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 […]

Luxury group LVMH has reported a 10 per cent fall in sales to GBP3.69bn for the first half of the year. Sales in the company's fashion and leather division fell by 6 per cent to GBP1.33bn. Louis Vuitton recorded double digit sales growth for the six month period.

Debenhams, H&M, and Marks & Spencer are the most popular shopping destinations for women aged 20 and 45. A survey carried out for Vogue magazine by Taylor Nelson Sofres revealed that 92 per cent of the 2,500 women questioned shopped for clothes at department stores, with 70 per cent regularly […]

TOM SINGH, the biggest shareholder in the New Look fashion chain, is expected to confirm this week that he is considering making an offer for the firm he founded more than 30 years ago. Last month, New Look announced that Singh had appointed an adviser, believed to be Deutsche Bank, to review the options […]

Giorgio Armani has given a makeover to Barbie. The eponymous Italian designer of minimal fuss has created a strapless, silk chiffon top and beaded crepe skirt for the Mattel doll. Being ever the perfectionist, he further designed an evening purse, a matching necklace and earrings to complete the outfit. […]

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