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UK: Aquascutum hires new design director | 17 May 10

UK luxury fashion brand Aquascutum has appointed Joanna Sykes as its design director for women’s, men’s and accessories.

GERMANY: Reebok and Armani team in new global venture | 18 Jan 10

Reebok International has unveiled details of its new collaboration with Giorgio Armani that was showcased during Milan Fashion week on 16 January.

ITALY: Giorgio Armani posts 14.6% drop in FY profit | 8 May 09

Giorgio Armani SpA has posted a 1.5% rise in sales for 2008, helped by strong sales in China, but core profit fell 14.6% in a “difficult year for the fashion and luxury market.”

US: Armani Exchange deploys assortment planning tool | 24 Mar 09

Fashion retailer Armani Exchange has selected the Buyer’s WorkMate assortment planning and business intelligence tools from IT Resources Inc to help tailor merchandise to the needs of its customers.

ITALY: Armani sparks "Trousergate" with D&G rip-off claims | 21 Jan 09

Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani has reportedly accused rival company Dolce & Gabbana of copying one of his padded trouser designs.

ITALY: Victoria Beckham models for Armani underwear campaign | 15 Jan 09

Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani has unveiled the first images of celebrity Victoria Beckham appearing as its official worldwide model for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear.

US: Saks Fifth Avenue appoints Jennings | 26 Aug 08

Eric Jennings has been appointed as vice president, fashion director, men’s, home, food and gifts at retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

US: Comfort takes merchandising role at The Wet Seal | 1 Aug 08

Speciality retailer The Wet Seal has appointed Maria Comfort as the new president and chief merchandising officer of its Wet Seal division, with effect from 25 August.

US: Adrenalina signs children’s footwear license | 17 Jul 08

Extreme sports retailer Adrenalina has signed as exclusive licensing agreement to sell Adrenalina-branded children’s footwear.

UK: Puma hires Belloli as CEO of Hussein Chalayan unit | 20 May 08

Three months after buying a majority stake in Hussein Chalayan’s London-based fashion business, Puma has hired a new chief executive officer to drive the brand’s growth.

Will EU trade deal revive Kenya’s clothing exports? | 13 May 08

Kenya’s apparel exports suffered a serious setback at the beginning of this year when ethnic violence erupted across the country. Orders are now returning, and garment makers are pinning their hopes on a new interim trade pact with the EU to kick-start their sales into Europe. Jozef De Coster reports from Nairobi.

ITALY: Armani hires Bruno Laguardia as US chief | 18 Apr 08

Giorgio Armani has hired Bruno Laguardia as the chief executive officer of its US unit, Giorgio Armani Corporation.

ITALY: Armani sees growth after FY earnings rise 17% | 11 Apr 08

Italian fashion icon Giorgio Armani is predicting another year of growth in 2008 after reporting healthy increases in sales and earnings for fiscal 2007.

INDIA: Armani to form retail venture with DLF? | 19 Feb 08

Luxury fashion brand Giorgio Armani is reportedly setting up a joint retail venture in India with domestic real estate firm DLF.

ITALY: L'Oreal linked to Armani stake buy | 3 Jan 08

French cosmetics firm L'Oreal has been linked with buying a stake in Giorgio Armani by Italian press.

JAPAN: Armani flagship up and running | 22 Nov 07

Armani has opened a huge flagship store in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district.

UK: Beckham to model Armani underwear, say reports | 16 Nov 07

Italian fashion giant Giorgio Armani has reportedly snapped up football icon David Beckham to model its underwear.

Luxury apparel poised for strong growth | 30 Oct 07

Global demand for luxury products continues to soar, especially from emerging markets such as China, Russia and India. Couple this with efforts to introduce more high-margin luxurious products, and it’s good news for a string of upcoming initial public offerings planned by Italian fashion designers, writes Ivan Castano.

US: Gap signs designer Todd Oldham for Old Navy | 24 Sep 07

Visionary fashion designer and television personality Todd Oldham has been appointed as design creative director for Gap Inc’s Old Navy division.

US: Giorgio Armani Corp seeking new chief? | 17 Sep 07

The US unit of Italian fashion label Giorgio Armani Corp has been forced to replace two departing top management figures, it has been reported.

US: St John Knits hires Dolce & Gabbana exec as new CEO | 13 Aug 07

Upmarket women’s clothing label St John Knits International Inc has hired Glenn McMahon, the president of Dolce & Gabbana USA, as its new chief executive.

US: Spanish denim maker Tavex opens NY sales centre | 6 Jul 07

Tavex Group, the premium denim manufacturer based in Madrid, Spain, has opened a sales and service office at 131 Spring Street in New York City’s SoHo district.

US: Gap signs up designer Patrick Robinson | 24 May 07

Patrick Robinson, the Paris-based designer who’s put his mark on fashions ranging from Target to Giorgio Armani, has been appointed executive vice president of design for the Gap Adult and Gapbody divisions. He begins his new job 29 May.

US: babyGap delivers new (Product) Red bodysuit collection | 1 May 07

US apparel retailer Gap has extended its (Product) Red fund-raising clothing line to include a limited edition collection of babyGap (Product) Red bodysuits.

CHINA: Eight brand names banned from Shanghai market | 20 Apr 07

Shanghai’s counterfeit watchdog has banned the sale of eight brands at local fashion markets in further efforts to stamp out the sale of fake goods in China.

Mexico slow to move from US supplier to global player | 18 Apr 07

Mexico relinquished its position as the leading apparel exporter to the US in 2002 – and last year its share of the US market was a meagre 7.4% compared with China’s 25.9%. But while Mexico is no longer a cheap production base, it can still benefit from its proximity to the US and a large domestic market keen for luxury labels. By Jozef De Coster.

US: Karl Lagerfeld exec joins True Religion as head merchant | 6 Mar 07

Rodney Hutton has joined True Religion Apparel in the new post of senior vice president of merchandising, a new post at the Los Angeles, California-based denim-based lifestyle brand.

ITALY: Armani sale rumours take no shine from Milan showing | 22 Feb 07

Italian fashion firm Giorgio Armani has told just-style it is not for sale – putting a halt to takeover speculation in the background of a dazzling Milan Fashion Week.

GERMANY: Armani ready to sell, says report | 20 Feb 07

Italian fashion group Giorgio Armani could be up for sale after its owner indicated he is looking for potential suitors, according to local press.

US: Jennings joins Hickey-Freeman as brand manager | 9 Feb 07

Eric Jennings has joined Hickey-Freeman Co as brand director of the company’s hickey collection.


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