Staff working for the fashion brand, Ted Baker, have called an online petition to end the alleged harassment by the chief executive, Ray Kelvin, 62. They argue that inappropriate behaviours such as “forced hugging” have become the workplace culture and human resources office left the harassment unchallenged. The petition has been signed by more than 2,500 people, and everyone can sign it freely even if they work for other companies. As a result of that, shares in Ted Baker hit three-year low, falling almost 15 per cent by noon today. “The owner regularly makes sexual innuendos at staff,” the petition claimed. In response to this, the company said that “Ray greets many people he meets with a hug” and the practice was “absolutely not insisted upon.” Ted Baker also add
One of the busiest days for shopaholics when almost all the major retailers have a host of deals to offer, Black Friday is losing its importance in London. As Black Friday on November 23rd is beckoning, we asked Londoners in Oxford Street whether they are looking forward to that day. Black Friday annually takes place on the fourth Friday of November yet, for commercial reasons, most shops already start their discounts on a Monday before. It was no surprise that some of the people that we met were already carrying bags when leaving renowned shopping malls such as John Lewis, House of Fraser and Selfridges and didn't really care about the special Friday sale. While few were actually excited and were planning for the sale. In fact, Black Friday divides opinion and contrary to common b
The busiest shopping week of the year is upon us, and consumers are predicted to spend more during this Black Friday than the rest of the fourth retail quarter, according to Global Data. But first, what is Black Friday? Black Friday, like many trends, is an American export that now resides in the UK. Since the 1940’s and the rise of department stores, US retailers have been promoting big sales come Christmastime in hopes that shoppers will line up the day after Thanksgiving with some money to spend. In the last few years, however, British retailers have adopted the discount weekend, since Amazon UK first began advertising Black Friday sales in 2010. The holiday, it seems, is here to stay. What do consumers have to say? We spoke to shoppers on Oxford Street to see how the
Animal rights activists are protesting against luxury retailer Canada Goose. The brand has faced increased pressure from organisations such as PETA who have recently exposed the retailer for its cruelty towards animals. Regent Street, Canada Goose store | Matilde Vieira de Almeida Canada Goose, Canadian retail company of winter clothing, has recently opened its first UK store on London’s Regent Street. In most cases this expansion would be good news for the designer company however, Canada Goose have been subject to targeted campaigns from animal rights activists such as PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA, is campaigning against Canada Goose ‘even more than usual’ this winter season as they expose the retailer for its cruelty towards animals. The org
Silently sitting in Mariah Carey’s penthouse, Marilyn Monroe’s white piano is locked away from the world. Sold at a private Christie’s auction in 1999, it is unclear if the public will ever be able to view it again. Is the sale of personal memorabilia threatening the loss of parts of music and film history? However, It’s positive news for auction houses. The popularity of film and music memorabilia has steadily increased over the last decade. Christina Moriame from Ewbank Auction house believes its due to “more activities and awareness of sales in this specialism, marketing and being able to be pushed by valuers” another significant point is that “items are becoming older thus more collectible” she added. Auction houses are now cashing in, generating profits b
Kylie Jenner’s best friend Jordyn Woods confirms that ‘pregnant’ Kylie is doing well. At Beautycon London the DJ and plus size model talked about her top beauty secrets, London and her relationship with Kylie. When we asked how Kylie is doing after recent rumours that the 20-year-old beauty mogul is pregnant, she said: “Kylie is doing well. Her beauty line is skyrocketing and she has her mind on that.” Beautycon came to London December 2 after being held in Los Angeles for three years. The beauty and fashion extravaganza was held in Kensington Olympia. Other stars in attendance were Love Island star Olivia Buckland, 25, who talked about her upcoming marriage nuptials and her fiancé’s, Alex Bowen, clothing line. “Our wedding is next September so the preparation for that
Rihanna's Fenty Beauty has been named as one of TIME's 25 Best Inventions of the Year. And it's no wonder, as it was immediately celebrated for its quality and inclusivity when it launched earlier this Autumn. In her interview with the publication, the pop singer said, " [She] never could have anticipated the emotional connection that women are having with the products and brand as a whole." Having launched with 40 foundation shades and an ad campaign with models of various skin types and tones, Fenty Beauty has cemented itself in the beauty industry. It will be exciting to see where the brand goes from here. "The options are pretty much unlimited in the world of beauty, and [she loves] challenges, so [she's] going to continue to have fun and push the boundaries in this ind...
The fashion of Gele, a traditional head wrap from Nigeria, has arrived in London, as a group of African women organised a workshop on how to tie it. Around 20 women joined the workshop, bringing cloths and drapes and wearing typical colourful clothes for the occasion. The majority of them were from Nigeria, but also some English and German women took part in the event. The workshop took place on Sunday 29 October in Dalston, North-East London, during the Black History Month celebration party of the social centre for migrants, Akwaaba. The workshop involved around 20 women from different countries (photo: Alice Facchini) During the workshop, the participants explained that they wear Gele not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because it has an important meaning in Nigerian cultu...
This weekend Radicals and Victuallers, a pub in Islington, hosted their monthly Fashion Pop-up, organized and hosted by designer Laura Souza De Almeida. The pop-ups are aimed at promoting ethical, sustainable and slow fashion. Fashion is a typically fast paced world where designers are always working towards the next season. This more often than not means that brands use cheap labour and the garment making process can be less than green. Slow fashion allows for designers and brands to stop chasing trends and be more conscious, and the fashion to be more ethical and/or sustainable. If you’re wondering what the difference between ethical, sustainable and slow fashion is, The Curious Button explains this quite well. The long and short of it is, ethical fashion involves human rights, sust
Are the independent designers who attracted visitors to Old Spitalfields Market now under threat from high rents and increasing High Street-like homogenisation? ChanChan London-based women's wear designer Photo: Caroline Paul Back in the 1990s, London’s Old Spitalfields Market was mostly empty, used as a sports hall some evenings and on Sundays housing 400 food and crafts stalls. Now, it’s a ‘must visit’ destination in tourist guidebooks. But at what cost? “Rents have gone sky high. I’m not sure how much longer I can keep doing this, I’m thinking of selling online,” said a market stallholder who wished to remain anonymous. "It's so sad, London used to be a hotbed of creativity, but it's becoming too expensive to have a stall here. Rents go up every year. Just look at what's