United Kingdom Archive

Sam McKnight’s Natural Touch

LONDON, United Kingdom — “Yesterday, on a shoot for a client, more emphasis was put on the video shoot, the social media content, than the actual campaign. It’s going to tip soon, into it all being the same thing,” says Sam McKnight, his easy conversational patter becoming reflective for a moment. The shift in tone is more perceptible in McKnight because he is typically upbeat and …

Social Goods | Child Refugees Working in Sweatshops, Fast Fashion's Sustainability Formula

A BBC Panorama documentary found children working illegally in Turkish sweat shops, creating clothes for stores including Zara | Source: Shutterstock “The Kids Who Have to Sew to Survive“ (BBC)“One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery.” “Style That’s Sustainable: A New Fast-Fashion Formula” (McKinsey …

Careers Counsel | Is It Better to Fit In or Stand Out, Networking Outside Your Industry

There are few sectors of the economy that offer as wide and interesting a range of career opportunities as fashion. Careers Counsel rounds up the most useful and inspiring articles from around the web. To browse hundreds of jobs from leading brands, visit BoF Careers. “The Two Kinds of People Most Likely to Get Ahead at Work“ (Quartz)“Is it better to fit in or stand …

Luxury For Less: Tourists Are Winners in Pound's Drop

LONDON, United Kingdom — Would you travel halfway around the world for a handbag, or a coat? Maybe if you really loved it — and could get 20 percent off. At the moment, the price is right in Britain, where the decision to leave the European Union has led to a sharp drop in the pound. That’s proving a bonanza for luxury goods shoppers with …

Richard Nicoll, 1977—2016

LONDON, United Kingdom — The designer Richard Nicoll passed away early this morning in Sydney, Australia. He was 39 years old. For many years, the designer, who grew up in Australia but was based in London, was a regular at London Fashion Week and was well-loved within the London fashion community. “It is with great sadness that we confirm that Richard Nicoll passed away unexpectedly this morning …

Power Moves | Acqua di Parma Names CEO, Garage Appoints Editor-in-Chief

LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF compiles the most important professional moves of the week. Acqua di Parma Names CEOLaura Burdese has been appointed as chief executive officer of Acqua di Parma, effective immediately. She takes over from Gabriella Scarpa, who will continue in her role as chairman of LVMH Italy. Before joining Acqua di Parma, Burdese was country manager and managing director of Swatch Group Italy, …

What You May Have Missed

LONDON, United Kingdom — On Friday, a report surfaced claiming that Coach is working with Blackstone on a potential merger with Burberry. While the speculation drove Burberry shares to rise by 4.8 percent in trading, it’s an unlikely combination that market analysts have dismissed as a bad idea. Is the new Style.com working? Condé Nast is investing $100 million in the venture, though many have questioned both its underlying business model and execution, …

Burberry Shares Soar After Report That Coach Is Considering Merger

LONDON, United Kingdom — Burberry Group Plc shares rose as much as 4.8 percent after Betaville, a financial blog, said Coach Inc. is considering merging with the British trench coat maker. The US maker of purses and accessories has been working with financial advisers at Evercore for several weeks on a possible deal, the website said, citing two people familiar with the situation it didn’t name. Earlier …

Philip Green Should Lose Knighthood, Say UK MPs

LONDON, United Kingdom — British lawmakers say the former boss of failed retailer BHS should be stripped of his knighthood after the chain of stores collapsed with the loss of 11,000 jobs. The vote is nonbinding, but it is rare for Parliament to intervene on the issue of honours. BHS, whose stores had stood on British streets since the 1920s, went into administration in April, …

Social Goods | Cavalli Employees Strike, CoverGirl's First Cover Boy

“Roberto Cavalli Employees Take Action” (British Vogue)“An eight-hour strike was staged by workers on Friday, according to WWD, and they are reported to have scheduled an imminent meeting with local politicians and institutions in Osmannoro, near the company’s Florence base.” “Meet CoverGirl’s New Cover Boy” (The New York Times)“In the past year or so, Mr. Charles has amassed nearly 650,000 followers on his Instagram account …