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Aquascutum fights to turn things around

The fashion brand Aquascutum is working with a debt advisory firm to raise capital to drive its turnaround, following its acquisition by the owner of Jaeger last September.

Rhiannon Harries: 'I've discovered a guilt-free way to sidestep the high street 'chuggers''

If you've ever been accosted by a professional "street fundraiser", you may agree that giving to charity is not always an edifying experience. After 20 minutes of being guilt-tripped into signing up to a direct debit for an animal charity ("Think about how much good we could do with the money you spend on take-away coffees... like that one in your hand. Argh) my disposition towards our furry friends, and indeed humanity itself, had turned a little Cruella de Vil. They got their monthly fiver, which is perhaps the important point, but even now I feel pretty Grinch-like about the business of charity. A certain amount of guilt is a powerful and permissible tactic; go too far and you risk losing any repeat business.

The independent firms poised to lead Britain out of recession

Small- and medium-sized businesses are proving resilient to the recession, with research carried out for ‘The Independent’ showing they are particularly confident, says Roger Trapp

Aquascutum returns home after Jaeger deal

Harold Tillman vows to expand Aquascutum into new markets globally

Aquascutum returns to British ownership

Fashion brand Aquascutum is to return to British ownership after entrepreneur Harold Tillman today announced a deal to buy the business.

Aquascutum, the latest Chinese take-away?

The future of the luxury British clothing brand Aquascutum is in doubt as reports suggest that its Japanese owner, Renown, is ready to sell up to a Chinese group, YGM, based in Hong Kong.

Richard Coleman: Actor who made his name in '... And Mother Makes Three'

In the 1970s, the actor Richard Coleman was one of the best-known faces on television, starring with Wendy Craig in two archetypal sitcoms of domestic mayhem.

Ready to Wear: The Lanvin/Acne tuxedo looks great in America’s most ubiquitous weave

The late Yves Saint Laurent famously said that he wished he had invented denim. As that has been the staple fabric of the modern wardrobe, both for men and women, from the 1970s to this day, it is easy to see why. This also goes some way towards explaining the collaboration between the Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz and the Swedish purveyor of probably the finest denim in the world just now, Acne. The results, due in store and online later this month, are as covetable as might be expected.

Margareta Pagano: Male egos, move over, women are retail's best hope

Female chiefs show they're in touch with shoppers

Margareta Pagano: His holiday's cancelled. But Zapatero has more important things to do

Spanish PM hopes tax breaks and housing loans will prevent recession

London Fashion Week: Your cut-out-and-keep guide

It's London Fashion Week, and, for those who aren't privileged enough to witness the proceedings first hand, there follows a cut-out-and-keep guide to any media hype, reasons to be cheerful – or, indeed, miserable – and, of course, top tips (sartorial) that may be of interest. And all from the safety of your own home.

My Way: Ian Ward Garlant gives his tips for success in the workplace

'I knocked on the door and asked for a job'

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It is difficult to imagine the post-Hogmanay hangover month of January without Celtic Connections, Glasgow's festival of traditional/ roots music. Launched 14 years ago, the festival has silenced doubting Scottish soothsayers by becoming one of the biggest events of its kind in Europe, with more than 1,000 artists and 300 events in 12 city venues.

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