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Skinnydip dives into AI-powered merchandising and A/B testing to boost online sales

Skinnydip dives into AI-powered merchandising and A/B testing to boost online sales

It took the pandemic to shift all sales operations online. So clothing, lifestyle and accessories retailer Skinnydip London introduced automated merchandising and A/B testing technology to boost its digital operations.
Fashion
Target and Levi's launch limited-edition home and apparel collection

Target and Levi's launch limited-edition home and apparel collection

Priced from $3 to $150 with most items under $25, the collection includes home items like tableware, quilts and pillows, pet apparel and accessories, as well as apparel like Levi's trucker jackets and sleepwear. 
Fashion
Boohoo buys Debenhams for £55m, marks big move into beauty, home

Boohoo buys Debenhams for £55m, marks big move into beauty, home

Boohoo on Monday confirmed that it has bought the Debenhams brand for £55m. It will use it to move into beauty and homewares, extend its own brand offering, operate a giant online marketplace and grow internationally.
Fashion
Baccarat placed under control of pool of international investment funds

Baccarat placed under control of pool of international investment funds

Luxury crystalware producer Baccarat is now controlled by a pool of international investment funds, which are not ruling out a subsequent sale or a restructuring of the French group.
Luxury
Family feud rages as Swarovski empire loses its lustre

Family feud rages as Swarovski empire loses its lustre

The headquarters of the Swarovski crystal empire are every bit as glitzy as you might expect -- but the sparkle can't distract from a bitter family feud over the company's future.
Luxury
H&M Group unveils radically different Singular Society membership brand

H&M Group unveils radically different Singular Society membership brand

​H&M Group has soft-launched an interesting new venture with Singular Society, a first-of-its-kind members brand that gives those who sign up “access to uncompromised life essentials at the price they cost to make”.
Fashion
Galerie Goossens expands the Chanel group marque into decoration

Galerie Goossens expands the Chanel group marque into decoration

Goossens, the preferred costume jewelry marque of Coco Chanel, has quietly expanded into decoration with a new boutique, Galerie Goossens, located at a key nerve center of luxury retailing in Paris.
Luxury
H&M Home to launch Diane von Fürstenberg collab next year

H&M Home to launch Diane von Fürstenberg collab next year

​As many global consumers continue to be confined to their homes and want to make those environments as comfortable as possible, H&M’s Home unit has announced a collab with US fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg. 
Fashion
Next strikes another brand deal to bring Laura Ashley back to high street

Next strikes another brand deal to bring Laura Ashley back to high street

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.
Lifestyle
Notonthehighstreet mulls £200m sale on revenues surge - report

Notonthehighstreet mulls £200m sale on revenues surge - report

Notonthehighstreet has thrived during the pandemic with the result that the online marketplace for small businesses is reportedly considering a sale to private equity or a trade bidder.
Fashion
John Lewis's new strategy goes beyond retail, is even more digital

John Lewis's new strategy goes beyond retail, is even more digital

Under its still-new Chair Sharon White, John Lewis Partnership has unveiled a “bold” new strategy to help its John Lewis department stores and Waitrose supermarkets reach more customers. 
Fashion
Next opens first premium beauty halls, more to open soon

Next opens first premium beauty halls, more to open soon

Next has taken a giant new step forward in its business development with its first two premium beauty halls. The new stores have opened in former Debenhams sites at Intu Watford and Intu Milton Keynes.
Fashion
Giorgio Armani opens new boutique in Monte Carlo

Giorgio Armani opens new boutique in Monte Carlo

Giorgio Armani Group has opened his first signature boutique in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in the latest retail expansion by the legendary Italian designer and empire builder.
Fashion
France's Baccarat in trouble as Chinese owner seeks cash

France's Baccarat in trouble as Chinese owner seeks cash

The storied French crystal maker Baccarat has been placed in administration by a court trying to determine if its Chinese owner will be able to raise emergency funds as sales tumble, the company said Tuesday.
Lifestyle
Britain's Selfridges to axe jobs on virus retail storm

Britain's Selfridges to axe jobs on virus retail storm

British department store group Selfridges warned Tuesday that it plans to axe 450 jobs after sales slumped due to the coronavirus and the aftermath of the nationwide lockdown.
Fashion
Cannes travel retail show cancelled as duty free reels from air travel halt

Cannes travel retail show cancelled as duty free reels from air travel halt

The Tax Free World Association has cancelled its flagship World Exhibition that was due to take place in Cannes in September and October.
Fashion