Online retail recorded its worst January sales growth (at +7% year-on-year) in three years last month, as the industry’s poor recent sales performance continued into the New Year.
Heritage denim brand Wrangler has delved in to its archives to relaunch its most famous jean, jacket and western shirt for men and women at a new ‘Icons’ pop-up shop at 52 Brewer Street in Soho.
MP Mary Creagh has arguably been on the highest profile individuals in fashion over the past 12 months and, of course, she isn’t in the industry at all but has been keeping a beady eye on it as chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and overseeing its inquiry into how fashion can improve its sustainable and ethical credentials.
Los Angeles-based athletic and active fashion footwear brand, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) was founded in 2009 by mirror image identical twin brothers, Adam and Ryan Goldston, now 31, while they were basketball and American football players at the University of California. The Concept 1 basketball shoe they created, with revolutionary eight-spring patented ‘Load ‘N Launch Technology’, became the first shoe banned in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 64-year history for “providing an undue competitive advantage.” As a result, their business blew up and they have since made huge waves in the running and athletic fashion markets, and their women’s shoes now represent 65% of their business.
Premium childrenswear and maternity retailer Jo Jo Maman Bebe reported a 17.6% rise in sales to £67.7m in the year to 30 June 2018, its latest filed accounts reveal.
Belstaff has just reopened its Spitafields store in East London with a new design concept inspired by the brand’s adventure heritage and based on a “community-first” approach.
The Government should urgently consider an online sales tax to help secure the future of the high street but local retailers must do more to offer the personal interaction that the likes of Amazon cannot, MPs have urged.