Gap Inc. has cancelled contracts with 42 of its clothing manufacturers in China this year for breaches of Gap's labour standards. Gap Inc. announced the changes in its Social Responsibility Report, which described Gap's internal investigations into the labour practices of its factories worldwide in […]

UK-based distributor Marchpole Holdings has signed a licensing deal with Emmanual Ungaro. The deal, which excludes America, will run until 2012 and covers both the tailored Emanuel Ungaro and more casual Ungaro labels. The first collections will be for autumn/winter 2005/6.

For those of you who are looking for a reason to get married, and for whom money is no object, welcome to the best bridal boutique in Britain. The fabulous Browns boutique on South Molton Street is opening a bridal shop around the corner on Brook Street later this month. The shop will offer made-to-order […]

Update your winter wardrobe with all things green. From juicy lime to elegant olive, autumn's coolest colour will turn you into a green goddess. For the most sumptuous green, head to Chloe for beautiful silk chiffon floaty dresses. Luisa Beccaria encapsulates the 50s look with green velvets and bowtie […]

Pinault-Printemps Redoute's Redcats, PPR's catalogue business, is breaking out of its image as a mail-order retailer and redefining itself as a fashion brand business, Dow Jones Newswires reported. The division includes France's La Redoute catalogue and Chadwick's in the US and PPR is hoping to boost […]

Girls' fashion retailer Tammy is to launch a new website to promote its brand on the internet. The site,, will include fashion and celebrity style tips and news & gossip covering music and soaps. A section will also be devoted to games and competitions with prizes from Tammy and […]

London Savile Row tailoring firm Gieves & Hawkes has signed an agreement with Daidoh to establish Gieves & Hawkes Japan, which will promote and sell its products in Japan, mainly through stores and concessions. The new unit will sell bespoke and personally tailored suits as well as the classically […]

Versace has reportedly stopped its search for a suitable financial partner in a move to restructure its fashion empire under the guidance of the newly appointed CEO, Giancarlo di Risio. Di Risio, who was the former CEO at Fendi, joins the ailing fashion house as the Company named three other financial […]

A new phenomenon, called The Lipstick Index, is gaining headlines with the Wall Street Journal and The New York times. In the economic downturn since 9/11, spending on luxury goods fell sharply. The interesting factor is that lipstick sales went up by 11 per cent. The answer being that when times are […]

Byblos owner Swinger is the latest luxury fashion name to enter the high-end hotel business with plans for a resort in Valpolicella in rural Verona. The 10,000 sq m hotel will open in April in the historic Villa Amista, owned by Swinger's controlling Facchini family. 6 September 2004

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