John Lewis appoints Simon Coble as Trading Director

  • Simon Coble appointed as John Lewis Trading Director
  • Ed Connolly to take up the newly created role of Director, Partnership Strategy

LONDON, 2017-Dec-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Coble to the role of Trading Director. Simon will take up the position on 15 January 2018 and will join the John Lewis Management Board (JLMB), reporting to Managing Director Paula Nickolds.

Simon joins from The Body Shop, where he was Managing Director UK, extending his responsibilities to Europe and North America since the end of 2016. He is currently Zone Managing Director for Europe and part of The Body Shop Board. Prior to this he was Chief Executive at Uniqlo for five years and spent 13 years with Arcadia working across a number of brands.

Simon will take on the leadership of the Trading team, including responsibility for our Buying and Merchandising teams, where he will be focused on delivering exceptional products and services.

Paula Nickolds, Managing Director, John Lewis said: ‘I am really delighted that Simon will be joining us. It is an important appointment for us as we continue to reinvent John Lewis and put the customer at the heart of everything we do from the design of our truly unique own brand ranges to the experiences we offer our customers that they cannot get anywhere else. We look forward to welcoming him to the team.’

Simon said: ‘It’s a privilege to be joining this unique organisation at such a pivotal time and I am excited at the opportunities that lie ahead.  John Lewis is such a special brand and I am looking forward to being part of the team that helps shape its future commercial success in the competitive conditions currently facing modern retailing.’

Ed Connolly, who has been leading the Trading function, on an interim basis while a recruitment process took place, will take up a newly created role of Director, Partnership Strategy reporting to Patrick Lewis, Group Finance Director. In this new role, Ed will be responsible for shaping and developing the long term direction and sustainability of the Partnership, working directly with the Executive Team.

Prior to this, Ed was Buying Director, Fashion for three years where he led the transformation of John Lewis own brand ranges including launching modern rarity and AND/OR.

Paula Nickolds said: ‘I would like to thank Ed for his outstanding contribution during his time leading the Trading team, especially in the run up to our peak trading period and I wish him all the best in his new role.’

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK (35 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.  John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquries
For more information please contact:

Gillian Taylor, Head of Communications
Mobile: 07919 057931
Telephone: 0207 5925635
Email: gillian.e.taylor@johnlewis.co.uk

Katie Robson, Senior External Communications Manager, John Lewis
Mobile: 07764 675608
Telephone: 0207 5926296
Email: katie.robson@johnlewis.co.uk

SOURCE: John Lewis

The John Lewis Partnership announces the appointment of Paula Nickolds as Managing Director

London, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The John Lewis Partnership announces today ( 25 October 2016) that Paula Nickolds will be appointed Managing Director, John Lewis.

Paula joined the Partnership in 1994 as a graduate trainee in John Lewis Oxford Street. She held a number of senior roles before joining the John Lewis management board as Buying & Brand Director in 2013. Most recently as Commercial Director, she has been responsible for innovation in John Lewis’s product assortment and the look and feel of its shops.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: ‘At a time of transformation in the retail sector, Paula’s progressive and dynamic leadership is just what’s needed for the next phase of modern retailing.’

Paula Nickolds said: ‘As a Partner with 22 years service, I know just how special the John Lewis Partnership is. Driven by our unique business model, and with innovation in our DNA, I am immensely excited to lead John Lewis on the next stage of our journey.’

Paula will take up the position from January 2017. Dino Rocos will be the lead director responsible for John Lewis operations between 28 October and Paula’s start date, focusing on the delivery of seamless customer service during the critical peak trading period.

Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership – operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK, johnlewis.com, 350 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £11bn. It is the UK’s largest example of an employee-owned business where all 88,900 staff are Partners in the business.

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kithchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2016’, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2016,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2016’ and ‘Best Click & Collect Retailer 2016’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2016

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Contact:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571

John Lewis Partnership

Katie Robson
Senior Communications Manager, John Lewis Partnership
Email: katie.robson@johnlewis.co.uk
Mobile: 07764 675608

Sian Grieve
Senior Communications Manager, John Lewis
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk
Mobile: 07525 271812

Source: John Lewis Partnership

John Lewis announces the arrival of a new fashion and lifestyle concept for womenswear ‘FOUND at John Lewis’

LONDON, 2015-8-4— /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced the arrival of ‘FOUND at John Lewis’, a new fashion and lifestyle concept set in a boutique shopping environment that will introduce new and niche contemporary brands to womenswear. FOUND at John Lewis will bring together a curated edit of existing and new brands across womenswear, accessories, beauty, homeware and technology which will provide a fresh and clear interpretation of the latest trends and lifestyle directions. It will be a concise and authoritative John Lewis point of view for fashion and the unique concept will encourage customers to embrace their sense of discovery.

FOUND at John Lewis will be unveiled for the first time in the new John Lewis Birmingham department store when it opens on the 24 September and on www.johnlewis.com the same day. The concept will then roll out as part of the transformation of the Liverpool fashion floor, which is due to be unveiled in November this year.

Paula Nickolds, brand and buying director at John Lewis said: ‘FOUND at John Lewis marks a fundamental shift in the way we sell fashion at John Lewis. The concept signals a  real change of pace for John Lewis fashion. It will feel fresh and visually authoritative, bringing together a new selection of brands with existing collections in a concise way within a beautiful setting. It will showcase our take on trends in a way that we hope will be desirable and inspirational for our customers coupled with the service and quality they have come to expect from us.

‘FOUND at John Lewis will bring together fashion, home and technology products in a way we haven’t done before. Through our customer insight we know our customers want an edited selection of product and they like all parts of their life to reflect their style, extending beyond their clothes to the candles in their homes and the headphones they wear. FOUND at John Lewis will create this for our customers seamlessly, creating an effortless boutique shopping experience that is both engaging and unique in terms of product and environment. We hope customers will explore FOUND at John Lewis with a sense and feeling of discovery.’

The design of the FOUND at John Lewis environment will have a clean, contemporary feel, with a neutral palette that allows the product to truly speak for itself. Dedicated specialist Partners (employees), chosen for their style expertise, will be on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice.

Twenty seven new brands will be introduced as part of FOUND at John Lewis, including BZR by Bruuns Bazaar, Des Petits Hauts and Samsøe & Samsøe. These will sit alongside accessories from brands such as Nike, Asics Onitsuka Tiger and Jessie Harris jewellery. Iconic, designer gifts for the home from Tom Dixon, Normann Copenhagen, Poole Pottery as well as stationery from The School of Life will all be curated alongside innovative technology brands such as MightyPurse, the latest headphones from Frends, speakers from Braven and phone cases from Skinny Dip London and Sonix.

FOUND at John Lewis will also house niche beauty brands such as Grown Alchemist, Atelier, Maison Margiela and Dr Bronner in an apothecary-style environment alongside ore playful, new brands like Cheeky Nails.

Denim Wardrobe by Trilogy will be a central feature in FOUND at John Lewis following on from its successful launch earlier this year in Peter Jones and online where denim labels, J Brand, AG, Paige as well as the brands, American Vintage, Pyrus and Helene Berman were introduced.

John Lewis Birmingham

In Birmingham, FOUND at John Lewis will be over 4,000 sq ft. It will open with a pop up brand installation from Shore Project watches which will showcase their new season designs and  launch their new knitwear brand Old Harry. This permanent area will evolve every six weeks and will be used as a space for experiences, installations and brand pop ups. The next brand on the schedule is House of Hackney who will be showcasing their eclectic blend fashion and homewares together with their collaboration with William Morris.

Found at John Lewis Birmingham will also house the fashionable Joe and the Juice cafe, providing a space for customers to take time out and relax within the surrounds of FOUND.

John Lewis Liverpool
John Lewis Liverpool will also see FOUND at John Lewis introduced as part of a £4.5million refurbishment for the fashion and beauty departments later this year. Once the refurbishment is complete, fashion and beauty will span across the whole first floor, totalling 45,000 sq. ft. Both departments will house the very latest John Lewis concepts for fashion and beauty under one roof.

The updated beauty store design will introduce new and exciting brands to John Lewis Liverpool such as Urban Decay and most notably, it will see the arrival of Charlotte Tilbury for both John Lewis and the city of Liverpool. Express treatment services will also be introduced by the likes of Clarins with their Beauty BAR and Benefit with their Brow Bar. The refurbishment will include a refresh for shoes, premium handbags and accessories and will see the introduction of Coach and Longchamp. On completion, John Lewis Liverpool will be the destination for the latest fashion and beauty in the city.

Notes to editors

FOUND at John Lewis will include the following brands. (Those in italics are brand new to John Lewis).
Clothing: Barbour International, Penfield, Rains, Waven, Levi’s, Maison Scotch, BZR by Bruuns Bazaar, Supertrash,Samsøe & Samsøe, Urban Code, Hygge by Mint Velvet, Parka London, Minimum, Numph, Des Petits Hauts
Denim Wardrobe by Trilogy: Hartford, Cooper & Ella, 360 Sweater, Velvet by Graham Spencer, Joie, Pyrus, Helene Berman, Rosemunde, Vilagallo, Rails, 7 for All Mankind, Paige, DL 1961, J Brand, AG, America Vintage and James Jeans
Accessories: Fay et Fille, Jane Tran, Dogeared, Hunter bags, Eclectica Vintage, Jessie Harris, Fjallraven Kanken, Skinny Dip
Shoes: Nike, Asics Onitsuka Tiger, Converse, Moonboot, Superga
Beauty: Maison Margiela, Grown Alchemist, This Works, Cheeky Nails, Atelier, Dr Bronner
Homeware: Normann Copenhagen, Melt Chocolate, Artisan du Chocolat, True Being, Punktun Notebooks, Paddywax,Urban Olfactory, Poole Pottery, Botticario de Havanna, Amelia Robe Chocolate, School of Life, Tom Dixon
Technology: Mightypurse, Braven, Frends, Sonix phone cases

John Lewis Birmingham
John Lewis Birmingham is the business’ first full line department store to open in four years and will be one of the biggest John Lewis shops outside of London. The 250,000 sq ft department store will be the anchor tenant of the new Grand Central retail development, which sits above the redeveloped New Street Station.

Opening its doors on Thursday 24 September, the shop represents a £35m investment by the business in the city and will be John Lewis’s most innovative shop to date. It will showcase the best of the department store’s offer, allowing customers to shop from more than 350,000 products from the retailer’s full range, including those leading the latest fashion, furniture, homewares, beauty and technology trends.

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’, ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology.

Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Siân Grieve
Senior Communications Manager, Corporate and Brand
Email: sian.grieve@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 592 6887

Emma Moran
Communications Manager, Fashion & Beauty
Email: emma.moran@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 592 6058

John Lewis to launch brand new in store beauty spa concept called &Beauty

John Lewis has today announced plans to launch a brand new in store beauty spa concept called &Beauty.

LONDON, 2015-7-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Revealed for the first time at the retailer’s new multi-million pound Birmingham shop when it opens on Thursday 24 September, the new John Lewis branded venture will provide salon services combined with spa treatments.

In a first for the retailer, customers will be able to choose from more than 100 treatments with trained stylists and therapists across hair, beauty and spa ranges. This includes everything from express treatments such as manicures, blow dries, pedicures and waxing through to more indulgent offers like facials, massage and hair colour.

Furthermore, a number of unique treatments have been designed for John Lewis and customers will also be able to relax before and after treatments in the dedicated Relaxation Area.

The new concept is the latest step in the retailer’s ambition to expand the services and experiences within its shops. The announcement follows the success of smaller Beauty Retreats in four John Lewis shops which host a collection of beauty brands, each with their own treatment room.

Paula Nickolds, Buying and Brand Director, John Lewis said: ‘We know that today shoppers want more than just products when they walk through our shop doors; they also want a space where they can enjoy new experiences and relax with friends and family. We always strive to offer our customers an exciting and inspiring shopping experience and today’s announcement builds on this ambition.

‘Our existing beauty and spa offers have been really successful and we wanted to find a way to take these to the next level. We are confident our customers will agree that this is achieved through &Beauty and believe that it will appeal to customers wanting to pop in for a manicure right through to those who want to spend a whole afternoon treating themselves. Birmingham will be our most innovative shop to date and we’re looking forward to revealing our new spa concept when it opens in September.’

Customers will be able to book appointments in store, online and over the phone from mid-September.

Hair treatments start at £35 and facials at £30 and include:

  • Hair: cut and finish, colour and highlights
  • Beauty: waxing, threading, manicures, pedicures and microdermabrasion
  • Spa: massages, body treatments, facials and packages.

Products used in treatments and also available to buy will include Wella SP, Kerastase, Nioxin, Crystal Clear, Pinks Boutique, Pai, Ishga, and Lira.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

Regis UK – &Beauty is a John Lewis owned concept. It is operated by Regis UK Ltd.

Regis UK Ltd, headquartered in Coventry, is a division of Regis Corporation, the beauty industry’s global leader in hair and beauty salons, hair restoration centres and cosmetology education

Regis UK Ltd operates 398 corporate owned salons in the United Kingdom, under globally recognised brand names including: Regis, Supercuts, Express Hair & Beauty by Regis, Express Beauty by Regis, Beauty Bar by Regis and Sassoon

Throughout the UK, Regis salons offers a wide range of hair care services including hair cuts, styling and colouring techniques; and also offers a wide selection of nationally recognized professional hair care products.

Beauty salons offer popular beauty treatments including: manicures, pedicures, hair removal, facials and massage.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis
Laura Askew
Communications Manager Online & Flagships
Email: laura.askew@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7798 3396

Regis UK Ltd
Zara Free/Daniel Gabriel
Telephone: 0121 456 3004

John Lewis launches The Bruce by Bruce Oldfield capsule 60 piece ready-to-wear collection

LONDON, 2015-7-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, John Lewis announced the launch of a new collaboration with Bruce Oldfield, OBE. The Bruce by Bruce Oldfield capsule 60 piece ready-to-wear collection has been created exclusively for John Lewis by the leading British designer. This is his first ever collection for the UK high street and it will launch in nine shops and on johnlewis.com on 4 September. Fashion sales are currently +7.7% year on year at the retailer, with womenswear +12.3%.

The collection echoes Bruce’s signature couture handwriting with high-end attention to detail and design whilst being accessible for John Lewis customers. Prices range from £59 – £299.

The silhouette of the collection is typically elongated and nipped in at the waist whilst the more tailored pieces are relaxed and perfectly in tune with the updated 80’s workwear trend for the season. The monochromatic palette is flattering and is offset against warm blush tones with hints of metallic shimmer, perfect for the party dressing season. Fabrics are premium and feature delicate embroidery, smooth velvets and opulent silks.

Stand out pieces from the collection include the swan dress which has a structured silk bodice and appliqué metallic print detailing along with the striped monochromatic silk and velvet skirt that plays on dimension and proportion. The ‘Little Bruce Dress’, a black silk panelled piece is also part of the collection and would be an iconic staple for any wardrobe. For every ‘Little Bruce Dress’ sold, £20 will be donated to Barnardo’s, a charity close to Bruce’s heart of which he is Vice President. This reaffirms John Lewis’s ongoing commitment to the Barnardo’s charity having partnered with them in 2014 as part of John Lewis’s 150 year celebration.

Bruce Oldfield OBE said ‘I have spent the past 40 years building my own couture line and I am thrilled to announce my first high street collaboration with John Lewis. I wanted to create a collection for their customer that embodied my design ethos and attention to detail whilst also being accessible to a wider audience.

‘Bruce by Bruce Oldfield draws on my classic silhouettes with key pieces for any modern woman’s wardrobe; classic outerwear, juxtaposed tailoring and sumptuous eveningwear. The collection plays on a monochromatic palette, full of structure and texture and that is softened with a touch of cashmere.

‘I am so pleased to be working with John Lewis, a trusted British retailer that I have always respected and admired.’

Jo Bennett, head of womenswear buying at John Lewis said: ‘It has been a pleasure to work with Bruce and to create Bruce by Bruce Oldfield. It is such an exciting opportunity to build and create an entirely new brand that will sit alongside our other collections. We have worked incredibly hard together to bring the very best, quality and design to meet the needs and high expectations of our customers.’

Paula Nickolds, buying and brand director at John Lewis added, ‘This collection marks a new chapter in fashion for John Lewis; we are delighted to bring Bruce’s signature couture design aesthetic to our customers. The collection is the perfect balance between couture design and quality combined with ready to wear accessibility. We are also pleased we are able to support Barnardo’s as part of this collection.’

The Bruce by Bruce Oldfield collection is exclusive to John Lewis and will be available at John Lewis Oxford Street, Peter Jones, Birmingham, Kingston, High Wycombe, Brent Cross, Bluewater, Cheadle, Cribbs Causeway, Glasgow and on johnlewis.com. The collection is available in sizes 8-18.

Notes to Editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 44 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 11 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Best Clothing Retailer 2015’ , ‘Best Electricals Retailer 2015’ and ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2015’¹, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2015

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Alicia O’Brien
Senior Communications Officer, Fashion and Beauty
Email: alicia.o’brien@johnlewis.co.uk
Telephone: 0207 798 3539