JD sports has been on the acquisition trail again with news that it's bought menswear retailer Oi Polloi. It's also been reported that CEO Peter Cowgill could step back from day-to-day control of JD this year.
Reviving old-fashioned or forgotten brands requires a set of certain skills – patience, respect for DNA, deep-pockets and real affection for a marque, which for some reason Italians seem particularly good at doing.
Eyebrows were raised when Pitti first announced that K-Way, French sportswear label, was given a prestigious Pitti runway slot. But the naysayers proved wrong, as the marque staged a zippy collection in Florence.
The British model, TV presenter and fashion designer has joined forces with British heritage lifestyle brand Barbour on a two-year collaborative collection, during which time they plan to release four collections.