Banana Republic launches new home categories
Gap-owned fashion brand Banana Republic is once again expanding its offering with the launch of a growing 'BR Home' collection.
Next confirms Cath Kidston acquisition for £8.5m
Next has confirmed its widely expected purchase of the Cath Kidston brand. In the briefest of stock exchange announcements the company said it's paying £8.5 million for the brand.
Footfall set for big Easter boost as consumers bide their time
Expect this year’s long Easter weekend to be strong for UK retail. That’s the forecast from MRI Springboard, which thinks shoppers are “holding back in anticipation”.
Landsec takes full control of St David’s mall, buys adjacent ex-Debenhams space too
Landsec now owns all of the successful St David's shopping centre in Cardiff, as part of the commercial property giant’s bid to build on “operational and strategic momentum”.
Hotter owner Unbound mulls possible takeover by WoolOvers Group
Unbound Group is the latest stock exchange-listed UK business to consider a takeover offer that may be well above its market capitalisation based on its recent share price, but is still far below its all-time high.
Next in talks on Cath Kidston buy, deal possibly imminent
Next is back on the acquisition trail. The retail giant, which delivers its results later this week, is reportedly in “advanced talks” about buying troubled Cath Kidston.
Julien Dossena to design Jean Paul Gaultier’s next couture collection
After Olivier Rousteing and Haider Ackermann, it will be the Paco Rabanne creative director’s turn to take charge of Jean Paul Gaultier’s haute couture line for one season. Dossena’s collection will be unveiled in July.
Matalan names new Chair from Takko, ex-Co-op food leader Whitfield is CEO
There’s a new leadership team at Matalan with the company announcing on Monday that Karl-Heinz Holland is now the company’s Chair and Jo Whitfield joins as CEO.
Luxury activity exploded in 2022, pop-ups were key - report
Luxurynsight has released its annual Global Luxury Brand Analysis report and found an unsurprising double-digit rise in overall activity for fashion and leather goods last year as the world 'normalised post'-pandemic.
UK Gen Z shoppers embrace VAT-free EU spending post-Brexit
The UK may have failed to offer the hoped-for Vat-free shopping for EU tourists post-Brexit, but British tourists are taking advantage of their ability to shop tax-free within the EU, and Gen Z is leading the charge.
Mary Portas weighs in as John Lewis controversy continues
JLP Chairman Sharon White is mulling bringing in an outside investor, but the idea has sparked a big backlash and at the weekend, a high-profile industry insider accused the retailer of losing sight of what’s important.
Longchamp celebrates its spring-summer collection at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel
The French brand celebrated this Thursday, March 23, its new collection at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel. Stranger Things star, Natalie Dyer, attended the event.
Shein pop-ups heading to Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff
Global fashion and lifestyle e-tailer Shein is taking the brand on a physical tour this spring on two fronts: via a pop-up store and ‘glam’ bus.
Landsec retail prize winner will be offered pop-up in Leeds or Wandsworth
Landsec is again offering up-and-coming retailers the chance to win a month-long pop-up space at one of the commercial property giant’s prime retail destinations.
GfK UK consumer confidence rises again in March
UK consumer confidence rose for a second straight month in March following a dark period of consecutive declines going back to last autumn. Admittedly, it’s still in negative territory though.
UK retail sales rise in February but values fail to match inflation
British retail sales volumes rose 1.2% in February compared to January, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed on Friday.