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Michelle Russell

Michelle RussellBiography

Michelle Russell brings to just-style a decade-long career as a journalist, with experience in both consumer and trade publications. As the site's deputy editor she writes news, comments and insight on the latest apparel industry issues, in the process interviewing and building relationships with many key figures. Particular interests include industry data, sustainability and the challenges related to supply chains. 

Articles by Michelle Russell

The focus is on long-term investment in the Kate Spade New York brandKate Spade to shut Saturday and Jack Spade stores 30 January 2015

US retailer Kate Spade & Co. has revealed plans to close its Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores as it focuses long-term investment on its flagship Kate Spade New York brand.

Next's head of menswear design to join M&S 30 January 2015

Next’s head of men's wear design, Simon Hawksworth, is to join UK retailer Marks & Spencer in the same role.

Gap is eliminating its creative director roleGap removes creative director Rebekka Bay 30 January 2015

US retail giant Gap Inc has made a number of key leadership changes that it hopes will intensify the brand’s customer focus, but will see the removal of creative director role Rebekka Bay.

H&M said cost inflation is expected to continue into the first quarterExpensive US dollar hitting H&M sourcing costs 29 January 2015

H&M Hennes & Mauritz has acknowledged that pricing may have to fluctuate to reflect challenges created by the increasingly expensive US dollar, which is affecting sourcing costs for the Swedish apparel group.

Sears employs 5,500 staff at its head officeSears Holdings cuts 115 corporate jobs 29 January 2015

US department store group Sears Holdings is to cut 115 corporate jobs, the majority at its head quarters in Illinois, as part of cost cutting efforts.

River Island driving tech innovation with TrueStart 29 January 2015

UK apparel retailer River Island is hoping to tap into further innovation in technology for its business through a partnership with retail and fashion accelerator TrueStart.

Around 2,000 jobs will be affected by the Tesco store closuresTesco store closures to hit 2,000 jobs 29 January 2015

Retail behemoth Tesco has revealed the locations of the 43 unprofitable stores it is closing in the UK as part of CEO Dave Lewis's turnaround plan, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

Gerry Weber was able to improve its profitability, despite flat salesGerry Weber records mixed FY 29 January 2015

German fashion house Gerry Weber International has booked a mixed set of results for its full-year as flat sales failed to meet company expectations, but margins and earnings improved.

PrimaLoft to develop performance knit textile line 29 January 2015

Materials science business PrimaLoft is to develop a line of performance knit textiles as part of a partnership with Mitsui Bussan Techno Products.

Steve Madden buys boot maker Blondo 29 January 2015

US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has purchased boot maker Blondo’s intellectual property assets from Regence Footwear and 3074153 Canada.

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