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Kurt Geiger, Turnbull & Asser plan redundancies due to tax-free shopping axe

Kurt Geiger, Turnbull & Asser plan redundancies due to tax-free shopping axe

​As he slammed the UK’s decision to end tax-free shopping for tourists in its current form, the boss of footwear and accessories retailer Kurt Geiger has suggested that the firm could be forced to axe 600 jobs.
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MPs demand evidence from Treasury for duty-free change

MPs demand evidence from Treasury for duty-free change

​A committee of MPs has written to the UK’s Chancellor asking for evidence behind The Treasury’s decision to end tax-free shopping for tourists in its current form.
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London Designer Outlet launches LDO Edit digital initiative

London Designer Outlet launches LDO Edit digital initiative

​As fashion shopping in physical stores continues its long recovery, Wembley Park’s London Designer Outlet has launched the UK’s first click-and-reserve outlet shopping service.
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The season’s top 20 collections, as fashion questions its existence

The season’s top 20 collections, as fashion questions its existence

Without question, this has been the strangest season in fashion in 50 years, where designers have been busy asking themselves what the point of their profession is. What the French call "une remise en question."  
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Bicester Village chief slams Treasury excuses for tax-free shopping change

Bicester Village chief slams Treasury excuses for tax-free shopping change

Value Retail's boss says axing VAT reclaim is wrong and that there's no appetite for the alternative ship-to-home option. Meanwhile, another commentator has accused the government of a misleading consultation process. 
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Kering, McCartney link with Bolt Threads on high-tech eco leather substitute

Kering, McCartney link with Bolt Threads on high-tech eco leather substitute

​US biotech firm Bolt Threads has announced "an unprecedented consortium” of major global companies “who have secured exclusive access to its innovative material, Mylo”. Adidas and Lululemon are also on board.
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Philippe Gautier to leave SMCP, replacement due in December

Philippe Gautier to leave SMCP, replacement due in December

​French premium fashion giant SMCP said on Wednesday that its CFO and operations director Philippe Gautier is leaving the firm in order to “pursue new projects”.
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Louis Vuitton: Gender fluidity for vibrant voters

Louis Vuitton: Gender fluidity for vibrant voters

With the line between women and men increasingly blurred in society, leave it to Nicolas Ghesquière to develop a fashion vernacular that addressed that slowly melting division in the final show at Paris Fashion Week. 
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Gucci enters into resale partnership with The RealReal

Gucci enters into resale partnership with The RealReal

The RealReal has now launched a dedicated e-commerce site for secondhand Gucci pieces -- including men's and women's clothing, bags and shoes -- supplied by the brand, as well as consignors. 
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Chanel pays major premium for Bond St store, sign of confidence in London

Chanel pays major premium for Bond St store, sign of confidence in London

​Chanel has reportedly paid a massive price premium to buy its Bond Street store even though central London footfall remains weak and luxury sales are a long way from being in their recovery phase.
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Cross-border luxury e-sales soar

Cross-border luxury e-sales soar

Figures on Monday from eShopWorld said cross-border luxury sales increased by 170% in August and September as brands on the platform “pivoted their selling strategies to bring the luxury experience online”.
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Loss-making Mulberry has it tough, but e-tail, new stores, Asia are strong

Loss-making Mulberry has it tough, but e-tail, new stores, Asia are strong

Mulberry faced a challenging year in 2019 and 2020 has been far from easy. But it's fighting back towards eventual profitability, and current trading is beating expectations, despite sales falling. 
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Givenchy: An inclusive Golightly at Matthew M. Williams debut

Givenchy: An inclusive Golightly at Matthew M. Williams debut

Designing denim would not normally seem the most apt way to become the designer at one of France’s great couture houses, but it is the career path of Matthew M. Williams, who debuted at Givenchy on Sunday
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Schiaparelli: Surrealism for today

Schiaparelli: Surrealism for today

One house gaining lots of traction is Schiaparelli, where couturier Daniel Roseberry unveiled his latest ready-to-wear ideas on Sunday in a photo shoot he shot himself of his favorite Paris morning walk.
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Kenzo Takada dies aged 81 of Covid-19

Kenzo Takada dies aged 81 of Covid-19

Kenzo Takada, the first Japanese designer to establish himself in France, has died of Covid-19 at the age of 81, at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, leaving this world during Paris Fashion Week.  
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Gabriela Hearst: Punta del Este in Paris

Gabriela Hearst: Punta del Este in Paris

Paris Fashion Week loves few things more than a debut, and the biggest inauguration this season was the first French show of Gabriela Hearst, who staged her show to great applause inside the cloisters of the Beaux-Arts.
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