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The weekend newspaper round up: December 5 to 6, 2009

A round up of the best fashion business stories from the weekend’s newspapers.

Several of the weekend papers reported that Marc Bolland is to join Marks & Spencer as chief executive earlier in the new year than previously anticipated. The Independent on Sunday added that the news had pushed M&S’s share prices up.

Gio Goi is the second fastest-growing UK private company, according to The Sunday Times’s Fast Track 100 list. Henleys Clothing, Net-a-Porter and Cath Kidston also made the list.

Saturday’s Independent reported that luxury lingerie retailer Agent Provocateur has named Keith Wilks as finance director. Wilks joined the company from Whistles, which will replace him with current Diesel finance director Phil Mickler in January.

The Independent also reported that three Swedish entrepreneurs had launched a denim brand called Noko Jeans in North Korea in a bid to break the country’s isolation by increasing manufacture.

The weekend Guardian wrote that the French fashion governing body Chambre Syndicale has invited seven major jewellers to show at haute couture week in Paris next month.

The newspaper also ran a profile on UK Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman where she spoke candidly about her attempts to get leading designers to increase the sizes of their samples.

The Sunday Times said that online retailer Amazon was secretly looking for out-of-town retail sites to create a retail presence and to offer click and collect services, citing property sources for a story. Amazon today issued a denial today in a statement which said: “We have no plans to open physical stores anywhere in the world.”


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