H&M’s new concept stores, Miss Wu, Happy returns, Gieves & Hawkes new hire, PPR and Kane rumours

& Other Stories | Source: H&M

H&M to launch new concept stores in Spring (Reuters)
“World number two fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz will launch an eagerly-awaited new chain of stores targeting women shoppers in the Spring, it said on Wednesday.”

Jason Wu’s New Contemporary Label Miss Wu Is Already a Hit (Daily Beast)
“Miss Wu is a departure for the designer, now 30, who emigrated from Taiwan at age 9, launched his namesake label in 2006, and has grown a fashion empire around ready to wear, bridal, and accessories since then. But it’s not unfamiliar territory: last spring, he produced a lower-priced capsule collection for Target that was a big success.”

Happy returns: online shopping’s latest trend (Globe and Mail)
“Online retailers increasingly used relaxed return policies in the holiday season to wrest market share away from rivals, but they are now bracing for a potentially costly consequence – a heavy flow of unwanted gifts… Online sellers are beginning to view their return policies as another marketing tool, a way to pump up business and get consumers comfortable with online shopping.”

Gieves & Hawkes Hires From Brioni Fold (Vogue UK)
“Gieves & Hawkes has hired former Brioni artistic director Jason Basmajian as its new creative director. An announcement is expected to be made in the next few weeks.”

PPR May Already Be Interviewing CEOs for Christopher Kane (Fashionista)
“Rumors have been swirling for months now that PPR is looking to invest in Christopher Kane‘s label. While we’ve yet to receive any sort of confirmation from either Kane or PPR, WWD is reporting that the deal is nearly done.”