Marylebone is becoming a hub for footwear brands with news of more openings there, including a trio of key names that seem to be attracted by its neighbourhood feel, proximity to London's West End and upscale image.
Internet-based fashion group Boohoo has bought the online businesses of fashion chains Karen Millen and Coast, leaving a question mark over the fate of the two retailers’ stores and concessions in Britain.
The news around LK Bennett may have gone fairly quiet since the failed company was acquired out of administration by its Chinese franchise partner, but it has emerged that the company owed almost £32m to creditors.
The chances of Philip Day achieving full control of low-price womenswear retailer Bonmarché have increased with the company’s third-largest shareholder having sold its stake to Day’s Spectre Holdings investment company.
Bonmarché may have felt that it had no choice but to recommend Philip Day’s buyout offer this week as its trading declined, but a major shareholder has been taken by surprise and said it’s “disgusted” at the move.
It’s difficult to think of a harder working designer in fashion than Kim Jones, creative director of Christian Dior’s men’s division; globetrotter; uber-collaborationist and, most recently, magazine editor.
The new Oxford Street strategy proposing to overhaul the area with 96 projects across 87 streets has been approved by Westminster City Council’s cabinet and will be put out to public consultation in November.