UK Clothing

Charlie Thomas

All Hail Primark - New King Of The High Street | Charlie Thomas | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

Primark has emerged as one of the big winners from the Christmas shopping period, as cash-strapped consumers continue to vote with their feet in value...

Worse Than Expected Christmas Sales For M&S

PA | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

Marks & Spencer has revealed a bigger-than-expected slump in clothing sales over Christmas. Non-food sales at the retail bellwether were down 3.8%,...

Charlie Thomas

What Recession? Ted Baker Reports Stellar Sales Over Christmas | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

High end fashion retailer Ted Baker has reported a 20.9% increase in retail sales for its eight-week Christmas trade period from 11 November 2012 to ...

Next Pre-Christmas Sales Help Lift Profits Prediction

Charlie Thomas | Posted 03.01.2013 | UK

Next's pre-Christmas sales, excluding VAT sales tax, rose 3.9%, prompting the clothes retailer to increase its profits forecast for its year end at th...

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Dinertainment, Facebook Gifts And Tequila: Trends To Watch Out For In 2013 | Charlie Thomas | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK

2012 has seen some significant business trends - the rise of the business of lending, rather than buying goods, the rise of the electronic cigarette a...

TM Lewin Secures New Lifeline As Recession Hits Its Profits

Charlie Thomas | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK

Shirt retailer TM Lewin has successfully negotiated a refinancing deal, including deferring its loans payable to lenders. According to a report in...

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Mike Ashley's 'Retail Juggernaught' Continues | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.12.2012 | UK

Specialist sportswear retailer Sports Direct has produced a record-breaking first half of results after enjoying the benefits of an Olympics boom and ...

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Why Zara Is Outperforming The Rest Of The High Street | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK

Inditex, owner of the Zara brand and the world's largest clothes retailer, has reported a huge jump in profits, fuelled by a fast international expans...

Don't Make Shopping Online a Mystery

Jan Shure | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jan Shure

The words were balm to a soul tortured by a lack of information from internet shopping sites: "Model is Tegen, 5'10 wearing a UK 12. Note Tegen normally wears a UK 10; this is slightly small to size."

The Politics of School Uniform

Andrew Moore | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Moore

Supermarkets have, over the years, become a favourable destination for all back to school shopping needs, providing the convenience for mum to buy all the things she needs in one go.

The Dress Burning

Ana Tzarev | Posted 20.01.2013 | Home
Ana Tzarev

I was just thirteen years old, a girl in Communist Yugoslavia growing up under Tito. We all lived in constant fear. At this time, everything was in short supply and I was pleading with my mother for a dress, any dress. I had no new clothes, ever, in my young memory.

Weekend Shopping: Stuff to Keep You Warm at Work

Sarah McGiven | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Why can offices never get their heating systems right? Has anyone ever worked anywhere where it wasn't permanently freezing or practically tropical? I once worked in an office so cold I had to wear fingerless gloves all day just to maintain enough circulation to type.

Proud to be British

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Style
Gia Marie Barbera

London's original promise to 'inspire a generation' sounded grandiose, even glib, and yet the substance of that pledge has been reached this summer in...

Obama Untied From Tradition

Bruce Daisley | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Politics
Bruce Daisley

The tieless change suggests the day of tie is coming to an end. Within 10 years we will get used to politicians not wearing them for any but the most sober occasions. Does it really matter? Well it signals that we are getting used to informality as the default setting in life. A world which is less obsessed with status and hierarchy and position - and more interested in substance and authenticity.

So Many Coats, So Little Time

Amanda Willard | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Style
Amanda Willard

Feeling a bit chilly the other day, it was time for the annual autumn wardrobe assessment. The list included an average number of jeans, dresses and tops and quite inexplicably twenty-three coats.

Charlie Thomas

'The World Is Primark's Oyster' | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK

British shoppers are continuing to back value-chain Primark, leading it to report an "exceptional" year's results of £3.5 billion in sales and the cr...

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M&S Slows Sales Slide | Charlie Thomas | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK

Profits at Marks and Spencer were better than expected and the decline in sales has slowed, but its underlying pre-tax profit still fell to £296.8 mi...

Beyond Expats - M&S Seeks Foreign Shoppers With New Website Launches

Charlie Thomas | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK

Marks & Spencer is expanding its overseas offerings with four new European websites being launched on 19 November. The new localised sites, in Germ...

Fashion Designers to Look Out For: Under One Roof

Bwoywonder | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Style

Unisex neon knitted wools, synthetic materials matched alongside, full on multi-print garments at affordable prices.

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Fashion's Sustainable Future? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK

Sportswear brand Puma has launched a new biodegradable and recyclable range alongside a campaign to get customers to return old clothing. The 22 it...

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A Very British Model: Why Boutique Fashion Manufacturers Are Our Export Heroes | Charlie Thomas | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK

London Fashion Week is one of the most glamorous events in the calendar, and at a time when many of Britain’s most loved high street clothing stores...

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Is This Benetton's Most Boring Campaign Ever? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.09.2012 | UK

The United Colours of Benetton chief executive has defended claims that his latest media campaign will fall flat due to its lack of shock tactics. ...

Weekend Shopping: Cool Cat Fashion

Sarah McGiven | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

I'm not a cat calendar kind of girl (yet) so thankfully there's a whole ton of really cool, quirky or downright kitsch cat-related stuff around right now from high end designers to the High Street in fashion, footwear and all manner of other home and lifestyle accessories too.

Charlie Thomas

Have We All Become Middle Class Shoppers? | Charlie Thomas | Posted 13.09.2012 | UK

The rise of the middle-class retailers continued today as Next and John Lewis both posted positive half-year results. Clothing and homeware store N...

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Burberry Is Still Strong Despite Expected Profits Dip, Claim Analysts | Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK

The slowdown in Chinese consumers buying British fashion has led to Burberry warning investors its profits may be lower than expected. Burberry, o...