Kathmandu, one of the biggest players in the antipodean outdoor market, has opened its first store in the UK on Berners Street, London. The company, which has 32 stores across New Zealand and Australia, has set up a British arm and appointed a retail operations manager to oversee its expansion.

Aiming to convince the City that it addressing the problems that hit womenswear sales in the run-up to Christmas, M&S hosted a visit to it flagship Marble Arch store in London, to show how its revitalised spring and summer ranges are translating in to sales. The boys from the banks were largely […]

Bhs and Arcadia owner Philip Green will launch a customer loyalty card across the whole of his fashion empire later this year. Retail and marketing executives are revamping the group's Gold Card to add reward points for high spending customers across Bhs and Arcadia. Insiders say the card, to be launched […]

Remember the casual sporty style heralded by Calvin Klein and Donna Karan in the early eighties. It is this season's alternative if you can't face the flowery look this spring. Neutral tones, clean lines and a bit of attitude will get you where you want to go. In a season in which most designers are […]

Bestseller Diane von Furstenberg's much awaited show at New York Fashion Week drew heavily from the English hunting lodge. Showing tweeds with curvy jackets and eye-dazzling colour and tartans, she evidently enjoyed the sport of it all. The designer called on Camelot as well, with touches of medieval […]

On the one hand is flamboyant designer Tom Ford, 42, who is credited with taking fashion house Gucci from the verge of bankruptcy to being one of the world's most powerful luxury goods brands. On the other is Serge Weinberg, 53, the chief executive of Pinault Printemps Redoute, the French retailer that […]

Japanese denim brand Evisu will open its first UK store by the end of this year. They are rumoured to be looking for a store on Savile row in London. The brand will further be opening a concession in Selfridges in March this year in hopes to boost brand awareness but not develop an Evisu retail chain. […]

Independent retailers are looking for something different this season. The mantra from women's and menswear buyers is the same - they want to give their customers a different choice and they are looking to smaller and new labels to provide it for them. The strength that independents have developed - […]

Hugo Boss is introducing a higher-quality suit offer to next season, as part of its Boss Black range. Using a semi-canvas construction, more hand-work than their standard suit, they will retail between GBP599 and 899. Available in store from July.

Paul Mason, former chief executive of Matalan, has been appointed Levi Strauss & Co president. Mason joins on February 23 and will be based at the company's headquarters in Brussels.

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