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WHITE COMPANY, the fashion and homewares retailer, has appointed Barry Wyse as the company’s first ecommerce director. Wyse was previously head of the retail practice team at ecommerce platform provider, eCommera and has also held the role of head of ecommerce at Arcadia. Chrissie Rucker White Company founder said: “He will lead the team in further developing a world-class cross channel customer experience and build on our international eCommerce proposition.” This appointment follows yesterday’s news that New Look chief executive officer Will Kearney is to become the White Company’s new chief executive.
BLACKS LEISURE, the outdoor specialist has put itself up for sale after concluding that previous fundraising plans were unrealisable, but investors may get nothing from a disposal. The retailer had been exploring funding options in order to put turnaround plans into action and has been pursuing a refinancing of existing bank facilities. But, following meetings with most of its shareholders and potential new investors, it is now examining alternatives including a sale.
SHOPPERS hunting for Christmas bargains have been warned to be on the lookout for counterfeit goods. Home Office Minister Damian Green said fakes cost British firms billions of pounds each year. “If it seems too good to be true - it probably is,” he said. “It’s a business that costs Britain £1.3bn a year and it’s really serious at this time of the year when people are doing lots of shopping, especially online shopping.” Around £1.3bn worth of counterfeit goods is seized at UK borders every year. Counterfeit goods seized include fake Ugg Boots and other electrical items.
THE DESIGN COMMISSION is seeking recognition of the importance of design in economic and social development from both government and business. The Commission told BBC Radio 4 Today’s programme this morning that design was about “making things work better”, as much as it was about “making things look better”. Its education inquiry is a response to policy changes in education, where less funding for design courses is expected, while some design elements of the national curriculum are expected to be dropped.
VOI JEANS, the denim brand, has announced that it has expanded into India for the first time. The product is now available in one stockist, Central, a department store located in Hyderabad Mall. Voi made the decision to wholesale its product in India following direct requests made to its UK head office in Preston. Although the products are only in one Central store at present Central is planning to roll out a possible further 25 stores in future. Product stocked includes denim, t-shirts, polo shirts and shirts.
PRABAL GURUNG, the New York-based designer, has been appointed chief designer for the relaunch of Onward Kashiyama’s ICB collections in Europe and the US. The label, formerly designed by Michael Kors and then Viktor + Rolf, stopped distributing in the UK and Europe in 2002, but is now poised to relaunch in those markets in late 2012. According to reports in the FT, Gurung will also provide design direction to the full ICB collection, which will be distributed in Asia and Japan only.