KSA | Saudi Retailer Said To Pull Out Of Franchise Deal With Marks & Spencer

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co reportedly ends agreement with number of “non-performing” brands. Saudi retailer has reportedly pulled out its franchise partnership with Marks & Spencer. Reuters quoted a company statement as saying it has to ended similar agreements with a number of “non-performing” brands. The firm, which owns franchise right for … Continue reading KSA | Saudi Retailer Said To Pull Out Of Franchise Deal With Marks & Spencer

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ROYALS | Meghan Markle Makes A Surprise Appearance At A Photo Shoot, And She Couldn’t Look Happier.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, shared a glimpse of her highly anticipated charity capsule collection of work attire, which launches this fall. In the footage, the duchess is seen hugging models, working with photographers, and smiling proudly from the sidelines. “Meghan surprised everyone at Smart Works when she showed up for the shoot”, which took place … Continue reading ROYALS | Meghan Markle Makes A Surprise Appearance At A Photo Shoot, And She Couldn’t Look Happier.

FASHION ICONS | 9 Coco Chanel Fact You Probably Never Knew

In honor of the iconic fashion designer’s 136th birthday, ARABIA 5AM looks back at Chane’s Legacy. Coco Chanel’s impact on fashion is unparalleled – and her design legacy is just as relevant today, on what would have been her 136th birthday, as it was decades ago. The legendary fashion designer’s canon of now-staples – the … Continue reading FASHION ICONS | 9 Coco Chanel Fact You Probably Never Knew

FASHION | You Can Now Rent Clothes From Banana Republic

Rent the Runway upended retail by offering women designer clothes to rent. Now, a wave of leading brands and department stores are following with their own online clothing rental subscriptions to reach younger shoppers who want to borrow their pants, shirts and dresses. Banana Republic said Friday that it will launch an online rental service … Continue reading FASHION | You Can Now Rent Clothes From Banana Republic

BUSINESS | Sports Illustrated, Juice Couture And Dozens Of Brands Get $875 Million From Blackrock

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Private equity powerhouse BlackRock made a big $875 million investment and become the largest shareholder of a company that owns Sports Illustrated, Nine West, Juice Couture and dozens of other brands. The deal, which was first reported Sunday by the Wall Street Journal, closed on Friday, a BlckRock (BLK) spokesperson confirmed … Continue reading BUSINESS | Sports Illustrated, Juice Couture And Dozens Of Brands Get $875 Million From Blackrock

FASHION | Chinese Model Dumps Versace In T-Shirt Controversy, As Donatella Apologizes

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - A leading Chinese brand ambassador has quit Versace, claiming that one of the brand’s T-shirts broke Beijing’s “one China” policy. Yang Mi, an actress and singer, issued a statement announcing the termination of her contract with the luxury fashion house in response to a design which appeared to list Hong Kong … Continue reading FASHION | Chinese Model Dumps Versace In T-Shirt Controversy, As Donatella Apologizes

BUSINESS | Dior’s Solution To The Plastic-Waste Crisis Is A Gold-Painted Straw Made Of Hand-Blown Glass – And A 6-Pack Of Them Will Set You Back $146

This summer has been no shortage of luxury fashion brands announce new efforts to combat the reckless pollution wrought by the industry, which accounts for a good portion of the world’s textile waste and water contamination. But Dior is extending these efforts beyond the clothes it makes and into another space altogether: reusable straws. On … Continue reading BUSINESS | Dior’s Solution To The Plastic-Waste Crisis Is A Gold-Painted Straw Made Of Hand-Blown Glass – And A 6-Pack Of Them Will Set You Back $146