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Betty Jackson to take a gap year

British fashion stalwart Betty Jackson is taking a year-long break from her fashion business. The London-based designer, aged 62, is shutting her Brompton Road store next spring and will not show a spring 12 collection during London Fashion Week in September.

According reports the designer is keen to “reassess” her options after 60 seasons in business and also take some time to travel and work on her charitable commitments. She told one newspaper: “We are not closing the company, and I am definitely not retiring.” She added that the decision was “unaffected by market forces, health or anything other than our desire for change.”

Jackson will see through the label’s commitments for its autumn 11 season. Clothes will be distributed online and through wholesale after the shop closure. Jackson is also said to be continuing her collaboration with department store Debenhams where she produces the highly successful collection Betty Jackson Black. 

Betty Jackson was born in Lancashire and in 2007 was made a CBE for her services to the British fashion industry.

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