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Central and Signa win Selfridges, Holt Renfrew not included

Central and Signa win Selfridges, Holt Renfrew not included

​It’s official — Thailand’s Central and Austria’s Signa are buying Selfridges Group from the Weston family. The transaction “will create one of the world’s leading omnichannel luxury department store groups”.
Fashion
Central and Signa 'close to' Selfridges takeover - report

Central and Signa 'close to' Selfridges takeover - report

​Thailand-based Central Group may have denied that it's going to buy Selfridges, but UK press reports continue to link it to the takeover and suggest that a deal is on the verge of being signed.
Fashion
Mike Ashley said to be mulling taking Frasers Group private

Mike Ashley said to be mulling taking Frasers Group private

​There’s speculation this week that Frasers Group’s majority shareholder Mike Ashley is planning to take the group private after nearly 15 years as a listed company.
Fashion
Dior names soccer star Kylian Mbappé as ambassador for menswear and Sauvage scent

Dior names soccer star Kylian Mbappé as ambassador for menswear and Sauvage scent

The house of Dior has chosen French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappé to be its latest ambassador for menswear and the Sauvage scent. The 22-year-old was the star striker when France won the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Beauty
Inter Parfums signs Ungaro beauty licence deal

Inter Parfums signs Ungaro beauty licence deal

​Inter Parfums Inc has entered into a 10-year exclusive global licensing agreement with Emanuel Ungaro for the creation, development and distribution of fragrances and fragrance-related products for the brand.
Beauty
Sephora names participants for 2022 Accelerate incubator program

Sephora names participants for 2022 Accelerate incubator program

Sephora announced on Friday the participants for its 2022 Accelerate brand incubator program. 
Beauty
Clarins opens at London's successful Icon Outlet, mall names new leasing director

Clarins opens at London's successful Icon Outlet, mall names new leasing director

​London shopping destination Icon Outlet at The O2 is “celebrating three milestones” — a strong trading performance, new stores, and the appointment of new leasing director.
Fashion
Fortnum & Mason names Burberry's Robertson to new post, aims for innovation

Fortnum & Mason names Burberry's Robertson to new post, aims for innovation

​Luxury London store Fortnum & Mason has named Iain Robertson to the newly created role of chief operating and innovation officer. He joins in February. 
Luxury
Dolce & Gabbana chooses stop motion tech for fun Christmas campaign

Dolce & Gabbana chooses stop motion tech for fun Christmas campaign

Dolce & Gabbana is taking a theatrical approach to its festive campaign, expanding on its previously-aired animated avatars with stop motion tech showing its founders dancing and singing as they celebrate its products.
Luxury
John Lewis sees big focus on skinimalism, make-up, intense scent for 2022

John Lewis sees big focus on skinimalism, make-up, intense scent for 2022

Collagen, lip liner, perfume and miniatures are four of the beauty products that have been “must-haves” over the past 12 months and will be key in 2022, John Lewis said in its latest Beauty Bets report on Wednesday.
Beauty
Boohoo opens Debenhams beauty store in Manchester

Boohoo opens Debenhams beauty store in Manchester

The rebirth of Debenhams as a physical retailer has begun with the former department store banner debuting a one-off beauty flagship at Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre.
Beauty
Boots owner explores sale of UK beauty retailer

Boots owner explores sale of UK beauty retailer

​The owner of giant UK beauty and health chain Boots is reportedly thinking of selling the business, five years after it took full control of the firm.
Beauty
Ulta sales lifted by “resiliency” of beauty category

Ulta sales lifted by “resiliency” of beauty category

The Bolingbrook, Illinois-based cosmetics retailer revealed on Thursday that its net sales for the third quarter totaled $2.0 billion, up 28.6% from $1.6 billion in the same period in the previous year.
Beauty
Harrods opens first Scottish H Beauty with Edinburgh debut

Harrods opens first Scottish H Beauty with Edinburgh debut

​Harrods is clearly impressed with the performance of its still-relatively-new H Beauty chain as it has now opened a third branch with a debut on Tuesday in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Beauty
Hugo Boss gets major loan linked to sustainability targets

Hugo Boss gets major loan linked to sustainability targets

​Hugo Boss has become the latest major fashion name to link its financing to green goals. The German giant — in which Frasers Group owns a large stake — has secured a syndicated loan with a sustainability component.
Luxury
​Gucci's Alessandro Michele to get Trailblazer title at Fashion Awards

​Gucci's Alessandro Michele to get Trailblazer title at Fashion Awards

​Alessandro Michele is set to receive the Trailblazer Award at the TikTok sponsored Fashion Awards 2021 on 29  November at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Gucci creative director becomes the award's third recipient.
Luxury