme.
  • Mexx footwear contact details clarification[QQ]

    10 March 2007

    The telephone number for Mexx footwear's UK agent Stephen Joseph Agencies is 020 8447 3956, not as stated in Drapers' Autumn 07 Footwear & Accessories Look Book
  • Minimum wage to increase by 6% this year

    10 March 2007

    The government will increase the minimum wage by 3% from £5.35 to £5.52 in October, compared with last year's 6% rise. The increase has been welcomed by the British Retail Consortium, which has campaigned for non-inflationary busting rises.
  • Monsoon prepares to reveal senior positions

    10 March 2007

    Womenswear chain Hobbs will open stores in Dubai and Qatar this year, with its Middle East franchise partner Jawad. Their first joint opening was in Bahrain last month.
  • Morgan cuts key prices and boosts its offer

    10 March 2007

    French young fashion label Morgan is cutting entry price points and expanding its range for spring.
  • Multi-channel clothing retailers win awards

    10 March 2007

    John Lewis's online and catalogue operation John Lewis Direct won the womenswear and accessories award in the consumer category at the annual Ecmod multi-channel retailing awards last month. Peter Christian won the award for menswear and accessories in the same category.
  • Neckwear supplier Farrells goes online

    10 March 2007

    North Yorkshire-based neckwear supplier Farrells is launching its first website this month in order to promote the upmarket appeal of its Knightsbridge and Sorrento brands. Owner Darren Farrell said thesite, which will not be transactional, would be designed to reflect the brands' high-end values.
  • New Balance European boss leaves brand

    10 March 2007

    Footwear brand New Balance's European managing director Alistair Cameron has left the business after seven years at the brand. He headed up the US brand's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, which has seen sales increase by 60% over the past three years. Cameron said that he wanted to pursue other opportunities but had no other definite role yet.
  • New independent retailers in the spotlight

    10 March 2007

    Drapers is putting together a round-up feature of new independent retailers. If your store has opened its doors over the past year, Drapers would like to hear from you. Call 020 7812 3777 or email charlotte.marrion@emap.com.
  • New organic label for ex-Criminal manager

    10 March 2007

    Babou Olengha, former Criminal marketing and communications manager, is launching an organic-certified label pitched at top-end consumers called Butcher Couture. The 10-piece autumn 07 range will include menswear and womenswear. It will sit alongside brands such as Alexander McQueen and Belstaff. Leather jackets will retail at about £1,000.
  • Nottingham graduate takes India design prize

    10 March 2007

    Priya Patil, a freelance stylist and fashion graduate of Nottingham Trent University, has won the India's Creative Future 2007 award with her collection of scarves and wraps. Established by the British Council in partnership with the Commonwealth Business Council, India's Creative Future nurtures the skills of young Indian creative entrepreneurs.
  • Off the Record - Rumours, gossip, parties

    10 March 2007

    Grease is the word at lingerie show
  • Paris catwalks close with a touch of understated style

    10 March 2007

    Quirky Italian label Miu Miu closed Paris Fashion Week with a collection of stiff and starched-looking boxy jackets and A-line skirts with inverted box pleats. The tan flannel and organza, scarlet and orange leather, and black db tailoring were in keeping with the new sober and severe mood coming through for autumn 07. See next week's issue for a full report from the Paris catwalks.
  • Premiere Vision sells stakes in Paris show

    10 March 2007

    Premiere Vision has sold stakes in its Paris textile show worth 24.5% each to two companies. The first is GL Events, which already works with Premiere Vision on its Shanghai and Moscow editions; the second is Eurovet, which organises French textile shows Tissu Premier and Interfiliere. A spokesman for Premiere Vision said the new ownership would not affect the running of the show, but an announcement would follow about the organisation's plans.
  • QS beefs up team amid expansion

    10 March 2007

    Value retailer QS has appointed a new senior management team, which includes former Moss Bros trading director David Pidgeon, to drive its ambitious growth plans.
  • Strong line-up of exhibitors at Off-Price show

    10 March 2007

    Organisers of the Off-Price show, which takes place on March 18-19 at London Olympia, reported a rise in new and returning exhibitors for its spring show, including urbanwear retailer Cult Clothing, Bench, Carhartt, Addict and Boxfresh. Registrations can be made at www.offpriceshow.co.uk.
  • The Drapers fashion fix poll

    10 March 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • The Heart is in the right place for Crew Clothing and H&M

    10 March 2007

    Crew Clothing and H&M have signed stores at The Heart shopping centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. H&M will open a 7,481sq ft shop in the spring, with Crew Clothing opening a unit of 2,088sq ft in the summer. The retailers join the likes of LK Bennett, Coast, Hobbs, Next and New Look at the 220,500sq ft scheme.
  • Trading continues after Owen Owen collapse

    10 March 2007

    Concessionaires in department store Lewis's in Liverpool claim to have lost two months of takings but are staying with the store, whose parent company Owen Owen went into administration last week.
  • White Stuff expands senior management

    10 March 2007

    Urban and outdoor specialist White Stuff has appointed Richard Steele as finance director and Aviva Bard as merchandise director. Steele joins from Principles where he was finance director and replaces Greg Edwards. Bard moves into the new role from Moss Bros where she was merchandise director. White Stuff will also open in Reigate in Surrey, Spitalfields and East Dulwich in London and Truro in Cornwall in the next two months.
  • Abercrombie & Fitch on the expansion trail

    3 March 2007

    Abercrombie & Fitch is on the look-out for stores in Europe and Japan for its eponymous chain and its Hollister young fashion business. Chief executive Mike Jeffries said last week that the retailer was 'aggressively pursuing' real estate for the expansion. Its London store, which opens later this month, is expected to have similar sales densities to the US flagship on New York's Fifth Avenue.
  • Accessories licensing deal at Aquascutum

    3 March 2007

    Aquascutum has signed a licensing deal with accessories manufacturer Novaseta to produce ties and scarves for its menswear and womenswear collections. Novaseta owner Antichi Pellettieri will make footwear and bags for Aquascutum.
  • Budgets up at Harrogate lingerie show

    3 March 2007

    Independent lingerie buyers were in high spirits at Harrogate Lingerie and Swimwear Exhibition in North Yorkshire this week, investing higher autumn 07 budgets in larger-size bras and a new style of briefs.
  • Calling all new independent retailers

    3 March 2007

    Drapers is putting together a feature on new independent retailers. If your store has opened its doors over the past 12 months, Drapers would like to hear from you. Call 020 7812 3777 or email charlotte.marrion@emap.com.
  • CARE International asks retailers to take a hike

    3 March 2007

    Overseas development agency CARE International is calling on the industry to take part in its annual team-building event in Snowdonia in Wales to help raise money to fight poverty across the world.
  • Conference to discuss working conditions

    3 March 2007

    Gap, Next, Topman and Zara will be among the attendees at an ethical conference next week to discuss ways of improving working conditions in the world's clothing factories. Fashion students will also take part in the event, called Creating an Ethical Future for the Fashion Industry. The conference takes place on March 7 at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London SE1.
  • Daisy Lowe fronts Whistles' spring campaign

    3 March 2007

    Whistles has signed model Daisy Lowe as its new face for spring 07. The retailer's spring collection includes tunic dresses and cotton blouses with soft, unstructured silhouettes in floral prints. Tailoring features shrunken cotton blazers, wide-leg trousers and tailored shorts.
  • Dorothy Perkins embroiled in sock row

    3 March 2007

    Dorothy Perkins has been accused of copying slipper sock designs from hosiery maker Drew Brady. The Arcadia-owned chain has been forced to withdraw the product and Drew Brady has issued a writ against the group. Dorothy Perkins confirmed that it was involved in litigation.
  • Drapers Share monitor - Sports Direct shows early promise

    3 March 2007

    Founder Mike Ashley netted £929 million as his Sports Direct empire launched on the stock market with an initial public offering at 300p per share.
  • Dundee to host its second New Look store

    3 March 2007

    New Look is to open a second shop in Dundee at the Overgate shopping centre in the next few weeks. The young fashion retailer is moving into a unit previously occupied by value retailer Primark. The 30,000 sq ft store will have adjacencies with retailers such as Bank and Office at the centre. New Look will also open 40 stores over the next five years in the Middle East, as part of a franchise deal with Landmark International.
  • Eden Park expands into kidswear

    3 March 2007

    French lifestyle brand Eden Park, known for its rugby heritage, has expanded its offer to include kidswear for autumn 07. The range, which will include babywear, girlswear and boyswear, will wholesale to UK independents, priced from £15 to £60.
  • Former D2 and Qube director joins Dolcis as finance boss

    3 March 2007

    Dolcis owner John Kinnaird has brought in former D2 and Qube finance director Richard Clark to take up the same position at the footwear chain this week. Kinnaird told Drapers that Dolcis was experiencing modest like-for-like growth, but that he expected to see double-digit growth over the next six months. He is still recruiting for a buying director for the business.
  • Four Marketing to distribute True Religion

    3 March 2007

    Four Marketing has signed a deal to become the UK distributor for US denim brand True Religion. It will distribute the label's ranges from autumn 07. True Religion has expanded its collection for the season by granting licenses for outerwear, accessories and footwear ranges, although they are not yet available in the UK. The brand had been sold in the UK by Area 142 since 2004.
  • Galliano injects some autumn colour with 1940s-style Dior

    3 March 2007

    Designer John Galliano celebrated his 10th year at Dior with a burst of colour at the fashion house's autumn 07 catwalk show in Paris next week. Bursts of acid and apple green, chartreuse, fuchsia and tangerine sat alongside mink, violet, dove grey, charcoal and white. Hips and shoulders were highlighted by bustles, origami folds, ruching and structured tiers as part of a 1940s theme.
  • Gap calls time on its Forth & Towne fascia

    3 March 2007

    Gap Inc is ditching its US womenswear concept Forth & Towne 18 months after its debut. The 19-strong chain was aimed at a more upmarket customer than the Gap fascia, but a spokesman said the concept lacked long-term investment potential. The Forth & Towne shops are expected to close this summer.
  • IC Companys chooses interim UK manager

    3 March 2007

    Danish brand house IC Companys has drafted in its international sales director Henrik La Cour as UK interim country manager, after Frances Card's departure (Drapers, February 17). It was thought that group wholesale manager Sune Bjerregaard would fill the UK management role, but he will now become brand director for IC Companys' Jackpot label.
  • Jaeger London hits foreign shores with spring range

    3 March 2007

    Jaeger is launching its first Jaeger London spring menswear collection, which will also be the first range from the sub-brand to be sold outside the UK. A shop-in-shop will open this spring in the Illum department store in Copenhagen in Denmark, featuring the 1950s- and 1960s-inspired range. Key pieces will include seersucker blazers, striped shirts and stone-washed jackets, alongside cotton chinos, slim-fit jeans and a baseball-style jacket. Jaeger London menswear is sold in 12 UK ...
  • Jimmy Choo chief to buy luxury goods brands

    3 March 2007

    Jimmy Choo chief executive Robert Bensoussan is to create a £500 million mini-conglomerate in the luxury goods sector. Bensoussan is expected to link up with private equity firm Towerbrook to buy luxury retailers. They will be placed in an umbrella company alongside Jimmy Choo, which Towerbrook is in the process of buying for £185 million. Bensoussan will target poorly performing firms in the UK, Europe and the US.
  • Legal notices

    3 March 2007

    WINDING-UP ORDERS
  • Littlewoods edges back towards the black

    3 March 2007

    Littlewoods Shop Direct Group cut its pre-tax losses to £17.3 million for the year to April 2006, compared with a loss of £55.5m the year before, due to lower interest payments and the disposal of its unprofitable high street business. Its delivery and home shopping arms posted losses of £49.6m, against a profit of £87m the year before.
  • Lounging around with Gant for autumn 07

    3 March 2007

    Lifestyle brand Gant is launching a men's loungewear range for the coming season. Pieces include 100% cotton robes and co-ordinating trousers or shorts in classic checks or blue. The collection will be available to all current Gant menswear stockists, with prices from £13 to £30.
  • New Graduate Fashion Week show added

    3 March 2007

    Graduate Fashion Week is to add a second show to its schedule in order to showcase all students' entries.
  • Nicole's dress wins in Oscars replica stakes

    3 March 2007

    UK eveningwear specialist Bernshaw has highlighted five of the most striking dresses from last Sunday's Oscars ceremony as key fashion pieces for its mid-season offer. In response to emerging trends on show at the Oscars, Bernshaw's new designs are influenced by one-shouldered styles worn by Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet, as well as a lipstick-red dress worn by Nicole Kidman (pictured), a platinum liquid-satin design worn by Rachel Weisz and Madonna's slinky black satin dress. 'As ...
  • Oasis camps it up with outdoor collection

    3 March 2007

    Young fashion multiple Oasis is launching an outdoor range called Oasis Gone Camping for spring 07. The collection includes butterfly-print tents, sleeping bags, macs and umbrellas. It will be available in stores and online from April, to coincide with the summer festival season. Retail prices range from £8 to £75.
  • Off the Record

    3 March 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Officers Club expansion on hold

    3 March 2007

    The Officers Club has called a halt to its expansion plans as it attempts to move away from its cut-price image.
  • Peacock Group replaces finance director

    3 March 2007

    The Peacock Group financial controller Mike Killick will take over as group finance director as the firm invests £30 million in store openings and refurbishments.
  • PENELOPE CRUZ IN VERSACE

    3 March 2007

    PENELOPE CRUZ IN VERSACE
  • Plans unveiled for £40m West End facelift

    3 March 2007

    Plans for a £40 million revamp of London's West End have been published for consultation by the New West End Company and Westminster City Council. The council said it would back developers with innovative ideas to improve the east end of Oxford Street. The consultation period will run until May 27.
  • Playtex lacks support for half-size bras

    3 March 2007

    Lingerie brand Playtex has launched a range of half-size bras into the UK market, amid criticism from brands and buyers.
  • Primark shrugs off static like-for-likes

    3 March 2007

    Value fashion chain Primark is pressing on with accelerated opening plans, despite flat like-for-like sales.
  • QS merchandising boss goes in restructure

    3 March 2007

    QS buying and merchandising director Jane Hotz left the business last week as part of a senior management reshuffle. An external replacement for Hotz will be announced on Monday. Chief executive Findlay Caldwell said no redundancies would be made at the value chain.
  • Queens of the red carpet

    3 March 2007

    Seven UK occasionwear specialists rate the gowns from last Sunday's Oscars
  • Quenching a thirst for fashion

    3 March 2007

    Jane Woolf has been at the forefront of young fashion for 30 years but narrowly escaped a career as a cabaret dancer. The buying and product director for Oasis left this month after 16 years at the retailer, and held a similar role at Warehouse for a decade before that. Former Oasis director Maurice Bennett says: 'In my years in the industry, I can honestly say I've never come across her equal.' Woolf, who has two children, has now moved on to consultancy work.
  • Rieker opens second franchise store in UK

    3 March 2007

    Comfort footwear brand Rieker unveiled its second UK franchise store this week. The label, which has 600 UK wholesale footwear accounts, opened the 1,200 sq ft store in Glasgow, and aims to expand its franchise and standalone store count in the UK when appropriate locations arise. Rieker runs its UK business from a 323,000 sq ft warehouse in Northampton, but hopes to relocate to premises at least twice the size.
  • Spaniards take offence at Dolce & Gabbana ad

    3 March 2007

    Dolce & Gabbana has axed a risque advertising campaign in Spain after it was condemned as sexist and violent. The ad, which was described by D&G as an artistic photo, shows a scantily-clad woman being held down by a man while other men watch. The move comes after D&G was forced to pull UK ads featuring blood-stained models holding knives.
  • Suppliers asked to help with Skillfast diploma

    3 March 2007

    Fashion skills council Skillfast UK is asking suppliers to help it develop a specialised diploma in retail, which will combine vocational and academic training for 14- to 19-year-olds. The group is looking for advice on what retail trainees need to know about garment and footwear manufacturing. For details, visit www.skillfast-uk.org/employers.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    3 March 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Valentine's Day boosts Ann Summers' sales

    3 March 2007

    Lingerie brands Ann Summers and Knickerbox reported strong post-Valentine's Day trading figures, with like-for-like sales at Ann Summers stores up by 6% in the three weeks to February 14. Online sales rose by 53% during the same period. Chief executive Jacqueline Gold said that more women had shopped for Valentine's products this year compared with last year. Ann Summers has 134 stores, with Knickerbox concessions in each one.
  • Young fashion entrepreneurs to win funding

    3 March 2007

    Jane Shepherdson and Harold Tillman are to sit on the board of a new initiative by the Centre for Fashion Enterprise called the Fashion Enterprise Forum. Its aim will be to raise several million pounds to fund young fashion entrepreneurs through the early years of their business.
  • Buying roles rejigged at House of Fraser

    3 March 2007

    House of Fraser menswear buying manager Julie Woodhead is understood to be moving to a role in the womenswear buying team as part of a reshuffle at the department store chain. The two remaining menswear buying managers will become heads of buying, with Jackie Hay overseeing formalwear and accessories and Pablo Sueiras taking responsibility for casual brands and kidswear.
  • Matalan's senior team set for rejig

    3 March 2007

    Matalan is on the hunt for a merchandise director as the value chain looks to strengthen its senior team as part of a business review under its new ownership.
  • Rose teases pundits over Sainsbury's

    3 March 2007

    Stuart Rose kept retail pundits guessing this week by refusing to rule out a possible takeover bid for Sainsbury’s.
  • Asos adds its voice to fair trade campaign

    24 February 2007

    Asos.com is gearing up to launch a capsule range of own-label ethical denim and jersey next week to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight.
  • Berman Black clarification

    24 February 2007

    Sara Berman's black-only collection, which focuses on winning pieces from previous collections, is called Berman Black and not as stated in Drapers (February 17).
  • Brit brands' Italian job kicks off Milan Fashion Week

    24 February 2007

    UK brands Burberry Prorsum and Pringle helped Milan Fashion Week to hit its stride this week. At Burberry Prorsum, designer Christopher Bailey ushered in a sporty theme alongside a selection of armour-style embellishments, while Clare Waight Keller mixed knitwear with feminine satin details at Pringle.
  • Buyers out in force for Moda Footwear

    24 February 2007

    Mainstream and comfort footwear suppliers enjoyed an upbeat start to the Moda Footwear show in Birmingham.
  • Chief executive to leave Lee Cooper

    24 February 2007

    Lee Cooper chief executive Ajay Khaitan, who acquired the business from Matalan in 2005, is to step down next week.
  • Clarion Retail plans new jewellery show

    24 February 2007

    Top Drawer organiser Clarion Retail will launch a jewellery show called Collections next year. The show, which will run alongside accessories event Top Drawer at London's Earls Court on January 13-15 2008, will feature a range of designs, from metals to costume jewellery. The show was previewed this year at Top Drawer with a launch party featuring collections from Annika Rutlin and Sarah Jordan.
  • Contessa stores to become La Senza

    24 February 2007

    La Senza is set to convert 65 Contessa stores to its fascia by September, after the lingerie retailer announced plans to open franchise stores in Switzerland, the former Yugoslavia, Sweden and Finland. It has also signed six new locations and is on the hunt for a further six.
  • Day Birger ups the ante with premium range

    24 February 2007

    Day Birger et Mikkelsen unveiled a premium extension to its range, called Daily Couture, at Copenhagen Fashion Week on February 9. The collection, sent down the catwalk with Fellini's movie La Dolce Vita playing in the background, featured masculine, tailored suits with feminine details and hourglass-shaped jackets. Materials including silk, leather and velvet featured in a palette of black, pale grey and dark brown. The brand will limit stockists to 10, including the Day Birger et ...
  • Designer launches accessories website

    24 February 2007

    Former Mulberry designer Judy Bown has launched an accessories website, www.bowndesigns.com. The spring 07 collection, which is aimed at both men and women, comprises handbags, wallets, pocket mirrors and spectacle cases.
  • Designer menswear given online treatment

    24 February 2007

    A new website that claims to be the first online boutique to specialise in designer menswear will launch on March 15. Called Men a La Mode, the site, at www.menalamode.com, will sell Sonia Rykiel, Emanuel Ungaro, Paul & Joe, Vivienne Westwood, Nicole Farhi and sunglasses from Oliver Goldsmith.
  • DoorOne backs LFW's new British designers

    24 February 2007

    Online retailer DoorOne.co.uk will offer young British designers who showcased at London Fashion Week a month's free listing on its website, as part of its bid to support British fashion. The new designers will sit alongside brands including Mulberry, Hugo Boss and Versace.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Rose fuels Sainsbury's bid rumours

    24 February 2007

    Speculation that M&S boss Stuart Rose was in talks with other potential bidders for a joint attack on Sainsbury's last weekend got the City all excited. But by the end of the week neither company's share price had seen much impact. M&S dropped 1p to 687p, while the supermarket giant fell 2.75p to 515.25p.
  • Easy access as Premiere Vision opens

    24 February 2007

    Premiere Vision opened on Wednesday with a new registration system, which cut the usual entrance queues and opened the Paris fabric show to all buyers on the first day. Inside the halls, UK buyers from the Arcadia portfolio, Marks & Spencer, Reiss and Next, as well as from brands including Ted Baker, Ghost, Levi's and Paul Smith, saw lots of shine and sheen on fabrics across the categories. There was also a strong focus on natural and natural-look fabrics.
  • Elizabeth Lau to launch limited edition macs

    24 February 2007

    Designer Elizabeth Lau will launch three limited edition macs manufactured by Mackintosh of Scotland for autumn 07. The designer will show at Paris Fashion Week on March 2-5.
  • Ellesse unveils footwear in Sole Trader shops

    24 February 2007

    Italian sports brand Ellesse has launched a luxury men's footwear range for spring 07. With Velcro and lace fastenings, it will sell in selected Sole Trader shops. Ellesse has also relaunched men's and women's skiwear for autumn 07. Retail prices start at £85 for footwear and £34 for skiwear.
  • Emotion steps up its wide footwear range

    24 February 2007

    Wide-fitting footwear specialist Emotion is launching its largest ever range for autumn 07 after its sales rose 128% year on year. The brand offers women's footwear up to size 10 and has expanded the collection from five to nine styles in response to its recent consumer research. The collection features formal and casual looks including chunky heels, rustic leathers and equestrian styles.
  • Employers call for practical skills

    24 February 2007

    More technical skills and less pure design are what the industry needs, according to a strategy for fashion industry training put forward by sector skills body Skillfast-UK.
  • Ex-Instore chief executive heads to Flint Hyde

    24 February 2007

    Head-hunting business Flint Hyde has appointed former Instore chief executive Angus Monro as non-executive chairman with immediate effect. Monro was also Matalan chief executive from 1996 to 2001.
  • Expensive gift options give lingerie sales a boost

    24 February 2007

    The run-up to Valentine's Day produced mixed results for lingerie brands and retailers, but trading up helped sales.
  • Fat Face owners prepare for takeover bids

    24 February 2007

    Lifestyle retailer Fat Face is thought to be gearing up for a sale. The 120-store business, owned by Advent International, is preparing to court a range of private equity companies with a sale prospectus. Advent International bought Fat Face for £100 million in 2005, and the company is now valued at about £300m. In the six months to November 25 2006, the retailer's sales rose 38% to £51.7m.
  • Finance director steps down at Peacocks

    24 February 2007

    Peacocks group finance director and major shareholder Keith Bryant left the retailer last week after 10 years with the company. No replacement has yet been found. Group financial controller Mike Killoick will take on the role on an interim basis.
  • Grattan to sponsor Celebrity Mum of the Year

    24 February 2007

    Home shopping catalogue Grattan will be the official sponsor of the Celebrity Mum of the Year Awards 2007, which will take place on March 15 in London. Last year's award was won by Sharon Osbourne, and other past winners include Kerry Katona, Ulrika Jonsson and Melinda Messenger.
  • Harrods not hit by congestion charge

    24 February 2007

    Harrods said the extension of the congestion charge zone in London this week had not hit trading. It anticipated some impact in the first days of the scheme, which was rolled out to Kensington and Chelsea on February 19. Meanwhile, the London Retail Consortium is calling on London's mayor Ken Livingstone to adopt a more flexible approach to the congestion charge, suggesting that different rates should be charged at different times of the day.
  • Hotel Babylon

    24 February 2007

    A gaggle of brands checked into the Soho Hotel and Metropolitan Hotel during London Fashion Week to show off their autumn 07 collections
  • John Lewis ambitions could bring 35,000 jobs

    24 February 2007

    John Lewis's strategy to double its sales in the next 10 years could create 35,000 additional jobs. The 26-store chain hopes to open 10 stores over the period, with further stores planned longer term. John Lewis is also launching a new swimwear range in mid-April with an in-store promotional campaign featuring size 12 models. About 80% of John Lewis's own-brand swimwear sales are in size 12 and above.
  • Leading Men

    24 February 2007

    The great outdoors and classic British styling were the enduring themes at Moda Menswear
  • Legal notices

    24 February 2007

    WINDING-UP ORDERS
  • London Fashion Week Catwalks

    24 February 2007

    SHOW OF THE WEEK
  • Lord Mayor holds bash to celebrate Savile Row tailors

    24 February 2007

    The Lord Mayor of Westminster, councillor Alexander Nicoll, held a reception this week to honour London's Savile Row as a centre of tailoring excellence. Guests included Ozwald Boateng, plus representatives from Henry Poole, Gieves & Hawkes and Huntsman.
  • Mark Powell unveils London pop-up store

    24 February 2007

    Tailor Mark Powell has opened a temporary shop near Carnaby Street in London to sell his new ready-to-wear collection. The shop, on Broadwick Street, will be open for at least six weeks, and is Powell's first standalone shop. The collection's key pieces include one- and two-button lounge, cocktail and formal suits in flannel, tweed, herringbone and Prince of Wales check. Trousers include a wide Oxford style, as well as straight leg and slim fit. Accessories include ties and handkerchiefs. ...
  • More international visitors make the trip to Pure

    24 February 2007

    London womenswear show Pure reported a 10% rise in overseas visitors compared with last year, as buyers from the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Italy, France and Japan attended. Total visitors were up 4%. More than 800 collections showcased at Pure, including more than 160 labels new to the event. The next edition is on August 5-7 2007.
  • Naf Naf grows up and targets concessions

    24 February 2007

    French womenswear brand Naf Naf has repositioned its offer for autumn 07 and aims to open department store concessions in the UK.
  • Natural highs

    24 February 2007

    The Exhibition at London Fashion Week, held at the Natural History Museum, provided a forum for exciting new labels as well as London staples
  • Nitin Goyal web details

    24 February 2007

    The website address for designer Nitin Goyal is www.nitingoyal.com and not as reported in Drapers' Womenswear Look Book (February 3).
  • Off the Record

    24 February 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Olivier Strelli debuts in Birmingham

    24 February 2007

    Belgian label Olivier Strelli is scouting for further locations after opening its first UK shop in Birmingham this month.
  • PAN UK unveils guide to organic cotton

    24 February 2007

    Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) has launched a guide to understanding cotton textile labels. The guide, called My Sustainable T-Shirt: A guide to organic, fair trade, and other eco standards and labels for cotton textiles, can be downloaded at www.wearorganic.org. It provides details about major textile certification schemes.
  • Personal shopping service lands at Coast

    24 February 2007

    Occasionwear retailer Coast is trialling a personal shopping service, called Coast by Appointment, at its Regent Street store in London. The consultations, which will be free, will be carried out in a new private room with a 360-degree mirror. The retailer may roll out the concept to further stores if the trial is a success.
  • Sainsbury's poised to name new clothing boss

    24 February 2007

    Sainsbury's is expected to name a replacement for former director of clothing Richard Jones within the next two weeks. Front-runners are thought to include Sainsbury's Tu buying and design director Adrian Mountford and Marks & Spencer director of lingerie Matthew Hudson.
  • Scandinavian Style

    24 February 2007

    Danish designers added splashes of colour on the catwalks to brighten autumn 07's moody palette. Shapes were fluid and elegant with sophisticated retro references
  • Schools told to ditch expensive uniforms

    24 February 2007

    The government is to unveil guidelines to stop schools in England insisting on exclusive uniforms from specific stores, after the Office of Fair Trading found that parents were spending up to £32 million more a year than if they shopped at cheaper shops. The guidelines say schools could face legal action from the OFT unless they scrap exclusive contracts.
  • Steering a course

    24 February 2007

    With many Danish businesses keen to expand their presence in the UK market, three brand heads discuss their strategies and the challenges they face
  • Surreal goings-on in Insight's ad campaign

    24 February 2007

    Australian streetwear brand Insight has unveiled its first ad campaign since bringing its distribution back in-house last May. The ads will be seen on street posters and in magazines until July, and have been launched to back its spring 07 offer. The campaign features 'surreal images in unthinkable situations'. Insight has 80 UK accounts and supplies retailers such as Asos.com and Urban Outfitters with on-trend, surf-inspired fashion. A short film about the campaign has been put online ...
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    24 February 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Theory hires Tyrwhitt exec for UK push

    24 February 2007

    US and Japanese fashion house Link Theory Holdings is plotting a retail assault on the UK market, and has hired ex-Charles Tyrwhitt managing director Ashley Potter to lead the push.
  • Two more sign for Terminal 5

    24 February 2007

    Ted Baker and Kurt Geiger have confirmed they are to take space at Heathrow Terminal 5 and will launch store concepts unique to the development.
  • TX Maxx recruits director for UK and European role

    24 February 2007

    Former Figleaves.com buying and merchandising director Ryan Murray will join TK Maxx as assistant vice president for the UK and Europe next month. Murray is to head one of TK Maxx's four divisions.
  • UK Fashion Export Awards deadline looms

    24 February 2007

    Entries for this year's UK Fashion Exports Awards must be submitted within the next two weeks, with the final deadline on March 9. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.ukfashionexports.com or by phoning 020 7636 5577.
  • Womenswear given boot by Kickers after poor sales

    24 February 2007

    Kickers is axing women's clothing to focus on footwear after sales of the collection slumped.
  • Change on the horizon at Figleaves.com

    24 February 2007

    Figleaves.com will split its business into speciality and core lingerie arms next month after signing ex-Debenhams acting buyer for fuller bust Denise Fraser to head the core lingerie business. Julia Beer will manage speciality lingerie. Sarah Dolan-Abrahams joined as swim, sleep and menswear buyer last month, replacing Amanda Lepar, who has joined House of Fraser as lingerie buyer.
  • Art students design Harvey Nichols display

    17 February 2007

    Harvey Nichols has unveiled its London Fashion Week-themed window displays, created by two Royal College of Art students. Hsiao-Chi Tsai and Kimiya Yoshikawa designed Futuristic Flowers for the retailer's Sloane Street and Knightsbridge windows. Huge floral sculptures and plants made from coloured 3D foam feature, while miniature versions of the pieces have been turned into fashion accessories for the mannequins.
  • Asda ready to unveil full organic collection

    17 February 2007

    Asda is to launch its first full organic clothing range this year, which is likely to be the biggest ethical offer in the value sector.
  • Blow confirmed as Brown Thomas chief exec

    17 February 2007

    Nigel Blow has been officially confirmed as the new chief executive at Irish department store Brown Thomas, as revealed in Drapers (February 10). Blow, who was formerly merchandising director at Harrods, will take up the post early next month.
  • BRC predicts lingerie spend will fall this year

    17 February 2007

    Shoppers are expected to spend less on lingerie this Valentine's Day, but general clothing spend is set to rise, according to the British Retail Consortium. The company says £87 million will be spent on lingerie - £5m less than last year - while £119m will be spent on clothing - £4m more than in 2006. The retail sector's share of Valentine's Day spend is set to rise to £1.32 billion, from £1.2bn last year.
  • BSA revs up its first clothing collection

    17 February 2007

    Motorcycle manufacturer BSA is launching its first clothing line for autumn 07. The collection will be produced under a global licensing agreement with BSA Clothing, and will include five classic leather jacket styles, as well as a grandad-collar shirt, military-inspired outerwear and woven drill, and enzyme-washed trousers. Wholesale prices are from £12 to £215.
  • Clothing foray at Irregular Choice

    17 February 2007

    Footwear brand Irregular Choice is to unveil its first clothing line for autumn 07.
  • Crew Clothing gears up for growth

    17 February 2007

    Casualwear retailer Crew Clothing is creating a new tier in its management team as it ramps up plans to double its store count over the next four years.
  • CWF to open concession in HoF stores

    17 February 2007

    Children Worldwide Fashion is to open its first UK concessions, as it broadens its brand portfolio with licences for Chloe, Escada and Missoni for autumn 07. The designer kidswear licensee, which supplies brands including Elle, Burberry, Timberland and DKNY, is in talks with House of Fraser to open four concessions this year. The group will also debut new wholesale ranges from Chloe, Missoni and Escada, aimed at newborns to 14-year-olds. CWF has about 200 UK wholesale accounts in independents ..
  • Drapers Share monitor - Directors block buyout bid at Alexon

    17 February 2007

    Alexon Group directors rebuffed attempts by chief executive John Osborn to buy the company, saying the offer - believed to be a little over 211.5p per share - undervalued it. The share price dipped 3p to 205p.
  • Eddie Jordan helps to drive Ecco's sales

    17 February 2007

    Footwear brand Ecco has signed Irish racing driver Eddie Jordan to promote its men's office footwear. Jordan will front the collection this year under the slogan 'Business is a performance sport'.
  • Eley Kishimoto strikes Japan licensing deal

    17 February 2007

    London Fashion Week brand Eley Kishimoto has signed a licensing deal with Japanese distribution firms Mitsui & Co and Mach 55. The latter will distribute the fashion ranges in Asia, while Mitsui will extend the brand to non-fashion arenas such as architecture. Brand founders Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto brought European distribution in-house last year (Drapers, August 26 2006).
  • Energie and Miss Sixty to land in Metquarter

    17 February 2007

    Sixty Group brand Energie is to open its first store outside London, to sit alongside a new shop from sister brand Miss Sixty at Liverpool's Metquarter shopping centre. The 3,200sq ft store will be Miss Sixty's first opening in more than three years. It will neighbour Energie's store of the same size. Both lettings were handled by retail agent Harper Dennis Hobbs.
  • Ethical fashion lands in York

    17 February 2007

    Ethical womenswear will be the focus of a new independent retailer opening in York in April. Called One, the 480sq ft boutique will stock only ethical fashion labels aimed at women aged 20 to 50. Brands on offer at the store will include Makepiece, Ciel, Due, Les Fees de Bengale, Stewart & Brown and Enamore. The store, which will be fitted out with second-hand furniture in a shabby-chic French style, is the brainchild of former lawyer and teacher Anne McCrickard. 'The intention is to ...
  • Extra stores for National Schoolwear Centres

    17 February 2007

    Dedicated schoolwear retailer National Schoolwear Centres is planning to open 160 stores in the next five years. The retailer, which sells general and branded school clothing, will open its 60th store later this month. The chain has more than doubled its store count in the past five years, growing its portfolio from 25 to 59 shops.
  • Fine detail

    17 February 2007

    From elegant footwear and chic evening bags to woollen day totes and dazzling jewellery, the Pure accessories hall had it all
  • Fossil fuels expansion with Liverpool store

    17 February 2007

    Accessories retailer Fossil is to open a 1,000sq ft store at Metquarter in Liverpool as part of its UK expansion focusing on major cities. Its existing four stores are in Oxford Street and Covent Garden in London, Bluewater in Kent and the Arndale Centre in Manchester. It is targeting high street and mall locations of between 700sq ft and 1,200sq ft.
  • Global Burberry protests gather pace

    17 February 2007

    Luxury brand Burberry faced worldwide protests outside its stores this week as part of a campaign to stop the closure of its factory in south Wales. The GMB union has secured endorsements from model Kate Moss, actors Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and singer Sir Tom Jones.
  • IC Companys loses its UK country manager

    17 February 2007

    IC Companys UK country manager Frances Card has left the business after differences of opinion over the future strategy in the UK. Group wholesale manager Sune Bjerregaard has been drafted in from Denmark as acting country manager in the interim. Its brands include Matinique, InWear, Jackpot and Cottonfields.
  • International buyers up at Milano Unica

    17 February 2007

    The fourth edition of Italian textiles fair Milano Unica took place in Milan this week, with early indications of strong international interest.
  • Jacques Vert web store opens for business

    17 February 2007

    Jacques Vert has launched its first transactional website, segmenting its offer into occasions such as weddings, 'a day at the races' or 'a time to remember'. The site, at www.jacques-vert.co.uk, also sells shoes and accessories.
  • JJB Sports to hand out free football shirts

    17 February 2007

    JJB Sports will give away free football shirts and England mugs 'as a gesture of goodwill' to shoppers who could prove they had bought its England and Manchester United shirts in 2000 and 2001. The retailer was fined in 2003 by the Office of Fair Trading for unlawfully fixing the price of the shirts.
  • Lands' End ups petite and plus size ranges

    17 February 2007

    Home-shopping brand Lands' End is increasing its petite and plus-size collections by 50% following extensive customer research. The standard collection goes up to size 22. The plus-size range, which goes to up to size 30, and the petite range, available in sizes 8 to 16, will both include more key classics and seasonal styles from this month.
  • Legal notices

    17 February 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • LFW's bright sparks hit the catwalk

    17 February 2007

    Top young designers exhibited under the Fashion East banner at London Fashion Week this week in a catwalk show supported by Topshop. They included Louise Goldin, who showed slinky knitwear with headscarves reminiscent of the Islamic niqab; House of Holland, which offered neon brights teamed with Kickers footwear; and Danielle Scutt, whose show was a homage to 1980s power dressing.
  • Lily Allen joins New Look for Lily Loves range

    17 February 2007

    New Look has signed a deal with outspoken pop singer Lily Allen to design a range of dresses, footwear and accessories. The collection, called Lily Loves, will hit stores in May. It follows the news that ex-Marks & Spencer head of womenswear Barbara Horspool has joined New Look as trend director (Drapers, February 10).
  • London Body & Beach show dates

    17 February 2007

    London Body & Beach, which will take place on July 29-31 this year at London's Olympia, is an annual summer event, not as reported in Drapers (February 10).
  • Madonna's H&M range hits shops next month

    17 February 2007

    Madonna's M by Madonna clothing collection will go on sale next month at high street chain H&M. The range, which is the pop star's second for H&M, includes belted trench coats, a black jersey maxi dress, a 1970s-inspired bomber jacket and skinny black trousers. Prices range from £7.99 to £149.99.
  • Management rejig at John Lewis

    17 February 2007

    John Lewis retail operations director Gareth Thomas has been appointed director of retail design and development in a reshuffle of the store operations division.
  • Marchpole pays £3m for Greenmark group

    17 February 2007

    International brand management group Marchpole Holdings has agreed to buy women's footwear group Greenmark for £3 million, according to reports. Greenmark provides shoe design and wholesale services to UK-based retailers. The buyout requires shareholder approval.
  • Margin - Moods

    17 February 2007

    Fresh, edgy and quirky looks from streetwear and directional brands take the spotlight at Margin in London
  • Marks & Spencer merchandise boss retires

    17 February 2007

    Marks & Spencer director of general merchandise planning Andrew Moore is retiring from the business next month after 30 years. His position will not be replaced, and his responsibilities have been rolled into Andrew Skinner's role as director of general merchandise planning, sourcing and supply chain. A spokeswoman said Moore's exit would not lead to any further restructuring.
  • Off the Record

    17 February 2007

    King of the jungle
  • Palladio clarification

    17 February 2007

    UK agent Palladio represents brands including Essentiel, Chine, Just In Case, Eurythmic and Twin-Set, not as reported in Drapers (February 10).
  • Playtex's new 38G bra is its biggest ever

    17 February 2007

    Playtex has launched its largest ever bra range, which goes up to size 38G, in response to customer demand. The Feel Beautiful collection comprises three designs, with retail prices from £24 to £30, starting at size 30D.
  • Record numbers visit London's West End

    17 February 2007

    Footfall in London's West End rose by 5.5% in January compared with last year, according to the New West End Company. The organisation said 19.7 million shoppers visited Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street last month compared with 18.7m the previous year. The average weekly flow was 4.9m, an increase of 250,000 shoppers a week, compared with January 2006's average weekly flow of 4.7m.
  • Sandwich to design range for UK tastes

    17 February 2007

    Dutch womenswear brand Sandwich is setting up a design workshop to create pieces tailored to the UK market, after its sales soared in the UK last year.
  • Sienna Miller launches clothing line at LFW

    17 February 2007

    Sienna and Savannah Miller's Twenty8Twelve collection launched this week at London Fashion Week. The range includes tops, dresses, skirts, knitwear and denim and is priced from £15 to £127.
  • Speciality Retail Group commercial director exits

    17 February 2007

    Speciality Retail Group commercial director Alison Middleton has left. She was responsible for marketing, retail operations and property at the company, which runs the Suits You, Racing Green and Chester Barrie stores. Middleton joined SRG in January last year. A replacement has not been appointed.
  • The Drapers Footwear Awards entry deadline extended

    17 February 2007

    Footwear retailers now have another chance to vie for a prize at the 2007 Drapers Footwear Awards - the deadline for entries has been extended to February 23. Categories range from Value Footwear Retailer and Sales Assistant of the Year to the new Footwear Etailer category. The event will take place on May 16 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Download an entry form at www.drapersfootwearawards.co.uk.
  • TK Maxx wins three-year Comic Relief deal

    17 February 2007

    TK Maxx has won the rights to sell exclusive Red Nose Day T-shirts until 2009. The retailer unveiled the five-piece Fairtrade-certified cotton range last month, which is available in 200 stores. Prices range from £5.99 for the baby bodysuit to £12.99 for T-shirts, with a minimum of £5 per item going to Comic Relief.
  • Tommy Hilfiger aims for better quality as sourcing arm is sold

    17 February 2007

    Classic menswear and womenswear brand Tommy Hilfiger expects to improve its product quality after selling its sourcing operation to Hong Kong conglomerate Li & Fung.
  • Turnout doubles at The Park's new home

    17 February 2007

    Buyers and exhibitors welcomed the expanded show and new east London venue at streetwear and boardsports event The Park this week.
  • Umbro buys stake in its Chinese licensee

    17 February 2007

    England football strip supplier Umbro has paid £8.5 million for a 15% stake in its Chinese licensee Team & Sports. Umbro now owns 40% of the business, which distributes Umbro products in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
  • Under the influence

    17 February 2007

    With autumn 07 menswear looking dark and moody, directional silhouettes and new textures are key. Drapers decants the catwalks' most commercial trends
  • WSA Footwear

    17 February 2007

    From innovative styles to classic women's looks, a cluster of brands at WSA are tipped as good bets for the UK market
  • AIS positive despite tough trading

    10 February 2007

    Visitors to AIS menswear show in Solihull were in a buoyant mood despite a tough start to autumn 07.
  • Ashley ditches his £300m dividend plan

    10 February 2007

    Sports World owner Mike Ashley is understood to have dropped plans to award himself a £300 million dividend, ahead of a proposed float later this month. Sports World is expected to make a pre-tax profit of £145m on sales of about £1.4 billion.
  • BAA aims to tempt Prada into Terminal 5

    10 February 2007

    Prada is understood to be in talks with BAA to open its first airport store at Heathrow's Terminal 5.
  • Ben Sherman makes its ecommerce debut

    10 February 2007

    Ben Sherman's website will go transactional next week as part of a strategy to boost the brand's global presence. The site, which launches on February 15, will feature competitions and weekly newsletters for subscribers, plus product and brand news. The new site will be managed by Littlewoods in a deal that takes advantage of the home shopping company's online expertise. The suffix on the site's address will change from .co.uk to .com.
  • BFC agrees later London Fashion Week dates

    10 February 2007

    London Fashion Week organiser The British Fashion Council and its French and Italian counterparts have agreed to stage their womenswear ready-to-wear fashion shows two days later in 2008, and a further two days later in 2009 and 2010. The changes will integrate Los Angeles Fashion Week into the international schedule. LFW is on February 11-16.
  • BRC reports sales slowdown in January

    10 February 2007

    Clothing sales slowed in January compared with the same time last year, according to the British Retail Consortium. Overall retail sales were up 3.1% like for like compared with January 2006. Sales rose 2.1% for the three months from November 2006 to January 2007.
  • Browning Group backs footwear students

    10 February 2007

    To celebrate its 20th anniversary, footwear supplier Browning Group has awarded four scholarships of £5,000 to Cordwainers at London College of Fashion. The scholarships were presented to two BA and two MA students by Browning Group executive chairman Daniel Rubin (above left), pictured with recipients Rachele Helen Davies, Anna Sheldon, Daphne Bikker and Kerrie Luft.
  • Burton offers entire range on new etail site

    10 February 2007

    Menswear retailer Burton has revamped its transactional website, putting its entire range online. The site has exclusive styles, with new product added each day, next-day delivery and enhanced images. It features the retailer's new logo and 'All things considered' slogan. Burton said that the revamp followed strong online sales over Christmas.
  • Cruise to dock in three new towns

    10 February 2007

    Scottish mini-chain Cruise is poised to open up to three stores in the UK this year, growing its portfolio to 14 shops.
  • DB Apparel sells lingerie labels to Courtaulds

    10 February 2007

    Courtaulds UK has bought lingerie labels Gossard and Berlei from DB Apparel UK. DB Apparel will focus on core brands Playtex, Shock Absorber and Wonderbra, which make up about 90% of sales. Courtaulds also owns legwear brands Pretty Polly, Aristoc and Elbeo.
  • De Gruchy poised for facelift as trading space increases

    10 February 2007

    Jersey independent department store De Gruchy is set for a makeover under new owner Ulster Stores.
  • DE Shoes snaps up Lerwick footwear business

    10 February 2007

    Scottish footwear independent DE Shoes has bought TC Pottinger of Lerwick, Shetland Islands. DE Shoes, which already owns 26 Scottish shops, is thought to have paid close to the £310,000 asking price. The business was built up by owner Joan Manson over the past 10 years. He will retire.
  • Drapers Share monitor - Takeover talk picks up at Sainsbury's

    10 February 2007

    Sainsbury's stock market value soared by more than £1 billion as it emerged that a supergroup of private equity big boys, including CVC Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Blackstone Group and Texas Pacific, was sizing up the chain.
  • Ex-Harrods director in frame at Brown Thomas

    10 February 2007

    Nigel Blow, the former buying and merchandising director of Harrods, is the frontrunner to become the new chief executive of department store Brown Thomas in Dublin. As Drapers went to press an announcement was due to be made. Blow resigned from Harrods at the end of January. Brown Thomas declined to comment and Blow was unavailable.
  • Figleaves founder joins Baugur as retail positions are centralised

    10 February 2007

    Icelandic investor Baugur has signalled its intention to create central operations for its retail portfolios, following the appointment of Figleaves.com founder Michael Ross to spearhead ecommerce.
  • George at Asda sticks with size zero clothing

    10 February 2007

    George at Asda is standing by its decision to offer US size zero clothing in its trend-led G21 range. The supermarket introduced the controversial size after axing its teenage collection and introducing it to the G21 range. Size zero makes up 3% of the range.
  • HoF slims down senior buying team

    10 February 2007

    House of Fraser has eliminated a senior level of buyers in its womenswear department as part of a swathe of job cuts.
  • Italy's De Puta Madre comes to UK

    10 February 2007

    Italian streetwear brand De Puta Madre has set its sights on the UK, with short- and forward-order collections available for the first time to UK buyers.
  • Kate Walton opens Havetolove in Gosforth

    10 February 2007

    Handbag designer Kate Walton has opened her own store in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. The 600 sq ft store, called Havetolove, stocks Walton's own leather bag range Havetohold. The store also carries womenswear from Pinko, David Bitton, and Jenny Packham. A transactional site, www.havetolove.com, is to launch this month.
  • Knitwear added to Steel & Jelly's autumn offer

    10 February 2007

    Tailoring brand Steel & Jelly has launched a knitwear and tie collection for autumn 07. The label, which has about 75 UK accounts, has produced 100% merino wool V-neck knits and cardigans in eight colours, priced at £12 and £13 respectively. Ties and cufflinks are about £6.50.
  • Legal notices

    10 February 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Lingerie - Shoppers falling out of love with lingerie as Valentine's Day looms

    10 February 2007

    Lingerie retailers were downbeat in the run-up to Valentine's Day. Of the independents polled for Drapers' Indicator this week, 36% said business last week was worse than the same time last year, with last year's trading not particularly strong either.
  • London Looks

    10 February 2007

    The pick of some of the best labels at the Londoncentral and Londonedge streetwear shows
  • Marc Cain bolsters its franchise business with Questa deal

    10 February 2007

    Womenswear brand Marc Cain is stepping up its retail ambitions in the UK, with plans to double its franchise store portfolio this year.
  • Marc Jacobs bucks the trend in New York

    10 February 2007

    Marc Jacobs' show in New York this week bucked the trend for volume and shorter hems seen at Luella and Diane von Furstenberg, as he ushered in a grown-up and womanly look. His slim 1920s-inspired silhouettes prompted talk of a move away from the youth-driven smock shapes that have driven mainstream womenswear since spring 06.
  • Men's accessories - Colour drives sales of scarves and ties with bracelets making a mark

    10 February 2007

    Spring 07 men's bags and larger accessories are sticking to a colour palette of neutrals and black or brown leather, rather than accent colours. As a result, independents polled by Drapers for this week's Indicator said they were reluctant to risk buying odd colours in case they fail to sell.
  • Myleene Klass joins line-up of models at Marks & Spencer

    10 February 2007

    Marks & Spencer has signed celebrity Myleene Klass to join the model line-up of Twiggy, Erin O'Connor, Laura Bailey, Noemie Lenoir and Lizzy Jagger to front a spring ad campaign. The deal with Klass, who found fame in pop band Hear'Say, is rumoured to be worth £1 million.
  • Oakman launches party shirt collection

    10 February 2007

    Menswear brand Oakman has launched a party shirt collection for the 45-plus market called Eight To Eight. The range includes nine styles in stripes and checks, priced from £13 to £16. Oakman is owned by Saville Heaton, which also distributes the Life & Limb and Milan brands.
  • Off the Record

    10 February 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Oliver Sweeney scrums down with rugby stars

    10 February 2007

    Oliver Sweeney has signed four international rugby players to feature in the brand's new advertising campaign. Lawrence Dallaglio, Lewis Moody, Geordan Murphy and Tom Varndell will star in a print ad wearing Oliver Sweeney shoes and leather jackets.
  • Premier Kids nurtures ethical mix

    10 February 2007

    Premier Kids is planning to strengthen its organic and fair trade brand mix after a positive reception at its most recent exhibition. Brands new to the show included Little Green Radicals, Aravore Babies, Bamboo Baby and Cottonpeople. A Premier Kids spokeswoman said: 'Buyer demand for organic and fair trade brands will continue to grow in summer 07, and Premier Kids will be the key event for buyers to source organic and fair trade ranges.' The show is organised by Drapers publisher ...
  • Premium launch at new Hawes & Curtis flagship

    10 February 2007

    Shirt and suit retailer Hawes & Curtis will open a 6,000 sq ft, three-floor flagship on London's Jermyn Street in September. The store will sell men's and women's shirts, as well as accessories. Made-to-measure shirts will also be available, including a new premium collection called Heritage Range. Prices will start at about £80 for the ready-to-wear collection. Meanwhile, the main Curtis line has received a slimmer fit for spring. Hawes & Curtis has 79 standalone stores in the UK and ...
  • Pre-tax profits take a hit at Schuh due to tough trading

    10 February 2007

    Pre-tax profits at Scottish-based footwear retailer Schuh fell by 7.2% to £7.7 million for the year to March 26 2006. Turnover rose 4%, but group chairman Terry Racionzer warned that this year was proving as tough as the previous year, and that trading was unlikely to improve. Price deflation and stiff competition from discounting rivals was blamed for the performance.
  • Puma joins the line-up at Bridgewater Park

    10 February 2007

    Sportswear brand Puma is to open a 5,000 sq ft outlet store in The Outlet at Bridgewater Park in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. Other retailers already signed at the 205,000 sq ft scheme include Nike, Replay, Ghost, Gap and Marks & Spencer. The Outlet, jointly developed by GML Estates and Land Securities, is scheduled to open at Easter.
  • Pure adds new brands to expanded Spirit section

    10 February 2007

    Contemporary womenswear show Pure has increased the line-up of young creative brands in its Spirit area and moved the enlarged section into the National Hall at London's Olympia. The show, organised by Drapers publisher Emap Retail, runs from February 11-13. It has drafted in UK labels Wale Adeyemi, Eucalyptus, Junk Shop, LOL and Traffic People to exhibit within Spirit. Also new to Pure are international brands including C'est Comme ca from Italy; Argentinian labels Charlotte Solnicki, ...
  • Put your best foot forward

    10 February 2007

    Calling all footwear retailers: throw your hat in the ring for the 2007 Drapers Footwear Awards. Categories range from kidswear stores to etailer and best sales assistant. Choose your category and download an entry form at www.drapersfootwearawards.co.uk. The deadline for entries is February 16, and the event is to be held on May 16 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
  • Shop puts profits into charity

    10 February 2007

    A designer fashion store which opens next week will reinvest all its profits back into the charity behind the venture. The Rough Sleepers shop, due to open in Chalk Farm, north London on February 14, will stock ranges from international designers with the pledge to plough profits into Novas Group, a charity supporting homeless and socially excluded people. Womenswear and menswear from designers such as Sylvia Rielle, Robert Cary-Williams and Dexter Wong will be priced from £50 to £320. ...
  • Smalls Fortunes

    10 February 2007

    Sexy lace, ornamental embellishments and bright, functional basics are key in the labels to watch from last week's Salon International de la Lingerie in Paris
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    10 February 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Thomas Pink intensifies growth plans as new shopfit is unveiled

    10 February 2007

    Shirt retailer Thomas Pink is ramping up its expansion in the UK as it reveals a new store format with greater emphasis on womenswear.
  • Tropical flavours for summer at Warehouse

    10 February 2007

    Warehouse has picked up on the subtle use of neons and tropical flavours for its high summer and beachwear offers. The ranges will go into stores from the end of this month. Tahiti-inspired florals in earthy tones on trapeze dresses and bandeau tops feature alongside an Amazon story of deep green and purple on chiffon dresses. Beachwear includes mix-and-match pieces with an emphasis on prints.
  • UK promotion for K-Swiss sales manager

    10 February 2007

    K-Swiss has appointed a new UK country sales manager. John Casey has been promoted from sales manager for the classic division, a role he has held since July, and will now oversee the classic and fashion sides of the business for footwear. The brand is now recruiting for a sales manager to replace Casey in the classic category.
  • UK visitors inspired by trends at SIL

    10 February 2007

    Salon International de la Lingerie (SIL) remains a key show for the UK market, buyers at the Paris show said last week.
  • Underdressed lingerie store opens online

    10 February 2007

    Lingerie website www.underdressed-lingerie.com has launched this week. Brands sold on the site include Miss Mandalay, Fleur T, Only and Mya Blue. Retail prices range from £22 for briefs to £60 for a bra, while bra sizes go up to an FF cup.
  • Wholesale launch from Shanghai Tang

    10 February 2007

    Luxury brand Shanghai Tang will launch into the wholesale arena with its autumn 07 collection. Selling out of the brand's London Knightsbridge store from February 9 to March 1, prices will range from £40 to £500. Distribution will be restricted to department stores and high-end boutiques.
  • Womenswear bumps up sales at Hugo Boss

    10 February 2007

    Sales at Hugo Boss climbed 14% to EUR1.5 billion (£986 million) for the year to January 31. Profit after tax rose 19% to EUR129m (£85m). Womenswear grew 69% to EUR162m (£106m). Hugo Boss will open a franchise store in Brighton in March.
  • WSA organisers will limit show to two venues

    10 February 2007

    WSA visitors welcomed moves to consolidate the 1.9 million sq ft event from three to two locations for the next show on July 30 to August 2. The bulk of WSA will move into the Las Vegas Convention Centre from the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Collections, the area where UK brands including Georgina Goodman, Fly London and Fred Perry footwear exhibit, will remain in the Venetian Hotel. See next week's Drapers for a full show report.
  • Clarks appoints kids director after reshuffle

    10 February 2007

    Clarks has appointed John Jardine as director of the children’s business unit. He joins from footwear independent Clinkards, where he was merchandise director. He will start in May, reporting into product and merchandising director Jane Wilson, who was the children’s business unit director until a reshuffle of Clarks’ senior team last year.
  • River Island hunts for larger-sized models

    10 February 2007

    River Island has launched a competition to find size 12 to 16 models in response to the size zero debate. The retailer will announce the winner on April 29, after scouting locations such as Bluewater in Kent and Regent Street in London. The winner, who will receive £1,000 to spend in River Island, will be announced in The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine.
  • ... as London Oxford Street store is sold

    3 February 2007

    Dolcis has shed its loss-making London Oxford Street store after trading from the site for more than seven years.
  • Arnotts drafts in former Selfridges merchandiser

    3 February 2007

    Ex-Selfridges merchandising director David Elliott has been named interim buying director for fashion at Dublin department store Arnotts. Elliott, who has been consulting at the store since the end of last year, replaces Aiden Magennis.
  • Banana Republic signs store for UK launch

    3 February 2007

    Banana Republic, the more upmarket chain operated by Gap Inc, has signed its first UK store on London's Regent Street. It is due to open in 2008, and the site is thought to be the former Dickens & Jones building, which will also house H&M.
  • Box Clothing clarification

    3 February 2007

    Branded fashion retailer Box Clothing, which has acquired north-east independents Van Mildert and Strides, is to rebrand Strides and retain the Van Mildert name, not as stated in Drapers (January 27).
  • Brantano looking for investment to go private

    3 February 2007

    Belgian footwear retailer Brantano has completed a strategic review and will reveal its plans in the next fortnight. It is believed to be courting an investment of about EUR116 million (£77m) that would enable Brantano, listed on the Euronext stock exchange, to go private.
  • Change of venue and new area for Margin

    3 February 2007

    Streetwear show Margin has changed its venue for February and introduced a new area called Kreateur, featuring directional designerwear. The show will now take place on February 11-13 at Vinyl Factory Gallery, 45 Foubert's Place, London W1F.
  • Chilli Pepper fixes a new strategy

    3 February 2007

    Young fashion brand Chilli Pepper has unveiled a new shop-in-shop and concession strategy for autumn 07.
  • Chukka gallops into the kidswear market

    3 February 2007

    Polo-inspired casualwear label Chukka is launching its first kidswear collection Chukka Kids. The range is for boys and girls aged four to 11, with retail prices starting at about £20. Chukka sells via mail order and also has 35 stockists in the UK.
  • Drapers Share Monitor - Poor Xmas fails to dent Intimas sales

    3 February 2007

    Lingerie company Intimas Group said its full-year results would show improved trading, despite a challenging run-up to Christmas. Order intake for the first quarter had been encouraging, the company said. Shares rose 0.75p to 18.75p.
  • Eclectic styles dominate Paris men's catwalks

    3 February 2007

    This week's Paris men's catwalks hosted a parade of eclectic styles, from tight leather outerwear at Junya Watanabe to nautical styles at Paul Smith. Colour - absent from Milan two weeks ago - was still thin on the ground, but the more playful Paris shows offered commercial uses, particularly in bright knits at Lanvin. For a full report on the Paris men's catwalks, see next week's Drapers.
  • Former Sand sales manager sets up online database of indies

    3 February 2007

    Ex-Sand womenswear sales manager Fiona Huntingford has launched an online business called Fashion Unzipped.com. The site is a database of about 50 UK independent fashion retailers, including Flannels, Giulio and Jules B. Each retailer's page features a full brand listing, and the site is searchable by brand or region. Huntingford said the aim was to help independents fight back against designer discount sites.
  • Gabby Logan in Betty Barclay deal

    3 February 2007

    BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan is to put her name to a signature range for classic womenswear brand Betty Barclay. The collection will encompass seven outfits selected by Logan and her stylist, and Logan's name will feature in the garment label or swing tag. Betty Barclay will back the launch with a print campaign in national and local press, as well as point-of-sale marketing material. Logan and Betty Barclay collaborated on a fundraising campaign for breast cancer research in autumn ...
  • George at Asda unveils premium range advertising campaign

    3 February 2007

    George at Asda is launching an advertising campaign for premium range Collections at George. The campaign will be the first since the collection debuted in 2003, and will feature in national newspapers and glossy magazines. The collection includes tailoring, smart separates, eveningwear, lingerie, accessories and footwear.
  • Germany's Mustang strides into UK with denim range

    3 February 2007

    German denim brand Mustang is poised to make its debut in the UK, with its first deliveries scheduled for June.
  • Global Baugur role for UK managing director

    3 February 2007

    Icelandic investment firm Baugur has promoted UK managing director Gunnar Sigurdsson to a role running the group's retail operations worldwide. The firm's UK high street investments include Mosaic Fashions, House of Fraser, Jane Norman and Criminal.
  • H&M bumps up its footwear offer with first full range

    3 February 2007

    Swedish fashion giant H&M is to launch its first full range of footwear in the UK this month, as it reveals plans to debut its new premium concept in London in March.
  • Harrods launches personal shopping for men

    3 February 2007

    London department store Harrods has introduced a personal shopping service for its menswear department. A dedicated 1,650 sq ft space will open on the lower ground floor to house the service, which will specialise in menswear, bespoke tailoring, watches and gadgets.
  • Harrods' merchandising boss calls it a day

    3 February 2007

    Buying and merchandising director Nigel Blow has left Harrods. A company spokesman said: 'Nigel resigned for personal reasons and the company has accepted his resignation with immediate effect.' General merchandise managers will report to managing director Michael Ward in the interim.
  • Harvey Nichols ready to debut in Indonesia

    3 February 2007

    The next overseas Harvey Nichols store is to open in Jakarta, Indonesia, through the company that holds the Indonesian franchise for Debenhams and Marks & Spencer.
  • Heather Graham joins as face of Anna Rita N

    3 February 2007

    Italian womenswear label Ann Rita N has signed actress Heather Graham as the face of its spring 07 and autumn 07 ad campaigns. The label offers short-order and forward-order collections and is represented in the UK by Rockit Agency.
  • High-profile LFW designers say no to size zero

    3 February 2007

    The UK fashion industry can police itself and does not need an outright ban on skinny models, designers told Drapers this week ahead of London Fashion Week.
  • HoF's Untold story grows for roll-out

    3 February 2007

    House of Fraser will expand its new womenswear label Untold to include accessories and footwear, as it rolls out the range to 25 stores.
  • Hoss Intropia confirms London launch date

    3 February 2007

    Spanish fashion brand Hoss Intropia is to open its first UK standalone store on February 12 on London's Regent Street. It plans to open four to six UK stores and is believed to be looking at another London site, on Brompton Road. It has 15 stores in Spain and one in Portugal.
  • Icelandic bank Kaupthing leads £51.5 million Phase Eight buyout

    3 February 2007

    Womenswear chain Phase Eight has been sold to a group led by Icelandic bank Kaupthing. Jane Norman chief executive Saj Shah and finance director Ian Findlay are also investing in the buyout, alongside ex-Kookai boss Michael Rahamim. Shah and Rahamim have been named non-executive directors of the company. Phase Eight chairman David Brock will remain, but it is thought chief executive Joy Walters will leave once a replacement is found.
  • International visitors up at Premier Kids

    3 February 2007

    Kidswear show Premier Kids reported a 20% rise in international visitors compared with last year, with strong figures from the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Greece, Finland and Spain. Total visitor numbers were on a par with last year, a spokeswoman said. Premier Kids, which takes place at Birmingham NEC, is organised by Drapers publisher Emap Retail. See page 41 for a full report.
  • Jaeger and Fat Face join Ringwood line-up

    3 February 2007

    Fat Face and Jaeger have opened shops at The Furlong retail park in Ringwood, Hampshire. The retailers join Hobbs, Phase Eight, Millets and Peacocks at the scheme, which is owned by Development Securities.
  • James Jeans and Blossom in maternity tie-up

    3 February 2007

    Denim brand James Jeans is collaborating with maternitywear business Blossom Mother & Child to create a range of maternity jeans for spring 07. The premium denim collection, called James, will include five-pocket bootcut styles. The jeans, in white and indigo shades, feature a Lycra panel and come in sizes 26 to 32. They will wholesale for £65.
  • Joules steps into fresh territory with footwear

    3 February 2007

    Multi-channel retailer Joules Clothing is launching its first footwear range, with two styles debuting in May and the rest to follow in the autumn. The five-store business, which also has a wholesale business, is opening stores in Aldeburgh in Suffolk and Burnham Market in Norfolk this spring, plus a concession at the Celtic Manor Resort in the Usk Valley, south Wales, in February. An outlet store will open at Clarks Village in Street, Somerset, later this year.
  • Legal notices

    3 February 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Limited Edition range helps to keep Hobbs' sales rising

    3 February 2007

    Womenswear retailer Hobbs is to continue its Limited Edition range for autumn 07 after 'huge success' with the spring launch of the capsule collection. Sales for the 13 weeks to December 31 rose 19.6% compared with the same period last year. Profit for the year to January 31 would meet targets, chief executive Nick Samuel said.
  • Lingerie labels set to debut at Harrogate show

    3 February 2007

    Lingerie brand Myla will be exhibiting for the first time in the UK at the Harrogate Lingerie Show next month. Other new exhibitors include Casa di Stella, Faveo, What Katie Did, Veritus, Priwell, Patricia, Papillon Bleu and Love Hearts. The show is on February 25 - 27 at the Harrogate International Centre in North Yorkshire. For more information visit www.lingerie-show.com.
  • Mailbox store marks Olivier Strelli's UK debut

    3 February 2007

    Belgian designer brand Olivier Strelli has signed its first UK store, at The Mailbox in Birmingham. The 1,000 sq ft shop will sell menswear, womenswear, accessories and perfume. The brand has about 100 stores internationally.
  • Marks & Spencer bridalwear is a hit online

    3 February 2007

    Marks & Spencer sold more than 160 wedding dresses online in the first three days after launching the offer last week. The range is being trialled on the internet, and will be joined by men's and kids' formalwear before the collections go into shops on February 27.
  • Men's mainstream footwear - Shoppers' desire for quality over price is a boon for the old-timers

    3 February 2007

    When Drapers last surveyed the men's mainstream footwear sector on November 4 last year, retailers said there was a distinct split between customers seeking quality and those driven by price.
  • Mulberry plans airport web shop

    3 February 2007

    Luxury accessories brand Mulberry is negotiating with airport owner BAA to install an online shop in the departure lounge of the new Heathrow Terminal 5, and is looking to roll out the concept to Eurostar.
  • Next delivers third-party distribution network

    3 February 2007

    Next has extended its third-party services division Ventura, which operates call centres for a number of firms, with the launch of a retail distribution network. The network consists of seven transport depots, one million sq ft of warehousing, 200 vehicles and an 800-strong logistics team.
  • Next outsources its returns in north-west trial

    3 February 2007

    Next is testing an outsourced returns network run by Brussels-based company Kiala. Consumers can return product to any of Kiala's 130 drop-off points in the north-west of the UK, including at dry cleaners, newsagents, petrol stations and florists. The six-month trial area covers Manchester, Liverpool and Preston. Kiala works with more than 100 retailers and has 4,450 collection and delivery points across Europe. It first entered the UK market in August last year.
  • Oasis goes big on volume for spring 07

    3 February 2007

    Oasis is picking up the volume trend for spring 07 with a series of simple shapes and bold single-colour palettes. The dress trend has moved on from wrap and shirt dresses to more contemporary trapeze shapes, super-short tunics and A-line minis. Childlike details include oversized buttons, billowing sleeves and pockets. Sportswear-influenced pieces have been given a futuristic feel through tech-luxe materials, such as parachute fabrics used in racer-back short suits, button-through ...
  • Off the Record

    3 February 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Pick'n'mix

    3 February 2007

    Premier Kids was awash with bright colours, from candy cane pinks and paisley prints to spots and stripes and all things nice
  • Retail Trust auction tops £1 million

    3 February 2007

    The usual bidding war broke out at the Retail Trust's annual fundraising ball this week - this time between Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green (pictured right with Retail Trust chief executive Nigel Rothband) and Baugur boss Jon Asgeir Johannesson. After Sir Philip won a VW Beetle for £99,000, he put it back into the auction, where Johannesson bought it for £101,000. It took the total to nearly £1 million, but Sir Philip made up the rest. Shoe Studio chief executive John Egan won a visit ...
  • SOS launches men's denim capsule

    3 February 2007

    Italian womenswear brand SOS is trialling a 16-piece denim range for men, with prices starting at £66, not as reported in Drapers (January 27).
  • Spicy red tipped to be the hottest colour of the year

    3 February 2007

    A shade of red called chili pepper will be the colour of 2007, according to Pantone, the company that examines global colour trends. The colour's predominance would make 2007 a year of 'passion, exoticism and individualism', the firm claimed. The colour, which is Pantone number 19-1557, was seen on the Paris couture catwalks of Christian Lacroix and Vivienne Westwood last month. Pantone executive vice president of fashion, home and interiors Lisa Herbert described the shade as an engaging, ...
  • Spring launch for Ralph Lauren kids' polos

    3 February 2007

    Ralph Lauren has unveiled a limited edition kids' polo shirt collection for spring 07. Two styles, one for boys and one for girls, are due to hit stores in April and will retail at £65. Sizes range from two to 16 years for girls and two to 10 years for boys.
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    3 February 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Upmarket relaunch for Step2wo

    3 February 2007

    The founders of kids' footwear company Buckle My Shoe are to relaunch and expand their Step2wo brand for autumn 07.
  • US department store rumours on Regent St

    3 February 2007

    Speculation that a US department store is coming to London was revived by rumours that the Crown Estate is close to signing a space on Regent Street. The site, believed to be 20,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft, is suitable for a department store mini-format.
  • Women's mainstream footwear - Footwear from the Far East grows in popularity as quality improves

    3 February 2007

    Mainstream women's footwear retailers polled for this week's Indicator have praised the quality of footwear produced in the Far East. Although most believe that Germany is home to the highest-quality manufacturers, the price points delivered by suppliers from the Far East are becoming ever more appealing.
  • Wrangler skips into town with new logo

    3 February 2007

    Denim brand Wrangler is to unveil a London flagship store on Carnaby Street next month with a new look for its branding, ahead of a European store push. The 2,000 sq ft shop, which will sport Wrangler's retro rope logo, will be one of five UK stores to open in the next five years, according to retail development manager Andy Gooday. Wrangler, which is owned by VF Corporation, is also aiming to open three to four overseas stores a year for the next five years, including shops in Paris, ...
  • All change at Warehouse and Principles as McKeon departs

    3 February 2007

    Warehouse and Principles chief operating officer of clothing Mark McKeon is to leave the business at the end of February to become chief executive of Dutch department store chain Vroom & Dreesman.
  • Amazon footwear website kicks off in US

    13 January 2007

    US etailer Amazon.com has launched Endless.com, a website dedicated to footwear and accessories for men, women and kids. The site, currently limited to the US, stocks about 250 brands including Steve Madden, Ben Sherman, Kenneth Cole, Clarks and Bruno Magli. Amazon expanded beyond books and music in 2002 when it launched an online clothing store on its US website.
  • Aquascutum plans women's business range

    13 January 2007

    Luxury brand Aquascutum is launching a collection aimed at businesswomen in a bid to boost its womenswear turnover from £100 million to £250m in three years. The collection will go into stores in September. Chief executive Kim Winser has forecast that group revenue will hit £450m by 2010.
  • BFC names Fashion Forward winners

    13 January 2007

    Giles Deacon, Sinha-Stanic and Jonathan Saunders will receive the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward sponsorship for London Fashion Week next month. The award was launched in September, in partnership with developer Westfield, to help British designers fund catwalk shows.
  • Blacks blames mild weather for profit slump

    13 January 2007

    A profit warning last week from Blacks Leisure was blamed on slow sales of heavyweight outerwear due to the mild weather. Like-for-like sales fell 6% for the five weeks to December 30, and were down 4.8% for the 18 weeks to December 30. Blacks said profits for the second half would be 'substantially below' market expectations.
  • Brazilian footwear brand poised for UK store debut

    13 January 2007

    Brazilian footwear manufacturer Alexandre Birman is to open his first UK store in March. The brand, which is available in 35 countries and claims to be the largest shoe maker in Brazil, will open on Conduit Street in London's West End. It has two shops in Brazil and aims to grow globally in the next two years with further openings.
  • Brown Thomas starts hunting for a new CEO

    13 January 2007

    Dublin luxury department store Brown Thomas is looking for a new chief executive. Current boss Dalton Phillips is moving to Canadian grocer Loblaw, which is owned by Brown Thomas owner Galen Weston, who also owns Selfridges. Industry watchers have tipped several candidates for the job, including Harrods buying director Nigel Blow and Selfridges chief Paul Kelly.
  • Burberry holds on to royal warrants

    13 January 2007

    Speculation that luxury brand Burberry would lose its royal warrant was rejected by Buckingham Palace this week. A spokesman told Drapers that the fashion house still holds its Queen and Prince of Wales warrants.
  • Coccinelle makes a move into clothing market

    13 January 2007

    Italian leather accessories brand Coccinelle plans to launch a clothing collection for autumn 07. Coccinelle, which is owned by Mariella Burani Group, will sell the range in the UK, Paris and Japan, as well as throughout Italy.
  • Diesel founder snaps up a stake in Sophia Kokosalaki

    13 January 2007

    Diesel founder Renzo Rosso has bought a majority stake in design business Sophia Kokosalaki via his Staff International business. The acquisition is part of Rosso's strategy of focusing on emerging talent. The first joint venture between London-based designer Kokosalaki and Staff International will launch in March in Paris. Kokosalaki unveiled her first womenswear collection in 1999. Staff International also owns a controlling stake in Maison Martin Margiela.
  • Diesel global warming ad is hot off the press

    13 January 2007

    Italian fashion brand Diesel launched its spring 07 international advertising campaign this month, which is centred on the issue of global warming and the effect that rising sea levels could have on shoppers' everyday lives. The campaign will run for six months in print and on billboards and is the second that Diesel has shot with photographer Terry Richardson. Diesel creative director Wilbert Das said the new ads aimed to offer a challenging point of view on particular aspects of society. ...
  • Dismal Christmas could put Gap on the market

    13 January 2007

    US fashion group Gap Inc is considering a sale of the company. The Gap chain, its discount sister fascia Old Navy and the more sophisticated Banana Republic all suffered disappointing trading over Christmas. Analysts estimate the company could fetch US$20 billion (£10.3 bn).
  • Etiquette dictates a Jeff Banks range

    13 January 2007

    Supplier Etiquette Formal Hire is to launch a men's formalwear range designed by Jeff Banks. It will be available from April in about 285 Burton stores and at all Debenhams shops in the UK. Etiquette will also unveil its first women's eveningwear collection in May. Etiquette supplies men's formalwear to about 1,000 independent retailers, as well as the likes of Austin Reed and Suits You.
  • Exhibitors confident as Pitti opens

    13 January 2007

    The 71st edition of menswear show Pitti Uomo opened in Florence this week with exhibitors expressing confidence for autumn 07 buying, despite a handful of big-name brands abandoning the event. The most notable absence was that of Hugo Boss. The Sala della Ronda building, which was exclusively occupied by the German giant last time, is hosting 29 brands in a new area called Touch. Kevin Stone, group sales and marketing director of brand house BMB, was showing outerwear brand Invertere ...
  • Festive footfall slips down year on year

    13 January 2007

    Shopper numbers rose 34.8% in December against the previous month, according to research group SPSL. However, footfall in December was down 2.3% compared with the same month last year.
  • Formal styles on buyers' wish list

    13 January 2007

    Young fashion retailers are on the prowl for smarter product for autumn 07 as they gear up to hit the trade shows.
  • Former Mis-Teeq pop star to front Ecko Red

    13 January 2007

    Pop star Alesha Dixon is to become the face of women's streetwear brand Ecko Red. The former member of girl group Mis-Teeq will appear on the label's spring 07 campaign. Ecko Red is one of the brands held on license by Focus Group. See the Drapers Interview on page 20 for more on Focus.
  • GBMI brands poised for UK debut

    13 January 2007

    US footwear licensee Global Brand Marketing Inc is to introduce a number of sports, luxury and urban footwear brands in the UK, following the appointment of UK managing director Steven Price Brown.
  • Guess takes control of Guess by Marciano

    13 January 2007

    US fashion brand Guess Inc has bought a 75% stake in Focus Pull, the licensee for Guess by Marciano menswear and womenswear in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Guess's European denim and Guess by Marciano businesses are expected to reach combined sales of up to US$800 million (£413m) in the next three to five years.
  • Holliday & Brown shelves its ready-to-wear collection

    13 January 2007

    The ready-to-wear menswear range from neckwear brand Holliday & Brown, due to launch for spring 07, has been put on hold while owner Mantero reshuffles its management team. The range, by former Pringle designer Stuart Stockdale, is believed to have signed orders with Harrods and other stockists, but these will not be delivered. Italian silks company Mantero is seeking financial backing for the project.
  • In with the new

    13 January 2007

    Six independents who have been open for less than three years review their business plans, ahead of what they hope will be a prosperous 2007
  • JT Morgan to anchor new Swansea centre

    13 January 2007

    Swansea department store JT Morgan will join independent tailoring chain Slater Menswear in £30 million retail development Princess Way.
  • Legal notices

    13 January 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Liberty hunts for own-brand store in London

    13 January 2007

    Department store Liberty is scouting for locations in London for a standalone shop for its Liberty of London own label. Liberty already has a store on Great Marlborough Street in the city. Part of the store, which had a frontage onto Regent Street, was closed in 2005.
  • Luxury launch for Scott Henshall

    13 January 2007

    British designer Scott Henshall will move into menswear for the first time with the launch of a casual luxury brand for women and men in autumn 07.
  • Miroglio brings C'est Comme ca to UK

    13 January 2007

    Italian fashion group Miroglio is to launch its avant-garde womenswear label C'est Comme ca in the UK for autumn 07, after two seasons in Italy. The quirky label wants to hang against Missoni Sport, with prices averaging about £50. It will show at Pure at Olympia in London on February 11-13.
  • Mixed bag for mid-market stalwarts

    13 January 2007

    Drapers Share Monitor
  • Moss Bros hopes menswear shake-up will halt sales slide

    13 January 2007

    Moss Bros is pinning its hopes on more transitional product and store revamps to turn the business around after it issued a profit warning this week.
  • New chairman joins PIPC consultancy

    13 January 2007

    Littlewoods Shop Direct non-executive chairman David Simons has been appointed chairman at management consultancy PIPC. Simons is also a non-executive director at Woolworths. PIPC has been working with Littlewoods for more than two years on the integration of Shop Direct, the home shopping business it bought from GUS.
  • New Generation sponsorship announced

    13 January 2007

    Designer Duro Olowu has won New Generation sponsorship from Topshop for the first time to show on the catwalk at London Fashion Week on February 12-15. Erdem, who received exhibition sponsorship in January last year, will receive catwalk support this season. The pair are among 15 designers receiving support.
  • Nick Bubb moves to Pali International

    13 January 2007

    Veteran retail analyst Nick Bubb has taken up a new research role covering mid-cap to big-cap UK retailers at hedge fund stockbroker Pali International. He left Evolution Securities last year and will take up his new post on Monday.
  • Off the Record

    13 January 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Ollie seals European distribution deal

    13 January 2007

    Glasgow-based boyswear brand Ollie has signed a distribution deal for Germany with Team 4 Tune, which also distributes Nolita Pocket. Ollie, which is showing at Florence kidswear show Pitti Bimbo for the first time on January 19-21, has also appointed an agent for the Netherlands.
  • Online growth boosts niche players

    13 January 2007

    Niche home shopping retailers saw an uplift in Christmas trading, despite stronger competition from mainstream players.
  • Recycling helps indies to solve Sale worries

    13 January 2007

    Indicator - Contemporary menswear
  • Replay franchise set for Bridgewater Park

    13 January 2007

    Denim brand Replay is to open a franchise outlet store in Banbridge in County Down, Northern Ireland. The 2,424 sq ft shop at The Outlet at Bridgewater Park will open in April. The store, which will be run by young fashion chain Clockwork Orange, will join Ghost, Joseph, Gap, The Designer Studio, Nike and Marks & Spencer at the scheme.
  • Sales director leaves VF Intimates for Costex

    13 January 2007

    Surrey-based nightwear company Costex has appointed Paul Wilkinson as sales director. Wilkinson joins from VF Intimates, where he was account manager.
  • Sales rise at JJB Sports

    13 January 2007

    Like-for-like sales at JJB Sports were up 5.4% for the five weeks to December 31 2006, with like-for-likes for the 22 weeks to December 31 up 6.3%. JJB said the results included satisfactory rises in gross profits and were buoyed by sales of Premiership replica football kits. The company also hopes that new shop-in-shop areas for Nike and Adidas will boost sales when they are introduced in-store next month. The retailer is still the subject of private equity bid speculation.
  • Shifting old Sale stock poses retail headache

    13 January 2007

    Indicator - Contemporary womenswear
  • Te Casan could make tracks to London after New York debut

    13 January 2007

    London could be the next stop for women's footwear concept Te Casan, which has already launched in New York. The 7,500 sq ft store on West Broadway showcases seven unknown designers who have worked for the likes of Dries van Noten, Vivienne Westwood and Ben Sherman. The designers are expected to produce one new style a week, and each style is limited to no more than 74 pairs, priced at about US$250 (£129). Founder and chief executive Yaron Kopel, a technology entrepreneur, plans to ...
  • The Drapers Fashion Fix Poll

    13 January 2007

    Every week we ask Drapersblog.com readers their opinion on the question of the week.
  • Top sales for department store indies

    13 January 2007

    Independent department stores reported overwhelmingly upbeat trading during Christmas and the Sales, although fashion was rarely a highlight.
  • Triumph joint managing director to retire

    13 January 2007

    David Hornbuckle, joint managing director of marketing and sales at lingerie brand Triumph International, will retire in April. He will be replaced by the company's Finnish general manager, Petri Haikola, who will relocate to the UK.
  • Turnbull & Asser unveils e-commerce site

    13 January 2007

    Luxury shirt maker Turnbull & Asser has launched a transactional website in the UK. The online store will sell a limited selection of classic shirts, ties, socks, knitwear and accessories, with more styles and colours added later. The site also explains how to take measurements for shirt sizes.
  • Watchdog slams Dolce & Gabbana advert

    13 January 2007

    Dolce & Gabbana has had its knuckles rapped by the Advertising Standards Authority for a 2006 campaign that was accused of glamorising violence. The fashion brand's advert, which featured two models brandishing knives, generated more than 150 complaints to the ASA.
  • BFC says no to skinny model ban

    13 January 2007

    The British Fashion Council will not ban dangerously skinny models after fears about ‘discrimination’, and is instead asking designers to use self regulation when putting models on the catwalk.
  • Blue Inc speeds up growth plan

    6 January 2007

    Blue Inc is accelerating its growth strategy and aims to open up to 20 stores this year.
  • Chinese footwear firms sue EC

    6 January 2007

    Chinese footwear manufacturers with strong supply links in the UK have filed a lawsuit against the European Commission over footwear tariffs.
  • CSP gets Energie underwear licence

    6 January 2007

    Italian hosiery manufacturer CSP International has obtained the licence to make Energie underwear from young fashion company Gruppo Sixty, which owns the brand. The new underwear collection will launch for autumn 07.
  • Ethical fashion lecture at Textile Institute

    6 January 2007

    The Textile Institute in London will hold a lecture about organic and fair trade cotton on January 16. The lecture, called Textiles and Sustainability, will be presented by Abigail Petit, owner of ethical brand Gossypium. For details visit www.texi.org.
  • Ex-Harrods buyer snaps up Wendover indie

    6 January 2007

    Former Harrods menswear buyer Tim Guy has bought independent Andrew Gardener in Wendover, Buckinghamshire. The 2,500 sq ft store sells 75% menswear and 25% womenswear, and stocks Canali, Gant, Paul & Shark and Marc Cain. Guy acquired the store from Andrew and Pat Gardener and will continue to trade it under the Andrew Gardener name.
  • Fashion stars shine in New Year Honours

    6 January 2007

    The fashion industry's finest caught the Queen's eye in the New Year Honours list. Former Topshop brand director Jane Shepherdson (above left) and British designer Margaret Howell were awarded MBEs, while New Look founder Tom Singh (above right) and LK Bennett founder Linda Bennett received OBEs. Hong Kong-based Harvey Nichols owner Dickson Poon nabbed an overseas Commander of the British Empire honour, while Sainsbury's chairman Sir Philip Hampton received a knighthood.
  • Firetrap burns with global ambition

    6 January 2007

    Firetrap has unveiled a global retail expansion plan following the departure of managing director John Gorman.
  • Gelco nabs two new execs from rivals

    6 January 2007

    German womenswear company Gelco has hired Petra Schuller, the former head of design co-ordinates at Gerry Weber, as co-ordinates project manager. She replaces Klaus Demers, who is retiring. Claudia Lutkenhorst, formerly of Bianca, has been named head of international export development at Gelco.
  • G-Star sets 60-store expansion target

    6 January 2007

    Dutch denim brand G-Star is to open 60 standalone franchise stores in new global markets this year. The brand aims to grow its portfolio to 145 on the back of openings in Asia and eastern Europe. G-Star stores in Bangkok, Singapore, Kiev and Odessa will open in the next six months.
  • High street shrugs off gloom to cash in on Christmas rush

    6 January 2007

    Christmas came late but did arrive eventually for high street multiples, with department stores and young fashion retailers faring best.
  • Jaeger sets its sights on Asia as profits bounce back

    6 January 2007

    Jaeger posted pre-tax profits of £1.7 million for the year ended February 26 2006, on sales of £58m. In the first 41 weeks of the current year, profit had doubled and sales were up 19%. The company, which has been hunting for a store in New York, revealed it was in advanced talks to open 13 stores in southeast Asia.
  • Kurt Geiger hires retail chief to lead growth

    6 January 2007

    Kurt Geiger has named Sally McClymont as retail director, tasked with expanding the company's store portfolio in the UK and Europe. McClymont was most recently retail operations director at womenswear chain Principles.
  • Legal Notices

    6 January 2007

    PETITIONS PRESENTED
  • Looking Glass range to debut at Bread & Butter

    6 January 2007

    Womenswear label Looking Glass will launch a couture range called Looking Glass Boutique at Bread & Butter Barcelona on January 17-19. The collection includes 21 pieces and will wholesale from £25 to £60. Looking Glass, which currently has 80 wholesale accounts, aims to double its number of stockists this year.
  • Lyle & Scott off the market as trading picks up

    6 January 2007

    Knitwear brand Lyle & Scott has been taken off the market by owner Harris Watson, a Birmingham investment company that also owns Viyella and Jumpers. Harris Watson is believed to have fielded offers including a proposed MBO, but turned them down after resurgent trading at the brand.
  • Margin moves to new venue in central London

    6 January 2007

    Streetwear show Margin will move to a new venue at the Vinyl Factory Gallery in London's Soho next month. It was previously at the Royal Horticultural Halls. Organisers have introduced an area called Kreateur to showcase new designer labels at the event, which takes place on February 11-13.
  • Mayfield to take Hampson's role at John Lewis

    6 January 2007

    John Lewis Partnership has named Charlie Mayfield, the managing director of the John Lewis department store group, as its new chairman. The 40-year-old will succeed Sir Stuart Hampson upon his retirement in March.
  • Mike Ashley snaps up Streetwise Sports

    6 January 2007

    Sports World owner Mike Ashley has bought the 32-strong sportswear chain Streetwise Sports. Ashley has appointed Merrill Lynch to look at a potential flotation his Sports World business.
  • Mixed bag for indies as festive footfall slumps

    6 January 2007

    Independent retailers have reported mixed festive trading, with the only consensus being that footfall was down across all parts of the sector.
  • More details emerge about first BBB Kraftwerk event

    6 January 2007

    BBB Kraftwerk, which will replace the Bread & Butter Berlin show after organisers axed the exhibition, will take place on January 26-27 at the former Vattenhall power station in Berlin. The roster of about 30 brands will include Levi's, Adidas Originals, Oui Set and eyewear label IC Berlin.
  • New kidswear show planned in Paris

    6 January 2007

    The organiser of womenswear event Le Showroom is to launch Playtime, a new kidswear exhibition that will take place in Paris on February 2-5, at the same time as Who's Next and Pret a Porter. About 40 brands are expected to show at the new event.
  • Nickelson to launch denim and footwear

    6 January 2007

    UK young fashion brand Nickelson will launch a denim and footwear range under new owner Ben Sherman Group.
  • Noa Noa founders sell majority stake

    6 January 2007

    Danish brand Noa Noa has sold a 70% stake to investment group Axcel for an undisclosed sum. Founding brothers Lars and Harald Holstein will retain a 30% stake in the brand, which has annual sales of EUR80.5 million (£54.2 million).
  • Off the Record

    6 January 2007

    Rumours, gossip, parties
  • Online traders top the Christmas tree

    6 January 2007

    Online retailers look to be the winners in the Christmas trading stakes. Numis analyst Steve Davies said early reports pointed to a 50% rise in online sales in December, ahead of forecast, which bodes well for the likes of Asos.com and N Brown. Asos shares rose 6.5p to 118.75p, while N Brown climbed 1.5p to 284.25p.
  • Oxford Street to host Playboy's UK debut

    6 January 2007

    Playboy will open its first UK store next spring, in London's Oxford Street. The 2,400 sq ft store, designed by Australian-based agency Paul Hickman Design, will be owned and operated under license by Global Designer Brands, also based in Australia. It will sell womenswear, lingerie, menswear, accessories, footwear and swimwear.
  • Pitti launches Touch show to replace White

    6 January 2007

    The organisers of the Pitti Immagine fashion events will replace former womenswear exhibition White with a new event called Touch. The show, which will take place on February 22-25 at Via Tortona in Milan alongside Cloudnine and Neozone, will host about 30 exhibitors.
  • Pret's So Ethic doubles its exhibitor count

    6 January 2007

    Exhibitor numbers at Pret a Porter's So Ethic area have doubled for the show's next edition to 32 brands. The ethical fashion section includes Ciel, Junky Styling and Terra Plana. The show takes place at Paris Expo on February 1-4.
  • Primark fills supply chain and IT positions

    6 January 2007

    Primark has appointed Martin White, formerly of Wickes, as supply chain director and Keith Riley, who has been working at Sainsbury's in an interim role, as director of programmes and systems. Both are new roles, following the opening of a second warehouse in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.
  • Retail Forecast 2007

    6 January 2007

    Drapers quizzes fashion retail's key executives to find out what's in store for the industry in the coming year
  • Rushlevel and Playform call in the administrators

    6 January 2007

    Leicester-based womenswear manufacturer Rushlevel and its East London distributor Playform have gone into administration. The two businesses, which employ a total of 22 staff, produce and distribute own-label clothing as well as the Evita brand. The businesses continued to trade in the run-up to Christmas while administrators at Tenon Recovery sought a buyer.
  • Sale on horizon at Myriad Group

    6 January 2007

    Industry insiders say Myriad Childrenswear Group is close to announcing a buyer for the business, which includes kid's chain Adams.
  • Salon International de la Lingerie dates

    6 January 2007

    The Salon International de la Lingerie show will take place on February 2-5 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, not as reported in Drapers on December 2.
  • Sassi joins Valentino in chief executive role

    6 January 2007

    Valentino Fashion Group has named Stefano Sassi as chief executive. He was formerly chief executive of textile group and sister company Marzotto. Sassi replaces Michele Norsa, who resigned in July and has joined Salvatore Ferragamo as chief executive.
  • Sole Searching

    6 January 2007

    We take a stroll down the high street to find out how the women's footwear multiples have interpreted key trends for spring 07
  • Trilogy aims for five denim stores in London

    6 January 2007

    The founders of London denim store Trilogy are to roll out the concept in the capital. Former Marks & Spencer deputy head of womenswear James Leslie, former M&S head of buying for women's casualwear Lesley Torson and City investor Mark Cocozza are behind the venture and plan to open five more London stores within the next three years. The first shop, on King's Road in Fulham, west London, was opened in September.
  • UK push for Peak Performance

    6 January 2007

    Swedish lifestyle brand Peak Performance is to open its first standalone store in the UK and has appointed a country manager to lead the push.
  • Webb takes up East chief executive post

    6 January 2007

    East has named Andrew Webb as chief executive, replacing founder Clive Pettigrew, who is expected to take a more creative role at the company. Webb was formerly group director of after-sales and customer service at Carphone Warehouse.
  • Welsh MPs to question Burberry directors

    6 January 2007

    Directors of luxury fashion group Burberry will be summoned before a parliamentary committee over plans to close the brand's factory in Treorchy, south Wales. Burberry chairman John Pearce and chief executive Angela Ahrendts will give evidence to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee.

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