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News in brief

News in brief for the week September 29, 2007.

Arrogant Cat wins copying case with Asos
Women’s young fashion brand Arrogant Cat has successfully sued over the copying of a pair of ‘Bunny Girl’ shorts. The brand is expected to receive an undisclosed sum linked to Asos’s profits from the sale of the item, plus legal costs. Asos will also hand over any remaining stock of shorts.

JD to introduce K-Swiss clothing as sales rise
The John David Group will add K-Swiss clothing to JD stores for spring, with more new labels planned next year. JD’s revamped London flagship opens in November and up to 20 more refits are planned by December. Year to date like-for-like sales were up 11.8% to September 22, rising 12.3% at sports fascias and 3.3% in fashion stores. Group sales for the 26 weeks to July 28 rose 6.2% to £250 million.

Liberty aims for five-star fashion credentials
London department store Liberty plans to become a “five-star” fashion destination, despite increased losses of £2.2 million. Chief executive Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye said he wanted to create a better balance between classic and more edgy designers. Total sales rose 2.8% to £20.5m, with womenswear sales at its London flagship down 4% to £3.9m for the six months to June 30. Menswear sales rose 28% to £2.1m. A Liberty of London flagship will open on Sloane Street next spring.

Care International hike raises £60,000
Hugo Boss, Marks & Spencer, Banner and USA Pro joined a team from Drapers (pictured) to hike, bike and canoe their way around Snowdonia National Park for charity this month. The event raised £60,000 for Care International, with M&S – the fastest team to finish – raising £15,000.

Future unclear for Pluriel trimmings show
The next edition of Paris textiles show Première Vision Pluriel, which comprises Indigo, Expofil and Première Vision, may not include trimmings show Mod’Amont after it was bought by Tarsus, a French firm owned by UK events organiser Reed. Reed has not yet committed to running it under the Première Vision Pluriel banner but may find a new location and dateline for the show.

Sales and profits on the increase at Prada
The Prada group reported a jump in first-half sales and profits in 2007, fuelling speculation it will float the business next year. Profit before depreciation and amortisation was up 40% to €140 million (£98m) compared with last year. Sales rose 18% to €812m (£569m). The company forecasts that full-year operating profit will top €280m (£196m).

FashionExpo to reward London design talent
Hobbs, Whistles, Debenhams and Topshop have created a new award to recognise London-based design and manufacturing talent. The award ties in with FashionExpo, which showcases the work of new and emerging manufacturers, designers and retailers. FashionExpo is on November 5-6 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London, and the award will be presented on November 5. FashionExpo is funded by the London Development Agency through the City Fringe Partnership.

Chilli Pepper opens two shop-in-shops
Women’s young fashion brand Chilli Pepper has opened shop-in-shops in Elys of Wimbledon in south London and Fenwick in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. The area in Elys is about 950sq ft. Chilli Pepper and Chilli Couture shop-in-shops of about 200sq ft will also open in four Coin department stores in Italy.

Businesses asked to back industry diploma
Skillfast-UK, the Sector Skills Council for fashion and textiles, is calling for fashion companies to get involved with a diploma in manufacturing and product design for 14- to 19-year-olds. The diploma, which is scheduled to launch for September 2009, aims to offer young people the chance to specialise in skills they will need in today’s workplace.

UK debut in Belgravia for Lucien Pellat-Finet
Luxury French lifestyle brand Lucien Pellat-Finet has opened its first UK store in Belgravia, west London. The 1,500sq ft flagship sells the entire men’s, women’s and kids’ ranges, plus accessories including diamond watches and crocodile skin bags. Customers can also personalise cashmere sweaters by choosing a colour, motif and style.

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