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September 16, 2015

L.L. Bean, the All-American fashion retailer based in Maine, has closed its 24-hour flagship store to remember third-generation family member Leon Gorman, who died this month from cancer. The philanthropist and businessman was 80.

L.L. Bean, the All-American fashion retailer based in Maine, has closed its 24-hour flagship store to remember third-generation family member Leon Gorman, who died this month from cancer. The philanthropist and businessman was 80.

It is the third time the chain’s Freeport store has closed since its all-hours service started in 1951. The two other occasions were the deaths of US president John F Kennedy and the company’s eponymous founder, L.L. Bean.

November 10, 2014

A small teddy bear might seem like an unlikely hero – but the emblem has now become synonymous with Catalan family business Tous, helping it transform from a small business to international jewellery and accessory brand favoured by the stars

A small teddy bear might seem like an unlikely hero – but the emblem has now become synonymous with Catalan family business Tous, helping it transform from a small business to international jewellery and accessory brand favoured by the stars

October 10, 2014

Second gen Bob Fisher will become chairman of the clothing retailer Gap, which his parents founded more than 40 years ago, at the start of the next financial year.

Second gen Bob Fisher will become chairman of the clothing retailer Gap, which his parents founded more than 40 years ago, at the start of the next financial year.

The company announced on Friday that non-family chairman and chief executive Glenn Murphy, who has been at the helm since 2007, would be retiring next February.

Non-family member Art Peck, who joined the company a decade ago, will take over as chief executive, while Fisher, who joined the board in 1990, will become chairman.

February 12, 2014

H&M third-gen Karl-Johan Persson has announced the fast-fashion retailer will open its first store in India this year, following approval from the Indian government granted in late 2013.

H&M third-gen Karl-Johan Persson has announced the fast-fashion retailer will open its first store in India this year, following approval from the Indian government granted in late 2013.

In December, the Foreign Investment Promotion Board approved a 7.2 billion rupee (€85 million) investment proposal from the Swedish chain to create a wholly-owned subsidiary in the country.

February 7, 2014

When Linda Farrow founded her eponymous sunglasses brand in 1970 she quickly became one of the hippest names in fashion. Farrow shelved her business in the mid-1980s but since 2003 her son and daughter-in-law have been taking the resurrected label to fabulous new heights. CampdenFB talks to Simon Jablon 

In their early 20s young couple Simon Jablon (left) and Tracy Sedino had the extraordinary good luck of stumbling across a hoard of vintage glasses – a mixture of Linda Farrow, Jablon’s mother’s former label, and other designer stock. Trainee fashion designer Sedino ditched her plans for further study so she and Jablon could bring the Linda Farrow brand back to life.

December 4, 2013

Swedish family empire H&M has been granted approval from the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board to launch its stores in the South Asian country, the government announced on Monday.

Swedish family empire H&M has been granted approval from the Indian Foreign Investment Promotion Board to launch its stores in the South Asian country, the government announced on Monday.

The 7.2 billion rupee (€85 million) investment will allow the fast-fashion giant to create a wholly-owned subsidiary in the country, where it has previously said it plans to open 50 stores.

May 9, 2013

Ottavio Missoni, who together with his wife founded the eponymous Italian fashion house famous for its geometrical patterns and colourful knitwear, has died aged 92. 

Ottavio Missoni, who together with his wife founded the eponymous Italian fashion house famous for its geometrical patterns and colourful knitwear, has died aged 92.

Missoni, nicknamed Tai, was born in what is now Dubrovnik, in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the son of a sea captain and an Austrian countess. He was a student world athletics champion but when war broke out he found himself an infantryman, and was held a British prisoner of war for four years after fighting at El Alamein.

July 12, 2012

When it comes to fashion, few countries get it as right as Italy. CampdenFB looks at some of Italy’s better-known family-controlled fashion houses – and the important role of the family within them.

When it comes to fashion, few countries get it as right as Italy. After all, the country has given rise to such iconic brands as Armani, Prada, Gucci and many, many more.

April 6, 2012

Everyone knows Italians take fashion seriously. So it should come as no surprise that the country’s national sailing team will wear clothing designed by one of Italy’s most famous fashion houses at the Olympic Games in London this summer.

Everyone knows Italians take fashion seriously. So it should come as no surprise that the country’s national sailing team will wear clothing designed by one of Italy’s most famous fashion houses at the Olympic Games in London this summer.

Family-controlled Prada announced this week that it will create the outfits for both the athletes and the technical staff, as part of its sponsorship agreement with Federvela, the Italian sailing federation.

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