Ted Baker is boosting its licensed business further and has entered a global deal with Timex “to underpin its own global plans with a unique offering in watches that complements its apparel and accessory collections.”
Pentland Group may be expanding its footwear ops in deals with brands such as Karen Millen and Lacoste, but it’s losing its Ted Baker license as that company buys its UK and US footwear ops and takes them in-house.
Pentland Brands, the owner of Speedo, Berghaus and Canterbury, has promoted Chirag Patel to Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, he will drive growth through the acquisition of new brands and footwear licenses.
A meeting in south India earlier this month brought women workers, manufacturers and brands together for the first time in a bid to map the role of homeworkers in the shoe industry and improve working conditions.
Pentland Brands has added to its portfolio of sports-linked labels with an investment in Californian casual lifestyle sneaker brand SeaVees. The dormant brand was revived in 2009 and now plans a global rollout