US consumers deserted mid-market retailers in favour of discounters in July, with Gap among those telling a tale of woe. Gap reported a 5 per cent decline in same-store US sales in July, with international same-store sales falling even more sharply, by around 12 per cent. As a result, the retailer has […]

Freeborders and Invista, formerly DuPont Textiles Interiors, has launched an online catalogue of fibres and fabrics. The website - www.fastextile.com - will enable 500 mills in 50 countries to communicate with more than 1,600 brands and buyers. Mills will be able to quickly and inexpensively provide […]

Asda is set to overtake Marks & Spencer as Britain's largest clothing retailer by the end of the year, according to confidential industry figures. The revelation will be a severe blow for recently appointed M&S chief executive Stuart Rose. Market share figures for the clothing and footwear market […]

At the autumn/winter shows, the body part most obsessed over by designers was the waist. As worrying as that may sound, the good news is, there are plenty of outfits with the potential to make wasp-waisted goddesses out of all of us. Skirts and trousers are narrowly cut (the pencil skirt is key) and […]

Shares of Foot Locker Inc. rose more than 5 percent last week following news that the No. 1 U.S. athletic shoe retailer was being added to the Standard & Poor's MidCap 400 Index. A company's shares usually react positively after they are added to a major S&P index, as most index fund managers […]

Prada has designed a toolkit to bring a bit of glamour to DIY enthusiasts. n a deep chocolate leather sleeve (we're going to head over and try to get some shots this weekend). That's all. It's not an ice-cube tray. It's just a toolkit. But it's a Prada toolkit. And at $700 US, it will probably cost […]

Men are waging war on their small endowments, and the battle has spilled over into a big fashion trend. Now there are two new products on the market giving men confidence in their packages. 2xist, the long-running underwear choice for providing a subtle lift, is bracing for competition from new arrival […]

The last several years have seen an explosion of designers and luxury labels opening their own hotels. From Armani to Bulgari to Versace, it seems that even if you don't have a home ware line you should probably start thinking about opening a haute hostelry. Fashion and architecture Surface Magazine […]

The desire for a bargain is tempting more UK consumers online, with new research from Mintel showing that price is still a key factor in internet buying decisions, and more consumers are using auction sites such as eBay. Mintel found that over the last three months Internet access has grown to 57 per […]

French footwear brand Charles Jourdan has relaunched for spring 05 in the UK, after a four-year break. Orexis will represent the brand. Patrick Cox, who was appointed head designer last year, has designed the spring 05 collection including the Charles Jourdan Classic and Charles Jourdan Bis ranges. […]

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