There is only one look for the summer girls, and that being the kaftan! Whether holidaying in the Seychelles or eating poolside in Brighton, there's only one way to go - long loose and seriously cool. Dress up the look with shades and strappy heels. (ps it's more Liz Taylor than Margot Leadbetter). […]

Marks & Spencer has run into protest from its staff over plans to cut payments for working unsociable hours, including Sundays and bank holidays. Shop staff learned of the plans on the same day as the retailer announced the rise in pre-tax profits. M&S will cut wages for Sundays and bank holidays […]

Levi Strauss & Co. on Thursday announced its net loss narrowed in the second quarter compared with a year ago, when it took a sizeable restructuring charge. The weak economy affected sales, the company said. Levi's, which is privately owned, reports earnings due to its outstanding corporate debt, […]

Hong Kong-based fashion conglomerate Esprit Holdings Ltd has confirmed it will close one of its two Esprit stores in the UK. The shop in Bluewater, trading since September 2001, will be closed due to "distance problems", as the London location is in a prime area on Regent Street. Both stores have been […]

Jones Apparel Group, the former licensee of Polo Ralph Lauren, has unexpectedly thrown its license back to Polo earlier this month. Now Polo needs to design, sell, manufacture and be ready to ship millions of pounds worth of spring/summer 04 goods by January. Sceptics on Wall Street say the task is […]

Around one-third of consumers admit they would knowingly buy a fake product if it was inexpensive enough, according to a new survey.While two-thirds say they are against counterfeiting, authorities say there remains a percentage who fail to be convinced. Counterfeiting is estimated to cost trademark […]

Morgan plans to open a further five stores by the end of the year following the launch of a new men's and women's fragrance this autumn. Morgan UK recently parted company with Irish nine-strong franchisee Barry and Sons, but plans to expand the company with five stores are said to go ahead.

Anyone who has dreaded the tradeshow circuit will think different of Pure. Launched for A/W 1997 it has made a dent in the exhibition scene like no other buying environment in Europe. With the womenswear market set to increase by 3.2 per cent this year, Pure reflects the fashion industry like no other […]

Littlewoods is to launch an online sportswear business as part of its strategy to grow home shopping through niche product ranges.The new site, to be called, is to be launched this summer, although the company has not yet announced a date.Jessica Brown and Robert Carruthers report that the […]

Trade show premier Kids is launching a series of buying seminars at this season's show. Jacqueline Cook, former head of childrenswear buying at Selfridges, will present Childrenswear Buying: An Art or a Science? Premier kids will also include the Drapers Trend Area, daily fashion shows and advice on […]

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