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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Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
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The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
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The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
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Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
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Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
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On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific