Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Hedi Slimane reimagines his classic woman for Celine

After choosing the Castellet motorsports race track in Var, France as the location to showcase Celine’s menswear collection in summer, Slimane selected the monumental Louis II stadium in Monaco to stage his women’s ready-to-wear show for spring on Monday.

Zara launches lingerie line

Ready-to-wear behemoth and Spanish fast-fashion brand Zara launched its first lingerie collection on its e-commerce store on October 22. Zara’s new lingerie line features a wide range of items ranging from underwear and loungewear (leggings, t-shirts, and tops), to pajamas (bathrobes, trousers, and loose shirts), to accessories (socks and masks). 

Monday, 26 October 2020

Asos launches new womenswear label As You, mixes glam with ease

Asos is continuing its strategy of launching more own-brands following standout success with its existing labels. The company on Monday debuts its latest, a womenswear offer called As You, as part of the exclusive brand portfolio that includes Collusion, Asos 4505, and Reclaimed Vintage.

PrettyLittleThing unveils modest fashion edit

Boohoo-owned fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing has launched a Modest Wear Collection in the Middle East. Spanning classic everyday staples to special occasion pieces, the range features modest dresses, long sleeve tops, wide-leg trousers, headscarves, abayas, and kimono-style midi dresses.

Vivienne Westwood and Eastpak in first-ever link to support oceans

Vivienne Westwood has joined up with bags and luggage specialist Eastpak to “make a stand to save our oceans” in a first-time collaboration for the two, they've created backpacks, belt bags, suitcases, and more made from material created out of ocean plastic with the pair saying that the “sustainable collection reinvents some of Eastpak’s classic designs in the activist spirit of the British designer”.

Friday, 23 October 2020

Kering luxury brands recover from virus hit, though Gucci lags

French luxury group Kering confirmed a broad recovery in sales of high-end goods in the third quarter as Asian and U.S. demand helped revenues improve, though its star Gucci brand underperformed rivals. Kering, which also owns Saint Laurent, beat market expectations as its comparable sales were nearly unchanged in the third quarter from a year earlier.

Kingpins24 Amsterdam program announced

Kingpins24 Amsterdam, the digital-only denim supply chain event from denim trade show Kingpins, has unveiled its complete speaker roster and Livestream program for its four-day digital event. Scheduled for October 27 through October 30, the virtual trade show is set to offer "a robust and flexible digital showroom platform equipped with purpose-built tools designed to give denim mills an ideal space to present their collections and engage in effective storytelling," and space "where buyers can conveniently source from in a unified environment," Kingpins said. 

Ralph Lauren unveils gender parity roadmap for the fashion industry with Parity.org

Iconic New York-based fashion group Ralph Lauren Corporation has teamed up with non-profit Parity.org and a group of industry peers, including PVH Corp., Lacoste, Tiffany & Co., and Movado Group Inc., to reveal a new roadmap for achieving gender parity in the fashion sector.As explained in a paper entitled “Unlocking Gender Parity in Fashion,” the new roadmap outlines step-by-step methods that can be implemented by companies to make measurable progress in achieving gender parity and pay equality across all levels of their organizations. 

Calvin Klein names Linh Peters as global chief marketing officer

PVH-owned brand Calvin Klein has named Linh Peters as its new global chief marketing officer, effective November 2. In the role, Peters will drive brand experience, product marketing, and data-driven marketing innovation for the Calvin Klein brand globally. She will also oversee all aspects of Calvin Klein’s consumer marketing organization. 

Gap bets on Athleta for 2023 growth strategy

Gap Inc. unveiled at a virtual investor meeting on Thursday that it expects to return to profitable growth next year, with plans to double the sales of its Athleta business to $2 billion over the next few years. The retail giant behind Gap, Old Navy, and the Banana Republic, said it plans to open approximately 100 Athleta stores in the U.S, as part of its 'Power Plan 2023' strategy. The group currently operates close to 200 locations. 

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Browns marks 50 years with exclusives, retro-modern campaign and webstore revamp

London destination store Browns is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a major campaign, a raft of exclusives, a website revamp and lots more activity to mark the influential store’s half-century. But the anniversary won’t yet see the opening of the firm’s new Brook Street flagship as it relocates from its 50-year South Molton Street home.

Prada appoints Malika Savell as chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer

After Chanel, Gucci, and Kering, Prada too has introduced the role of chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. The Italian luxury label has poached Malika Savell from LVMH, naming her to the newly created position for its North American subsidiary. Savell will report to Marcelo Noschese, CEO of Prada USA, but her remit will cover the Prada group as a whole.

Hermès echoes luxury sales rebound amid online surge

Hermès' comparable sales picked up in the third quarter, rising 7%, and the Birkin bag maker said this positive momentum had extended into October after a strong rebound in Asia and surging online revenues. Luxury goods makers were hit hard by store closures during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus pandemic and sales for the industry as a whole are expected to fall by up to 35% this year - an unprecedented plunge after a decade of stellar growth.

Amazon announces $100 million logistics investment in Mexico

Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it has invested $100 million (76 million pounds) in opening new warehouses in Mexico, including its first shipping centers outside the populous capital area, in a bid to offer faster deliveries. The new sites include two so-called fulfillment centers - one near the northern city of Monterrey and another near the central city of Guadalajara - as well as a support building in the State of Mexico, just outside Mexico City.

Adidas 'to sell Reebok by next March' - report

As the world continues to deal with the mega-shock that the pandemic has delivered, the fashion sector and related industries continue to deliver surprises too, with the latest on Thursday being a report that Adidas is planning to sell its Reebok division. But perhaps it’s less of a surprise given that the unit has underperformed for some time and has been a drain on the more successful Adidas branded operation. Investors have been pressuring Adidas to dispose of it for and the parent firm’s shares rose after the report appeared.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Zara opens largest store in Asia in Beijing

Spanish clothing chain Zara opened on Friday a new store in Beijing. The new shop is the largest in Asia, reported local media outlet Beijing Daily. Spreading over 3,500 sq m across four floors, the megastore is located on the busy Wangfujing Street, one of the most famous shopping streets in Beijing.

Protesters shot as demonstrations against police brutality continue in Lagos, Nigeria, BBC News Africa reports

BBC News Africa, Bloomberg and other outlets are reporting that a number of protesters have been killed or injured in the Nigerian city on Tuesday. The ongoing demonstrations, which have been taking place for more than two weeks, began with a call to end the recently-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which the government has pledged to investigate for brutality and human rights violations. Lagos and other cities are currently under a 24-hour curfew.

De Fursac opens its first international store in London

Integrated into SMCP Group’s portfolio a year ago, menswear brand De Fursac is beginning to expand outside of France. The brand opened its first store in London on September 26, an 80-square-meter boutique located at 11-13 Duke of York Square in the London borough of Chelsea.

Kohl’s adds Cole Haan to brand portfolio

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based department store company Kohl's will bring Cole Haan accessories and footwear to select Kohl's stores and online at Kohls.com, beginning in spring 2021. The partnership will bring an assortment of both men's and women's styles to 200 Kohl's stores, with an expanded assortment available online. Footwear will include styles across all categories, including casual, dress, seasonal and sport styles -- tapping into Kohl's growing activewear category, which has come to account for about 20% of the company's total sales. 

Bangladesh garment workers pray for orders as pandemic shreds exports

Bangladesh garment factory owner Shahidullah Azim laid off 20% of his workers in the wake of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Now watching the second wave build in Europe and the United States, Azim is staring at "an unprecedented crisis"He's not alone. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest apparel producer after China, but its industry leaders say international retailers are either refraining from placing orders, delaying buying decisions or demanding steep price cuts.