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    Footwear fails to keep pace with upswing in online sales in Germany


    Despite enjoying a recovery, online sales of footwear lagged other product categories in Germany during the second quarter. As the country eased lockdowns imposed in a bid to counter the coronavirus pandemic, online sales reported a higher-than-average increase in the second quarter, swinging back to growth after a slump ...

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    ​Schuh Schneider closes all its stores in Germany


    The German shoe retailer Schuh Schneider GmbH from Reutlingen closed its eleven stores after filing for bankruptcy at the end of March. The decision to close the businesses stems from the lack of guarantees to ensure their continuation. According to press reports, the company’s boss Steffen Marsik was ...

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    ​Gallery Fashion, Gallery Shoes to be held Aug. 30 to Sept. 1


    The fashion fair Gallery Fashion and the shoe fair Gallery Shoes is scheduled to take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 2020 in Düsseldorf. The emphasis will be on shoes, as about two thirds of the exhibitors will come from the footwear industry and the other third ...

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    ​Tacco Footcare is bankrupt again


    Tacco Footcare , a German shoe-care producer that had been bought by the Polish firm Kaps in February 2019, is bankrupt again. Tacco Footcare filed for bankruptcy due to insolvency and over-indebtedness on April 8 and proceedings were opened on June 23 by the district court of Bielefeld, where ...

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    Lloyd stops production in Germany


    Lloyd Shoes , the big German shoe manufacturer specializing in men’s footwear, expects a decline in sales of around 30 percent in the current financial year due to the coronavirus crisis. In response to a reduced demand for business shoes, the manufacturer will stop manufacturing at the Sulingen site in ...

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    Boohoo to review UK supply chain as retailers drop brand over pay, conditions scandal


    Boohoo , the UK e-tailer and fast fashion brand, has commissioned an independent review of its domestic supply chain and promised to spend £10 million dealing with malpractice after major retailers, including Amazon , Next and Asos stopped stocking its clothes. The review comes as Boohoo ...

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    Iconic Parisian store Tati closes


    GPG , the French retailer which operates under the Gifi banner, has decided to permanently close the iconic cut-price Tati store located in boulevard Barbès in Paris’s 18 th arrondissement. The store suffered a 60 percent drop in sales between Oct. 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020 ...

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    ​Beaumanoir to buy a large chuck of La Halle’s assets


    (updated) Beaumanoir, a French fashion group that owns the brands Morgan , Cache Cache , Bréal , Bonobo and Vib’s , says that it has been chosen by a Paris-based court to take over a large part of the assets of La Halle, a French apparel and shoe ...

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    Leder & Schuh obtains aid from government, banks to relaunch its activity


    Austria’s Leder Schuh has obtained support from the government and a pool of banks to relaunch its activity in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company described the pandemic as the greatest challenge in its history. All 200 Leder Schuh stores in nine ...

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    Veja opens circular-economy test shop in Bordeaux


    Veja has set up a 250-square-meter test shop devoted to repair and recycling. Called Veja X Darwin and located in the French city of Bordeaux, the shop carries prototypes that never went into production, sneakers with small manufacturing flaws and sneakers from old collections. A workshop will repair ...

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    Stuart Weitzman exits Japan


    Stuart Weitzman , the luxury footwear brand that is part of the Tapestry group, will close all of its three directly operated stores in Japan before the end of August. The American brand, which opened its first Japanese shop in 2018 at Isetan’s department store in Tokyo, does not ...

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    Crocs opens new headquarters in Colorado


    On June 24, Crocs , opened its new corporate headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, less than 20 miles from downtown Denver. In addition to the nearly 375 current positions, the some 90,000 square foot facility located in the Atria campus will allow the company to “significantly” expand to hire more full-time ...

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    Shoe Zone appoints Peter Foot finance director


    Shoe Zone has appointed Peter Foot as finance director, with effect from July 6. He will replace Jonathan Fearn , who held the job for over four years and whose resignation has been accepted with effect from July 31. Foot is due to become a board ...

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    Spanish government to guarantee €40 billion for digitalization, environment


    The Spanish government is guaranteeing €40 billion in new credit lines to underpin corporate investments in digitalization and in green technologies. In March, the government had announced that it would guarantee €100 billion in loans to companies in financial difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The government is also ...

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    Breuninger to open fully renovated, 11,000-sqm Nuremberg branch in September


    The upmarket German department store retailer Breuninger is preparing to open its fully redesigned 11,000 square-meter branch in Nuremberg, in the southern German state of Bavaria, featuring an expanded range of premium and luxury brands as well as two new gastronomic outlets. The re-opening of the department store, ...

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    Earth Shoes appoints Jocelyn Thornton VP of product and merchandising


    Earth Shoes has appointed Jocelyn Thornton to the new post of executive vice president of product and merchandising and Fred Allard as creative director of product. Before joining Earth Jones, Thornton was senior vice president of creative and merchandising strategy at the fashion and retail consultancy ...

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    La Halle will know its buyer(s) on July 8


    La Halle , currently in receivership, will know who are its buyer or buyers on July 8, according to its current owner Vivarte . La Halle received 25 bids for its assets, which represent a significant part of its activity. A Paris-based commercial tribunal will decide to whom the ...

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    Marypaz to lay off staff, close stores in Spain


    Marypaz , the Spanish maker and retailer of women’s shoes and accessories, is planning to lay off 170 employees, out of a total workforce of 600 as of Dec. 31, 2019, in an effort to limit the damages of the coronavirus crisis. According to reports in , the company ...

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    Deckers appoints Victor Luis to its board


    Deckers Brands has appointed Victor Luis to its board of directors to replace James Quinn , who has yielded the seat he gained in 2011. Luis was chief executive and a board member of the former Coach from 2014 to 2019, during its transition to a new ...