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Alessandra Facchinetti named creative director of Harlan + Holden

Alessandra Facchinetti named creative director of Harlan + Holden

Alessandra Facchinetti has been named creative director of Harlan + Holden, an Asian fashion company that defines itself as the world’s first “time-saving” clothing brand.
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Banana Republic pays homage to Black History Month with a new campaign

Banana Republic pays homage to Black History Month with a new campaign

Banana Republic is marking Black History Month with a powerful new campaign.
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Fashion retailer H&M says data protection breaches unacceptable

Fashion retailer H&M says data protection breaches unacceptable

H&M said on Saturday that data security breaches found at its German unit were unacceptable and it was cooperating with the local data protection supervisory authority in its investigation into the matter.
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Givaudan expects 4-5% sales growth this year after strong 2019

Givaudan expects 4-5% sales growth this year after strong 2019

Fragrance and flavor maker Givaudan said it was confident of delivering like-for-like sales growth of between 4% and 5% this year, within its mid-term target range, implying a slowdown from 5.8% growth last year.
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Amazon is world's most valuable brand as it breaks $200bn mark

Amazon is world's most valuable brand as it breaks $200bn mark

Amazon has made history as the first brand in the world to be worth over $200 billion (£153bn), defending its position as the world’s most valuable brand for the third consecutive year.
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20% of UK retail spend to be online by 2024, fashion to lead the way

20% of UK retail spend to be online by 2024, fashion to lead the way

UK online spend is set to reach £75bn by 2024, and clothing and footwear will remain the largest product sector, a new study has predicted.
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West End expects £17m boost from Chinese New Year shoppers

West End expects £17m boost from Chinese New Year shoppers

Coronavirus may be causing some uncertainty around the Lunar New Year shopping event for Chinese travellers, but London’s West End is still expecting high spending from tourists.
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Intu pop-up uses colour to boost shoppers' moods and dwell time

Intu pop-up uses colour to boost shoppers' moods and dwell time

Shopping malls giant Intu is under heavy pressure as it works to improve its debt situation and another area in which it’s under pressure, footfall, is also a focus for the owner of some of the UK’s top shopping centres.
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2nd Street opens 4th US location

2nd Street opens 4th US location

The second-hand clothing chain owned by Japan’s GEO Holdings announced on Thursday that it is opening its fourth U.S. location in Torrance, California.
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C&A to close down another 30 stores in France

C&A to close down another 30 stores in France

After an executive committee meeting on Friday, Dutch retail group C&A is planning the closure of 30 stores in France, putting 200 jobs at risk. 
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European Commission launches sustainable fashion competition

European Commission launches sustainable fashion competition

Submissions are now open for a new fashion competition from the European Commission, which will award a combined €150,000 to three early-stage sustainable fashion projects.
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Mothercare CEO steps down as it works through recovery plan

Mothercare CEO steps down as it works through recovery plan

Mothercare’s stores may have been closed in the UK but the company is continuing as a brand owner and on Thursday it updated us on the transformation plan it unveiled back in November.
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Asos comeback: e-tailer on track as peak period sales rise 20% globally

Asos comeback: e-tailer on track as peak period sales rise 20% globally

Asos said it delivered an “encouraging” start to its financial year when it issued a trading update on Thursday, with the four months to December 31 seeing both total group revenue and total group sales up 20%.
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Bouchra Jarrar and Julie de Libran treat guests to intimate Haute Couture shows

Bouchra Jarrar and Julie de Libran treat guests to intimate Haute Couture shows

Both designers opted to reveal their Haute Couture collections for Spring-Summer 2020 at home, harking back to a certain confidential air in couture shows and presenting ultra-chic ensembles fit to wear every day.
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Retailers feel unable to keep up with demands of hyperadoptive consumers

Retailers feel unable to keep up with demands of hyperadoptive consumers

According to a new study, although increasing numbers of retailers are prioritizing customer-centric initiatives, a vast majority believe that they are not effectively adapting to the demands of hyperadoptive consumers.
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UK e-tail picked up in December, but sector missed 2019 growth forecast

UK e-tail picked up in December, but sector missed 2019 growth forecast

Online sales in the UK grew by just 6.7% in 2019, delivering the lowest annual performance seen on record, but a Q4 surge could signal a bounce back for 2020, new data has revealed.
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