European diplomats have lashed out at a Hong Kong fashion company for using swastikas and other Nazi party symbols. The firm, http://www.izzue.com., designed a range of clothes with Nazi symbols and launched new decorations this past week in its 14 stores. The company's marketing manager, Deborah Cheng, […]

Model and actress Laura Bailey has followed in the footsteps of 60s icon Audrey Hepburn and is officially the new face of Jaegar, the fashion retailer. Bailey, 31 will promote the revitalized Jaeger as it embarks on an ambitious global expansion plan. The 120-year-old brand, once famous for its classically […]

USC, the fast-growing Scottish fashion retailer, is projecting turnover for the current year of £100m and profit of up to £7m. Angus Morrison, the company's co-founder, said USC's core customers - 15- to 24-year-olds - are expected to grow in numbers by about 6% up until 2006. "There is […]

Denim brand Lee is opening its first European store in London's Carnaby Street this November. It will house the brand's men's and women's ear collections over two floors, including Lee's Originals, 101s, Union Alls and selected seasonal collections.

Nike is the top global clothing and footwear brand, according to interbrand. It placed the company at 33 in its 100 global brands, valuing the company at GBP5bn. Other fashion brands listed include Louise Vuitton (45), Gucci (53) and Levi's (77), all of which lost brand value over the past year. Chanel […]

Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, which opens this September, is expected to revitalise the city's retail scene with a fabulous fashion line-up. Bullring, Europe's largest retail regeneration project, is set to lift Birmingham out of its trading doldrums. With Selfridges and Debenhams each occupying […]

Independent stores are being told to start upgrading their point of sale credit card readers by next May, if they are not to fall prey to changes in fraud liability that could hit them for £800m. In January 2005 liability for card fraud, where preventative measures could have been taken, will […]

Upscale clothing designer and retailer Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. reported lower quarterly earnings this week. The pressure to cut prices in the competitive men's sportswear market hurt the company. Income was $5.1 million for the fiscal first quarter ended June 28, down from $6.5 million for the same […]

Diesel is to cut its UK footwear distribution by a third after taking sales and marketing of the brand in-house for autumn 03.Footwear was previously distributed by Benedetto. Diesel UK managing director Pan Phillippou told Drapers last week the account base would shrink by a third to approximately […]

The weather is hot. A heatwave has swept over Europe and city dwellers are struggling to dress appropriately for high-fly meetings in non-air-conditioned offices. Unfortunately for us Brits, there is no such thing as a siesta to go home on hot day for a quick change of (dry) clothes. Just in case things […]

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