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UK: Shoe brands linked to destruction of Amazon forest | 1 Jun 09

Top sports and fashion brands including Gucci, Adidas/Reebok, Timberland, Geox, Clarks and Nike, have been accused of contributing to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by using leather from cattle reared on farms responsible for deforestation.

TURKEY: Söktas opens $45m shirt fabric plant in India | 12 May 09

Söktas Turkey, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of shirting fabric, today (12 May) opened a new US$45m factory in India to supply material to ready-made garment producers in South East Asia.

Top stories on just-style this week... | 1 May 09

Here is a roundup of the top five most-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

ITALY: Prada FY profit down 22%, awaits uptick | 29 Apr 09

Italian fashion firm The Prada Group has posted 22% fall in full year profit, but wants to make the most of opportunities when the downturn elapses.

TURKEY: Workers claim repression at Prada supplier | 9 Mar 09

High fashion brand Prada has become the latest target for labour rights groups who organised a protest outside its store on London’s Old Bond St at the weekend, alleging worker abuses at its Turkish leathergoods supplier Desa.

Chinese apparel industry repositioning for growth? | 4 Feb 09

A massive shake-out is taking place in the Chinese apparel industry, as firms struggle to remain competitive against a backdrop of rising labour costs, the strengthening of the yuan, worker shortages and tighter pollution controls. However, as Jozef De Coster reports, some companies are re-positioning to get their businesses back on track.

UK: Onward to buy Jil Sander for EUR167m | 1 Sep 08

Private equity firm Change Capital Partners has agreed to sell luxury fashion house Jil Sander to Tokyo-listed Onward Holdings for EUR167m (US$243.9m).

ITALY: Prada opens new San Francisco store | 22 Jul 08

Italian fashion house Prada has unveiled a new store in Union Square, San Francisco’s premier shopping district.

US: Sex and the City designer makes range for HSN | 19 Jun 08

Luxury fashion channel HSN is to launch a limited edition women's wear collection designed by Sex and the City designer Patricia Field this September.

Counterfeit clothing a growing problem | 17 Jun 08

Demand for fake fashion continues to grow at an alarming rate according to a new report from just-style, with captured shipments indicating that around 20% of all athletic merchandise is fake. Despite heightened anti-counterfeiting measures, Canadian and US authorities expect counterfeiting to remain high for the next six years.

FRANCE: Customs officers seize counterfeit luxury goods | 16 Jun 08

French Customs officers in Lyon have seized more than 35,000 "mediocre quality" fake copies of leading-brands valued at more than EUR3.2m (US$4.95m).

US: Payless and Patricia Field launch capsule collection | 30 May 08

Sex & The City stylist Patricia Field has launched a new, exclusive capsule collection through footwear retail giant Payless ShoeSource.

UK: M&S signs Sex and the City designer Patricia Field | 22 May 08

UK clothing chain Marks & Spencer has agreed a one-off fashion range deal with Sex and the City designer Patricia Field.

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.

SPAIN: Cortefiel mulling IPO, say bankers | 23 Apr 08

Spanish fashion retailer Cortefiel, targeting 2,000 global stores by 2012, is considering a stock market listing in the near to medium term, according to a senior IPO banker in Madrid.

ITALY: Prada to delay IPO | 18 Apr 08

Italian fashion house Prada SpA has delayed its initial public offering, blaming unfavourable market conditions.

US: Blue Holdings sales, merchandising appointments | 7 Apr 08

Fashion operator Blue Holdings has appointed Burt Damsky as its new president of sales and Alicia Gabaldon as its new VP of merchandising.

ITALY: No word on Prada IPO despite FY profit surge | 2 Apr 08

Italian fashion house Prada’s plans for an IPO are still on hold, despite the company recording a 65.8% hike in full-year profit for fiscal 2007.

ITALY: Buyout houses eye Cavalli for EUR1.4bn | 19 Mar 08

A string of private equity investors are expected to bid for Italian fashion firm Roberto Cavalli when the company announces a formal plan to sell a big stake to private investors or through an initial public offering, IPO bankers have told just-style.

US: 'Counterfeit triangle' busted in New York | 28 Feb 08

Undercover police officers and agents in New York have reportedly eliminated a group of counterfeit shops in the city's Canal Street area.

UK: Kurt Geiger sold in GBP95m management buyout | 25 Feb 08

Luxury branded shoe retailer Kurt Geiger has become the latest footwear firm to change hands this year after being bought on Friday (22 February) in a GBP95m (US$187m) management buy-out.

ANALYSIS: Hilfiger won’t spoil Prada, Ferragamo IPOs | 5 Feb 08

Has Tommy Hilfiger’s recent cancellation of a $2bn flotation cast a shadow over other planned luxury listings? Not so, according to Ivan Castano Freeman, who says Italian fashion houses Prada and Ferragamo are putting a brave face on the credit crisis and will proceed with initial public offerings this summer.

Top stories on just-style this week... Joe Ayling | 1 Feb 08

Here is a roundup of the top five must-read stories on just-style this week. Click on each headline for the full story.

ITALY: Ferragamo, Prada IPOs set for summer | 29 Jan 08

Italian fashion houses Ferragamo and Prada will proceed with planned initial public offerings this summer, despite rival Tommy Hilfiger’s cancellation of a $2bn flotation and continual volatility in the capital markets, bankers familiar with the deals have told just-style.

CHINA: Silk Street market owners roll out brand | 25 Jan 08

The Beijing Silk Street Co, which owns China's famous Silk Street market, is launching its own brand to capitalise on the popular tourist attraction ahead of the Olympics.

ITALY: Valentino appoints Pozzoni to design role | 9 Jan 08

Valentino Fashion Group has announced Ferruccio Pozzoni as the new designer for its men's wear.

ITALY: Prada preparing for 2008 listing? | 21 Dec 07

Italian fashion brand Prada is looking to go ahead with its stock listing next year, it has been reported.

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.

NETHERLANDS: Prada hires Burberry exec Brian Blake as COO | 8 Oct 07

Italian fashion firm Prada Group has announced the appointment of Burberry president Brian Blake as its new chief operating officer.

ITALY: Prada H1 revenues up by 23% | 24 Sep 07

Italian fashion house Prada SpA has reported a 23% rise in first-half revenues at constant currency rates, boosted by international sales of its brands.









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