From around the web and the nationals:
BLACKS, the outdoor leisure retailer, is to be put into administration ahead of the sale of its assets. The embattled retailer has received final offers from parties interested in acquiring its operations, understood to include rivals Sports Direct, JD Sports and Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Peter Jones. A sale of the business assets, however, is likely to mean the bulk of stores continue trading and most of the 3,500 jobs at Blacks will be preserved. A deal is likely to be struck within the next few days.
REBECCA SINGLETON, head of non-food marketing at Sainsbury’s, is set to join rival supermarket Morrisons. According to reports, she will take on the responsibility for marketing, corporate branding and advertising from March. During her time at Sainsbury’s Singleton was responsible for the partnership between TV stylist Gok Wan and the supermarket’s TU clothing brand. Anna Shirley, head of product brand, will replace her.
SELF-CLEANING technology for clothes has been developed by an academic from the University of Sheffield. According to reports, Professor Tony Ryan has developed “catalytic clothing” which can break down harmful atmospheric pollution such as nitrous oxide arising from industrial and automotive sources. Ryan collaborated with fashion designer Helen Storey, whose creations have been worn by the like of Madonna. The pair are now working with Ecover, manufacturers of ecological cleaning products, and hope to deliver the technology through a fabric conditioner.
RELIGION,the young fashion brand, has opened its third standalone store in London located on Portobello Road. The store is inspired by Religion’s deconstructed signature style and uses rare reclaimed antiques as fixtures including a Victorian funeral carriage transformed into a display case for jewellery and fragrance. Located at 257 Portobello Road, the store is the brand’s first away from East London and houses both the mainline and premium ‘Black Label’ collections, with a dedicated space for Religion’s expanded range of denim and a larger accessories area.
JONATHAN SAUNDERS, the British designer famed for his use of print and colour, is to present his menswear collection in a presentation during the Milan menswear schedule for the first time on January 16. Milan men’s fashion week takes place from January 14-17 and features menswear ready-to-wear catwalk shows from the likes of Prada, Burberry, Prorsum and Gucci.