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Oxford Circus to 'rival Times Square' in transformation drive

Oxford Circus to 'rival Times Square' in transformation drive

An ambitious plan to transform Oxford Circus into pedestrian-friendly piazzas has been announced with an international design competition kicking off to decide just how the key shopping area will look for decades ahead.
Fashion
Ikea fined $1.2 million in French employee spy case

Ikea fined $1.2 million in French employee spy case

A French court on Tuesday ordered Ikea to pay a 1 million euro fine in a spy case involving its employees, as the world's biggest furniture retailer was found guilty of storing employee data it obtained improperly.
Lifestyle
Vera Bradley partners with Classic Accessories for outdoor living collab

Vera Bradley partners with Classic Accessories for outdoor living collab

The women’s fashion accessories brand has teamed up with the outdoor furnishings manufacturer for a limited-edition, co-branded outdoor living collection featuring signature Vera Bradley prints.
Fashion
Accessories Council opens applications for 2021 Design Excellence Awards

Accessories Council opens applications for 2021 Design Excellence Awards

The New York-based non-profit has announced that entries are now open for the third annual Design Excellence Awards, a competition that seeks to recognize outstanding products in the fashion accessories sector.
Fashion
Matalan's into summer loving for its new campaign

Matalan's into summer loving for its new campaign

Summer’s almost here and Matalan's well-prepared with the launch of its seasonal TV ad campaign. The UK fashion and homewares retailer’s called it ‘Love the Summer’ and it broke this week.
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Trussardi names GmbH duo as new creative directors

Trussardi names GmbH duo as new creative directors

The house of Trussardi has appointed Serhat Işık and Benjamin A. Huseby – the design duo behind Berlin indie brand GmbH - to be its new creative directors in a surprise move.
Luxury
N Brown sales, profits drop, but tech and transformation plan are delivering

N Brown sales, profits drop, but tech and transformation plan are delivering

Fashion e-tailer N Brown has delivered full-year results for the period to the end of February and it's no surprise that they were weaker than the previous financial year. But the company seemed upbeat for the future.
Fashion
M&S revamps leadership team as next step of strategy

M&S revamps leadership team as next step of strategy

​M&S has unveiled a major realignment of its senior leadership team with CEO Steve Rowe making the changes after saying the firm has finished the ‘Fixing the Basics’ part of its strategy and is ready for the next step.
Fashion
Destination Ibiza boutique Revolver launches first own-label collection

Destination Ibiza boutique Revolver launches first own-label collection

Ibiza boutique Revolver has launched an own-brand collection for the first time with founders Catherine and Jean-Paul Sanchez working with British design director Cat van Baal on the trans-seasonal re:001 line.
Fashion
John Lewis opens revamped Edinburgh store

John Lewis opens revamped Edinburgh store

​John Lewis unveils its revamped Edinburgh store on Friday after a major refurbishment. The focus is on making the store a must-visit destination, with experiences and expertise that can’t be replicated online.
Fashion
Lone Design Club expands links with landlords for pop-ups in empty stores

Lone Design Club expands links with landlords for pop-ups in empty stores

Empty stores are an eyesore for any UK high street. So the retail industry is embracing the efforts of the Lone Design Club which is connecting hard-pressed independent designers and brands to landlords' vacant lots. 
Fashion
ITS competition opens entries for 2021 edition

ITS competition opens entries for 2021 edition

Registrations have opened for ITS 2021, a competition dedicated to young design, based in Trieste. Scheduled for October, the contest will feature a new digital prize this year. Registrations close on June 24.
Fashion
Ikea joins forces with Mud Jeans to recycle denim

Ikea joins forces with Mud Jeans to recycle denim

Swedish brand Ikea, which is set to open on Paris’ rue de Rivoli in June, has partnered with Dutch label Mud Jeans to launch a project to reuse used denim and recycle it into a sofa cover. 
Fashion
From Topshop to Ikea? Swedish giant in talks on Oxford Circus flagship site

From Topshop to Ikea? Swedish giant in talks on Oxford Circus flagship site

​Swedish furniture and homewares giant Ikea is reportedly among the bidders lining up to take over the former Topshop flagship at Oxford Circus in London.
Fashion
ModaLisboa calls for community spirit, sustainable design in fashion week’s first online edition

ModaLisboa calls for community spirit, sustainable design in fashion week’s first online edition

The Lisbon fashion week fêted its 30th anniversary with a digital event held on April 15-18, showcasing collections by 25 labels and designers and generating more than 15,000 website visits.
Lifestyle
Joules adds ESG targets to finance deal

Joules adds ESG targets to finance deal

In a further sign of how important environmental, social, and governance-linked (ESG) issues are these days, lifestyle retailer Joules has announced a renewal of its funding deal with a strong ESG element included.
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