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Fendi puts out travel accessories line for four-legged friends

Fendi puts out travel accessories line for four-legged friends

Walkies! Italian luxury label Fendi has designed a line of canine travel accessories.
Lifestyle
Lagardere reports 29.8% drop in Q1 sales as pandemic hits travel retail

Lagardere reports 29.8% drop in Q1 sales as pandemic hits travel retail

French media and publishing firm Lagardere reported on Tuesday a 29.8% drop in first-quarter revenue on a like-for-like basis as coronavirus-related restrictions on travel in Europe weighed.
Fashion
Balenciaga winter 2021 pre-collection: Yearning for global travel

Balenciaga winter 2021 pre-collection: Yearning for global travel

With European populations slowly but surely being vaccinated, designers on the Continent are suddenly expressing a new optimism. Few more so than Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga in Balenciaga's winter 2021 pre-collection.
Fashion
Oxford Street renaissance: work starts on Soho Photography Quarter

Oxford Street renaissance: work starts on Soho Photography Quarter

When rows of stores just aren’t enough. Retail areas are increasingly having to incentivise consumers to visit with bolt-on experiences and attractions.
Fashion
Giorgio Armani to design new Admiral superyacht

Giorgio Armani to design new Admiral superyacht

Giorgio Armani, the proud owner of several major yachts, is to design a new Admiral superyacht for a mystery client, working with the Italian Sea Group to build the motor craft, which will be 72 meters long.
Lifestyle
£96m investment plans for West End, coastal towns and high streets

£96m investment plans for West End, coastal towns and high streets

A number of funding initiatives have been unveiled by government and business groups to help push retail back into a healthier position than it would otherwise be post-Covid.
Fashion
Covent Garden landlord Capco upbeat on 2021 prospects

Covent Garden landlord Capco upbeat on 2021 prospects

There are 34 days (and counting) to go until non-essential retail reopens in England and optimism mounts. And London's Covent Garden surely isn't alone in its enthusiasm to return to business.
Fashion
Coats Group weathers turbulent year with improving H2, outlook positive

Coats Group weathers turbulent year with improving H2, outlook positive

After a “turbulent” trading year, it certainly wasn’t all bad news for Coats Group despite delivering mostly negative numbers in its 12-month trading statement to 31 December on Thursday.
Fashion
Selfridges sales were rising but pandemic meant huge challenges for retailer

Selfridges sales were rising but pandemic meant huge challenges for retailer

​Selfridges had already flagged the fact that its sales rose and its net profits fell in the year to February 2020, but it has now officially filed its annual results and the full extent of that performance can be seen.
Luxury
Oxford Street regeneration plan fails to convince property sector

Oxford Street regeneration plan fails to convince property sector

Some property experts have dismissed the Westminster City Council plans for the revitalisation post-pandemic of Oxford Street and the surrounding areas.
Fashion
Gucci sales fall in Q4, but Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent are on a roll

Gucci sales fall in Q4, but Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent are on a roll

​Sales at Kering's leading brand, Gucci, suffered a bigger-than-expected drop in Q4 as Covid continued to dent luxury shopping and crimp tourist spending in particular.
Luxury
Skinnydip dives into AI-powered merchandising and A/B testing to boost online sales

Skinnydip dives into AI-powered merchandising and A/B testing to boost online sales

It took the pandemic to shift all sales operations online. So clothing, lifestyle and accessories retailer Skinnydip London introduced automated merchandising and A/B testing technology to boost its digital operations.
Fashion
Shaftesbury launches Chinese New Year campaign

Shaftesbury launches Chinese New Year campaign

A distinct lack of tourists in London to celebrate this year’s Chinese Lunar New Year hasn’t stopped Shaftesbury from forging ahead with a related promotion.
Lifestyle
​Strong recovery possible for West End says Mayor's report, but more support needed

​Strong recovery possible for West End says Mayor's report, but more support needed

Although Central London has been “profoundly” impacted by Covid, the capital’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has said a “rapid recovery is possible” in his report on future challenges and opportunities.
Fashion
Covent Garden landlord slashes property value again as pandemic weighs

Covent Garden landlord slashes property value again as pandemic weighs

Stores closed, no tourists. That pandemic-induced combination has meant one of London’s leading retail attractions, Covent Garden, continues to suffer more than most.
Fashion
Selfridges gets through 2020 in good shape, pre-pandemic sales rose

Selfridges gets through 2020 in good shape, pre-pandemic sales rose

​Selfridges weathered the 2020 storm, despite enduring the toughest retail year in decades. That’s according to company chief Anne Pitcher who admitted that it was the “most difficult” period in its 113 years.
Luxury