UK Fashion Brands Expanding Their Offerings

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Growth is vital for any business venture, and two UK fashion brands are achieving exactly that. Ted Baker and French Connection have both seen significant changes, and it’s resulted in the expansion of both retailers. Trendy Ted Baker dresses and urban French Connection dresses are as popular as they’ve ever been. With garments made from the very finest quality, both brands offer plenty of modern, fashionable styling.

Ted Baker has seen good growth over the past 12 months – despite a financial climate that wasn’t conducive to massive profit margins. It is also planning to open 12 more shops across the USA and Asia over the coming year.Fifth Avenue,New York’s fashion pulse, is at the very top of the list, and Beijing will also be receiving a flagship Ted Baker shop in the next year or so.

Founder, and Chief Executive, Ray Kelvin, said: “It’s a coming of Ted Baker to the world stage and we’re really pushing ahead – it’s been a good performance, not only in the UK as well as overseas.” The past 12 months has seen the brand increase its awareness in the Japanese and South Korean markets, and with a shop pencilled in to open in Canada in November, Ted Baker is undoubtedly going global.

French Connection has also gone through some significant transformations. And with the launch of its second homeware range, it seems to have got the formula right. FCUK brought in Irish designer, Lorraine Brennan, who has worked at Conran Shop and Kelly Hoppen Interiors, to be the main driving force behind the collection. From ceramics to lighting, linen and even furniture, Brennan and FCUK seem to have hit the nail on the proverbial head.

The look of the range is very stylish, yet simple. Reminiscent of USA brands like Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, there’s no doubt that FCUK’s latest homeware range is a modern product – perfect for a modern shopper looking for something elegant, stylish and timeless. The designs aren’t ground-breaking, but more often than not, they don’t have to be. By keeping it simple, FCUK have created a collection which will appeal to a wide audience, helping individuals to decorate their homes with simple, high quality things.

The range of homeware launches in April and will be available online as well as in a number of FCUK stores across the UK.


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