Wacoal celebrates Selfridges’ Body Studio

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Wacoal has unveiled a stunning window display in Selfridges Oxford Street in celebration of the department store’s new Body Studio. Featuring some of Wacoal’s best-selling lingerie collections such as Embrace Lace and Vision in a subtly styled and synchronised setting, the display will run until 8th June 2016.

Ann-Marie Manley, Head of Marketing said:  “We’ve really enjoyed supporting Selfridges with the Body Studio so far and now the window display is a great opportunity for us to raise the profile of the Wacoal brand even further.  We think the delicate and feminine look of the window display reflects the premium style of Wacoal’s collections perfectly. We are sure this will entice consumers into the store and encourage them to visit the lingerie area.”

Panache Lingerie take prime spot in Selfridges windows on Oxford Street

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Sheffield-based lingerie supplier, Panache, has takenUnknown-9 over the windows on the Oxford Street entrances from 20th to 25th May. Four windows feature key ranges in the SS2016 collections – Andorra & Clara (the Panache range) and Ardour and Quinn in the luxurious Panache Black range.

The Body Studio at Selfridges is the largest intimate apparel, swimwear, loungewear, hosiery and fitnesswear development ever, covering 37,000 sq ft and opened in April 2016.

Panache Lingerie Ltd is a family-owned business started in the early 1980’s and the company now has a collection of brands primarily aimed at the larger cupped size consumer (Panache, Panache Black, Panache Swim, Cleo by Panache, Cleo Swim by Panache, Panache Sports and Sculptresse).

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REDValentino opens new flagship in Rome

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REDValentino is pleased to announce the official opening of the label’s new flagship store, located in Rome’s Via del Babuino, boasting a new concept developed by Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli together with renowned designer and architect India Mahdavi.

The new Autumn/Winter 16-17 Pre Collection was unveiled in an exclusive event at the new flagship store, which included a live performance by street and crochet artist London Kaye. The American artist also created a unique and colourful installation within the store window inspired by the latest collection, dedicated to spontaneous, eccentric, passionate girls who represent the kaleidoscopic joys of femininity.

Join Marie in telling the story of lingerie

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Marie Boutique are celebrating a milestone this September with the launch of an exciting project in collaboration with lingerie brands. To mark the boutique’s 80th birthday, the Marie team are organising a pop up exhibition aimed at educating current and potential clients on traditional corsetry-making techniques, fabric development and how lingerie shapes and styling have changed over the last 80 years. Lingerie brands that wish to participate are encouraged to send historical pieces, old illustrations or adverts that will help tell the story of our industry.

Old newspaper articles and historical artefacts are also going to be included in the exhibition as well as customer memoirs to celebrate Marie being a part of the local community for so long. Marie Boutique’s 80th Birthday Exhibition will take place in the Abingdon County Hall Museum (pictured below) between 8th-16th September 2016.

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Naturana offering 25% off until Sunday

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Naturana have launched their own lingerie week from Monday 16 – Sunday 22 May and are celebrating the occasion with a special 25% off promotion on all cotton vest top and brief sets. The brand is also running a competition together with The Sun’s Fabulous magazine, offering 4 lucky readers the change to win £250 each to spend on Naturana lingerie, and will be looking back at lingerie over the last 100 years with an engaging social media campaign.

Commenting on the launch of Naturana’s National Lingerie Week, UK Sales Manager Tom Kavanagh said: “We are really excited about this new venture which is intended to become a yearly event, designed to create greater awareness of our heritage brand, and the incredible diversity of the comprehensive product range that Naturana has to offer.”

UKTights takes charge of MyTights.com and MyTights.co.uk domains

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British e-commerce site, UKTights.com, has announced today that it has officially signed for ownership of MyTights.com and MyTights.co.uk. The move ensures that UKTights.com is now the largest retailer in terms of stock holdings, size and seniority and business generated.

MyTights.com started in 2000 and carved a unique place in etailing. Dawn Barber, MD of UK Tights.com commented exclusively to Underlines: “We began our own journey in 2005 and 11 years later we have achieved more than we ever hoped to. I would like to extend my best wishes to the founders and director of My Tights, Laura Godsal and Bobbie Bhogal. We have competed against each other in business, but there has always been a great mutual respect between us.”

This move marks an exciting new chapter for Dawn and her team, following on from their creation of UKSwimwear.com and most recently, UKLingerie.com. Dawn further commented: “We will continue to offer the extensive selection that we are well known for… and for our partners and suppliers we can look forward to more business. In short, we are stronger together than we can ever be apart.”

Full exclusive interview in the May issue of Underlines.

BHS heads for biggest high-street collapse since Woolworths

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Almost 11,000 jobs are at stake after BHS announced rescue attempts to save the 88-year-old high street chain failed. The news come less than a month after commercial landlords agreed to reduce rent on some of its stores in a bid to save BHS from administration, and after last-minute talks to sell some of the 164 UK stores to Sports Direct floundered over the weekend. Duff & Phelps have been called in to handle administration and will keep stores open as it tries to find a buyer.

Harsha Wickremasinghe, Associate at Livingstone Partners, comments on the BHS collapse: “The BHS business model itself is at the root of the problem. Its relevance to the current market is unclear – in terms of product range, brand appeal and distribution strategy. These structural weaknesses, coupled with soaring rents, high business rates and pension liabilities, alongside the impact of the National Living Wage, gave BHS little room to manoeuvre.”

He adds that BHS has been a ‘problem-child’ for some time as “its offer lacked any clarity, whilst rivals such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis have all invested heavily in developing their ranges, multichannel capabilities and heavily-refurbishing their stores.” BHS has over £1.3bn in debts including £571m in pension liabilities to be investigated by the Pensions Regulator, which will also consider whether to force former BHS owner Sir Philip Green, who sold BHS for £1 last year, to contribute towards the company’s pension deficit.

Christina Tolvas-Vincent, Head of Retail Employment at Bond Dickinson, comments: “Press reports suggest various officials at the shopworkers’ union USDAW are calling for urgent talks with the company. The experience with Woolworths suggests that the union is certainly not averse to taking legal action when it believes that appropriate consultation with employees has not taken place. However, employers desperate to rescue a struggling business often find it difficult to gauge when and how to engage with the workforce as there is little clarity on whether a sale of the business is likely to be possible or whether redundancies may prove necessary; something that is usually a decision for the administrators at a later stage in any event.”

“The legal requirements can be difficult to interpret and cases are still progressing through the courts on potential criminal liabilities where there has been a failure to notify The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The potential penalties are enormous: an unlimited fine for a failure to notify BIS and compensation of up to 90 days’ actual pay for each affected employee for a failure to carry out collective redundancy consultation properly,” Tolvas-Vincent adds.