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Joe Ayling | 15 Sep 2010

US broadline retailer Sears has announced its collaboration with UK fashion brand French Connection as "a major step forward", with a major advertising push now planned.


Leonie Barrie | 16 Mar 2010

In the fickle world of fashion, brands fall in and out of style with alarming regularity. Driven by the relentless quest for what's new, different or improved, shoppers are erratic in their loyalties - and labels that fail to keep up are quick to fall off the fashion radar.


Leonie Barrie | 16 Mar 2010

In the fickle world of fashion, brands fall in and out of style with alarming regularity. Driven by the relentless quest for what's new, different or improved, shoppers are erratic in their loyalties - and labels that fail to keep up are quick to fall off the fashion radar.


Leonie Barrie | 8 Oct 2009

A scathing report published yesterday (7 October) has criticised leading British brands and high street retailers for failing to pay a living wage to the workers making their garments – and says most have no plans in place to raise wages to acceptable levels in the near future.

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just-style.com | 20 Mar 2008

Online fashion retailer Asos seems to be coasting through the retail slump with two main selling points - Internet and celebrity. Joe Ayling interviews Asos CEO Nick Robertson to find out more.


just-style.com | 27 Jul 2006

Paul Charron, chief executive officer of Liz Claiborne Inc, believes that clothing suppliers will increasingly move towards a hybrid model where they are both manufacturer and retailer. In an exclusive interview with just-style, Charron discusses crucial industry issues, including retail consolidation and the need for wholesalers to develop lifestyle brands to deal with low-price competition.

Latest News

Michelle Russell | 23 Jan 2017

Three investors in French Connection Group are calling on the troubled British fashion retailer to shake-up its boardroom and replace two directors, and also consider a potential sale of the business.


Leonie Barrie | 20 Sep 2016

Troubled British fashion retailer French Connection Group has booked what it called a "disappointing" first-half, after an improved performance in its retail business was offset by tougher trading in wholesale and licensing.


Katie Smith | 15 Mar 2016

French Connection needs to make its product more consistent in design and quality, one analyst has said, after the troubled fashion retailer recorded an annual loss of GBP4.7m (US$6.7m). 


Michelle Russell | 10 Jul 2015

UK fashion retailer French Connection has announced the departure of its finance chief, Adam Castleton, just months after issuing a profit warning.


Katie Smith | 24 Apr 2015

UK fashion retailer French Connection has seen its share price decline 18% this morning (24 April) after warning its full-year performance will be below market expectations.


Michelle Russell | 24 Mar 2015

French Connection and Foot Locker have become the latest firms to be named and shamed under a new scheme by the UK Government for paying workers less than the minimum wage.


Richard Woodard | 17 Mar 2015

Fashion retail business French Connection cut its full-year operating loss, but saw retail sales tumble by 12% on the back of store closures.


Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2014

Online fashion retailer Boohoo has become the latest retailer to ban the use of angora in its products following pressure from animal rights group PETA.


Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

Value fashion retailer Primark has achieved like-for-like sales below the expectations of its parent company, as unusually warmer weather hurt revenues.


Michelle Russell | 8 Dec 2014

French fashion brand Lacoste has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


Katie Smith | 26 Nov 2014

French Connection has delivered a "mixed" trading update, with its share price rising despite posting a decline in like-for-like sales in the UK and Europe for the 17 weeks to 22 November.


Katie Smith | 29 Oct 2014

UK apparel and accessories retailer Monsoon Accessorize has become the latest company to end the use of angora in its future clothing and accessories collections.


Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2014

French Connection has become the latest firm to impose a ban on the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.


Michelle Russell | 19 Sep 2014

Richard Grainer has left UK fashion retailer French Connection, where he was director of retail buying and merchandising, to take up a position at Michael Kors.


Katie Smith | 18 Sep 2014

French Connection has narrowed its loss in the first half as initiatives to turnaround the UK fashion apparel retailer continue to gain traction but remain a "work-in-progress".


Katie Smith | 17 Jul 2014

UK apparel lifestyle brand Ted Baker has told just-style it has no plans to boycott wool, despite calls to from an animal rights group, which exposed a series of violations in the industry.


Katie Smith | 15 Jul 2014

UK value fashion retailer Primark has launched an investigation following the release of video footage exposing a series of violations in the wool industry.


Katie Smith | 14 Jul 2014

Retailers and consumers are being urged by animal rights activists to boycott wool products after an investigation is said to have exposed a series of violations in the industry.


Michelle Russell | 20 May 2014

Online retail giant Amazon is to merge its standalone online shoe and accessories store with its current UK fashion offering in a bid to strengthen its fashion division.


Katie Smith | 15 May 2014

UK fashion retailer French Connection has said it is "on the right path", after booking first-quarter like-for-like sales growth, driven by product improvements and less discounting.


Katie Smith | 14 Apr 2014

A double-digit increase in like-for-like retail sales for French Connection is an "important indicator" of the UK fashion retailer's future, an analyst has said.


Katie Smith | 12 Mar 2014

UK fashion retailer French Connection has narrowed its full-year loss as efforts to turnaround the business continue to gain traction.


Katie Smith | 6 Feb 2014

French Connection expects its full-year loss to be lower than last year, after the UK fashion retailer posted better-than-expected Christmas sales.

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