Robert Polet, who was once in business selling mass market products, has now been given a high-fashion upgrade, challenged to find out if he can interest the public in $1,000 handbags. Next Tuesday, both the fashion industry, where skepticism about outsiders runs rampant, and corporate investors, with […]

Designer Karl Lagerfeld's appearance in Ginza for the opening to the new Chanel flagship (now the largest Chanel shop in the world) was met by hysterical fans. As Lagerfeld himself observed, you no longer have to be a rock star to attract too much attention and receive such blatant adoration. Hundreds […]

The Bullring in Birmingham has won the BCSC's Supreme Gold Award at a ceremony to mark the UK's outstanding shopping centres and retail destinations. The Bullring was highlighted amongst three new and three established schemes, all of which were honoured with BCSC Gold Awards. The Supreme Gold Award […]

Philip Green has won the Drapers Record award for the most influential people in high street fashion 2004.This year, the owner of BHS and Arcadia saw profits rise by 30 per cent and he launched a £9 billion bid for Marks & Spencer.

The British lifestyle retailer, Joy, is expanding its presence outside London with the opening of its first next-generation store at the Triangle Shopping Centre in Manchester this month. Other openings are planned for Leeds and Birmingham in early 2005. Joy has appointed designers SHH to revamp its […]

High-street shoe chain Office has reported a leap in profits by more than 20% in the first year since Scottish business tycoon Tom Hunter took over the company. The company announced a increase in sales to GBP33.5 million, up from GBP25.7 in the same period last year. Office, which employs 383 staff […]

Officials of the European Union have revealed that they plan to drop $4 billion (GBP2.2 billion) in penalizing tariffs on a number of textile- and apparel exports to the US. The decisions were made as a reprisal against so-called illegal subsidies, they said. The sanctions are expected to be revoked […]

Yesterday's opening of a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York heralded a rare collaboration between the fashion world and the animal rights activists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The exhibition, "Wild: Fashion Untamed", takes a look at the use of fur and […]

Property company Minerva is selling its stake in Scarlett Retail, the holding company for the Allders department store chain. Minerva said that, along with Scarlett's other main shareholder Lehman Brothers, it has "initiated a process for the sale" of the business. A statement said that "expressions […]

The British home shopping specialist JD Williams has launched an aggressive marketing campaign to promote its new ladies' footwear website VivaLaDiva.com. Hoping to capitalise on the emotional bond that women have with shoes, the company has developed the VivaLaDiva concept for time-challenged women […]

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