It was another slow period for John Lewis last week as the on-going mild weather rounded off October with a further sales fall. And fashion was a weak category, even though lingerie and own-label product was stronger.
'Sunshine' is the name of L'Occitane en Provence's new retail design. A concept that serves as part of the French brand's overall strategy, in a bid focus on in-store experiences around its beauty products.
Amazon is delivering a direct blow to Etsy with the announcement of its Handmade Gift Shop. Serving as a separate storefront, it stocks thousands of handcrafted items for special celebrations and milestones.
Italian eyewear company Safilo and millennial brand Rebecca Minkoff have announced a seven year global licensing agreement that will cover the launch of the debut line of Rebecca Minkoff sunglasses and optical frames.
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 news that Topshop has closed its four stores in Spain adds further pressure to the once-unstoppable fast fashion chain after the company’s franchised businesses in Australia and New Zealand failed earlier this year.
Performance leisure and fitness retailer Realbuzz has opened a store at Liverpool One, kicking off an ambitious expansion programme that will see 30 stores open in the next two years in the UK, the US and Australia.
Men’s lifestyle brand L’Estrange London has opened a Soho pop-up for three months, designed to be a space where customers can discover the brand’s core pieces, its unreleased concepts and interiors brands.
Sainsbury’s is ramping up its non-food offer at present with the retailer having now launched its new Tu Premium menswear line in-store, getting an Argos jewellery boost and expanding its Habitat store count.
Hobbs seems to be progressing with its turnaround as the womenswear chain’s sales and profits move upwards.In the year to January, its sales rose 9% to £119.5m, which just beat the 8.7% rise in gross profit to £76.2m.
The are few greater fashion success stories than Value Retail and newly-expanded Bicester Village is its crowning glory. The luxury outlet in Oxfordshire is probably the highest performing shopping destination anywhere.