Wednesday, 11 November 2020

British retailers could shun Northern Ireland after Brexit, logistics groups warn




British retailers and manufacturers could stop selling in Northern Ireland once the UK has finally left the European Union due to "overwhelming" customs demands and lack of border preparedness, industry officials said on Wednesday. In order to secure a Brexit divorce deal, London agreed that the province would remain in the UK customs territory but maintain customs and regulatory alignment with the EU to prevent the need for a hard border with EU-member Ireland.
But that will create a customs border in the Irish sea with Britain and the infrastructure and systems that will be required to conduct checks on livestock and food are not yet ready. Elizabeth de Jong, head of policy at trade group Logistics UK, told parliament on Wednesday that companies could withdraw from the province when they realize the level of paperwork they will need to ship into Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Jacquemus sparks social media frenzy once again




After July’s spectacular catwalk show in a wheat field, Jacquemus is center stage once again. As it often does, the French label decided to use its Instagram account, which totals 3 million followers, to build up the hype. And once again, it was mission accomplished. In just a few hours, Jacquemus’s latest post accumulated hundreds of thousands of likes.

Adidas cautiously upbeat for year-end despite pandemic resurgence




German sportswear firm Adidas expects sales to decline in the last three months of the year despite forecasting a return to growth in China, as coronavirus lockdowns return. Third-quarter sales fell by a currency-neutral 3% to €5.964 billion (£5.35 billion), while operating profit fell 12% to €794 million, ahead of average analyst forecasts for €5.91 billion and €723 million respectively.

EU charges Amazon with anti-competitive action, opens second probe




EU antitrust regulators on Tuesday charged U.S. retail giant Amazon with distorting competition in online retail markets and also opened a second investigation into its e-commerce business practices."The Commission takes issue with Amazon systematically relying on non-public business data of independent sellers who sell on its marketplace, to the benefit of Amazon's own retail business, which directly competes with those third-party sellers," the European Commission said in a statement. It also launched a second investigation into the possible preferential treatment of Amazon's own retail offers and those of marketplace sellers that use Amazon's logistics and delivery services.
Amazon disagreed with the EU charge.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Pandora planning no permanent store closures




Jewelry giant Pandora won't be closing any of its thousands of stores permanently as a result of the business downturn due to the pandemic.In an interview, CEO Alexander Lacik, also said that staff would continue to receive their salaries and that the business was able to "withstand a big drop in sales" before even needing to think about any shop closures.

Balenciaga to set up its first leather goods factory in Italy




Balenciaga is focusing on accessories more than ever. The brand, owned by French luxury group Kering and swiftly rising in popularity, has announced that it will open its first factory in Italy. The production site will measure around 10,000 square meters and will be dedicated to leather goods, featuring an adjoining training center. The site will open in 2021 in Cer

Anine Bing launches limited edition collection with Helena Christensen




Think of it as a Scandinavian alliance nurtured in Los Angeles. Annie Bing has launched a collaborative collection with her fellow Dane, supermodel Helena Christensen, with a 10-piece limited-edition Holiday collection. The Anine Bing x Helena Christensen mini capsule captures a certain after-hours model aesthetic that the two Danish-born ladies express.

Asics EMEA hails key market growth despite overall sales drop




Athletic brand Asics said that despite the challenging conditions, its EMEA unit has reported growth in key markets and that the region’s e-commerce revenue in the year to date is up 134.4%. That news came as the company reported global sales down 13.3% for its third quarter to ¥248.2 billion (€2bn/£1.82bn/$2.39bn) with operating income down 74.1% to ¥3.279 billion. 

Saturday, 7 November 2020

Joe Biden elected president




Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, CNN projects, after a victory in the state where he was born put him over the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

Friday, 6 November 2020

MARTIN GRANT


Women rely on the Paris-based, Australian designer for wardrobe investments that remain relevant year after year thanks to his impeccable tailoring, high quality, and fuss-free designs. As well as his signature perfectly-cut trousers and trenches, his latest collection—a mix of Resort and Spring ‘21 seen here—delivers white blouses, full skirts, and strapless flowing dresses that strike an easy elegance alongside coats with just the right amount of femininity.

PIECE OF WHITE



Born from Zeynep Tansug’s love of the classic white shirt, the Turkish label has since expanded its repertoire while maintaining the clean ease and handmade quality at its core. Spring is a case in point: alongside the now-signature white shirting with unique twists, find equally clean and utterly effortless dresses, separates, and jumpsuits in earthy hues in subtly-tailored linen, cotton blends, and raw silk.

ALIÉTTE




Just over a year old, celebrity stylist Jason Rembert’s line has already fronted InStyle, Vogue UK, and Vanity Fair (and his incredible lineup of clients includes Lizzo, Issa Rae, Winnie Harlow, and Erykah Badu). What sets his pieces apart? The cuts and fits, which reflect his understanding of what makes women feel their best. The new Spring '21 collection—which still delivers his signature drama—is more relaxed than usual, featuring matching sets and statement silhouettes in linen, silk, and comfortable stretch crepe, all awash in watermelon pink, cobalt, tangerine, and French Riviera prints that strike a joyful getaway spirit.

Chanel increases prices for second time this year




French luxury house Chanel has increased prices for a second time this year, it said on Friday, as high-end brands seek to protect margins from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement responding to a Reuters query, Chanel said the latest price increases were "the consequence of recent significant exchange rate fluctuations between the euro and certain local currencies," without giving further details.

BFC opens applications for Designer Fashion Fund 2021




The British Fashion Council (BFC) has opened applications for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2021. The Fund aims to celebrate exceptional talent and empower businesses to play their part in positive growth through bespoke mentoring and awarding of a cash prize.

EU urges online platforms to gird for new wave of Covid consumer scam




The European Commission on Friday urged online platforms to gird for a fresh wave of consumer scams linked to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Europe and said they need to work harder against the spread of disinformation related to the pandemic. The European Union executive says that rogue traders have tried to sell products online that are falsely presented as cures for coronavirus or prevention of infection, and fraudsters have used offers to steal email addresses and passwords.

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

US ELECTION - JOE BIDEN AND TRUMP





 Updates you need to know
– No clear presidential winner yet as ballots continue to be counted - All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up for election - Biden is projected to win in Wisconsin and Michigan, AP, NBC and ABC report - The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania to contest vote counts, AP reports

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Primark won't venture online despite Covid hit to stores




Primark-owner Associated British Foods has no plans to build an online business for the fashion retailer despite it recording a 63% slump in full-year profit due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the group said on Tuesday. Over the last decade Primark, which sells only from physical stores, has been the fastest-growing arm of Britain's AB Foods, a group that also owns major sugar, grocery, agriculture, and ingredients businesses.

Burberry partners with Tencent Games' Honour of Kings




Burberry is diving even deeper into the online gaming sector, announcing a partnership with China’s Tencent Games. Specifically, the UK-based luxury fashion house is featured within Tencent’s Honour of Kings game, providing interactive digital content.

Monday, 2 November 2020

Amazon drops French Black Friday ad campaign as lockdown starts




Amazon is withdrawing advertising for pre-Black Friday discounts in France after the government said the campaign was unfair to small shops at a time when a coronavirus lockdown has forced them to close.

Travis Scott deletes Instagram after getting trolled for Halloween costume




Travis Scott has deleted his Instagram account after posting a picture of himself dressed as Batman for Halloween.