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In 2009 it bought rugby brands Canterbury and Kooga and men's fashion label The Duffer of St George.
As part of her prize, Camilla won pounds 1,000 and a work placement with trendy fashion label Religion.
A STUDENT has won a fashion apprenticeship with a famous Italian fashion label.
The former Spice Girl was following in the footsteps of her footballer husband, who famously stripped down to his underwear for the same fashion label in 2007.
Having worked for fashion label John Richmond and at Milan Fashion Weeks as well as for TopShop and Firetrap, he is now teaching the next generation of designers at the University of Glamorgan's Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries.
Posh recently extended her DVB fashion label with bags, shoes and shades.
Despite their differences, they unite to start a fashion label. The girls have more than their fair share of drama and fights, The book includes sketches and DIY tips for the extremely enthusiastic reader.
HOLLYWOOD siren Penelope Cruz has gone back to her roots - to model for Spanish fashion label Mango.
Alan Faena, who turned to property development after making a fortune from his fashion label, intends the Foster project to be a 'gift to Buenos Aires', to mark the 200th anniversary of Argentina's independence from Spain in 2010, and to recreate the friendly links between Argentina and the UK which were interrupted by the Falklands war.
Major appliance makers that have invested considerable time and money in developing a brand may fear that using a celebrity name or fashion label may dilute the brand, said Chris Kaeser, Ariston's executive vice president of sales and marketing.
Continually underscoring "culture's demand for marketable identity in [an artist's] person, products, style, and career" in order to evade it, as one writer noted in these pages [Artforum, September 2004], the group has flirted with the terms of cultural commodification through enterprises ranging from party-planning and a fashion label during the '90s to publishing a magazine and producing films more recently, including the 2002 pseudodocumentary Get Rid of Yourself, made with the German Black Bloc contingent during the 2001 Genoa G8 summit demonstrations (with a cameo by Chloe Sevigny).
3i currently holds a stake in global fashion label, Gant, and previously had holdings in Ben Sherman.