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UK: All French Connection Ads Must Be Vetoed just-style.com | 4 Apr 01

French Connection UK has been called up by the Advertising Standards Authority over its latest ad campaign for the clothing retailers website, which contained the words fcuk, kinky and another swear word. The ASA ruled that the latest adverts were "irresponsible" and "brought advertising into disrepute". French Connection will now have to submit all its advertisements to the ASA for approval before they can display them.


UK: Skechers London Flagship Opening A Success just-style.com | 9 Mar 01

Skechers USA Inc, the lifestyle footwear company, today reported that the first week of business at the company's first international flagship store on Oxford Street in London, England, has exceeded expectations. "It was unbelievable. We opened the doors and it was like a vacuum with the number of people waiting to come in," began Gary Siegel, Skechers vice president director of retail, who was on hand for the opening on March 1, 2001. "On Saturday there seemed to be wall-to-wall people. At times there was a bottleneck just to enter the store."


USA: Oxford Industries Signs Up For Supply Chain Software just-style.com | 7 Mar 01

Oxford Industries, the apparel manufacturer and wholesaler, is extending its use of Manugistics NetWORKS(TM) to cover the entire supply chain. Oxford previously selected Manugistics apparel and textile solutions. The additional Manugistics solutions will power automatic replenishment processes to improve the flow of Oxford's products, reduce inefficiencies, and improve in-stock positions on the store shelf. Using proven optimisation algorithms and model stock strategies, the solutions will help ensure that the consumers' choice is always available at the point of sale. In addition, exception-management capabilities will give Oxford early warning of potential supply chain problems and suggest possible resolutions to those problems.


IT investment slows down just-style.com | 2 Mar 01

A cutback in spending - particularly on investments such as information technology - is a natural accompaniment to economic slowdown. Apparel and retail companies are no exception, and the changes that have taken place in this sector over recent months are now showing up in reduced computer and software purchases. By Bob Shallow, MBA.


USA: Skechers To Open Flagship Stores In Europe just-style.com | 22 Feb 01

Skechers USA, a lifestyle footwear company, announced plans to open three international marquee stores in key European tourist and fashion markets including a flagship store on Oxford Street in London. Situated in high-traffic, high-visibility shopping areas of London, Dusseldorf and Paris, the Skechers retail stores will carry the company's current footwear lines for men, women and kids.


UK: New Gap American Range Extends North just-style.com | 8 Feb 01

Fashion retailer The Gap is opening a second store in Sheffield and making a new loungewear range from America available in the north. The store opens a branch at Town Hall Chambers in Sheffield on March 2 which will cover four floors and sell the entire Gap range, including childrenswear. And The Gap's `Body' collection, previously only available in the store's flagship Oxford Street store and Kensington, will go on sale at the new Sheffield store. The loungewear collection, which went on sale in London in November, is an extended underwear collection, designed for relaxing at home.


Ready, willing and able just-style.com | 5 Feb 01

Disabled people are used to being overlooked, but in an industry that has hit hard times ignoring this huge potential market - 8.5 million people in the UK and 54 million in the US - just doesn't make sense. But while disabled customers do not enter the equation for most retailers and manufacturers, some imaginative companies are more than ready to work with them says Tania Casselle.


UK: Chilly Retail Climate Just Right For Skiwear Brand just-style.com | 2 Feb 01

Street lifestyle fashion company, White Stuff has announced it is to open another 10 stores by 2006. The London-based firm, originally known just for skiwear, says it has not been hit by the UK high street retail malaise. Business is booming and the company is on track to opening its thirteenth UK store by the end of March.


TURKEY: Apparel Firms Come To London just-style.com | 31 Jan 01

A thirty exhibitor show by Turkish clothing manufacturers has been scheduled to take place in London on March 28 and 29 at the Radisson (formerly the Portman) Hotel just off Oxford Street, Wl. The group will include producers of nightwear and underwear as well as fashion garments with ranges for men, women and children. All the exhibitors are members of the Aegean Exporters' Union whose acting secretary general Sezman Alper, when asked why the Union had chosen London as the venue, said that since his organisation's members already had some of the biggest names in UK retail as their regular customers, "it seemed only courteous that this time around the manufacturers should meet UK customers on their home ground.


FRANCE: Scotland Scores At New Sehm Menswear Show just-style.com | 30 Jan 01

The "auld alliance" that links Scotland and France was given renewed emphasis when the organisers of the recent New Sehm menswear show in Paris decided to dress the male members of its meeters and greeters team in tartan kilts. They were provided by courtesy of the house of Ald Kiltmakers, a company that has been kitting out men in skirts for over forty years and which now exports their quintessentially Scottish products worldwide.


UK: FCUK Gets Wrists Slapped Over "Offensive" Ad just-style.com | 12 Jan 01

French Connection UK has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) from re-running an advert in a London newspaper after the authority deemed that parts of the ad could be "likely to cause serious or widespread offence". The advert had been designed to promote the opening of the company's new Oxford Street store, which the company has claimed is its biggest store in the world.


UK: Mango Takes On Oxford Street just-style.com | 5 Jan 01

Fashion retailer Mango has moved to London with the opening of it largest flagship store on Oxford Street. The company has invested around £3m ($4.5m) in developing the 3,880 sq m store, but is hoping to receive a turnover of more than £11m($16.5) from sales. The Oxford Street store is the 500th store to be opened by Mango since it started looking to expand internationally back in 1992. Others stores are planned for the UK in the near future.


USA: Oxford Industries Announces Second Quarter Financial Results just-style.com | 21 Dec 00

Oxford Industries, Inc (NYSE: OXM ) has announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended December 1, 2000. Consolidated net sales for the second quarter decreased 11.4 per cent to $194.9m from $219.9m last year. Second quarter net earnings declined $4.2m to $2.7m from $6.9m in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share declined 59.1per cent to $0.36 from $0.88 in the second quarter last year, slightly ahead of the company's revised guidance.


USA: Perry Ellis Moves Into Corporatewear With Alpha just-style.com | 12 Dec 00

Perry Ellis International, Inc (Nasdaq: PERY ) and Alpha Shirt Company today announced an agreement naming Alpha as the distributor for Perry Ellis menswear in the corporate market. Alpha will begin distributing Perry Ellis apparel in 2001.


UK: Major Expansion Plans For Officers Club just-style.com | 7 Dec 00

Northern-based menswear retailer, The Officers Club, has unveiled exciting plans to increase the company's portfolio to 300 stores in the next two to three years. The rapidly-growing company recently opened its first London store in Oxford Street and has plans for a further four in the capital.


USA: Perry Ellis Appoints Logistics Systems VP just-style.com | 6 Dec 00

Perry Ellis International, Inc (Nasdaq: PERY ) today announced the appointment of Glenn Shapanka to the newly-created position of vice president of Logistics Systems. His previous employment entails a five-year tenure with Oxford Shirt Group, Lyons, GA and two years with Spencer Industries as director of IT and Distribution. His vast knowledge of distribution, facility management, inventory control and overall management skills will enable the organization to integrate new systems and increase productivity.


USA: Oxford Industries Announces Expected Q2 Results just-style.com | 5 Dec 00

Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE: OXM ) announced today revised expectations for the second quarter ending in December 1, 2000. Consolidated net sales are expected to be approximately $195m versus $219.9m in the comparable quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be approximately $0.30 to $0.35 compared to $0.88 in last year's second quarter.


SPAIN: Zara To Float Next Spring just-style.com | 23 Nov 00

Amancio Ortega Gaona, the reclusive Spanish billionaire, is to float Inditex, the parent company of the 1,027 store Zara fashion chain next Spring, the Evening Standard reported yesterday. The UK, along with Germany, is his new target for expansion. Zara has a rare acumen for the tricky business of fashion retail - while rivals struggle to stock four new collections a year, Zara takes less than three weeks to analyse store feedback, create new designs and deliver them to its outlets. This speedy response to fickle demand has allowed Inditex to double its sales to e2.03bn ($bn) over the past four years and generate operating profit margins of 15 per cent.


UK: French Connection Accelerates Global Brand Expansion just-style.com | 14 Nov 00

Fashion retailer French Connection today announced that it has signed an exclusive three year retail licence agreement with D'Urban Inc of Japan to distribute French Connection and FCUK products in Japan.D'Urban will initially open two flagship stores in Tokyo in 2001 followed by further standalone stores and concessions throughout the country.Stephen Marks, chief executive said of the deal: "Securing a Japanese distributor creates a very exciting opportunity to significantly develop our Asian business with a substantial and experienced partner and builds on our existing activities in that region, namely Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia."The company continues its expansion throughout the USA, with the recent opening of stores in Las Vegas and Phoenix and a further new store in Chicago that will open later this month. Its flagship store in San Francisco remains on track to open in Spring 2001.The company has also opened its 14,000 sq ft flagship store in Oxford Street, London, the largest in its portfolio, on October 27."The USA continues to be a significant market for us and we are looking forward to giving our customers something different with the forthcoming San Francisco store. We are very pleased with the Oxford Street store, which has been trading well and its size and new store format enables us to present our full product range to the customer," Mr Marks concluded.


UK: House Of Fraser Unveils Flagship Store just-style.com | 24 Oct 00

UK department store retailer, House of Fraser, has unveiled its refurbished £18m flagship store in London's Oxford Street. And the flourishing store group, which recently announced it was creating 1,000 jobs over the next four years, has stepped back in time with the famous building, creating seven floors of luxury.


UK: New Debenham's chief's vision for the future just-style.com | 18 Oct 00

Newly appointed Debenhams' chief executive, Belinda Earl, has unveiled her plans to take the UK department store forward, which include linking up with sexy lingerie designer, Janet Reger. Ms Earl has announced plans to open more stores, add to the chain's international operations and launch more own-range health and beauty products. She said the store's strategy was to win more customers, make existing shoppers spend more and move into new markets. Full-year results for the store just released show that total sales were up 1.4 per cent at £1,397.9 million but profits down from £138.8 million to £129.6 million. Ms Earl said that according to independent research carried out by Verdict, Debenhams had increased its market share of the UK department store market to over 13 per cent. She said: "Over the last year, we have significantly outperformed our competitors. We have a clear strategy to drive future profitability and grow market share. This being achieved by increasing sales to our existing customers, attracting new customers and moving into new markets. "We differentiate Dagenham's from other retailers by better understanding our customers' needs and aspirations. We sell a unique range of product categories and brands in an attractive shopping environment." During the last financial year, Debenhams has opened four new stores in Dundee, Reading, Weymouth and Banbury. Since the financial year end, two more stores have been opened in Sunderland and Milton Keynes. Three more stores will be opened over the next three months in Carlisle, Uxbridge and Oxford. As well as lingerie, where a new Janet Reger range is to be launched next year, Ms Earl has also identified health and beauty as growth areas. The store's own `MEA' range, launched in June, has become one of its top ten selling make-up brands and now Debenhams plans to launch more own-range health and beauty products.


UK: The Patter Of Designer Labels At Mothercare just-style.com | 12 Oct 00

Mothercare, the high street and Internet parenting retailer, is to introduce designer fashion brands into its stores for the first time in its 40 year history. After successfully test marketing aspirational labels including Osh Kosh, Petit Bateau, Oilily & Chicco kids clothing, the company has confirmed it will launch fashion brands into 15 Mothercare World stores this Autumn. Other stores are likely to follow in the new year.Each new range has been selected to complement Mothercare's existing own-label fashion lines for mums-to-be, babies and kids. Chrissie Waterlow, brands buyer at Mothercare, said: "This is a particularly exciting development for Mothercare, which is designed to give our customers greater choice. The brands have already proved very popular in our trial stores."A complete list of the Mothercare World stores introducing fashion labels is shown below.Romford, Stoke, Manchester, Edmonton, Liverpool, Warrington, Gateshead, Dudley, Croydon, Cardiff, Leeds, Kew, Oxford Street, London, Blue Water, Peterborough.


UK: High And Mighty To Launch Pilot Standalone Kayak Store just-style.com | 6 Oct 00

The millennium man is taller and broader than his predecessor - and that's official. The High and Mighty chain of shops is set to trial a new look name and store to fit in with the expanding market. High and Mighty, launched in the50s, says research carried out shows more men are now 6ft-plus than they were years ago. And it is renaming its flagship Oxford Street Plaza store in London `Kayak' in a trial to see if the new look and name is successful. The name is based on the Kayak brand, featuring casual clothing, which High and Mighty launched a year ago and has been a huge hit. If the new look name is a success, Kayak shops will be launched in other key sites across the country. A spokesman from the company said: "Men are growing bigger and taller and there is a gap in the market. There isn't that much choice for the bigger man." High and Mighty has 23 shops in the UK and 10 on the continent in Holland, Germany and Belgium.The Kayak range is aimed at the 17-24 market, which wants high street fashion to rival other retailers, but in larger sizes.High and Mighty says young people are getting taller and bigger but are no longer seen as outsize. A company spokesman said: "Kayak is a radical departure from the whole idea of specialist clothing. It is the fashion clothing that everyone else wears and wants to be seen in. "It is the spirit of youth with the emphasis on fun, adventure, action and music."


USA: Oxford Industries Declares Quarterly Dividend Company Press Release | 3 Oct 00

The board of directors of Oxford Industries, Inc (NYSE: OXM) today declared a cash dividend of $.21 per share on Common Stock payable December 2, 2000 to stockholders of record on November 15, 2000. This is the 162nd consecutive quarterly cash dividend since Oxford became publicly-owned in 1960.Oxford Industries, Inc is a diversified international manufacturer and wholesale marketer of branded and private label apparel for men, women and children. With manufacturing and sourcing operations in over 40 countries around the globe, Oxford provides retailers and consumers with a wide variety of apparel products and services to suit their individual needs. Major licensed brands include Tommy Hilfiger®, Nautica®, and Robert Stock®. Oxford's private label customers are found in every major channel of distribution including national chains, specialty catalogs, mass merchandisers, department stores, specialty stores and Internet retailers. The company's stock has traded on the NYSE since 1964 under the symbol OXM.


UK: Expanding House Of Fraser Bucks Trend just-style.com | 29 Sep 00

Department stores group, House of Fraser, is bucking the trend and set to expand, creating 1,000 new jobs over the next four years. Despite tough times on the high street, the group says it is faring well and it is moving ahead with its plan to open more stores. The group's results for the first six months of the current financial year out today show that like for like sales were 2.


USA: Nike Names New Chiefs And VP Of Global Apparel Company Press Release | 28 Sep 00

Chairman and chief executive officer Philip H. Knight today announced that Mindy F. Grossman will become global vice president of apparel, effective October 1, 2000.Grossman, 43, joins Nike with over 20 years of experience leading some of the world's top apparel brands, most recently as president and CEO Polo Jeans Company/Ralph Lauren, a division of the Jones Apparel Group."Mindy has an excellent track record in building consumer-based apparel brands and she knows what it takes to be successful. Her proven expertise in brand strategy, product development and retail space management will play a key role in the expansion of our apparel business," Knight said. "We are committed to apparel as a major force in our global growth and the addition of Mindy, blended with the great talent we have all over the world, is evidence of that commitment."Grossman joins Nike after nearly a decade of association with Polo Ralph Lauren. She has been president and CEO of Polo Jeans Company since 1995, where she was responsible for the brand strategy, launch and growth of Polo Jeans. She was vice president of new business development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp where she worked on the initial concept and development of Polo Jeans.Grossman was president of Chaps Ralph Lauren and senior vice president of Warnaco Menswear from 1991 through 1994 and is credited with the repositioning and subsequent growth of the Chaps business from $30m to over $150m.Prior to her affiliation with Polo, Grossman was senior vice president of sales and merchandising for Tommy Hilfiger overseeing the dynamic growth of the menswear company from 1987 through 1991. From 1983 to 1987 she was vice president of WilliWear/WilliSmith following five years at Oxford Industries, ultimately rising to the position of vice president of sales for the Merona Sport Division. She began her career at Manhattan Industries in 1977.Grossman is being joined at Nike by additional new members of Nike's apparel team, including:


USA: Skinner Leaves Oxford Shirts For Kellwood Menswear Company Press Release | 28 Sep 00

Kellwood Company has named Robert C. Skinner president of its menswear division, according to Hal J. Upbin, Kellwood chairman, president and chief executive officer.Prior to Kellwood, Skinner was president of Oxford Shirt Group for 13 years, and vice president of Oxford Industries for the past two years. A veteran of Oxford Industries, Skinner has spent most of his career with the company, specialising in sales, merchandising, sourcing and new business opportunities.As president of Kellwood menswear, Skinner will oversee all men's branded and private label business, including the licensed Nautica and Slates product. Based in New York, Skinner reports to Upbin."Bob has built an excellent reputation for himself at Oxford, attributable to his business savvy and excellent leadership skills. Under his direction, the company has enjoyed expanded distribution efforts, successful new business launches and highly-developed sourcing strategies," Upbin said. "We are proud to announce Bob's arrival to the Kellwood team as he takes on his new duties as head of our menswear business."


USA: Oxford Shirts Makes Changes At The Top Company Press Release | 28 Sep 00

Oxford Industries, Inc (NYSE: OXM) announced today the promotion of Frank Sahagian to president of the Oxford Shirt Group after Robert C. Skinner's appointment as chief of Kellwood menswear.Formerly president of OxSport, Sahagian will be responsible for a newly configured shirt group consisting of OxSport, Ely & Walker, Oxford Shirtings and Tommy Hilfiger dress shirts. Chuck Sakmann has been promoted to president of a newly created Oxford Golf Group consisting of Tommy Hilfiger Golf and Izod Club Golf. Dave Leveille has been promoted to president of Tommy Hilfiger Golf replacing Sakmann.Commenting on the changes, J. Hicks Lanier, Oxford Industries' chairman, said: "We are fortunate to have talented people such as Frank, Chuck and Dave to step up to fill these important positions. We believe this new organizational structure will make our shirt and golf groups more responsive and focused."


USA: Oxford Industries' Branded Focus Pays Off Company Press Release | 26 Sep 00

Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) has announced its financial results for the first quarter ended September 1, 2000. Consolidated net sales increased 10.1 per cent to $204.4 million from $185.7 million last year. First quarter net earnings declined $1.2 million to $3.5 million from $4.7 million in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share declined 25.0% to $0.45 from $0.60 in the first quarter last year.All four operating groups reported sales gains led by tailored clothing. Gross margins improved to 18.3 per cent from 18.1 per cent in the previous year due to higher initial margins and improvements in manufacturing operations. First quarter operating expenses increased as a percentage of sales to 15.0 per cent from 13.6 per cent last year. The additional expenses of four new marketing divisions, Tommy Hilfiger Womens Golf, Izod Club Golf, Slates Tailored Clothing and DKNY Kids, were primarily responsible for the increased SG&A expense. These higher expense levels resulted in a 21.2 per cent decrease in operating earnings to $6.7 million from $8.5 million last year.The balance sheet remains strong. Asset turnover continues to improve. Trailing twelve-month accounts receivable and total inventory turnover were 7.1 and 5.0, respectively. At quarter end, debt to total capitalization stood at 31.3 per cent. The company repurchased 71,400 shares of its common stock during the first quarter.


UK: House Of Fraser Moves Into The Square Mile Jane Mallin | 31 Jul 00

House of Fraser, the UK department store group, today announced plans to open the City of London's first department store. The company has signed an agreement under which it intends, subject to planning permission, to create a store with approximately 55,000 square feet of selling space over five floors in the heart of the Square Mile.The store will front King William Street and look out over London Bridge. Due to open in 2002, the store will create more than 200 new jobs in the City.John Coleman, chief executive of the company, said today: "This is an imaginative development and our store will preserve the best character of the City of London externally while creating a contemporary store with exciting ranges of designer fashions both for those who work within the Square Mile and those who live in and around the City."The City of London has already demonstrated a strong demand for high quality retail and we believe our decision to develop this store will ensure the City's place as a genuine shopping destination. The City has an enormous catchment area, not only the tens of thousands who work there during the week but the large residential populations both north and south of the Thames who we believe will welcome the introduction of a top store on their doorstep."The company invested over £30m in new look stores offering extensive ranges of the latest designer fashions for men, women and the home at its Oxford Street, London and Guildford sites, both to be launched this Autumn, as well as a new store in High Wycombe.These follow the openings of House of Fraser's stores in Bluewater, Kent and in Reading last year, as well as the relaunch of the Barkers store in Kensington.

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