A new addition to the gallery-driven regeneration of London's South Bank, the long-awaited Fashion and textile museum, will open to the public on Tuesday, 13 May 2003. Founded by British fashion legend Zandra Rhodes, the museum will focus on fashion and textiles from the 1950s onward, and will not be […]

Guinness, shamrock and Roy Kean may be famous Irish exports, but this season's high street reveals another specialty - linen. Irish linen contributes three per cent of the world's linen, employing approx. 3000 people in the industry. Great Britain alone buys GBP 85m worth of Irish linen annually, and […]

From Gap to H&M, our high streets are full of the same shops, selling the same cheap chic: it is the clothing version of fast food. According to Michelle Lee, a leading US fashion writer, we are consumers of McFashion and fashion has begun to resemble fast food. Fast, disposable, easy, non-intimidating, […]

Chanel Inc, the US arm of French luxury goods company Chanel, has appointed Maureen Chiquet president and chief operating officer, effective 2005. She is set to take over from Arie L Kopelman, who will become vice chairman and remain on Chanel Inc's management board after his retirement at the end of […]

April's consumer confidence index from market research group Martin Hamblin showed confidence up by five points since March to stand at -5. Good news, at least, showing some bounce back from war worries. Consumers are optimistic about the next 12 months - up 15 points - and perceptions of personal finances […]

High street fashion chain Morgan has launched this summer's must have T-shirts. Eight white racer back vests with an apple print (on display at the Oxford Street store this month) have been signed by celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Denise Van Outen, Lisa B and Tess Daly and will be raffled to raise […]

I was recently reminded of an incident when a friend went to have his haircut at one of London's swish new salons. When it comes to the future state of your bouffe, it can be a rather daunting experience choosing between the stylist, senior stylist, über stylist, creative director, or worse, the […]

With the UK Bank Holiday to start this weekend, the shops are looking forward to some consistent trading. But will they get it? With the four-day Easter break as an indication of sales, trading shouldn't go as bad as forewarned. Reading the doom and gloom of the newspapers: plummeting stocks and shares, […]

It's been a good year for high street guru Philip Green, who, according to The Sunday Times rich list 2003, is worth an estimated GBP1.85billion. Since buying fashion chain Arcadia group last September, profits are set to reach GBP 150m in the year to August 2003. The Arcadia Group, known to consumers […]

After just four weeks on the job, Max Rigelman has quit as managing director of Harrods. Rigelman is the third managing director to leave the luxury Knightsbridge department store in just over two years. Harrods have stated that group finance director Steve Davie will assume the role of acting managing […]

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