Debenhams CEO Sergio Bucher is planning to bring more ‘excitement’ into its stores by reducing clutter on the shop floor, and the company denied reports that it was asking for unreasonable supplier discounts.
The British Fashion Council has announced the names of 45 finalists for The Fashion Awards 2017; with five finalists in each category, and few major surprises – with many creators nominated for a second time.
The retailer’s new department store in Oxford will offer shoppers a myriad of experiences, including a free personal styling service for men, ‘hotel style’ tours of the shop and eyebrow and nail treatments.
The British fashion market has returned to growth, albeit at a mild pace of only 0.2%, according to new figures from Kantar Worldpanel. Less discounting and more transitional pieces are the reasons behind the growth.
British designer brand Orla Kiely saw sales jump 15.8% to £8.3 million in the year to end of March, with continued success in the Far East, the US market and its handbag range contributing to the growth.