High street chain New Look has conducted market research into what an older customer wants from value fashion. Managing director Phil Wrigley said the chain had completed some initial research into an "older" customer profile, but there are no immediate plans to launch a new line. New Look's core customer […]

The Princess Royal has agreed to continue in her role as president of UK Fashion Exports for a further three years from January 2003, it was revealed after the UKFE Awards in London last week. Emap retail, who was a sponsor of the event, and awarded free exhibition space at Pure Accessories to winner […]

Men & fashion. It's an underrated topic, yet one where great changes are taking place as we speak. With last week's men's fashion shows in Milan having achieved furore in the international press, menswear is back in business with a full on agenda. A market worth GBP 6,245.6m, British men are spending […]

Rose Marie Bravo, Britain's highest paid female executive, is facing a showdown with investors in Burrbery over her GBP 12.4m termination contract. Bravo has been informed that the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) is recommending to fund managers that they vote against the retailer at its […]

John Lovering, the entrepreneur who recently tried to take over the Somerfield supermarket group, is to make a GBP 1,5b bid for Debenhams, the department store chain. Lovering has set up a bidding consortium with Texas-Pacific Group, the American buyout house, and CVC Capital Partners, a British private-equity […]

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 […]

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