Lockdowns were actually a positive for some companies. Endura was one of them, with the Scotland-based cycle gear producer riding high after consumer interest rocketed last year when the pandemic spread globally.
The Real Leather. Stay Different. International Student Design Competition has announced its first-ever winner: Emily Omesi, a BFA undergraduate at FIT, New York, who beat almost 400 other participants.
Jihee Ahn is The Cordwainers Footwear Awards 2021 winner. The De Montfort University student beat Kamile Peleckyte and Reuben Crabbe, both from the London College of Fashion, who were placed second and third.
JD sports has been on the acquisition trail again with news that it's bought menswear retailer Oi Polloi. It's also been reported that CEO Peter Cowgill could step back from day-to-day control of JD this year.
Pentland Brands has relaunched its B2B website with positive results. A combination of rising demand in online shopping and retailers adapting to an unpredictable retail climate has seen over 1,200 join Pentland Connect.
Hunter has named a retail heavyweight to its chief marketing role as it continues to renew its top management team. It said that Claudia Plant, a luxury retail veteran who was a Net-A-Porter co-founder, has joined.