AllSaints founders sign Religion dealSubscription
The founders of AllSaints are teaming up with directional label Religion to launch multi-brand concept stores.
Fashion stars shine in New Year HonoursSubscription
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.
Noa Noa founders sell majority stakeSubscription
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).
Margin moves to new venue in central LondonSubscription
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.
Looking Glass range to debut at Bread & ButterSubscription
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.
Ex-Harrods buyer snaps up Wendover indieSubscription
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.
Pret's So Ethic doubles its exhibitor countSubscription
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.
CSP gets Energie underwear licenceSubscription
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.
Sassi joins Valentino in chief executive roleSubscription
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.
New kidswear show planned in ParisSubscription
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.