Della Valle bets on Safilo, UK retail gains, Upsetting the fashion cycle, Karen Walker expands, John Rocha in profile

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Diego Della Valle | Source: Business Week

Safilo “good investment” – Italy’s Della Valle (International Business Times)
“The Della Valle family’s stake in Italian debt-laden eyewear maker Safilo is a “good investment” and the company could do “great things” with a local rival, Diego Della Valle said in a Saturday newspaper interview.”

Retail like-for-likes rise 2.8 percent in September (Drapers)
“Clothing and footwear sales grew in September, led by a strong performance from kidswear and back-to-school ranges.”

Paris Fashion Week Goes Online (Business Week)
“The industry will either have to change the traditional runway show schedule, moving shows closer to the launch date for new collections, or prepare limited-edition collections that will be available at the time of the show. They could even offer customers the opportunity to click and buy—instantly—selected items in their shows.”

The Department Store opens in New Zealand (Stuff)
Karen Walker admits we’re in a recession. But given sales across all areas of the fashion designer’s business were up 35 percent last year, she uses another, more Darwinian term to describe the current economic climate: “It’s also an edit,” she says.”

The house of Rocha (Independent)
“In the heart of Dublin, a gentle, inspirational, passionate man is the centre of a mysterious and extraordinary creative hub that is in turn the centre of a €200m-a-year Irish business.”