Tom Bottomley

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&SONS opens first store in Cheltenham

Vintage Americana and workwear inspired British menswear brand &SONS has just opened its first ever “experiential” concept store at 60 Clarence Street in Cheltenham, called The &SONS Trading Post, and if the concept works then more stores are planned for the UK, US and Europe.
Sweaty Betty

Wolverine Worldwide buys Sweaty Betty for $410m

Wolverine Worldwide, which operates one of the world’s largest portfolios of footwear and lifestyle brands, today announced that it has acquired British women’s activewear brand Sweaty Betty from private equity firm L Catterton for approximately $410m.

DMR opens first mono-brand boutique with OMEGA watches at Liverpool ONE

British luxury jewellery retailer David M Robinson (DMR) is to open a new 2,000 sq ft OMEGA watches boutique on South John Street in the Liverpool ONE shopping centre this autumn.

Northern Ireland to hand out £100 shopping vouchers to boost high...

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has announced that the £145m High Street Scheme (HSS), which will grant everyone aged 18 and over in Northern Ireland a pre-paid card worth £100 spend on their local high street, has been given the green light.

Matalan creates 200 work placements as part of government’s Kickstart Scheme

As part of its ‘Early Careers’ proposition, Matalan is supporting the government’s Kickstart Scheme by creating 200 bespoke work placements across its business – from the head office to retail and logistics.

ISAWFIRST creates ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ collection with Warner Bros.

ISAWITFIRST has just launched a collaboration collection with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for the new ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ film, starring basketball champion and global icon LeBron James alongside Bugs Bunny and the “Looney Tunes Squad”.
Dr Martens

Dr Martens strong Q1 sales outperform pre-COVID-19 results

Dr Martens has today announced a strong Q1 performance in the three months to 30 June 2021, which has seen group revenue at £147.3m – up 52% year on year – but more impressively up 31% compared to the same period in pre-pandemic 2019.
Dr Martens Liverpool ONE

Dr Martens upsizes flagship store at Liverpool ONE

British footwear brand Dr Martens has just opened a new 2,000 sq ft store on Paradise Street in Liverpool ONE, upsizing from its previous store on Manesty’s Lane in the shopping centre, and now next to Vans and Levi’s, and opposite JD Sports’ flagship store.
Loake Salisbury Store Manager, Faz McVey, and Assistant Manager, Aurora Salina.

Loake to continue new store roll-out following openings in Brighton and...

Traditional English shoemakers Loake is looking to add two further stores to its retail portfolio this year, following the recent openings of stores in Brighton and Salisbury.

BFC’s State of Retail Report points to Brits buying “bounceback wardrobe”

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has released a new State of Retail Report, supported by Clearpay, which highlights the positive outlook for fashion and beauty in 2021.
John Tavaria - InPost CEO

Fashion discounts incentive for donated clothes spearhead new InPost and Yellow...

Leading out-of-home and ecommerce delivery company InPost has today announced a new partnership with sustainable fashion trailblazer Yellow Octopus Group, which aims to offer consumers a more convenient and greener way of donating and recycling clothes.
Kathleen Mitchell

John Lewis poaches Accessorize Managing Director as new Trading Director

John Lewis has hired Accessorize Managing Director Kathleen Mitchell as its new Trading Director, commencing from mid-September.

Luxury jewellers Boodles to open at Victoria Leeds

Luxury British family-owned jewellers Boodles, which was established in 1798, will open a 4,500 sq ft store at Victoria Quarter, part of landlord Hammerson’s flagship Victoria Leeds destination, later this year.
Superdry underwear

Superdry to open Oxford Street flagship at former Forever 21 store

Superdry is to open a new global flagship store this autumn at 360 Oxford Street in London, formerly home to Forever 21, close to Selfridges and adjacent to the new Bond Street Crossrail station, which is due to open in early 2022.
Seven Dials

‘Freedom Day’ sees footfall increase but shoppers cautious amid ‘pingdemic’

Footfall across all UK retail destinations rose by +3.3% last week, 18-24 July, compared to the week before, and footfall rose by an impressive +16.5% on ‘Freedom Day’ itself, Monday 19 July.

Mango expects to exceed 2019 profits in 2021

Mango has closed the first half of 2021 with 21% more sales than in the same period of 2020, prompting the retailer to revise its forecasts for this year – expecting profits to exceed those of pre-pandemic 2019.

Armani recovers in first half of 2021 with 34% sales rise

The Armani Group's consolidated net revenues at 30 June 2021, showed an overall growth of 34% compared to the first half of 2020.
Dunno Soho

New vintage fashion and streetwear store Dunno Curated opens in Soho

A new independent vintage fashion and streetwear store called Dunno Curated has opened its doors for the first time today at 8 Berwick Street in London’s Soho.

Men get set for summer sun as sunglasses sales spike 171%...

Buy now pay later provider Klarna has revealed that over the past week sales of sunglasses have increased by almost 90%, with men shopping for shades up a massive 171% week on week – comparing 14-20 July with 7-13 July.

Sekonda launches Build Your Watch concept to “bring personality back to...

Putting the fun back into watches, Leicester-based watch maker Sekonda has just launched a ‘Build Your Watch’ platform that “puts the design process back into the consumer’s hands”.