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News in brief for the week ending December 8, 2007

News in brief for the week ending December 8, 2007:

Moschino Jeans has changed its name and logo after 20 years to Love Moschino, effective from January 2008. The rebranding reflects the Italian brand’s evolution from denim to a broader clothing offer. The first Love Moschino range will launch for pre-autumn 08 with a younger personality and a lower, more accessible price architecture. It is now on show at the brand’s London showroom on Conduit Street. Prices start from £42 for women and £46 for men. Call 020 7318 0500 for more details.

Rohan, the outdoor clothing brand, is to axe its wholesale arm, with autumn 08 its final wholesale range. It has between 75 and 100 UK accounts. The company intends to focus on its 32 stores, as well as its online and mail order operations.

Top Five fashion agency has signed deals with three new brands. The first, fashion-forward Dutch denim label Il’Dolce, provides women’s jeans for up to £25. Spanish brands Implicate and Urban Concept provide full womenswear lines with Spanish influences. The brands’ autumn 08 collections will be on show at womenswear show Pure on February 10-12. Contact Top Five for more information on 020 7436 6684.

Democrata, the Brazilian men’s footwear brand, is launching Democrata for Kasabian for spring 08, a range initially designed for Tom Meighan, singer from the band Kasabian. Key styles include a Chelsea boot with an elongated last and brogue details. Prices are about £31. Contact 0116 238 7090 for more details.

Red Dot, the directional young fashion brand, has launched a transactional website. The site, at www.shop.reddotclothing.com, includes a selection from the brand’s autumn collection, focusing on T-shirts and hoodies.

Yasmin Sewell, buying director at six-store independent Browns, is to leave to set up her own fashion and retail consultancy. She joined Browns, one of the UK’s leading designer boutiques, as a consultant, and previously managed boutique Yasmin Cho in London’s Poland Street in the early 2000s.

Philip Browne, the Norwich menswear boutique, celebrates its 21st anniversary this year. Charismatic owner Philip Brown travelled the world as an oil well engineer before opening the shop in 1986. He was one of the first to champion now-famous brands such as Diesel, Helmut Lang and Alexander McQueen.

Rubens Designerwear of Inverness in Scotland is to be rebranded as Cafferys to tie in with owner Keith McCaffery’s existing Cafferys menswear store in Inverness. At present Rubens is aimed at the younger menswear market, while Cafferys offers more formal brands. The two shops will continue to stock contrasting lines.

The STAG buying show recorded its best ever attendance this year. The outdoor and leisurewear show, which took place from November 18-19 at Heythrop Park Hotel in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, was reportedly sold out eight months before the event, attracting 400 visitors, up 15% on the previous edition. It featured 85 brands from the sports, outdoor, footwear, lifestyle and leisure sector.

Six Whiting Street in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk has expanded to 4,000sq ft after buying and renovating the shop next door. The menswear boutique has now introduced new brands including CP Company and Stone Island. More brands will be added next year, including Margaret Howell, Blue Blood and Folk.

C&A is planning to launch a new value fashion chain under the name Avanti, according to reports. The department store group, which quit the UK in 2001, is expected to open two stores in Augsburg and Gelsenkirchen in Germany next year. Avanti will compete with German chains KiK and Takko.

Emanuel Ungaro, the French fashion house, has appointed Esteban Cortazar as its new chief designer. The Colombian-born designer, who presented his first collection in New York in 2003, was chosen from 18 candidates after a global search by the company.

Camuto Group has taken a majority stake in Development Clothing, which owns the Development and Erica Davies clothing labels. Supplier Camuto Group said it planned to add footwear to the Development line next year, and to Erica Davies within two years.

The US clothing industry faces a negative outlook due to a fall in discretionary spending and warmer-than-average weather, according to a report by credit rating agency Moody’s. Between May and November, Moody’s has upgraded the credit ratings of just two clothing companies, Levi Strauss and Warnaco, and downgraded four.

Oscar de la Renta will open its second shop in California next year. The 2,600sq ft store will open in mid-February in the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, and will sell clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery. It will be the brand’s seventh shop.

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation posted a 20% increase in net profits to US$60.9 million (£30m) for the three months to November 4. Sales rose 22% to US$611.4m (£299.8m). Sales of the group’s Calvin Klein licensing business increased by 29%.

TK Maxx has promoted Susanne Given to the role of UK managing director to oversee its expansion. Given, who joined TK Maxx in 2005 from Harrods, was previously homewares director and replaces Stephanie Morgan, who left the retailerin July.

LK Bennett issued its sale document this week. Market sources told Drapers that founder Linda Bennett hoped to step down after the sale. Retailer Hobbs, private equity firms Phoenix Private Equity, Barclays Private Equity, European Capital, and Kaupthing are thought to be among the interested parties.

War On Want said clothing factory workers are still being paid just 5p an hour for 80-hour weeks making clothes for Primark, Tesco and Asda in Bangladesh, a year after the pressure group first made allegations about sweat shops. Separately, student campaign group People & Planet staged demonstrations against Topshop, which it accuses of exploiting factory workers, in 14 UK cities on Thursday.

Henleys, the young fashion brand, is to explore new markets and embark on a roll-out of UK stores after its debut store in Manchester’s Arndale centre racked up sales of £1.7 million in its first year. The brand, which has 300 UK accounts, is to launch a transactional website in February. Henleys was ranked 73rd in The Sunday Times Fast Track 100, which lists the UK’s fastest growing private firms.

Marks & Spencer has launched a collection of organic cotton shopping bags, featuring portraits of two of the retailer’s faces, fashion icon Twiggy and supermodel Erin O’Connor. Made from 100% organic cotton, the bags have been designed by illustrator David Downton. The four-bag range will be available in all stores for £2.50.

The Original Factory Shop is understood to be in talks with private equity firm Duke Street Capital about a potential sale worth £70 million. The discount retailer’s chief executive George Foster declined to comment, but said an announcement would be made before Christmas.

Jaeger has unveiled an exclusive collection for Saks Fifth Avenue in 11 of the US department store chain’s branches, including New York. The classic womenswear collection, which includes knitwear and co-ordinated woven separates, features exclusive Jaeger prints. Retail prices start at US$170 (£82) rising to US$425 (£206), with most items ranging from US$250 to US$350 (£121 to £170).

Crocs has appointed Roelof de Leeuw as the footwear brand’s new sales director for Europe, replacing Ortwin Dellevoet, who will now manage Crocs’ Ocean Minded division. De Leeuw joins from GBMI, where he was European managing director.

Kid’s Fashion Mode Enfantine, the kidswear trade show organiser, has cancelled its Paris edition that was due to take place on January 24-25 after low exhibitor numbers. Instead visitors are being redirected to its January 27-28 show at Waagnatie in Antwerp, Belgium. Organisers said the Paris show is expected to run as normal for the spring 09 season.

Neil Mattison, the northern agent for Riva Shoes, has died. His funeral was held on Friday at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church, in Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. Donations can be made to the Manchester Children’s Hospital (Neil Mattison Fund), 3 Charlestown Road, Manchester M9 7AA.

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