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Cafe chain Gloria Jean’s heading to India

Australian retail coffeehouse chain Gloria Jean’s is set to launch in India with its first outlet in Bengaluru.

Indian online lingerie retailer Zivame to launch network of physical stores

Online lingerie retailer Zivame will launch 60 physical stores in major Indian cities within the next 12–18 months.

Ikea India plans more up to 25 more stores

Ikea India is preparing to launch 20–25 more locations, it emerged during a delegation of Swedish royals and businesspeople to the territory that began on Sunday.

China’s Xtep enters five more Indian cities

Hong Kong activewear firm Xtep will open new locations in five Indian cities by the end of next year.

Red tape stunting H&M India growth

Bureaucracy is hampering the expansion plans of H&M India according to the Swedish fast-fashion company’s local management.

OnePlus launches Experience Store in India, plans 100 shops

Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus has launched an experience store in Coimbatore, India.

The White Crow, India: a bird’s-eye view of fashion

Interior design studio ST Design has designed a new concept store for The White Crow, a multi-brand, avant-garde fashion store based in Ahmedabad, India.

Blackstone makes maiden investment in Indian fashion sector

International private equity firm Blackstone has invested roughly US$244 million in debentures in Future Lifestyle Fashions holding company Ryka Commercial Ventures.

Alipay wants to help 10 million European businesses reach 2 billion consumers within five years

Payment and lifestyle platform Alipay intends to support 10 million small and medium enterprises in Europe over the next five years with technology to empower them to reach more than 2 billion potential consumers.

Samsonite sees third-quarter sales, operating profit fall

Luggage company Samsonite’s net sales fell by 0.7 per cent in the third quarter, as the US-China tariff war put pressure on the US market.

Ecco India opens its first store

Ecco India is the latest international brand to make a foray into India, opening its first store at Gurgaon Ambience shopping mall in New Delhi.

Kenneth Cole India opens its first flagship store

Kenneth Cole India has opened its first flagship store, a 1200sqft space located at Infiniti Mall in Malad, Mumbai.