Black Friday may have been expected to deliver a major boost to UK fashion stores but not only did it not do that, the race to buy online and general consumer caution meant that early December was weak too.
The UK fashion retail sector was pinning its hopes on Black Friday and the associated shopping days to rescue what has been a weak autumn season so far. But it doesn’t appear to have achieved that aim.
Both Paris and London are braced for a whole slew of new Xmas pop ups - from UK igloo markets to French concept hotel stores - but Cartier's St Germain ephemeral boutique, unlike other rivals, will be truly multipurpose.
With its successful IPO still fresh in the mind, UK athletic shoe and apparel chain Footasylum will open its second ever Footasylum Womens concept store in Manchester’s Arndale centre, the mall’s owners said.
UK stores are expected to have dealt with large numbers of returns at the weekend following the Black Friday shopping surge in late November with a Collect+ survey saying returns were expected to peak on Friday.
Ellesse became the latest major brand to open a store in busy lifestyle hub Seven Dials at the weekend with the location offering both its heritage and new collections. It’s also its first store outside Asia Pacific.
The Christmas shopping season in the UK has seen premium advent calendars trending upwards and despite the controversy around the price of some, analysts say this is a key development for makers of beauty products.