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UK: Ciro Citterio Set For Revamp After Sale just-style.com | 18 Jun 01

Stylish suit seller, Ciro Citterio - which called in the administrators three months ago - has been snapped up by Trident Fashions, a company backed by a group of Middle East investors. Now Ciro is set for a revamp as its new owner repositions the product as a more upmarket brand. Trident has revealed that it is likely to keep its 130 stores - 40 underperforming outlets were closed by the administrators, Kroll Buchler Phillips.


JAPAN: International Push For Uniqlo just-style.com | 11 Jun 01

Tadashi Yanai, founder and president of Fast Retailing, told Kyodo News that he plans to expand the popular Uniqlo chain internationally. "We plan to open new stores domestically at an annual pace of 100 outlets and expand abroad starting with three to four stores in London this autumn. "In the future, we want to enter all major markets worldwide, including the United States and France," Yanai said.


FRANCE: Skechers USA Opens Third European Store In Paris just-style.com | 31 May 01

Skechers USA Inc yesterday announced the successful opening of its third European flagship store in Paris on Thursday, May 17, 2001. The Paris store follows the openings of the company's first two international flagship stores - Oxford Street, London, and in Oberhausen at Germany's largest indoor mall - in early Spring 2001.


JAPAN: Uniqlo Inks First Deal For UK Expansion just-style.com | 25 May 01

Uniqlo, Japan's fastest-growing retailer, is to set up shop at Wimbledon south London in the first phase of its UK expansion plans. More deals are on the cards, with leases about to be signed for more London-based stores on Brompton Road, Knightsbridge and Oxford Street. Japan's fastest growing retailer plans to use the sites as a bridgehead for rapid expansion into the UK with an aggressive target of 50 UK outlets.


USA: WestPoint Stevens Adds Gladden And Lanier To The Board just-style.com | 10 May 01

Joseph R Gladden Jr and J Hicks Lanier have been elected to the WestPoint Stevens board of directors, bringing total board membership to nine.


USA: WestPoint Stevens Adds Gladden And Lanier To The Board just-style.com | 10 May 01

Joseph R Gladden Jr and J Hicks Lanier have been elected to the WestPoint Stevens board of directors, bringing total board membership to nine.


USA: Oxford Industries Selects Log-Net Supply Chain Solution just-style.com | 8 May 01

From mid-summer, international apparel manufacturer and wholesale marketer Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) will be implementing Log-Net's online purchase order and transport management software applications. "The order management application has the potential to expedite and simplify Oxford's order creation and release process from start to finish," said Mark Kirby, Oxford's director of global logistics. "We see this as a potential replacement for the system we are currently using to create our orders. Rather than inputting all our orders we can use the Log-Net order management application to generate them from the beginning."


USA: Oxford Industries Selects Log-Net Supply Chain Solution just-style.com | 8 May 01

From mid-summer, international apparel manufacturer and wholesale marketer Oxford Industries Inc (NYSE: OXM) will be implementing Log-Net's online purchase order and transport management software applications. "The order management application has the potential to expedite and simplify Oxford's order creation and release process from start to finish," said Mark Kirby, Oxford's director of global logistics. "We see this as a potential replacement for the system we are currently using to create our orders. Rather than inputting all our orders we can use the Log-Net order management application to generate them from the beginning."


USA: Oxford Industries Names New Director just-style.com | 5 Apr 01

Oxford Industries Inc announced today the promotion of Anne M Shoemaker to director of internal audit and credit. Ms Shoemaker will maintain her responsibilities as director of credit and assume the additional responsibilities of director of internal audit. "Anne has done an outstanding job of managing our credit and accounts receivable departments," said Ben B Blount, executive vice president and CFO. "Her strong background in accounting and her extensive knowledge of our systems and practices should serve her well as she adds Internal Audit to her responsibilities."


USA: Oxford Industries Names New Director just-style.com | 5 Apr 01

Oxford Industries Inc announced today the promotion of Anne M Shoemaker to director of internal audit and credit. Ms Shoemaker will maintain her responsibilities as director of credit and assume the additional responsibilities of director of internal audit. "Anne has done an outstanding job of managing our credit and accounts receivable departments," said Ben B Blount, executive vice president and CFO. "Her strong background in accounting and her extensive knowledge of our systems and practices should serve her well as she adds Internal Audit to her responsibilities."


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.

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