Embattled department store House of Fraser will learn the outcome of its CVA proposal tomorrow as its creditors vote on whether to accept the deal, which would result in the closure of more than half of its stores.
Marks & Spencer has announced a partnership with technology giant Microsoft that will place AI (artificial intelligence) at the heart of its stores and operations as it moves to become a “Digital First” retailer.
British designer Christopher Kane is in talks with luxury conglomerate Kering to buy back control of his business.
Despite the turmoil on the high street, almost three quarters of British millennial consumers prefer shopping in physical retail stores to online but they are less enthusiastic about dealing with sales staff, preferring them to be confined to pay points.
AX | Armani Exchange has opened its first UK store outside of London at the Liverpool ONE shopping destination.
I was fortunate enough to sit next to Michael Ward, the Managing Director of Harrods over a Walpole dinner a couple of weeks ago. Whilst enjoying the delightful company, one of the many topics we discussed included the resounding success of Harrods’ recent pop up venture in collaboration with NSPCC. Not only was it in aid of a great cause but their customers and network loved the concept, with the store’s landlord also gaining plaudits for supporting the initiative.
Pitti Uomo welcomed the continued relaunch of Roberto Cavalli’s menswear and the company really needs this to fly. Now under the creative direction of Paul Surridge, the British designer formerly at Jil Sander and Z Zegna, Cavalli, as a brand, has gone through something of a rocky patch.