FASHION VICTIMS: Two financially troubled, London-based labels are ready to start anew. German designer Markus Lupfer, whose signature label went into liquidation in late April because of poor sales — especially in his key market of Japan — said he plans to restructure his business and expects to be up and running again by February. “The company grew too large, too quickly, and I was handling everything in-house,” Lupfer said in a telephone interview. “I didn’t have time to focus on designing.” Lupfer is searching for manufacturers and distributors worldwide.

Meanwhile, Fake London, which has recently gone into voluntary liquidation, will not show at London Fashion Week for the second season in a row. However, the label has set up a new company, Submarine, and plans to open a 3,000-square-foot flagship in London this year. “The former company may be gone, but the brand is still strong, and we are going forward, guns blazing,” said Dean Bristow, general manager for Fake London. He added current orders were being delivered. — Ellen Burney

TAILOR MADE:
The Italian tailored clothing company Luciano Barbera is set to embark on its first direct retail venture. Barbera will open its first flagship on Milan’s Via Santo Spirito in September. The two-level, 4,000-square-foot space will house the men’s, women’s, golf and sportswear collections. The store features hand-crafted wall lamps, walnut fixtures, alpaca-covered seats and spool-shaped drawer handles. — Courtney Colavita

SUN SHINES ON SALES:
Britain’s year-on-year retail sales in July have put a big smile on retailers’ faces. According to a survey of 20,000 retail outlets published by the Confederation of British Industry, 54 percent of respondents said sales were up compared with the same period last year, while 27 percent said they were down. Retailers of footwear and leather goods said July saw the biggest year-on-year sales increase so far this year. “Warm weather and the later start to the summer sales have particularly helped,” said Doug Godden, CBI’s head of economic analysis, in a statement. “The latest cut in interest rates may also have helped and, more generally, consumer confidence appears to be holding up well.” — E.B.CAROLINE’S NEW LINE: London-based designer Caroline Charles is rounding out her ready-to-wear offering with a younger line called Caroline. The 63-piece collection, which will bow for spring, is more casual than her Studio and London lines and features cotton stretch T-shirts, suede fringed vests, embroidered denim jackets and printed chiffon dresses. Retail prices range from approximately $72 for a T-shirt to $872 for the suede, fringed pieces. “It’s been a lot of fun to use our embroidering, beading and special fabrics for a lower-priced line,” said Charles. — Samantha Conti

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