Swedish fashion retailer H&M saw group turnover increase by 10 per cent at comparable currency rates, with sales of GBP3,255m. Profits were up 21 per cent at GBP 507,85m across the nine months. Turnover for the third quarter was to GBP1,059m, an increase of 7 per cent compared with last year at […]

Katharine Hamnett, famous for her 80s t-shirts with anti-war slogans, proved she is no less a political campaigner then a top-end designer. In one of her most beautiful collections to date she combined her subtle feminine touch with edgy glamour at her London Fashion Week show yesterday. Hailed as trash […]

Factory outlet operator Freeport recorded a 26 per cent rise in pre-tax profits to GBP12.9m for the year to June 28 2003. The company opened a retail village in Excalibur on the Czech/Austrian border this month and will open another one in Lisbon, Portugal in 2004.

London Fashion Week may have to move house again next season from the King's Road Duke of York's Headquarters after residents complained to the local authority that the event had disrupted the area. Residents nearby are understood to have submitted a long list of complaints to the Royal Borough of Kensington […]

Rose Marie Bravo has apparently been offered the financial helm of Gucci for an undisclosed sum. A Burberry source stated she told the Florentine Fashion House she needs a week to think through the offer.

Global fashion retailer Gap, said it remained focused on continuing the turnaround that began more than a year ago to generate growth in its core brands. It further plans to look at international expansion opportunities, starting early next year. Gap has been working hard to revive its business after […]

What's more fashionable than a Hugo Boss suit? A brushed aluminium Hugo Boss bicycle, of course. Not only does it have Air Shox pneumatic suspension, adjustable wheel air volume, a handy folding mechanism and chunky 20-inch tyres. It also sports a snazzy orange frame guaranteed to get you noticed. Hugo […]

Frost French, the celebrity fashion pack of Sadie Frost and Jemima French, are back on form and showed their best collection to date at the Royal Horticultural Hall in London. Guests, who included Kate Moss and Rosemary Ferguson, saw Forties-style dresses in faded rose prints, puff-sleeved chiffon blouses […]

Reports that discount retailer Matalan and supermarket giant Tesco have held merger discussions have been firmly played down by both companies. Matalan shares rose sharply on Monday, up 3.2 percent to 211p, following a report in the Mail on Sunday which said the two retailers had been held talks until […]

Paul Smith launched his spring/summer womenswear collection yesterday and introduced a new line, called Paul Smith Pink. The models, who included Elizabeth Jagger and Jacquetta Wheeler, stepped onto a catwalk strewn with butterfly motifs, and showed off colourful patchwork silk slip dresses, pretty […]

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