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PrettyLittleThing launches recycled collection Subscription
Fast fashion womenswear etailer PrettyLittleThing has launched a collection made from recycled materials and fabrics.
Spend from US shoppers jumpsSubscription
Shoppers visiting the UK from the US in March increased their spend by 30% year on year, new research has shown.
Mulberry to expand in John Lewis Subscription
Mulberry is to open three new concessions in John Lewis branches next month, following the launch of a concession in Kingston this week.
Fashion sales edge upSubscription
Sales of fashion in the UK increased 2.04% year on year for the week to 14 April.
Clarks appoints new chairSubscription
Clarks has appointed former interim CEO Stella David as its new non-executive chair.
London retailers hit out at protesters Subscription
The climate change protests in central London are “hugely disruptive” to retailers in the area and must be brought under control, New West End Company said today.
Zalando signals unexpected profit riseSubscription
Zalando has said it will make a profit in the first quarter of its financial year, beating analysts’ expectations.
Arket launches recycling schemeSubscription
H&M group retailer Arket is launching a clothing take-back scheme in all stores at the end of the month.
Brexit concerns hit all-time highSubscription
Concerns over Brexit among chief financial officers have reached the highest level since the European Union referendum in 2016, new research has found.
Drapers Footwear Awards 2019 shortlist revealedSubscription
The very best footwear retailers, brands and suppliers in the UK and Ireland will battle it out to be crowned the winners at this year’s Drapers Footwear Awards.
Australian brand Ksubi appoints UK distributorsSubscription
Australian denim and streetwear brand Ksubi has appointed UK-based Indigofera Distribution to handle all sales and distribution for the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Asia from April.
Sales surge at LVMH Subscription
Luxury group LVMH reported a 20% jump in reported sales in its fashion and leather goods division to £5.1bn for the three months to 31 March.
Zalando to shake up boardSubscription
German etailer Zalando plans to appoint Cristina Stenbeck to its supervisory board as chairperson.
Debenhams lines up restructuring chiefSubscription
Debenhams is reportedly lining up Stefaan Vansteenkiste to be its new chief restructuring officer.
US investor sells stake back to Arcadia Subscription
US private equity firm Leonard Green and Partners has reportedly sold its 25% stake in Topshop/Topman back to Arcadia.
Debenhams landlords brace for CVA after pre-packSubscription
Debenhams landlords are preparing for the retailer to launch a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) to reduce costs, after entering a pre-pack administration today.
Sports Direct has called Debenhams’ pre-pack administration a “national scandal”, and called for the process to be reversed in favour of a “full, better and appropriate solvent solution”.
Sports Direct withdraws Debenhams bidSubscription
Sports Direct has said it will not make a formal bid for Debenhams after the department store chain entered a pre-pack administration earlier today.
Debenhams falls into administration Subscription
Debenhams has entered into a pre-pack administration, wiping out equity for shareholders including Sports Direct.
Business confidence lowest since 2012Subscription
Business confidence has crashed to its lowest level since September 2012, amid continued Brexit uncertainty, a new report has shown.
The House of Lords standards body has dismissed a complaint made by Sir Philip Green against Lord Hain, who named the retailer as the man at the centre of sexual harassment and racial abuse allegations.
Sales jump at SosandarSubscription
Revenues at womenswear etailer Sosandar are expected to rocket 228% to £4.4m for the year to 31 March, following a focus on full-price sales.
Debenhams poised to fall into administration today Subscription
Debenhams is expected to enter into a pre-pack administration today, after it rejected an increased £200m lifeline from Sports Direct.
Debenhams rejects Sports Direct’s £150m lifeline Subscription
Sports Direct has said it is “disappointed” that Debenhams has rejected its latest offer of £150m cash injection for the struggling department store.
Obituary: designer Daniel Hanson has diedSubscription
Nottingham-based luxury dressing gown designer Daniel Hanson has died.
Jones Bootmaker revamps City storeSubscription
Jones Bootmaker has redesigned its shop on Bow Lane in the City of London.
Clarks bolsters boardSubscription
Clarks has appointed three new non-executive directors to its board.
Authentic Brands Group buys VolcomSubscription
Brand house Authentic Brands Group has bought the intellectual property assets of US skate and lifestyle brand Volcom from Kering for an undisclosed amount.
Mass resignations from Superdry boardSubscription
Superdry’s chairman Peter Bamford, chief executive Euan Sutherland, chief financial officer Ed Barker, and chairman of the remuneration committee Penny Hughes have all exited the business with immediate effect, following co-founder Julian Dunkerton’s reinstatement to the board earlier today.
Philip Day snaps up BonmarchéSubscription
Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group owner Philip Day has acquired a majority shareholding in Bonmarché in a deal that values the retailer at £5.7m.
Drapers Digital Awards 2019 shortlist revealedSubscription
We can now unveil the shortlist for the Drapers Digital Awards 2019, which recognise and celebrate the best in fashion ecommerce.
London tops global ranking for luxury openings Subscription
London took the global top spot for luxury store openings in 2018, new research has found.
UK’s worst-performing high streets revealed Subscription
High streets in towns in the north of England have topped a list of the UK’s worst retail locations.
British Footwear Association hires new chief Subscription
The British Footwear Association (BFA) has appointed jewellery industry veteran Lucy Reece-Raybould as its new CEO.
Shop Direct to rebrand to The Very GroupSubscription
Shop Direct will rebrand as The Very Group later this year.
Home shopping retailer Findel has urged shareholders to reject Sports Direct’s offer to buy the company, as the bid “significantly undervalues” the group.
Marks & Spencer's Bonham Carter to join White Stuff Subscription
Marks & Spencer’s head of buying for womenswear, Paula Bonham Carter, is joining White Stuff as buying and design director, Drapers understands.
Senior departures at M&SSubscription
Marks & Spencer’s head of buying for womenswear and its head of merchandising for lingerie are leaving the business, Drapers can reveal.
Farfetch invests in The Modist Subscription
Modest etailer The Modist has secured investment from Farfetch and the private equity vehicle for Nicola Bulgari, vice chairman of Bulgari Group, Annabel Investment Holding.
Asda's George to only use recycled polyester by 2025 Subscription
Asda clothing brand George has pledged to only use recycled polyester by 2025, as part of a range of commitments to improve the ethical and environmental impact of its products.
KPMG slashes UK growth forecast Subscription
KPMG has cut its short-term growth forecasts for the UK following continued uncertainty around Brexit.
Pressure mounts on Arcadia pension black hole Subscription
Sir Philip Green may have to increase payments to Arcadia’s pension scheme, as the business prepares for a possible company voluntary arrangement (CVA).
Debenhams rescue plan not ‘workable’, says Ashley Subscription
Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley has said Debenhams refunding plan, which could result in wiping out equity for shareholders, is not a “workable solution”.
Debenhams asks lenders for £200mSubscription
Debenhams has asked its existing lenders for a £200m cash injection.
Sports Direct tables offer for Magasin du NordSubscription
Sports Direct has offered to buy Debenhams’ Danish business, Magasin du Nord for £100m.
Nigel Oddy to join New Look Subscription
Former House of Fraser chief executive Nigel Oddy will join New Look as chief operating officer on 1 April, Drapers can exclusively reveal.
Next chief executive Lord Wolfson has said the high street does have a future as its online business grows, but only if property costs enable the viability of stores.
First look: Quiz to launch swimwearSubscription
Quiz is launching swimwear for the first time this spring.
Sports Direct’s luxury fascia, Flannels, is planning to expand to 100 stores in the UK and launch internationally for the first time, Drapers can reveal.
Sports Direct Group’s head of elevation, Mike Murray, and Flannels’ head of brand, Carl Tallents, exclusively unveil their UK and international expansion plans for Flannels and explain why Sports Direct is betting big on the high street.