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COMMENT: It's not too late to enter China | 10 Apr 08

One of the strangest questions pitched at the World Retail Congress so far has been as to whether it's too late to set up shopfronts in China.

UK: Topshop sets out for global growth | 10 Apr 08

Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green wants to position his Topshop chain as a global brand with flagship stores in capital cities.

Fairtrade cotton more than just a passing fad | 8 Apr 08

UK sales of items made from Fairtrade cotton rose to 9.5m units in 2007 from just 0.5m in 2006. Ben Cooper looks at the factors behind this growth, and assesses the potential for further expansion of the Fairtrade cotton market in the UK and other countries.

Speaking with style: Nick Robertson, CEO, Asos | 20 Mar 08

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.

UK: Ex-Topshop boss Shepherdson buys in to Whistles | 28 Jan 08

Former Topshop brand director Jane Shepherdson has today (28 January) struck a deal with Baugur to purchase fashion brand Whistles from its Mosaic Fashions subsidiary with immediate effect.

UK: Charity claims retailers still underpay factory workers | 12 Dec 07

One year after exposing what it described as “sweatshop” conditions in factories producing clothes for leading UK retailers, the charity War on Want claims workers in Bangladesh are still paid just GBP0.05 an hour for an 80-hour week.

UK: Ex-Topshop boss lined up for Whistles post? | 7 Dec 07

Jane Shepherdson, the former brand director of Topshop, is in talks with Icelandic investor Baugur to head its Whistles women’s wear chain according to UK media reports today (7 December).

UK: Green hits back at ethical trading criticism | 6 Dec 07

Sir Philip Green, boss of the Arcadia retail empire which includes Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins, has hit out at criticism of the company’s ethical trading policy from a Government Minister.

CHINA: Topshop plans Shanghai store – report | 22 Nov 07

UK fashion retailer Topshop is planning to open its first store in China, targeting Shanghai’s Superbrand Mall, according to reports.

SRI LANKA: Design training adds value to apparel industry | 13 Nov 07

The Sri Lankan apparel industry is shoring up the design skills of its garment suppliers as part of its bid to become one of the most innovative countries in the textile and apparel field over the next five years.

UK: Arcadia Group profit creeps up 1.6% during 2007 | 25 Oct 07

Sir Philip Green's Arcadia Group has today (25 October) posted a full-year operating profit of GBP293.3m, up 1.6% over last year despite a worsening UK retail environment.

Fast Retailing shows no sign of a slowdown | 21 Sep 07

Despite losing out in this summer’s takeover battle for upscale retailer Barneys New York, Fast Retailing is determined to quicken the pace of its global expansion in a bid to double its annual sales to JPY1 trillion by 2010. Michael Fitzpatrick reports.

UK: Bhs stays silent over Indian launch | 18 Sep 07

UK fashion and homewares retailer Bhs has not commented on plans to launch outlets in India, despite numerous reports in the Indian media.

UK: Topshop unveils latest Kate Moss range | 7 Sep 07

Arcadia Group's high street chain Topshop has revealed its latest Kate Moss fashion range for autumn/winter 2007, following a surge of interest in the celebrity.

MAURITIUS: Topshop hit by ‘slave labour’ claims | 13 Aug 07

Billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green has promised to investigate claims that some Asian factory workers are paid less than GBP4 per day to make clothes for the Kate Moss range sold in his Topshop stores.

UK: Topshop MD Karyn Fenn quits - reports | 6 Aug 07

Arcadia Group-owned Topshop’s managing director Karyn Fenn has resigned from her position in the company’s second high profile departure in less than a year, reported UK press.

UK: Topshop destroys dresses after Chloé complaint | 27 Jul 07

Arcadia Group’s Topshop chain has agreed to destroy almost 2,000 dresses and pay legal costs to Richemont Group, after it was accused of copying a dress manufactured under its Chloé label.

UK: BHS seeking chief executive as sale talks stall? | 16 Jul 07

Billionaire retailer Sir Philip Green is reported to be searching for a new chief executive for his BHS clothing chain after secret talks to sell the business broke down in the last few days.

UK: Former Topshop director linked with ethical fashion post | 26 Jun 07

Former Topshop director Jane Shepherdson has been discussing a role at Oxfam’s ethical fashion business.

Star-led apparel collections seen as surviving trend | 25 Jun 07

They may be “cheap,” “badly made” or “short-changing” consumers, but celebrity apparel collections – such as supermodel Kate Moss’s Topshop range and pop star Madonna’s line for H&M – are likely to remain in vogue in the foreseeable future, as Ivan Castano reports.

UK: Sir Philip Green to sell Bhs, focus on Topshop? | 30 May 07

Arcadia Group chief executive Sir Philip Green wants to make Topshop the focus of his fashion empire through international store expansion, prompting rumours he could sell the group’s Bhs chain.

Why marketing rules don’t apply to apparel | 17 May 07

The real action in the west’s mass-market apparel industry is to be found in private brands. And what retailers are looking for is suppliers who understand a particular apparel category but don’t want a direct relationship with consumers. Those who shout loudest are usually wrong believes Mike Flanagan, arguing that the stealthy approach adopted by some of the biggest garment makers might actually make them more competitive in the long term.

UK: Topshop’s American launch unconfirmed | 16 May 07

High street fashion retailer Topshop is not ready to embellish upon reports that it could soon cash in on the hype surrounding its Kate Moss launch in the US by launching three stores in the country.

US: Topshop to open three Manhattan stores? | 15 May 07

High street fashion retailer Topshop is cashing in on the hype surrounding its Kate Moss launch in the US.

Star-struck: celebrity culture steers high street fashion | 14 May 07

High street stores are queuing up to get famous faces designing clothes for them, and the Kate Moss collection for Topshop is the latest sign that fashion chains are cashing in on celebrity. Joe Ayling looks at how retailers are turning to the rich and famous in the hope that some of the glamour will rub off on them.

UK: Singer Lily Allen unveils New Look fashion line | 9 May 07

Pop star Lily Allen has become the latest celebrity to put her name to a fashion range, with a capsule collection for high street chain New Look which launches today (9 May).

UK: Philip Green back in the race for Barneys? | 2 May 07

British billionaire and Arcadia Group owner Philip Green has apparently indicated that he might be back in the race to buy Barneys, the department store owned by Jones Apparel.

UK: Crowds at Topshop for Kate Moss collection | 30 Apr 07

Topshop customers will be asked to form an orderly queue for one of the summer’s most eagerly-awaited high street clothing collections – designed by headline supermodel Kate Moss.

US: Barneys sale lures investors - paper | 30 Apr 07

A list of suitors has begun to surface for the Barneys chain, which has been put on the block by Jones Apparel.

UK: M&S targets Tesco clothing boss | 2 Apr 07

Marks & Spencer could poach the head of clothing at rival retailer Tesco, Terry Green, who has bolstered apparel lines during his tenure at the UK’s number one supermarket.








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