Band of Outsiders’ big push, Fashion and Finance, EBay ‘Flash’ sales, Smythson’s politics, Hardy Amies bespoke

Leslie Mann wearing Boy | Source: Boy. by Band of Outsiders

Leslie Mann wearing Boy | Source: Boy. by Band of Outsiders

Can an Outsider Cash In? (WSJ)
Scott Sternberg, a former Hollywood talent agent, is pushing to turn his small, successful label into a fashion empire. Formerly with Creative Artists Agency, Mr. Sternberg quit his job seven years ago to launch the label Band of Outsiders, spawning a boom in skinny ties and riding the surge in modern prep wear.”

Top fashion brands enjoy a new vogue (FT)
“Fashion and finance have traditionally made uneasy bedfellows. While some fashion brands such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton have married vision with business acumen, all too often there is a tension between creativity and corporate finance.”

EBay Adds ‘Flash’ Fashion (WSJ)
“EBay Inc. will launch “flash sales” of high-end fashion brands Monday in its latest bid to revive its giant online marketplace. On a portion of its Web site dubbed Fashion Vault, the company will offer discounts starting at 50% off retail for a limited time, beginning with offerings from French Connection Group PLC.”

An unauthorised history of Smythson’s (Guardian)
“Not so long ago, Smythson’s was confined to Bond Street. Now it has branches in New York and Los Angeles, another two at Heathrow, stalls in several department stores and Samantha Cameron as its creative director. Their success, including Cameron’s, depends less now on printing handsome stationery for English gentlefolk and more on selling baubles to the impressionable rich.’”

Suits fit for a king (from the Queen’s dress-maker) (Independent)
“Seven years after Sir Hardy’s death at the age of 93, the fashion house that the clothes designer and war hero set up on Savile Row is to abandon its heritage as the provider of pink silk gowns to the monarch and focus on a different clientele: the gentleman in need of bespoke suits and made-to-measure dinner jackets.”