From around the web and the nationals
Sales at clothing and footwear retailers continued to suffer last week as overall sales dropped 5.7%. According to the BDO High Street Sales Tracker sales at clothing stores dropped by 5.5% for the week ending November 27, with footwear sales falling by 8.3%.
Clarks Originals, the footwear brand, is to launch a British rock inspired collection of Desert Boots for spring 12. The Rock Royalty collection features four limited edition boots with looks including the Union Jack and The Glamrock, complete with crystals.
Milan Fashion Week has agreed that New York should start on September 6 next year with the shows in London, Milan and Paris to follow afterwards. Earlier this year Milan Fashion Week organisers changed the dates of its September 2012 shows to clash with London and New York.
The Style Standard, the etailer, has relaunched its site. The new site now includes a blog and a fresh look plus the online store has updated its brand mix to include Danish womenswear labels Margit Brandt and Selected Femme and cashmere brand Jack Brodie.
The Original Car Shoe, the Prada-owned footwear brand, is set to open its first UK store. The store will open on New Bond Street in London. The brand already has stores in Milan, Rome, Singapore and Capri.
Sales in America during November rose year-on-year with US shoppers out in force. Across 20 chains there was an average increase of 3.1% according to Thomson Reuters. Sales over the Thanksgiving weekend rose to $52bn (£33bn) from $45bn (£29bn) last year. CrossView, a retail technology provider, said its retail clients saw online sales rise 28% between Black Friday (November 25) and Cyber Monday (November 28) this year in comparison with last year’s sales.
Francois Lesage, the embroidery designer who has provided looks for Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Valentino, died in Paris yesterday at the age of 82.