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ITS competition opens entries for 2021 edition

ITS competition opens entries for 2021 edition

Registrations have opened for ITS 2021, a competition dedicated to young design, based in Trieste. Scheduled for October, the contest will feature a new digital prize this year. Registrations close on June 24.
Fashion
London's West End to see high summer footfall says NWEC survey

London's West End to see high summer footfall says NWEC survey

​Central London footfall may still be well down on pre-Covid levels, but an uptick is expected this summer with a new study suggesting consumers are keen to get back to the UK’s premier shopping district.
Fashion
Ikea joins forces with Mud Jeans to recycle denim

Ikea joins forces with Mud Jeans to recycle denim

Swedish brand Ikea, which is set to open on Paris’ rue de Rivoli in June, has partnered with Dutch label Mud Jeans to launch a project to reuse used denim and recycle it into a sofa cover. 
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Selfridges gets licence to host weddings

Selfridges gets licence to host weddings

​After a year in which weddings were cancelled across Britain, they're back on the agenda, so with supreme good timing, Selfridges has just been granted a licence to host the ceremonies and receptions.
Luxury
Sustainability counts: half of UK consumers shun firms with poor credentials

Sustainability counts: half of UK consumers shun firms with poor credentials

Be warned, consumer sustainability issues may be more important than you think. Over half of people in the UK (56%) are less likely to buy from organisations with a weak sustainability record, according to a new survey.
Fashion
Indie businesses worried about UK's too-slow high street recovery

Indie businesses worried about UK's too-slow high street recovery

UK retail may be open for business again, but some smaller traders are far from happy at the speed of the revival, with campaign group Save The Street calling for government help to stimulate local spending.
Fashion
Debenhams Bournemouth exit gives opportunity for indie replacement

Debenhams Bournemouth exit gives opportunity for indie replacement

​As Debenhams exits the high street, many of its former stores are being converted to non-retail uses. But there appears to be an opportunity opening up for the return of smaller department store operators. 
Fashion
Joules recovery continues in stores and online

Joules recovery continues in stores and online

​Joules Group had good news on Tuesday as it’s expecting a “positive performance” across all retail channels for the financial year that ends in a few weeks, with revenue and pre-tax profit ahead of expectations. 
Fashion
UK's OOOOO links with Brazil's B2W marketplace on live-stream commerce

UK's OOOOO links with Brazil's B2W marketplace on live-stream commerce

​Live-stream commerce is making major inroads globally and with most retailers having little in-house expertise in this area, external companies are capitalising on the sector’s fast expansion.
Fashion
Poor weather hits UK retail footfall, Scotland's reopening numbers much brighter

Poor weather hits UK retail footfall, Scotland's reopening numbers much brighter

Poor spring weather over much of the UK hit shopper footfall numbers last week, although Scotland's retail reopening bought much brighter figures, according to latest reports from Springboard and Ipsos.
Fashion
From Topshop to Ikea? Swedish giant in talks on Oxford Circus flagship site

From Topshop to Ikea? Swedish giant in talks on Oxford Circus flagship site

​Swedish furniture and homewares giant Ikea is reportedly among the bidders lining up to take over the former Topshop flagship at Oxford Circus in London.
Fashion
ModaLisboa calls for community spirit, sustainable design in fashion week’s first online edition

ModaLisboa calls for community spirit, sustainable design in fashion week’s first online edition

The Lisbon fashion week fêted its 30th anniversary with a digital event held on April 15-18, showcasing collections by 25 labels and designers and generating more than 15,000 website visits.
Lifestyle
Retailers risk customer loyalty through online and store "disconnect" - study

Retailers risk customer loyalty through online and store "disconnect" - study

Be warned. Brands are putting customer loyalty at risk due to a disconnect between their physical and e-commerce experiences, new research claims, with Gen Z consumers now expecting in-store 'experientialism'.
Fashion
Paula Nickolds joins Sainsbury's in charge of fashion and GM

Paula Nickolds joins Sainsbury's in charge of fashion and GM

UK supermarkets giant Sainsbury’s has announced that former John Lewis MD Paula Nickolds is to join the business in June as General Merchandise and Clothing Commercial Director and become a member of its operating board.
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Joules adds ESG targets to finance deal

Joules adds ESG targets to finance deal

In a further sign of how important environmental, social, and governance-linked (ESG) issues are these days, lifestyle retailer Joules has announced a renewal of its funding deal with a strong ESG element included.
Fashion
Home, Label and kidswear boost Next in Q1, upgrades guidance

Home, Label and kidswear boost Next in Q1, upgrades guidance

​Next continued to show just how strong it has been in recent periods on Thursday as the retailer increased its guidance due to sales dipping only slightly in the latest quarter.
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