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JACKSON CHANGES GEARS: London designer Betty Jackson will shutter her stand-alone store on London’s Brompton Road and, after 60 runway seasons, will not show during London Fashion Week in September. A spokeswoman for Jackson said the designer, 62, has decided to take a yearlong break, or what students in Britain would call a “gap” year. “Her reasons are varied, but quite simply she wants to rethink things and reassess her options, take some time to travel, and also to give some more time to her many [arts and charity] commitments,” the spokeswoman said. She added that the company was not closing down and that deliveries and customer service would be fulfilled for the fall 2011 season.

The Brompton Road shop will shut in the spring, and all future collections will be distributed online and through wholesale channels. Jackson will continue to work with the British department store Debenhams on the Betty Jackson Black collections, which include women’s wear, accessories, bath and body and home ware.

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