Swimwear brand Speedo is celebrating its 75th anniversary by teaming up with designer Melissa Odabash for a high fashion capsule collection. Odabash has designed a one-piece and a bikini to be sold at Selfridges and select independents in the UK. Also included will be one-offs worn by celebrities such […]

UK buyers stayed away from Munich sportswear trade show Ispo held earlier this month. Exhibitors claimed the earlier dateline (moved forward from August) had discouraged UK buyers, saying Ispo was now too close to the Italian menswear show Pitti Uomo, new surfwear show ASR Europe and casual crossover […]

Esprit is launching a wholesale operation in the UK this summer as part of a bid to grow its distribution following the closure of its Bluewater store. The wholesale collection, on sale from August 1st, will include women's men's and children's wear as accessories. It will be targeted at department […]

Following his couture presentation for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld refused to confirm reports that Oscar-winning Australian actress Nicole Kidman will be the next face of the renowned French fashion house. "It's not a done deal, so I can't tell you anything," the German designer told reporters, although […]

The basketball sneakers worn by Larry Bird and Michael Jordan will find themselves on the same team after Nike Inc. has agreed to acquire Converse Inc. of North Andover. Nike valued the deal at $305 million, saying it consisted of an undisclosed amount of cash as well as the assumption of debt. Founded […]

Tax refund specialist Global Refund is hosting a presentation offering an insight into tourist shopping trends for 2003 and onwards. The evening event will include presentations from Ian Yates, managing director of Global Refund UK, and guest speaker James Bradbury, general manager at Madame Tussauds […]

Benetton has embarked upon a UK-wide review of its retail portfolio which may lead to the closure of some of its megastores on prime pitches. The review follows the appointment of chief executive officer Silvano Cassano. The company confirmed a series of closures and openings are on the cards as part […]

Tommy Hilfiger announced plans to bring men's robes, sleepwear and loungewear business in-house beginning next spring. Russell-Newman Inc. has held the license for Hilfiger's men's robes, sleepwear and loungewear since 1994. Russell-Newman also holds and will retain control of women's robes, sleepwear […]

Jigsaw is launching a major assault on the high street with an 'affordable' women's brand, Kew, due to launch in September in 15 stores. It is understood that u to a 100 Kew stores are planned nationwide. The brand is aimed at women who aspire to Jigsaw, but want something a bit more affordable. The […]

Top Shop is planning to launch a sex shop and underwear boutique within its London Oxford Street store this autumn. It will be competing with Ann Summers and other high street retailers like Agent provocateur. A Top Shop spokeswoman says concepts are being worked on, but naming, branding and interior […]

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