The Daily Digest

  1. Sign of the Times

    “Straightforward, commercial clothes used to be the antithesis of high fashion. Now, they are the benchmark.” …More

  2. America’s Changing Mall Culture [Audio]

    “Standard big box shopping centers are in decline. But other types of malls have sprung up in their place. …More

  3. Luxottica Shares Fall on Reports of Chief Executive Departure

    “Shares in Luxottica fell sharply in Milan on newspaper reports that its highly regarded chief executive, …More

  4. Shoppers or Smugglers? China Cracks Down On ‘Daigou’ Boom

    “Many young Chinese studying in places like New York, London, Paris and Tokyo have started ad hoc businesses, …More

  5. The Myth of the “Maxxinista”

    “Despite common belief, outlet clothing never enters a ‘regular’ store and is most likely …More

Cult Menswear Brand John Elliott + Co Grows on Its Own Terms

Snap Overshirt, Hooded Villain, and Escobar Sweatpants | Source: John Elliott + Co

John Elliot and Aaron Lavee have managed to grow an initial investment of $30,000 into a fledgling business that’s set to generate revenues in the “seven-figure-range,” propelled by its standout basics and healthy online fanbase.

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Gritty Paris Slows Flow of Chinese Tourists

Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Elysees, Paris | Source: Shutterstock

First-time visitors from China arrive in Paris expecting to see a quaint, affluent and friendly European city with smartly dressed men and women smelling of Chanel No. 5. Instead, they discover the French capital’s grittier side.

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Op-Ed | Alibaba’s Catch-22

A Gucci wallet of unverified origin listed on Taobao | Source: Taobao

Stuck in a ‘catch-22’ in its relationship with luxury brands, Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba should take a page from Google, maximising revenue in the short term, while buying critical time to build enduring relationships with Western brands, argue Brian Buchwald and Joshua Neckes.

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