Laura Chesters

Laura Chesters is a business reporter and covers the consumer, food, drink and luxury goods sectors on the business desk at The London Evening Standard, i, The Independent and The Independent on Sunday

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Gucci’s spring/summer 2015 collection was launched in Milan in September

The new Gucci: not for everyone

The power couple who ran Gucci have gone, and in comes an insider charged with making the designer label even more exclusive

Gucci executive and creative director head for the door in major shake-up

Italian mega brand Gucci is parting company with is chief executive and creative director – the husband and wife team Patrizio di Marco and Frida Giannini - after poor sales.

Royal Bank of Scotland slashes operations in Japan

The state-backed bank plans to pull out of fixed-income trading in the Asian country and cut staff back to less than 50

ASOS shares slide despite UK sales boost in Black Friday frenzy

ASOS warned international business remains challenging

The brand’s more expensive Cara Delevingne bags have been selling well

Mulberry bags its return to the catwalk

As the retailer reveals dire first-half results, a Christmas campaign, fresh strategy and new creative director offer some salvation

Greene King in the mood for a party after sales sparkle

The boss of the brewer and pubs group behind the Hungry Horse chain yesterday claimed to be giving “swanky hotels” a run for their money with its Christmas parties.

Mulberry have launched a range of bags designed by the model Cara Delevingne

Mulberry says sales recovering after disastrous move into high-end luxury market

The group's shares down 70% after plans to sell expensive £2000-plus bags backfired

Alan Lewis vs David Mason: Tory party stalwart buys rights to Tommy Nutter brand

Tory vice-chairman end four-year court fight over the brand that dressed Jagger and Cher

Mulberry poaches Céline top designer Johnny Coca as creative director

Shares jumped more than 7% as investors welcomed the news

'Small Business Saturday' aim to cash in on latest shopping import Black Friday style

Small and independent retailers are hoping to persuade shoppers to back Small Business Saturday, another shopping import from the US that follows hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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