TOKYO – Fast Retailing said Thursday that Uniqlo’s same-store sales in September spiked 20.8 percent, a rare bright spot in an otherwise dismal Japanese retail climate. Total sales for the month grew 27 percent on the year, thanks to “aggressive promotion” and strong sales of fall and winter items. Cooler temperatures in the second part of the month boosted the sale of warmer garments, the company said. Slim-fitting pants and merino sweaters were among the top sellers of the month, according to the company. The numbers exclude Uniqlo’s stores outside Japan, but include sales from the chain’s 736 directly managed stores. The company closed eight stores and opened four new ones during the month. The number of consumers in September increased 15.2 percent and the spending per consumer rose 10.3 percent.
Phoebe Philo is returning to fashion.
WWD reported yesterday that the English designer is planning a new collection and has been interviewing designers.
One of the most acclaimed designers of her generation, Philo made her name during a 10-year tenure at Celine. Season after season, she minted low-key modernist clothing and handbags and built an intensely loyal fan base.
Philo said the above quote in an exclusive interview when she joined @celine in 2008.
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The Hervé L. Leroux label is returning to ready-to-wear.
The revived line will be presented to buyers during Paris Fashion Week and is designed by the late couturier’s sister Jocelyne Caudroy.
"Hervé left a fantastic heritage [of sketches and unfinished works]. When the project was suggested, I thought of Virginie Viard and how she had worked alongside Karl Lagerfeld. I accepted because this way, I can preserve the way Hervé worked. To continue, when given the opportunity, is important because this heritage lives within us,” Caudroy said.
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French beauty exports grew 9% in 2019.
The sector’s sales to China rose 48 percent on-year.
Overall, France’s largest export beauty product category was skin care, which generated more than 7.3 billion euros, up 46 percent over the past five years.
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