French Connection sells Nicole Farhi, HoF to expand, MCM makeover, Galliano on the Fringe, Brand recognition

For French Connection, a U-Turn, Nicole Farhi Brand Sold (WSJ) “The British French Connection, known for its sassy and borderline-profane marketing, plans to close most of its U.S. stores and sell its Nicole Farhi brand, serving up a cautionary tale for Zeitgeist-chasing fashion retailers that fail to adjust to a rapidly changing market.” House Of Fraser Set To Expand As Sales Jump 10% (WSJ) “U.K. and Ireland

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French Connection loss, Shoppers’ worries, Beauty over 50, Escada fights for life

French Connection Ad Campaign, Spring 09

French Connection swings to £5.5m loss (Drapers) French Connection posted a £5.5m loss compared with £3.1m profit last year. NPD Group Tracks Consumer Feelings About Economy (WWD) “Shoppers’ worries about the economy are high, and intention to spend is low, but according to The NPD Group, there may be light at the end of the tunnel.” (Subscription required) Luxury: Evolving Beauty Standard or Merely an Evolving Business

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