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Black Friday

Black Friday: Brands opt out for environment reasons

More than 300 clothing brands are asking shoppers not to buy anything in the Black Friday sales because of environmental reasons. The Make Friday Green...
BRC UK retail sales

High Street: Five ways UK shopping has changed

|Hardly a month goes by without news of another wave of shops shutting, or of stores losing money. Sir Philip Green's Arcadia Group, which includes...
Forever 21

Forever 21 accused of “fat shaming” over diet bars

US fashion retailer Forever 21 is in hot water after sending out free diet bars with online orders of clothing. Customers flocked to social media...
Sotheby's

Sotheby’s auction of rare sneakers nets more than $850,000

A collection of sneakers has sold at auction for $850,000 (£690,000) to Canadian entrepreneur Miles Nadal. Sotheby's put 100 pairs of the rarest sneakers ever...
House of Fraser

House of Fraser: Harrods of the High Street or fraying at...

Georgia Cobden is about to start a new job in PR and just popped into House of Fraser on Oxford Street because she knows...
Jeans denim

Why blue jeans are going green

As consumers become ever more concerned about environmental and ethical issues, pioneers in the global denim industry are cleaning up its act. Blackhorse Lane Ateliers,...
Topshop Arcadia

Topshop: “It’s not really how I dress”

"I'm a lot less interested in Topshop nowadays, it's just not really how I dress," says 24-year-old advertising account executive Beth Armstrong. Customers like Ms...
Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters to rent out clothing

The sharing economy is now making its way into the fashion industry as Urban Outfitters looks to rent clothes to younger fashionistas. The retailer is...
Athleisure

Liposuction rise linked to gym wear trend

More women are seeking liposuction, possibly to get a body that looks good in trendy gym clothing, according to a leading cosmetic surgeon. Rajiv Grover,...
Ted Baker

From sleeping on the streets to designing for Ted Baker

Jamal Reilly spent years sleeping rough on the streets of London. Now, the 20-year-old has been recruited as a designer for Ted Baker after his...
Leicester

Leicester: A city fighting fast-fashion sweatshops

It's lunchtime in the heart of Leicester's textile industry, Spinney Hills. Two women are smoking outside a derelict-looking factory building. One says she is Bulgarian,...
Aaron Montgomery Ward

The retail revolution: How mail order changed middle-class life

"Beware! Don't patronize Montgomery Ward & Co. They are deadbeats!" That was the warning issued by the Chicago Tribune on 8 November, 1873. What had Aaron...