Arcadia profits soar, Wan’s weariness, Guardian’s fashion foray, Lepore rallies the troops, Escada’s scion a saviour?

Kate Moss for Top Shop Autumn/Winter 09 | Source: Top Shop

Kate Moss for Topshop Autumn/Winter 09 | Source: Topshop

Arcadia profits soar (Retail Week)
“Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group has reported a 13% rise in pre-tax profits, despite the recession. Young fashion brands Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge all had record years.”

Harvey Nicks boss says luxury needs to evolve (Drapers)
Harvey Nichols chief executive Joseph Wan has warned the luxury sector will not recover from the global banking collapse for at least five years after the downturn prompted a “substantial shift” in the mindset of shoppers.”

The Guardian launches online fashion store (Drapers)
“Newspaper group, the Guardian News & Media, has launched an online fashion store. links the newspaper’s fashion editorial content and allows Guardian and Observer readers to browse over 150,000 products.”

Nanette Lepore heads up rally to save the garment center (Examiner)
“The fashion district was buzzing yesterday at a rally to save the garment center… Nanette Lepore spoke out about legislation to promote production in the garment center and honor the city zoning for manufacturers.”

Son of Escada founders mounts bid for brand (Drapers)
“The son of Escada’s founding family has teamed up with Maurizio Borletti, chairman of Italian department store La Rinascente, in an to effort rescue the insolvent German womenswear business, according to reports.”