The company which has a trading update due on 11 December is speculated to have known about the inventory blunder long before the records became public. Ted Baker employees tried to alert the luxury clothing brand about the mishandled inventory information as early as May 2018, per multiple employees working in their London headquarters. This chimes with the appointment of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the law firm appointed by the company to look into this miscalculation of inventory value - which also suggested Ted Baker knew of concerns about the problematic data earlier than it had publicly said. The operations team under new chief executive Lindsay Page is struggling to come up with a turnaround plan and the £20 - £25 million hit is making it difficult for investors to believe
London Youth, a charity organisation with a mission to improve the lives of young people in London have collaborated with sportwear apparel Champion. The new campaign has been launched with the aim to challenge negative youth stereotypes and raise awareness of the power of good youth work. London Youth stand at Urban Outfitters photo by Mariam Gambo Established since 1887 the charity launched their first high profile collaboration in stores such as Urban outfitters and Champion on regent street. Through a limited edition of T-shirts designed by London based graphic designer Tim Head, the charity uses the personal stories of five young people to tailor the message and art on the clothing. Tim Head, the man behind the art shares his thoughts on the process of making the t-shirts
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
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
Pirelli sent shockwaves throughout the fashion industry featuring an all black cast consisting of artists, models, entrepreneurs and creative industry figures in the 2018 calendar. Last week Pirelli released their anticipated calendar featuring the Alice in Wonderland themed magical images from Tim Walker changing the idea of what society thinks of Alice in Wonderland. Photo Credit via Instagram @edward_enninful The calendar has become a pop culture phenomenon and each year the images are seen around the world the moment they are released. Renowned photographer Tim Walker brings the world of Lewis Caroll to life by creating a larger than life version of Alice in Wonderland. Walker brought his dreamlike and eccentric vision which can be seen through out the calendar. The all...
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
The fast fashion chain Primark continues to grow as the store expands its branches, but it is warned the weaker pound would weigh on its margins. Photo Dark Dwarf (CC BY-ND 2.0) Primark reveals its upbeat sales figure today and said it was maintaining its full-year earnings guidance. “Primark expects almost 13 per cent increase to be attributable to the first half of the year,” it added. Photo Mark Hodson Photos: (CC BY 2.0) The decline in the value of the pound, 16 per cent against the dollar since Brexit, is warned it would ‘eats into margins at the fashion chain’. Primark is expecting to rise 2 per cent in its first half and 11 per cent in total sales thanks to new store openings. Photo Martin Monroe ( CC BY-SA 2.0) Sub Editing: Arifa Khan