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Hirestreet

Hirestreet acquires rival fashion rental site

Hirestreet the emerging online fashion rental service has acquired a rival firm Hire that Look for an undisclosed sum. The two sites will

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Ben Farren Spoke

The Interview: Ben Farren, founder and CEO, Spoke

Ben Farren is an entrepreneur with no background in fashion and retail, but a lot of conviction. He launched Spoke in 2013, and

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Heist

Heist open-sources its research into “nude” shades

Heist has opened up its ground-breaking researching into nude skin tones to enable other brands and designers to accurately represent their audiences across

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Allbirds

Allbirds continues its European expansion

Allbirds, the ethical footwear brand hailing from San Francisco, is continuing its European expansion with a dedicated European website and a new store

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OPUMO

OPUMO secures backing of North-East Venture

OPUMO, the zero inventory online fashion and lifestyle store, has secured £800,000 backing from Scandinavian multi-stage investment fund North-East Venture. The backing comes

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SupplyCompass

SupplyCompass secures £1.5m in backing

SupplyCompass, a design-to-delivery sourcing platform that provides a sustainable solution for global supply chains, has agreed a £1.5m seed fund deal led by

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Unmade

Unmade raises £4.75m in new funding round

Fashion software start-up Unmade has raised £4.75m in a new funding round led by Octopus Ventures, with additional funding provided by Felix Capital

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Grandeur Clothing

Manchester fashion start-up Grandeur Clothing secures £400k funding

Manchester-based Grandeur Clothing, launched in 2017 by young entrepreneur, Shahriya Miah, has secured a £400k funding package with Bibby Financial Services (BFS) to

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Cudoni

Luxury resale site Cudoni secures high profile backers in latest funding...

Cudoni, a luxury resale site set up five years ago by entrepreneur James Harford-Tyrer, has received backing from a string of high profile

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Stitch Fix

What’s rocking fashion right now? The subscription economy

An emerging trend making a huge impact on the fashion sector globally is the explosion in subscription-based services, writes Courtney Wylie, VP of Product

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Klarna announces first UK immersive pop-up

Klarna, the Pay later company, has turned its sights on the high street by announcing the opening of its first UK immersive pop-up

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Emma Watkinson

The Interview: Emma Watkinson, CEO and co-founder SilkFred

Entrepreneur Emma Watkinson founded SilkFred, an online platform for affordable independent labels, in 2011. It’s now home to more than 600 brands and

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