LONDON, United Kingdom — British fashion retailer Primark said on Tuesday it would provide short-term financial assistance to all victims and families affected by the collapse of Rana Plaza last month in Bangladesh while the clothing industry continues to formulate a long-term compensation plan.
In the wake of disasters in Bangladesh garment factories that have claimed hundreds of lives in recent months, shoppers in the West have shown growing concern about worker safety in developing countries. As long as it doesn’t mean an end to bargains.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — At least 175 mainly women workers were killed in a Bangladesh building collapse and rescuers searching for survivors said on Thursday that many more were trapped in the rubble of a complex that housed factories supplying Western clothes retailers including Primark and Joe Fresh.
Tommy Hilfiger Dreams of Limitless Horizons (IHT) “‘We are really living the American dream,’ Mr. Hilfiger said, ‘to be a successful brand in the States and in Europe and to steep ourselves in our heritage. But we do it with a sense of humor. We don’t take ourselves too seriously in fashion.’” ‘Cyber Monday’ Sales Show Strength (WSJ) “Online retailers experienced a sales surge
Primark is the best summer seller (Independent) “Love it or loathe it, you can’t avoid it – at least not anymore. As we report… Primark became Britain’s biggest clothes retailer by sales volumes over the summer. That is a position that has traditionally been occupied by Marks and Spencer.” How Bergdorf Goodman understands the new luxury purchase funnel (Luxury Daily) “Upscale department store
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Thom Browne’s New Deal (On the Runway) “Thom Browne… has sold the majority stake of his business to the Cross Company, the Japanese apparel company he began a relationship with in August. The deal, announced Thursday, lets Mr. Browne maintain creative control of his collection. It will also take some financial pressure off the designer.” Saks Trades Sales for Margin After Discount Setback (Bloomberg) “Saks
2009′s Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors (Forbes) “This year, moving pictures mattered to U.S. magazine editors like never before.” Gucci Group sees Balenciaga as a rising star (Forbes) “Balenciaga, the trendy fashion house favoured by actresses such as Charlotte Gainsbourg, is the fastest growing brand within the Gucci Group and meeting all pre-crisis targets, its head said on Monday.” Primark
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