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London Designer Outlet launches LDO Edit digital initiative

London Designer Outlet launches LDO Edit digital initiative

​As fashion shopping in physical stores continues its long recovery, Wembley Park’s London Designer Outlet has launched the UK’s first click-and-reserve outlet shopping service.
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Dries Van Noten opens first standalone US store in LA

Dries Van Noten opens first standalone US store in LA

The Belgian designer fashion brand is set to open its first standalone brick-and-mortar retail destination in the U.S. on Friday, having chosen Los Angeles as the location for its debut stateside boutique.
Luxury
The season’s top 20 collections, as fashion questions its existence

The season’s top 20 collections, as fashion questions its existence

Without question, this has been the strangest season in fashion in 50 years, where designers have been busy asking themselves what the point of their profession is. What the French call "une remise en question."  
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Marimekko fills key management roles, is to cut 20 jobs in Finland

Marimekko fills key management roles, is to cut 20 jobs in Finland

​Marimekko has named Dan Trapp as its Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and a member of the Management Group. He’ll start in the position on November 2.
Fashion
Glenn Martens is new creative director of Diesel

Glenn Martens is new creative director of Diesel

​Y/Project’s Glenn Martens has been named Diesel’s new creative director with immediate effect. The Belgian designer will oversee all of the global brand’s style, communications, interior design, and overall creativity.
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Bicester Village chief slams Treasury excuses for tax-free shopping change

Bicester Village chief slams Treasury excuses for tax-free shopping change

Value Retail's boss says axing VAT reclaim is wrong and that there's no appetite for the alternative ship-to-home option. Meanwhile, another commentator has accused the government of a misleading consultation process. 
Luxury
Radley launches more sustainable collection

Radley launches more sustainable collection

Premium handbag brand Radley has launched a more environmentally friendly range of accessories as part of its latest collection.
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Kering, McCartney link with Bolt Threads on high-tech eco leather substitute

Kering, McCartney link with Bolt Threads on high-tech eco leather substitute

​US biotech firm Bolt Threads has announced "an unprecedented consortium” of major global companies “who have secured exclusive access to its innovative material, Mylo”. Adidas and Lululemon are also on board.
Fashion
Philippe Gautier to leave SMCP, replacement due in December

Philippe Gautier to leave SMCP, replacement due in December

​French premium fashion giant SMCP said on Wednesday that its CFO and operations director Philippe Gautier is leaving the firm in order to “pursue new projects”.
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Louis Vuitton: Gender fluidity for vibrant voters

Louis Vuitton: Gender fluidity for vibrant voters

With the line between women and men increasingly blurred in society, leave it to Nicolas Ghesquière to develop a fashion vernacular that addressed that slowly melting division in the final show at Paris Fashion Week. 
Fashion
MCM launches global creative project, first collab is launched

MCM launches global creative project, first collab is launched

​German accessories-to-fashion brand MCM has launched a new creative platform that sees it both supporting and working with creatives globally.
Fashion
Gucci enters into resale partnership with The RealReal

Gucci enters into resale partnership with The RealReal

The RealReal has now launched a dedicated e-commerce site for secondhand Gucci pieces -- including men's and women's clothing, bags and shoes -- supplied by the brand, as well as consignors. 
Luxury
Chanel pays major premium for Bond St store, sign of confidence in London

Chanel pays major premium for Bond St store, sign of confidence in London

​Chanel has reportedly paid a massive price premium to buy its Bond Street store even though central London footfall remains weak and luxury sales are a long way from being in their recovery phase.
Luxury
Cross-border luxury e-sales soar

Cross-border luxury e-sales soar

Figures on Monday from eShopWorld said cross-border luxury sales increased by 170% in August and September as brands on the platform “pivoted their selling strategies to bring the luxury experience online”.
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Goat Fashion scores court victory over Goat sneaker giant

Goat Fashion scores court victory over Goat sneaker giant

​Upscale UK womenswear brand Goat Fashion has won a court battle against US sneaker platform Goat Group over the Goat trademark with an injunction designed to stop the latter from selling clothing under the Goat name.
Fashion
Loss-making Mulberry has it tough, but e-tail, new stores, Asia are strong

Loss-making Mulberry has it tough, but e-tail, new stores, Asia are strong

Mulberry faced a challenging year in 2019 and 2020 has been far from easy. But it's fighting back towards eventual profitability, and current trading is beating expectations, despite sales falling. 
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