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Birkenstock 'to be sold' to L Catterton for €4bn - report

Birkenstock 'to be sold' to L Catterton for €4bn - report

​It looks like the long rumoured private equity takeover of family-owned Birkenstock could actually be happening soon. L Catterton, the group with close links to LVMH, is said to be “nearing an agreement” to buy it.
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Kith opens first European store in Paris

Kith opens first European store in Paris

The American brand founded by Ronnie Fieg is opening a store in the French capital. Spread over three floors, the 16,000-square-foot location not only offers the label's latest collections, but also a restaurant. 
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Helen Lambert talks to Godfrey Deeny on what's next in etailing and retailing

Helen Lambert talks to Godfrey Deeny on what's next in etailing and retailing

One of the great retailing experts, Helen Lambert, talks with Godfrey Deeny about what's next in e-tailing and what's up with her latest project, online wholesale platform Style Pulse, in our latest podcast.
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Selfridges and Louboutin launch upcycled denim capsule

Selfridges and Louboutin launch upcycled denim capsule

​Sustainability is a strand running through almost every product launch these days and that’s very clear from the latest Selfridges debut as the luxe department store unveils a collab with shoe label Christian Louboutin.
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McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands signs major name brands

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands signs major name brands

​McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands has announced some major new names with Coach, Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Levi’s and Lacoste having signed up for the opening this spring.
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Farfetch and Restory join forces for aftercare push

Farfetch and Restory join forces for aftercare push

The Restory and Farfetch have announced a new link-up to power the luxury e-tailer’s aftercare offer. Called Farfetch Fix, it will be provided directly by The Restory, to repair and restore shoes, bags and leather goods.
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Gucci sales fall in Q4, but Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent are on a roll

Gucci sales fall in Q4, but Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent are on a roll

​Sales at Kering's leading brand, Gucci, suffered a bigger-than-expected drop in Q4 as Covid continued to dent luxury shopping and crimp tourist spending in particular.
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Net-A-Porter launches widgets to boost UX on Apple devices

Net-A-Porter launches widgets to boost UX on Apple devices

​YNAP’s Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter luxury e-tailers have launched new widgets for iPhone and iPad users, that allow customers “to preview and directly access the What’s New pages for both stores from their home screen”.
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Vestiaire Collective links with Alexander McQueen for sustainable luxe resale deal

Vestiaire Collective links with Alexander McQueen for sustainable luxe resale deal

Alexander McQueen and Vestiaire Collective have unveiled the first designer partnership for the resale site's pioneering new luxury label Brand Approved programme.
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New York Fashion Week Day Two: Pride and Volume

New York Fashion Week Day Two: Pride and Volume

No one could fault the latest crop of designer showing, in New York, for effort. In a busy Monday, with almost 30 collections, their arty videos and polished ideas were a reminder of how hard  people have been working.
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Moss Bros struggles in pandemic, but e-sales rise

Moss Bros struggles in pandemic, but e-sales rise

​The latest results from now-privately-held Moss Bros saw it reporting a pre-tax loss for the year to last January. And the pandemic has been a problem since then, although its online sales have risen.
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Loss-making Asics upbeat as 2020 includes wins as well as losses

Loss-making Asics upbeat as 2020 includes wins as well as losses

Asics was unsurprisingly loss-making last year but the company was upbeat as China and e-commerce outperformed, while it made market share gains in key categories in EMEA.
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Jason Wu and Imitation of Christ open New York Fashion Week

Jason Wu and Imitation of Christ open New York Fashion Week

Jason Wu opened this month’s New York Fashion Week on the Sunday night of Valentine’s Day, with a nostalgic ode to Coca Cola capitalism. Imitation of Christ followed him with pure whimsicality.
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Belstaff losses narrowed and sales rose pre-pandemic

Belstaff losses narrowed and sales rose pre-pandemic

Belstaff has filed its annual accounts for the year ended December 31 2019 and that bad news is that it still made a big loss. But turnover rose and its parent company remains supportive.
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Opening Ceremony: Humberto and Carol on going to the mattresses

Opening Ceremony: Humberto and Carol on going to the mattresses

Opening Ceremony may have closed down its destination boutique in Soho last spring, but the brand is very much alive and kicking, as the latest collection from its founders – Carol Lim and Humberto Leon - trumpets.
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Amazon and Salvatore Ferragamo sue over counterfeits

Amazon and Salvatore Ferragamo sue over counterfeits

Amazon and Salvatore Ferragamo filed lawsuits in US courts on Thursday accusing third-party sellers of using the e-commerce site to sell counterfeits of the Italian brand's products.
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