As he slammed the UK’s decision to end tax-free shopping for tourists in its current form, the boss of footwear and accessories retailer Kurt Geiger has suggested that the firm could be forced to axe 600 jobs.
A number of premium and upscale retailers have reported strong trading on the first day of their stores reopening after the English lockdown eased on Monday with those who turned up to shop being very willing to spend.
Kurt Geiger is set to donate all store profits from the first month of opening to NHS Charities Together, the association of over 250 charitable organisations that support the UK’s National Health Service.
Fashion shops can open next month, but a senior minister has suggested that changing rooms could be off limits. And footwear chain Kurt Geiger has already said it will quarantine shoes that have been tried on.
The company has donated 1,000 pairs of shoes from its Easy range to Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospitals in London. It said the shoes are easy to pull on and wipe clean and come with enhanced flexibility and cushioning.
Princess Anne, who has been president of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) for more than 35 years, has written to those who work within the UK fashion and textile industry to share a message of support.