UK department store retailer Debenhams has told just-style it "constantly reviews its product offer and adapts to customer needs" in response to claims new CEO, Sergio Bucher, is cutting ties with some of the company's long-standing designers.

According to a report by the Evening Standard, Bucher is cutting back on some of the older fashion designers, including Betty Jackson, the 67-year-old London designer who launched Marks & Spencer's Autograph suits collection in 2000, as part of his turnaround strategy. Jeff Banks, the 73-year-old Warehouse co-founder, will also see his collection reduced to solely formal suits and shirts.

The article also claims Bucher, who joined the company in May, is expected to bring in new designers to "refresh the ranges Debenhams offers its customers".

Debenhams new CEO is ex-Amazon vice-president

Speaking to just-style, Debenhams confirmed Betty Jackson's last collection with Debenhams was spring/summer 2015 and added a mutual decision was made with Jeff Banks "some time ago" to focus on formal suits and shirts. The company added, as reported in its annual financial results, it has been growing its beauty and gifting offer which it says has left it "more resilient in times of unseasonal weather".

A spokesperson said: "Debenhams constantly reviews its product offer and adapts to our customer needs. We have grown a strong gifting and beauty offer and continue to offer a range of credible own and designer brands across our fashion and home divisions."

In October, the company said it continues to invest in its supply chain in a bid to make it more efficient and flexible as it revealed a drop in full-year earnings.

Debenhams invests in supply chain as FY earnings fall