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From samurais to Jedi knights, kimono stars in London show

From samurais to Jedi knights, kimono stars in London show

Freddie Mercury, Yves Saint Laurent and George Lucas were all seduced by the charms of the kimono, whose evolution from medieval times in Japan will be on show at a major exhibition in London.
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Asia's garment industry sees lay-offs, factories closing due to coronavirus

Asia's garment industry sees lay-offs, factories closing due to coronavirus

Temporary factory closures and layoffs have already begun to hit low wage workers across Asia as quarantines and travel restrictions from the new coronavirus disrupt supply chains linked to China.
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French fashion label Agnes B cancels Paris show due to coronavirus

French fashion label Agnes B cancels Paris show due to coronavirus

French Agnes B joined on Friday the list of fashion houses that have cancelled shows at Paris Fashion Week due to coronavirus outbreak that has reached multiple countries around the world.
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Christopher & Banks expects 4.5% sales rise in fourth quarter

Christopher & Banks expects 4.5% sales rise in fourth quarter

The Minneapolis-based womenswear retailer reported its preliminary fourth-quarter financial results on Thursday, announcing that it expects to see a moderate sales rise, as well as improvements in gross margin.
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Columbia reports disrupted sales and supply chain operations due to coronavirus

Columbia reports disrupted sales and supply chain operations due to coronavirus

After Columbia temporarily closed many of its China stores, the group has announced that the outbreak has impacted sales in its Asia-direct business and caused a slowdown in its supply chain and distribution.
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Chico's FAS narrows fourth-quarter loss; comps up 2%

Chico's FAS narrows fourth-quarter loss; comps up 2%

The women’s fashion retailer managed a significant cut in its losses in Q4, as its Soma lingerie brand continued to lead sales growth and the company made further progress with its strategic initiatives.
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Esprit downsizes, reduces losses in H1 2019-20

Esprit downsizes, reduces losses in H1 2019-20

In H1 of the 2019-20 financial year, closed last December, sales for the German fashion group fell by 11.8%, while its total retail area shrank by 14.8%.
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Walpole names Brands of Tomorrow for 2020

Walpole names Brands of Tomorrow for 2020

Sustainable jewellery brand Anabela Chan, womenswear business Dai and English knitwear specialist Country of Origin are some of the names taking part in Walpole’s Brands of Tomorrow programme this year.
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Klarna hails UK growth as number of customers shoots up to 7 million

Klarna hails UK growth as number of customers shoots up to 7 million

British customers are embracing Klarna's financial services, which allow shoppers to pay for their purchase over time when shopping online with over 5,000 merchants.
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Boots launches eco-friendly tights made from plastic bottles

Boots launches eco-friendly tights made from plastic bottles

Four plastic bottles are recycled to make each pair of tights, which will be available online and in select stores for £8.50 from 16 March.
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Isabel Marant goes neo-classical

Isabel Marant goes neo-classical

The French designer sent out a collection of nonchalant essentials in her characteristic "easy chic" style at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday, once again channelling a decidedly 80s aesthetic. 
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Foot Locker misses sales expectations in Q4

Foot Locker misses sales expectations in Q4

The New York-based sports and footwear retailer announced declines in its fourth-quarter revenues and earnings on Friday, as strong footwear sales failed to offset the negative effects of a disappointing holiday season.
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Hong Kong retailers in rent battle to survive virus, protests blow

Hong Kong retailers in rent battle to survive virus, protests blow

Retailers in Hong Kong are battling with the city’s landlords for deeper and longer-term rental cuts, as they reel from the double whammy of the coronavirus epidemic and months of political unrest.
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Underwear as empowerment: Delaware design student aims to fill a need for trans women

Underwear as empowerment: Delaware design student aims to fill a need for trans women

When graduate student Haobo Zhang decided to design underwear specifically for transgender women, his ambition was more high-minded than simply turning in a project to complete his master’s degree.
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Chinese maker of 'Amazon coat' weathers coronavirus impact with tax breaks, rent waivers

Chinese maker of 'Amazon coat' weathers coronavirus impact with tax breaks, rent waivers

Orolay, the maker of the hugely popular ‘Amazon coat’ knows it is luckier than most Chinese small businesses trying to get back on their feet amid huge disruptions caused by the coronavirus epidemic.
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Shanghai Fashion Week to go ahead online as virus disrupts events

Shanghai Fashion Week to go ahead online as virus disrupts events

Shanghai Fashion Week, initially postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, will go ahead as scheduled online in a tie-up with Alibaba Group’s Tmall marketplace, its organizers said.
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