The glitterati of film and fashion turned up en masse last night to celebrate the opening of the Giorgio Armani exhibition at the Royal Academy, which starts today. Visitors will be awed by a design career spanning some 30 years and the new show, which displays hundreds of his dresses and suits, has […]

Department store group Hoopers unveiled its Harrogate menswear store last week. The shop, which is spread over 3 floors, features a contemporary design with limestone and walnut floors with brushed steel. Merchandise includes the edgy additions Two Flowers, Man Save The queen and Liberty Rose, alongside […]

Marks & Spencer is launching its first 100 per cent organic cotton collection under the banner of its exclusive sportswear brand View From. The five-piece yoga wear range is produced using Agrocel Pure & Fair cotton and is the result of "ethical" production processes, which, by minimising third […]

James Bond's tailor Brioni opened its flagship store at 32 Bruton Street, London, last week. The store, around 5,000sq ft, is trading over four floors and sells its entire range, which includes made-to-measure men's tailoring, menswear, womenswear and casual clothing.

Anyone in the vicinity of Sloane Square on Wednesday evening should make a stop at Links of London. Anytime after 4pm visitors will be given a free Pink Ticket, which entitles the bearer to a wide range of treats from shops around Sloane Square and the Duke of York Square. The majority of proceeds from […]

Gucci posted a big drop in second-quarter and first-half earnings. Second-quarter net profit dropped to 22.7 million euros ($26.43 million) from 42.8 million a year ago, and even that figure was shored up by a timely tax credit of 23.5 million euros as well as financial and other income. Group sales […]

Zara is bringing its homewares to the UK at its Brompton Road store in Knightsbridge, London, that is to open this November. Towels, duvet covers, crockery and throws will be sold from around 3,000sq ft of the new four-floor store. For more information see www.zara.com

After less than a year as its creative director, Lucille Lewin has parted company with Liberty. Lewin, who founded womenswear chain Whistles in 1976, was appointed last October to bring consistency to Liberty's product and an improved understanding of the store's customers. The role was created specifically […]

Mars & Spencer is no longer the UK's largest schoolwear retailer by value, according to figures quoted by The Times. M&S's market share fell from 9.7% to 9.1% as Asda's leapt from 9.3% to 12%. Woolworths was another strong performer, moving up to third place with a rise from 5.3% to 7.5%, swapping […]

House of Fraser's new store, unveiled earlier this month in the City of London, is geared to the Square Mile's affluent, time-poor customer. The new store, which over looks London Bridge, focuses on fashion, cosmetics and a limited selection of homeware gift items. The line-up of luxury brands, set […]

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