Jihee Ahn is The Cordwainers Footwear Awards 2021 winner. The De Montfort University student beat Kamile Peleckyte and Reuben Crabbe, both from the London College of Fashion, who were placed second and third.
JD sports has been on the acquisition trail again with news that it's bought menswear retailer Oi Polloi. It's also been reported that CEO Peter Cowgill could step back from day-to-day control of JD this year.
Pentland Brands has relaunched its B2B website with positive results. A combination of rising demand in online shopping and retailers adapting to an unpredictable retail climate has seen over 1,200 join Pentland Connect.
Hunter has named a retail heavyweight to its chief marketing role as it continues to renew its top management team. It said that Claudia Plant, a luxury retail veteran who was a Net-A-Porter co-founder, has joined.
Pentland has named Kev McFadyen as the new global brand director for its Speedo label. He joined the firm two years ago as the brand director for Berghaus, and also has 20+ years of experience with other major brands.