Editors’ Prime Reads: Laura Ashley, Mytheresa, Symbolize and extra…

Listed here are a few of this week’s information and options highlights handpicked by TheIndustry.trend crew.

Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley is again in trend because it unveils spring assortment

At a time when so many manufacturers are disappearing from our excessive streets, is not it so refreshing to see the return of a much-loved title? Laura Ashley is again in trend with a brand new 47-piece assortment accessible by itself website and at NEXT – and it is a nice-looking assortment too. I really feel assured it can discover an enthusiastic viewers for its new line of attire and separates which have been impressed by prints and silhouettes from its in depth archive.

Because it was acquired out of administration in 2020 by Gordon Brothers, the historic British model, whose heritage lies in trend, had been solely centered on homewares. Now it is again doing what it was as soon as identified for world wide: creating quintessentially British trend.

I believe Gordon Brothers, NEXT and licensing accomplice IMG have pitched this assortment good. It’s distinctly Laura Ashley and, whereas it has a classic vibe, it doesn’t really feel old school in any respect. For many who do not put on print (that’ll be me then), there are nice plain color kinds too and a few beautiful blouses to pair with denims.

Welcome again!

Lauretta Roberts, Co-Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief.


Symbolize indicators for first UK retailer in London’s Soho

At first of this week, it was introduced that British luxurious streetwear model Symbolize has signed for a 5,000 sq ft flagship retailer in London’s Soho, its first within the UK, set to open in early 2025. Positioned on the nook of Wardour Avenue and Broadwick Avenue, it’s a extremely fascinating location in shut proximity to END, which additionally occurs to be a stockist – together with the likes of Selfridges, Harrods, Selfridges and Flannels.

Maybe much more of an eye-opener is information that the model opened its first-ever standalone retailer at 461 North Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, final month. Cracking the US market can be an actual sport changer.

Paul Spencer, previously European Regional Gross sales Director at Puma, who joined Symbolize as CEO in the summertime of 2022, is clearly a significant power behind the expansion drive. You actually have handy it to brothers George and Mike Heaton, who based the model in 2011. In actual fact, all of it started as a school venture that led to George realising he might promote his graphics on clothes, initially display printing his designs on t-shirts out of his dad and mom’ shed (or storage, I overlook which) in Bolton.

Social media performed an enormous half in getting the phrase on the market, and final yr the model turned over £80 million. Add to that, on the tail finish of 2023, it launched a brand new efficiency attire line known as 247 by Symbolize, which could be very a lot an extension of the brothers’ concentrate on health. The collections continue to grow and new merchandise are frequently added, together with now footwear. It’s intriguing to observe the model develop from such humble beginnings. Particularly because the brothers clearly reside and breathe it.

Tom Bottomley, Contributing Editor.

Karl Lagerfeld H&M

Karl Lagerfeld for H&M (Alamy)

Glad twentieth birthday trend collaborations

It was 20 years in the past that H&M and legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld prompted a frenzy in shops worldwide (pictured above) with their ground-breaking designer collab. The Swedish trend big went on to crew up with massive names from Stella McCartney to Isabel Marant, Balmain, Mugler, ERDEM, Jimmy Choo. Every of them obtained the same stir amongst shoppers determined to put their palms on designer trend at excessive road costs.

H&M wasn’t the primary excessive road model to collaborate with designers – Britain’s Debenhams had accomplished launched its Designers at Debenhams idea again in 1993 – however this was the primary collab to characteristic actually world designer names and to be launched on a really world platform.

I cherished studying our contributor Marcus Jaye’s characteristic, which seems to be again at 20 years of the phenomenon, and particularly studying the feedback made by Karl Lagerfeld on the time by which he expressed his disappointment that the retailer hadn’t made his designs extra broadly accessible. Despite the fact that he was Artistic Director at Chanel, a model which appears to please in freezing prospects out via its limitless value hikes, Lagerfeld needed everybody to have entry to his designs. And, reasonably hilariously, he, a person who lived in a gilded cage, accused the style big of snobbery for not permitting that to occur. It is an awesome learn and journey down reminiscence lane.

Lauretta Roberts, Co-Founder, CEO and Editor in Chief


Mytheresa expects double-digit progress in Q3 regardless of ‘powerful’ market setting

Luxurious e-tailer Mytheresa in the present day confirmed that its third quarter gross sales are anticipated to rise between 15% and 18% year-on-year. The corporate forecasts gross sales within the vary of €230-235 million for the third quarter ending 31 March 2024. It additionally posted improved profitability on adjusted EBITDA, with an anticipated margin of 3-4% towards the prior yr quarter.

The rise in earnings and gross sales from Mytheresa curiously comes amid a slowdown within the wider luxurious market. Following troubles at Matches and Farfetch, together with a current drop in gross sales at LVMH, the retailer’s newest buying and selling replace injects some hope into the sector. It appears to be bucking the detrimental pattern. CEO Michael Kliger nonetheless acknowledged the “powerful” market setting, however labelled the enterprise as a “winner” because it continues to “construct a group for luxurious fanatics and create desirability via digital and bodily experiences”.

Sophie Smith, Information Editor & Senior Author.

In Historical past: Roberto Cavalli’s innovations – from sand-blasted denim to leopard print attire

Studying the information that Roberto Cavalli, one of many trend greats in my eyes, handed away final week was an actual blow.

Rising up in Essex with a mom who had a penchant for all issues leopard print, Cavalli was one of many first designers on my radar. His pioneering efforts to make sure each girl’s wardrobe contained a minimum of one type of animal print or snakeskin actually did not go amiss in my family. He actually was a person who laughed within the face of ‘quiet luxurious’.

Roberto Cavalli, the ‘extra is extra; designer in any other case referred to as the Leopard King, has flown underneath the radar lately. This week, TheIndustry.trend took a have a look at Cavalli’s milestones and biggest achievements to remind us why he’ll go down in historical past as one of the iconic designers of this era.

Chloé Burney, Senior Information & Options Author.

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