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2020 biggest back-to-school season in years for all age groups says Kantar

2020 biggest back-to-school season in years for all age groups says Kantar

​The year may have been hugely disrupted for schools, but that didn’t stop the recent back-to-school (BtS) season being the best for some time.
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Luxe site Cudoni secures £4.6m investor backing to support UK, overseas expansion

Luxe site Cudoni secures £4.6m investor backing to support UK, overseas expansion

​Premium online fashion platform Cudoni has secured £4.6 million backing from key international investors, claiming the amount is the largest ever raised for investment within a UK fashion resale business.
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Tapestry names interim chief as CEO

Tapestry names interim chief as CEO

Coach handbag maker Tapestry Inc said on Tuesday its interim chief executive officer Joanne Crevoiserat would take over the role on a permanent basis.
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Flannels plans 17-store opening spree as latest luxury unit debuts in Birmingham

Flannels plans 17-store opening spree as latest luxury unit debuts in Birmingham

​With more and more UK fashion store closures hitting the headlines, it’s refreshing news that Frasers Group’s luxury banner Flannels is continuing to open new stores as part of a major investment plan.
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Compare Ethics raises funding to help identify sustainable businesses

Compare Ethics raises funding to help identify sustainable businesses

The ​London start-up has raised £0.5m “to power sustainable product verification” at a strong time for its business model after supply chain scandals and as consumers aim to buy more ethical and sustainable products.
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​Clarks CVA drive starts with landlord talks on closures and rents

​Clarks CVA drive starts with landlord talks on closures and rents

The long-running restructuring plans for troubled UK footwear retailer Clarks are expected to take a major step forward this week.
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Cath Kidston reveals 'digital-first' focus, will reopen Piccadilly store

Cath Kidston reveals 'digital-first' focus, will reopen Piccadilly store

​Cath Kidston has shared details of its transformation plan following its administration filing and takeover earlier this year with the company to focus on international growth and digital channels. 
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Quiz has tough year, sales plummet in latest period

Quiz has tough year, sales plummet in latest period

​Struggling Quiz released results for the year to the end of March on Tuesday. And while they included only a few weeks hurt by the pandemic, they showed Quiz was already facing challenges before the current crisis. 
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Vinted acquires Dutch competitor United Wardrobe

Vinted acquires Dutch competitor United Wardrobe

The group, founded in EU member Lithuania and a standard-bearer of the so-called "circular economy", announced a new takeover on Tuesday of a Dutch competitor, United Wardrobe, for an undisclosed sum.
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Raf Simons unveils first womenswear collection

Raf Simons unveils first womenswear collection

The Belgian designer is taking his brand into women's fashion with a collection balancing minimalism with futuristic and psychedelic touches, as revealed alongside his latest menswear pieces in a moody, unsettling film.
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Flipkart to buy 8 percent stake in Aditya Birla's fashion unit for $204 million

Flipkart to buy 8 percent stake in Aditya Birla's fashion unit for $204 million

Walmart Inc’s Flipkart will buy a 7.8 percent stake in Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd for 15 billion rupees ($204 million), the fashion retail company said, sending its shares up 6 percent on Friday.
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Sandro owner SMCP eyes bigger China push, marketing investments

Sandro owner SMCP eyes bigger China push, marketing investments

SMCP,  owner of brands including Sandro, said on Monday it would ramp up spending on advertising and focus store openings mainly on the Chinese market, pausing efforts elsewhere after years of rapid expansion.
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Holiday shoppers are coming to town with health checklist, survey shows

Holiday shoppers are coming to town with health checklist, survey shows

Holiday shoppers braving the coronavirus pandemic to buy gifts in person are checking which stores are naughty or nice in terms of public health, a worldwide survey released on Monday showed.
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Vivienne Westwood and Eastpak in first-ever link to support oceans

Vivienne Westwood and Eastpak in first-ever link to support oceans

​Vivienne Westwood has joined up with bags and luggage specialist Eastpak to “make a stand to save our oceans” in a first-time collaboration for the two.
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UK footfall dips again, retailers can only dream of 2019-style crowded stores

UK footfall dips again, retailers can only dream of 2019-style crowded stores

​UK footfall to retail destinations continues to decline as coronavirus restrictions ranging from the fairly mild to almost-full lockdowns disrupt consumers shopping trips.
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Wales relaxes some non-essentials rules, but clothing ban remains

Wales relaxes some non-essentials rules, but clothing ban remains

​The Welsh government is standing by last week’s ruling to ban sales of clothing in supermarkets during its new “firebreak” lockdown, despite an outcry from consumers.
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