LK Bennett surprised the retail sector when it named Darren Topp, ex-boss of failed BHS, as its CEO, but now it seems that Topp is leaving and Erica Vilkauls, who recently ran the failed East chain, is on board.
John Lewis must be hoping for a big sales uplift in the current week as it opens it 50th department store today at Westfield London. But for last week, it saw a total company sales increase of only 2% to £206m.
Further evidence of the importance of cycling as an expanding sports category has come with news that UK brands giant Pentland has bought the Scotland-based Endura cycle clothing and accessories label.
Harrods MD Michael Ward is upbeat on the change the next few years will bring but says it will be tough for rivals without a USP as the store spends mega-money to focus on experiences, Millennials and the global shopper.
Claire’s Stores Inc said on Monday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and expects to reduce debt by about $1.9 billion, as the struggling retailer of girls’ accessories combats a fall in mall traffic.
Wolford is clearly on the recovery trail but changes in the way department stores display hosiery dented its wholesale turnover in key markets like the US, UK, France and Germany in the first nine months of the year.
British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has been unveiled as the new face of all Tommy Hilfiger's menswear labels, further deepening the brand's ties to motor racing following the launch of its Mercedes deal.
Luxury fashion house Chanel has revealed a new store design following the re-opening of its Amsterdam-based store. The shop is designed by Peter Marino and references the style of the Paris apartment of Coco Chanel.
Italian high-end streetwear label GCDS is set to open its first store in London with a debut in Mayfair. The area continues to benefit from a raft of international openings, despite the tough fashion retail environment.