July sales for Swedish fashion retailer Hennes&Mauritz increased by 8 per cent, matching June's performance, but falling short of analysts' expectations for six consecutive months. H&M said that the single-digit like-for-like decline in July was due to a shortage in summer clothing.

Harvey Nichols aims to bring a sprinkling of Hollywood glamour to the North West with the opening of its last full-scale department store in Manchester.The 95,000sq ft, three-floor store, which opened last week, has accessories and cosmetics on the split level ground floor. Womenswear, lingerie and […]

Gap will premiere its new TV campaign featuring music stars Madonna and Missy Eliott in the UK this week, a few days after its US launch. The stars are featured wearing Gap's new range of cords, which the retailer hopes will further drive the strong sales recovery it has seen over this year. The soundtrack […]

What better way to combat a heatwave than by wearing a miniskirt? In London it seemed the hotter the temperatures, the shorter the skirts. This summer we've been treated to more legs on show than the Moulin Rouge. True to the sixties revival that has inspired collections around the globe, the mini has […]

Jaeger is reviewing its concession agreements with House of Fraser as part of its move to re-establish the brand as "the premier British label." The brand, which was bought by BMB chairman Harold Tillman earlier this year, also plans to launch a men's footwear collection next autumn and to expand into […]

John Lewis has installed whispering windows in its Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nottingham and London's Oxford Street stores. They transmit sounds and music through a "bug" attached to the glass. The technology has been developed by Hull-based Newlands Scientific.

Austin Reed is launching an advertising campaign and a new brand identity to coincide with the unveiling of its refurbished London flagship. The 32,250sq ft store in London's Regent Street has had a GBP12m makeover that will be completed by the end of August. The advertising campaign, which breaks at […]

Mulberry is attempting to raise GBP3.5m which will be invested in the business, by way of an open offer underwritten by its largest shareholder Challice. If no other shareholders take up the offer of new ordinary shares at 28p per share, Challice's stake in @Mulberry will be increased from 41.5 per […]

Two of Harrods' top buyers have left the Knightsbridge department store to set up their own fashion label. The brand, called Milla, is to be launched for spring 04. The duo teamed up with Paul Dass, brother of CCDK boss Barry Dass, who will be responsible for the label's production. The 35-piece collection […]

Whoever said English tradition is frumpy and out of date, can rest assured our treasured heritage is making its way into high fashion. This is evident when no-one other than Miuccia Prada was inspired by the bold geometric designs of traditional mens-outfitters Holliday & Browne, and adapted the […]

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