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The Burberry store in Shenzhen, China.

Business Features

London’s Designers Battle to Rebuild Businesses in Testing Times

British brands of all sizes are suffering from shrinking sales, desolate shop floors and a lack of international tourists. Restructuring is proving painful, but they’re pressing ahead.

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A drone picture shows the scene of an explosion at the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)


Lebanese Designers Count the Damage of Massive Blast in Beirut

Designers including Elie Saab and Rabih Kayrouz reported no victims from the explosion, which destroyed their headquarters.

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Burning boat, Oriel. Oxford 1984


Fast Times: Dafydd Jones Recalls the Wild Social Scene of Eighties Oxford

Jones captured them all on camera — Boris Johnson, David Cameron and Hugh Grant — when they were unknown students cutting loose at Oxford University, in black tie, white tie — or leopard print.

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A look from the Dior capsule collection for Isetan.

Fashion Features

Dior Goes Dotty for Pop-up at Isetan, Dons Velvet for Shop at Harrods

Maria Grazia Chiuri has designed a capsule collection for the Isetan unit, while Dior velvet accessories will make their debut at Harrods.

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The Burberry store in Shenzhen, China.


Burberry Shakes Up Shopping With Physical, Digital Shenzhen Store

Whether its customers are spending money — or not — Burberry wants them to have fun as they game their way across the Shenzhen shop floor.

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The Johnstons of Elgin store

Government and Trade

Britain, EU Appeal to U.S. Not to Raise, Extend Tariffs on Luxury

In August, the U.S. could decide to beef up, and broaden, punitive tariffs on British and European luxury goods which have been caught up in a long-running dispute over government subsidies to Airbus.

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Victoria Beckham Resort 2021

Business Features

Victoria Beckham to Resize, ‘Future-Proof’ Business in COVID-19 Aftermath

The brand plans to reduce the number of collections and cut around 20 jobs in a bid to become a leaner and more efficient operation.

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Roksanda RTW Fall 2020

Marketing and Promotion

BFC Raises Further 500,000 Pounds to Aid Struggling Designers

The British Fashion Council is asking designers to submit grant applications for a second round of funding in the wake of COVID-19. The submission deadline is Aug. 7.

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A De Beers campaign image


De Beers Sightholders Vow to Go Green in Step With Miners, Jewelers

Taking their cue from companies such as De Beers, Richemont and Chanel, top diamond cutters and polishers have committed to shrinking their own carbon footprint, and becoming more sustainable businesses in the medium term.

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London retail reopens following the Covid-19 closures.


Facing ‘Toughest Year in Recent History,’ Selfridges to Cut 450 Jobs

Group MD Anne Pitcher sent a letter to staff on Tuesday outlining the store’s post-pandemic plan, and warning “recovery will be slow.”

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An image from Bradley Sharpe's UAL graduate collection.

Fashion Features

London Arts Graduates Prepare for Pioneering Online Showcase

University of the Arts London, which includes Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion, is showcasing graduates’ fashion, fine art and photography projects online.

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Victoria Beckham with Sarah Creal, co-founder and chief executive officer of Victoria Beckham Beauty.

Skin Care

Victoria Beckham Beauty Eyes China, Launches Flagship on Tmall Global

“You can’t be a successful global brand without a solid China business — it’s just not possible these days,” said Sarah Creal, cofounder and chief executive officer of Victoria Beckham Beauty.

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Alan Jope

Business Features

Not Going Out: Stay-at-Home Habits Shape Unilever Sales Trends in H1

Unilever’s ceo Alan Jope described the first half as “testing,” with record levels of growth, and decline — all happening at the same time.

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Burberry Resort 2021

Fashion Show Reviews

Burberry Resort 2021

Riccardo Tisci asked models, Burberry staffers and friends of the brand to model looks from the latest collection outside their homes.

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Unilever Looks to Remain ‘Agile’ as Turnover Dips 1.6 percent in H1

The consumer giant said it would allocate resources to regions “week by week” as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and plans to ramp up marketing campaigns in the second half.

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Talitha Getty by Jeanloup Sieff for Vogue Paris, February 1970.


Saint Laurent Acquires Major Private Collection of Vintage YSL Clothes

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