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Allbirds launches plastic-free Plant Leather with Natural Fiber Welding investment

Allbirds launches plastic-free Plant Leather with Natural Fiber Welding investment

​Ethical footwear brand Allbirds has invested $2 million into a material innovation firm, Natural Fiber Welding, and the result is what it claims to be the world’s most sustainable leather alternative for fashion.
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Steve Madden ends year with revenue decline

Steve Madden ends year with revenue decline

Steve Madden Ltd. announced a 32.8 percent decrease in full year revenues on Thursday, as the company continues to feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
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Wolverine Worldwide posts quarterly loss of $171 million

Wolverine Worldwide posts quarterly loss of $171 million

The Rockford, Michigan-based outdoor and active apparel and footwear company reported a Q4 net loss of $170.7 million on Thursday, as quarterly revenues fell 16.1% year over year.
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Birkenstock 'to be sold' to L Catterton for €4bn - report

Birkenstock 'to be sold' to L Catterton for €4bn - report

​It looks like the long rumoured private equity takeover of family-owned Birkenstock could actually be happening soon. L Catterton, the group with close links to LVMH, is said to be “nearing an agreement” to buy it.
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River Island, Mountain Warehouse sign Clipper Logistics deals, automation is key

River Island, Mountain Warehouse sign Clipper Logistics deals, automation is key

​The two major name retailers have signed deals with logistics specialist Clipper Logistics, with the details of the deals highlighting how important automation and omnichannel have become.
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N Brown chairman to leave, successor already lined up

N Brown chairman to leave, successor already lined up

Online retail group N Brown said Thursday that its chairman Matt Davies is stepping down from his post at the end of next month in order to “spend more time on his other business activities”.
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Latest lockdowns make £1.1bn dent in Primark sales

Latest lockdowns make £1.1bn dent in Primark sales

Primark will have lost around £1.1 billion worth of sales due to lockdowns and other restrictions in the 27 weeks up to the end of this month, the value retailer said on Thursday.
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Kith opens first European store in Paris

Kith opens first European store in Paris

The American brand founded by Ronnie Fieg is opening a store in the French capital. Spread over three floors, the 16,000-square-foot location not only offers the label's latest collections, but also a restaurant. 
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John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

John Lewis fashion buying director to quit this spring

​John Lewis’s buying director of fashion is set to stand down after many years at the firm. But it seems the move isn't linked to the retailer’s general restructuring. Christine Kasoulis will leave to focus on her MBA. 
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Vestiaire Collective's Fanny Moizant quits SMCP board

Vestiaire Collective's Fanny Moizant quits SMCP board

Fanny Moizant has informed the board of SMCP that she’s stepping down as a director. The move comes as she needs to be “fully focused on her other activities, in particular the development of Vestiaire Collective”
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Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Online retailers launch new trade body to champion digital cause

Increasingly under-fire e-commerce retailers are making a stand. ASOS, Boohoo, The Hut Group, Ocado, AO World and Gymshark have launched The UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA).
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H&M's Innovation Stories concept drives it deeper into sustainability

H&M's Innovation Stories concept drives it deeper into sustainability

H&M is launching a new product concept called Innovation Stories with the first of a range of collections that will drop this year debuting March 18. Each drop will celebrate "forward-thinking sustainability processes”.
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Crocs revenues rise 13% to record $1.4 billion in 2020

Crocs revenues rise 13% to record $1.4 billion in 2020

The Broomfield, Colorado-based footwear maker reported record annual revenues of $1.4 billion on Tuesday, with progress driven by booming digital sales and solid growth in the company’s Americas region.
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Helen Lambert talks to Godfrey Deeny on what's next in etailing and retailing

Helen Lambert talks to Godfrey Deeny on what's next in etailing and retailing

One of the great retailing experts, Helen Lambert, talks with Godfrey Deeny about what's next in e-tailing and what's up with her latest project, online wholesale platform Style Pulse, in our latest podcast.
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Hotter CEO adds more tech, lures younger shoppers while retaining core customers

Hotter CEO adds more tech, lures younger shoppers while retaining core customers

Hotter Shoes’ CEO Ian Watson has a long-term vision for the comfort shoe brand’s stores to become “experiential centres”, but for now his focus is on more technology and a more digital future.
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Birkenstock opens first store in Bengaluru, largest in Asia to date

Birkenstock opens first store in Bengaluru, largest in Asia to date

German footwear and lifestyle brand Birkenstock has opened its first mono-brand retail outlet in Bengaluru, in the Indian metro’s Indiranagar district. 
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