Matchesfashion's CEO of just a year has stepped down with immediate effect. Ajay Kavan has left the firm and director Maureen Chiquet has taken on the role of executive chairwoman as the company looks for a new leader.
If anybody needed confirmation of how important fashion resale has become, it came on Monday with the announcement by France’s Vestiaire Collective of a new €178m financing round backed by Kering, among others.
Selfridges had already flagged the fact that its sales rose and its net profits fell in the year to February 2020, but it has now officially filed its annual results and the full extent of that performance can be seen.
Like many other online fashion retailers, Farfetch saw soaring demand last year and said on Thursday that its 2020 gross merchandise value topped $3bn, up 49% year-on-year. Meanwhile revenue rose 64% to $1.7bn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.