British designer label A-Cold-Wall has begun a six-week “residency” at the Doha Festival City Mall in Qatar. Its new shop-in-shop 7.2 sq m space is located in the three-storey Harvey Nichols store there.
As fashion and fast-food continue their unlikely alliances, this one should take some beating. It’s a “highly exclusive” ‘it-bag’ launched by KFC to celebrate the introduction of its new £1.98 Twister Wrap deal.
Asia Independent Luxury Group (Ailux), a UK-based business “focused on providing boutique luxury brands with access to the Chinese market”, has entered into a partnership with a giant Chinese name — e-tailer JD.com.
Far from the established runways, London Fashion Week threw up a bunch off cool surprises, from Ozwald Boateng showing off-calendar; a Clements Ribeiro come back; and debuts by an Irish tailor and a German romanticist.
Dsquared2 has closed its London flagship store, some seven years after it opened. The store opened in a prime position not far from luxury hub Bond Street at a time when London retail looked almost unstoppable.
A group of bondholders including asset manager BlackRock and an affiliate of private equity firm Carlyle has become the top shareholder in French fashion company SMCP, taking on a 29% equity stake it now wants to sell.