Judging by what was on show during the international menswear catwalks in Milan, Paris and London this season, men will be practicing what women have been preaching for some time. It is the little touches that count - from belts to shoes - as no trend is complete without the right accessories. Bags […]

A clothing group is to move its entire overseas sweater manufacturing operations back to Scotland in a significant boost for the struggling domestic textile industry. Glenmuir, which supplied the clothing for last year's European Ryder Cup team, has decided to consolidate production of its famous knitwear […]

Merrill Lynch had a simple message to investors about the retailer Next yesterday: buy into the stock ahead of results later this month. In a preview of Next's interim figures, due on 15 September, the US broker hiked its rating to "buy" from "neutral" and set a bullish 1,240p. Given the problems Next […]

Proving that the French have nothing in common with our English prudish nature, French department store Galeries Lafayette has bought in professional help to ensure its customers make the most of their purchases. The venerable department store group opens the world's largest lingerie department, a 27,000 […]

US fashion group Tommy Hilfiger is taking Europe by storm with quarterly sales soaring 58 per cent to GBP91m helped by the stronger euro. US sales fell, but group net* profits rose 6 per cent to GBP39m.

It has been published widely that the big multibrand conglomerates are all facing similar problems as each relies largely on a single brand: LVMH on Louis Vuitton, Gucci on Gucci, and Richemont of Switzerland on the jeweler Cartier. While Vuitton and Gucci have been the powerhouses of their respective […]

Chanel's new Private Collection, one-of-a-kind pieces of exquisite jewellery is currently undergoing a world tour, and is in London in early fall. The 150-piece collection can be seen at Chanel's fine jewellery stores and plays on the company's rich inheritance, incorporating signature touches, like […]

High Wycombe is to be the next site where UK department store chain House of Fraser is to be part of a major face lift. Continuing to roll out their store portfolio and development programme, House of Fraser has closed the sites where there is underperformance and is looking at new stores in Croydon, […]

The offer for Debenhams made by Permira has formally lapsed, leaving the way clear for Baroness Retail, the consortium backed by CVC Capital Partners and Texas Pacific, to acquire the UK department store business. Although Permira's bid was withdrawn last month, the offer period set out by the Takeover […]

The masterminds behind Gucci left the Italian fashion house in turmoil last night, after the two men who single-handedly changed the company from an almost bankrupt family firm to a luxury empire, said they will quit when their contracts expire next year. Domenico de Sole, the chief executive, and Tom […]

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