Selfridges to no longer stock Dolce and Gabbana after “giant fall out”

London department store Selfridges is to end selling Dolce & Gabbana product after allegedly having a “giant falling out” with the luxury brand over a proposed change to the lines’ in-store positions.  From spring 2011, Selfridges will not offer Dolce and Gabbana or the D&G line.

Sources are unclear whether Dolce & Gabbana had dropped Selfridges or vice versa. Neither party would disclose details of the alleged disagreement but it was Selfridges who released the statement.

Selfridges – which was recently named by retailers as the world’s best department store -said it had wanted to refresh its brand mix and found itself “unable” to continue offering the lines. “We constantly seek to improve the diversity and presentation of our brand portfolio and address the demands of our ever-evolving fashion and accessories departments,” the retail chain said in a statement.

“To this end we have found that we are unable to accommodate Dolce & Gabbana and D&G in our mix going forward.”

Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan headquarters is closed until next week and no one from its UK office was able to comment.

Agent Provocateur launches new line

Dressed in just the new line of Agent Provocateur underwear, a host of models descended on London’s Oxford Street today to launch the new Agent Provocateur bra. Clad in thigh-high boots, zip-up pants, braces and bra, topped off with aviator sunglasses and caps, the army of lingerie models marched on Selfridge’s department store.

Described as the AP Super Army the collection of models were to promote Agent Provocateur’s New World Order campaign and Nikita range of underwear, including the £75 push-up bra. The promotion coincides with the release of the underwear label’s new advertising posters which feature 13 different super hero style characters dressed in the company’s trademark raunchy styles.

It may take more than a suspender belt and basque to conquer the world but Agent Provocateur seems to be bucking the recession after it announced an annual 8% boost in sales back in March.

Selfridges Christmas sales soar

Don’t worry, you haven’t just lost 3 months of your life, it is still September, but Selfridges had this great idea to start releasing Christmas items in the middle of summer, August 8th; to be precise.

Selfridges has revealed to Drapers soaring sales in its Christmas and toy departments in the run up to the festive period.

The department store group said sales in its Panto themed Christmas shop, which opened on August 8th, have jumped 52% year-on-year, with the average transaction value rising 33%. Sales in its Toy Shop leapt 45% on its first day of trading – Monday – compared with last year.

In its Christmas shop, Selfridge’s Union Jack bauble sold out within the first week, selling more than 2,000.

Selfridges Christmas Shop Head Buyer Geraldine James said: “Our Christmas shop has become a tourist attraction in itself with tourists buying our Union Jack bauble as a souvenir of their time in London and local customers cheering themselves up with our Panto themed Christmas decorations. With Christmas arriving earlier each year, I can see a time when we’ll offer a capsule Christmas collection throughout the year.”