Margaret Howell Says Keep as Much Control Over Design as Possible

Margaret Howell in Suffolk, England | Photo: Michael Hemy

BoF sits down with Margaret Howell at her seaside house in Suffolk, England, to discuss how the British designer built a brand known for its simple, practical pieces, evocative of the natural landscape, into a business, now majority-owned by Japanese company Anglobal, that generates £100 million per year.

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Next Profit Gains as U.K. Retailer Surpasses M&S for First Time

Joan Smalls in Next's SS2014 lookbook | Source: Next

LONDON, United Kingdom — Next Plc, the U.K.’s second-largest clothing retailer, reported a 12 percent increase in full-year earnings, making more money than Marks & Spencer Group Plc for the first time in the brand’s 32-year history.

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Market Pulse | A Boost in Confidence

Savigny Luxury Index February 2014 | Source: Savigny Partners

The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) leapt by 6.7 percent this month, overperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost six percentage points, as luxury sector investors seem to have received the reassuring they needed from a number of positive signals, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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