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UK: Debenhams To Carry Joe Boxer Underwear Line Jane Mallin | 21 Jul 00

JOE BOXER, the San Francisco-based underwear and sleepwear brand, is to launch in 53 Debenhams' outlets throughout the UK from 1 September 2000.Established in 1985, the company now sells apparel and accessories for women, men and children throughout the US in over 4,000 department stores, specialty shops and catalogs.The JOE BOXER product is manufactured under license both in the US and in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and New Zealand. Licensed product includes boy's and girl's sleepwear and underwear, and boy's sportswear.


Sizing up the British market just-style.com | 10 Jul 00

Leading UK high street retailers are redesigning all their women's clothing after a survey that found busts and waistlines are an inch bigger than a decade ago. With the average size dress now a 14, stores are also banning skinnier models from their advertisements and catwalk shows in favor of those with fuller figures.


USA: Charmed Technology Merges Fashion with Technology at New Beverly Hills Headquarters just-style.com | 19 May 00

MIT Media Lab spin-off, Charmed Technology(TM), the leading developer of affordable, wearable, wireless Internet-connected devices, services, and technologies, today announced the relocation of their international corporate headquarters to Beverly Hills, Calif. The company's wireless mobile technology, which uses the NANIX(TM) operating system, will make it possible to access the World Wide Web anywhere, anytime, through smart miniature devices that can be carried or worn. These new products will include everyday objects such as eyeglasses, a necklace, lapel pin, or child's toy, and have recently been featured globally in the Charmed Technology Brave New Unwired World fashion shows in cities including New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. "The success of the Brave New Unwired World show, as well as the research and development of our technologies, requires facilities that can better serve the needs of our fast-growing company," said Alex Lightman, co-founder and CEO of Charmed Technology(TM). Co-founder and Vice President of Events of Charmed Technology, Katrina Barillova, added: "Our new Beverly Hills location puts us in the heart of the global fashion industry and at the center of the digital coast expansion. We are now positioned at the intersection of two key industries for our business." Charmed Technology was previously located in Sherman Oaks, Calif. The company plans to open research centers in the Czech Republic, Silicon Valley, Calif., and London.


Verdict On Clothing Discounters 2000 Verdict Research Ltd | 10 May 00

British consumers have traditionally been significantly less price conscious than their equivalents in either Continental Europe or America. In years past discounters generally only thrived in the UK in times of recession. Now, however, it is all different, with clothing discounters' sales growth being lifestyle driven rather than recession driven as was the case in the past. So says the latest report from retail consultancy Verdict. Its consumer research shows that 15 per cent of ABC1s are shopping for clothes more at clothing discounters now than a year ago, and that 23 per cent of them are more likely to consider clothing shopping from supermarkets.


UK: Arcadia losses lead to 3,500 job cuts just-style.com | 13 Apr 00

The shake-up on the British high street continues with the announcement by struggling retail group Arcadia that it is to sell its Principles for Men chain and cut 3,500 jobs after plunging into loss. Arcadia, the UK's second largest retailing group, today posted annual results that showed a pre-tax pre-exceptional loss of £8.6 million at the half-year stage compared with a profit of £26.3 million a year ago.The current price deflation across the UK's middle market is said to have contributed to the fall in Arcadia's revenues, whilst Principles for Men has also fallen victim to the rapidly growing trend towards dressed down casualwear. The chain currently trades through a total of 80 standalone shops and about 70 franchises in Arcadia outlets and Debenhams department stores. Principles' shops for women will remain open.


UK: Advert boost for Debenhams just-style.com | 12 Apr 00

A £10m advertising campaign is producing benefits for sales at department store chain Debenhams, the group has said. Following the launch in October of its first TV commercials for 10 years, like-for-like sales, excluding new store space, are now running more than 1.8% above last year. Sales levels had been down 3.4% last autumn. "Initial customer feedback has been very encouraging", said finance director Matthew Roberts. Due to the lateness of Easter and the mid season sale, Debenhams declined to give exact like-for-like sales figures for the period since the half-year. However, Mr Roberts said the underlying growth trend was above the 1.8% figure seen in January and February. The group also reported that pre-tax profits fell to £73.8m in the six months to the end of February from £79.4m in the previous year. Mr Roberts said Debenhams was succeeding in a harsh market place. "We are doing well but the high street is having quite a tough time," he said. "I think things will remain competitive - we expect to see growth but pricing will continue to be important," he added. Debenhams shares rose 7.7% or 12p to 168p in early trading. Analysts said the performance was a good one in the current retail environment


UK: Advert boost for Debenhams just-style.com | 12 Apr 00

A £10m advertising campaign is producing benefits for sales at department store chain Debenhams, the group has said. Following the launch in October of its first TV commercials for 10 years, like-for-like sales, excluding new store space, are now running more than 1.8% above last year. Sales levels had been down 3.4% last autumn. "Initial customer feedback has been very encouraging", said finance director Matthew Roberts. Due to the lateness of Easter and the mid season sale, Debenhams declined to give exact like-for-like sales figures for the period since the half-year. However, Mr Roberts said the underlying growth trend was above the 1.8% figure seen in January and February. The group also reported that pre-tax profits fell to £73.8m in the six months to the end of February from £79.4m in the previous year. Mr Roberts said Debenhams was succeeding in a harsh market place. "We are doing well but the high street is having quite a tough time," he said. "I think things will remain competitive - we expect to see growth but pricing will continue to be important," he added. Debenhams shares rose 7.7% or 12p to 168p in early trading. Analysts said the performance was a good one in the current retail environment


3D Body Scanning - A fitting service Company Clothing | 25 Feb 00

Mission: to produce better fitting clothes; to exploit Internet shopping; to increase sales; to reduce returns; to automate measurement and pattern development of made-to-measure clothing . . . Much hype has been given to 3D body scanning, but how does the current situation stand, and what are its potential uses? Niki Tait visits a major researcher in the field - Professor Stephen Gray, head of Computer Clothing Research Ltd in Nottingham - to find out.


Playing to our strengths Company Clothing | 31 Aug 99

The sixth ASBCI Conference took apositive look at the way ahead for the British clothing industry Speaking at this year's ASBCI Conferencedinner, Mr David Jones, chief executive of Next Plc, reiterated his company's commitmentto the British clothing industry. "Next needs a strong manufacturing base, and willdo everything it can to help", he explained. "But manufacturers have to helpthemselves too".

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