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Found by John Lewis

John Lewis to sell womenswear and tech in new Found concept

John Lewis will launch a new women’s fashion and lifestyle concept called Found in the new Birmingham store when it opens on September 24 and online on the same day.

Tesco's F&F

Supermarkets might prefer young workers to limit living wage impact

Supermarkets could try to avoid hiring people aged over 25 and close more stores in a bid to minimise the impact of the new national living wage, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.

Pure

Footfall and confidence picks up at Pure

Exhibitors and buyers were in a positive mood on the second day of the Pure trade show in London as footfall picked up and retailers could be seen on stands making orders.

The Trampery

East London designer studio forced to close after 400% rent increase

A shared studio in east London which has been home to designers including Jonathan Saunders, Lou Dalton, Holly Fulton and James Long, is set to close in the face of a 400% rent increase.

Polyvore

Yahoo to acquire affiliate shopping site Polyvore

Yahoo has agreed a deal to buy US affiliate shopping and personal styling site Polyvore to boost its fashion content and advertising.

Mr Porter on Instagram

Mr Porter tops the ‘most social’ list

Mr Porter is the most socially engaged multibrand premium fashion retailer, according to new research.

Rainy high street

Bad weather blamed for drop in footfall last week

Wind and rain kept shoppers away from the high street last week with an overall drop in footfall of 1.5% for the week to August 2.

Boohoo's new iOS app

Boohoo launches its first mobile app

Boohoo has launched its first shopping app for iOS using the Poq app ecommerce platform.

Pure spring 16

Indies miss out on first day of strong Pure and Scoop

Hot weather and widespread road closures in central London were being blamed for an under-par turnout of independent womenswear buyers at Pure and Scoop today (Sunday).

JD Sports Fashion

JD Sports ups full-year profit forecast

JD Sports Fashion’s pre-tax profits for the current year are likely to be 10% ahead of market expectations of around £110m thanks to strong underlying sales.

Jacket Required

Jacket Required delivers the goods

Jacket Required closed yesterday (July 30) with quieter footfall than on Wednesday, but having confirmed its attraction to multiple and independent buyers who no longer feel a strong pull to the Berlin fairs.

Kirsty McGregor and Tara Hounslea

Drapers Talks: Topshop's super-skinny mannequins and Jacket Required

Drapers’ news editor Kirsty McGregor talks to senior news reporter Tara Hounslea about Topshop’s decision this week to halt further purchases of super-skinny mannequins after a customer complained, the popularity of menswear trade show Jacket Required, and the new anti-slavery laws being introduced.

Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight

Video: Unseen footage from Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight collaborations

Photographer Nick Knight and his fashion film company ShowStudio have released a video featuring previously unseen footage from his past collaborations with the late designer Alexander McQueen.

Pure Fashion 100

Pure launches trend chart for buyers

London trade show Pure has launched a top 100 list of the brands, products and styles trending on its website.

Trafford Centre, Manchester

Intu rental income jumps 10% but profits fall in first half

Regional shopping centre owner and developer Intu has reported its net rental income jumped 10% to £207.6m but its property revaluation surplus fell by 71% to £162.2m for the six months to June 30.

Bernadette Lusher

Matalan poaches Bernadette Lusher from Tesco

Matalan has poached Bernadette Lusher from Tesco to become brand director at the value retailer.

Next

Next makes £170m in interest charges

Next made £170m in interest charges from shoppers using its online and home shopping credit facility last year, according to smallprint in the company’s accounts.

Belstaff Spitalfields

Belstaff opens second London store

Outerwear brand Belstaff has opened its second London store at 16 Lamb Street in Spitalfields, east London.

TM Lewin

US investors finance TM Lewin MBO

TM Lewin has received an undisclosed sum of investment from Sankaty Advisors, part of US private equity firm Bain Capital, to buy the remaining 20% stake of the business.

Stolen from Susie in Dorchester

Stolen from Susie opens second store in Dorchester

Womenswear indie Stolen from Susie opened a new store at Dorchester’s Brewery Square at the weekend.

Chocolate

Indie Chocolate to rebrand as luxury kidwear business following sale

Northern Irish young fashion independent Chocolate will rebrand as a luxury kidswear retailer following its sale to Dubai-based manufacturer The Griffin Corporation.

Meribeth Parker

Jimmy Choo bolsters board with Hearst publishing director

Jimmy Choo has appointed Hearst Magazines group publishing director Meribeth Parker as an independent non-executive director.

Ipanema x Phillipe Starck

Ipanema collaborates with Phillipe Starck

Flip flop brand Ipanema has collaborated with designer Phillipe Starck to create a collection for spring 16.

Mastercard

MasterCard pays Tesco £39m to settle card transaction fee dispute

MasterCard has agreed to pay Tesco $61m (£39m) to settle a dispute over credit card interchange fees.

John Lewis

Strong end to clearance for John Lewis

John Lewis enjoyed a 10.2% boost in sales to £76.5m last week as its clearance drew to a close.

Wolf & Badger

Wolf & Badger acquires online marketplace Boticca

Designer independent Wolf & Badger has acquired online accessories marketplace Boticca for an undisclosed amount.

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Boux Avenue confirms Oxford Street store

Lingerie retailer Boux Avenue has confirmed it will open a flagship store on London’s Oxford Street in September or October this year.

Geox

Geox sales rise 6.7% in first half

Italian footwear brand Geox grew sales by 6.7% to €427m (£300m) in the first half.

Bonmarche

Bonmarché reports ‘solid start’ to year despite inconsistent weather

Bonmarché has reported like-for-like store sales fell by 1.7% in the 13 weeks to June 27, an improvement on the previous quarter when sales fell by 4.7%.

UK exporters brace for continued currency headwinds

UK exporters brace themselves for continued strength of pound

British brands and manufacturers are hunkering down in the face of currency headwinds, as the strength of the pound looks set to continue.

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