Tom Bottomley

Tom Bottomley is a Contributing Editor at TheIndustry.fashion tom.bottomley@theindustry.fashion
Pants & Socks

Pants & Socks to raise £200,000 through crowdfunding campaign

Online men’s branded underwear retailer Pants & Socks has launched a crowdfunding campaign through specialists Seedrs to raise £200,000.

Idris Elba’s 2HR SET brand launches latest “Don’t Stab Your Future”...

Actor, writer, rapper, singer and DJ Idris Elba’s clothing brand 2HR SET has revealed its latest "Don’t Stab Your Future" #DSYF Summer 2021 collection drop.

Labour and Wait and John Boyd hats open new stores in...

London landlord The Portman Estate has confirmed the opening of two new independent stores in London’s Marylebone area.
Ecommerce online retail

Buoyant ecommerce sales prevented “even greater collapse” of household spend in...

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Consumer Trends report reveals household spending tumbled 11% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, compared to the same period last year, and an even greater collapse was only prevented by the “meteoric rise of online sales”, according to delivery company ParcelHero.
Handbag Clinic

Open for Vintage partners Handbag Clinic for repair and restore service

Luxury vintage marketplace Open for Vintage is partnering with restoration and repair business Handbag Clinic “to strengthen and expand its circular offering”.

Mary Portas joins call for government to force brands to label...

Fashion retail tzar and broadcaster Mary Portas has today joined forces with 40 health experts and cross-party politicians calling for the government to force fashion brands to label how much plastic their clothing contains.

Vans partners Discovery on collection to benefit Project CAT

Vans has joined forces with American television company Discovery, Inc., which operates Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel among others, on a line of footwear, apparel and accessories to benefit Project CAT, Discovery’s effort to join the mission to double the world’s wild tiger population.
Moose Knuckles

Moose Knuckles latest to go fur-free with new sustainability programme

Canadian luxury outerwear brand Moose Knuckles is the latest fashion company to announce it is ending all production with natural fur, though it won’t be doing so until the end of 2022.

Beaverbrooks to relocate and double size of centre:mk store

Jewellery and luxury watches retailer Beaverbrooks is relocating and upsizing its flagship store at centre:mk shopping centre in Milton Keynes.
Browns Ermenegildo Zegna

Browns launches made to measure service with Ermenegildo Zegna

Browns has today launched a new made to measure men’s tailoring service at its Brook Street store with Ermenegildo Zegna.
The Cleveland Centre

H&M adds to big name store closures in Middlesbrough

H&M is to become the latest big name fashion retailer to permanently close its Middlesbrough town centre

“Hybrid approach” to selling is key to fashion industry’s post-pandemic recovery

In a positive sign that the global fashion sector is firmly in post-pandemic recovery mode, a new survey from leading wholesale management platform JOOR has revealed that 90% of surveyed brands intend to present their new SS22 collections this summer, and 92% of buyers said they will be attending buying appointments.
ecommerce returns

ZigZag partners with Give Back Box to redirect landfill-bound clothes to...

ZigZag Global, the platform that gives retailers the chance to turn their returns policy into a business game-changer, today announced a new partnership with Give Back Box, an organisation that enables retailers to send returning items straight to charity.

Rise of mid-size fashion shoppers sees brands blur lines between standard...

The rise of mid-size female fashion shoppers, sitting between UK sizes 12-18, is seeing apparel brands begin to blur the lines between standard and plus sizing, promoting greater size inclusivity within the fashion industry, according to the latest data from True Fit, the data-driven personalisation platform for fashion retailers.
Oxford Street

London footfall rises but remains impacted by lack of office workers...

Consumers gravitated towards larger city centres last week, 20-26 June, 2021, compared to the week before, with a rise in footfall of +9% in Central London, but the ongoing impact of limited numbers of office workers and tourists in the capital remains poignant.
Mr Porter

MR PORTER launches “Small World” to celebrate craftsmanship and sustainability

On Monday 28 June MR PORTER is launching "Small World" to celebrate craftsmanship, responsibly made products and local communities on a global scale, showcasing 33 considered brands, 16 of which are new to the online destination for men’s style.
PrettyLittleThing Hotel

PrettyLittleThing to launch Devon hotel in response to staycation demand

Boohoo Group owned fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing is opening a four bedroom hotel in an undisclosed location in Devon, expected late Summer 2021.

ISAWITFIRST launches BadHero sunglasses to feature on Love Island 2021

To coincide with the launch of the latest Love Island show on ITV2 on Monday 28 June, ISAWITFIRST has launched a new sunglasses brand, BadHero.
Sports Direct Oxford Street

Sports Direct looking at “lots and lots of stores”

Frasers Group’s Sports Direct is reportedly looking to open a number of new stores, including in vacant department stores, as it sees huge opportunities in the many now empty retail sites in the UK and across Europe, brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ceanne Fernandes Wong

COCOON completes new round of investment with backers including Kering

COCOON, the subscription rental service for luxury handbags, has announced the successful completion of a new round of investment, with new investors including global luxury group Kering.