The Laura Ashley banner is set to return to the UK high street next year in a surprise new partnership with Next. But before its fashion followers raise a cheer, the deal doesn’t include the brand’s clothing.
Eyewear giant Marcolin has named Alessandro Beccarini as its Style & Product Development Director with responsibility for the management and development of all the group’s eyewear collections worldwide.
Fresh from its takeover of Victoria’s Secret’s UK operations, Next is deepening its intimates involvement with the news that Ted Baker has entered into a product licence agreement with Next for lingerie and nightwear.
J.Crew is closing all six of its UK locations, including the massive flagship on Regent Street, calling in liquidators to its British operation and will serve the British market via its global webstore.
As footwear retailer Clarks seeks new funding, a number of private equity companies are reportedly keen to take a stake in the company. And a former Triumph head is joining next month to run the Clarks unit.