Fast Retailing profit soars, NYC fashion incubator, Hardy for Hermès, Retail rebound, CreateThe’s James Gardner

Uniqlo's +J Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Uniqlo

Uniqlo's +J Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Uniqlo

Uniqlo parent raises forecast on brisk H1 results (Reuters)
Fast Retailing reported 43 percent growth in first-half operating profit on Thursday, helped by strong sales at its Uniqlo budget fashion chain, and raised the full-year outlook.”

Garment District Hothouse (NY Times)
“The most intriguing results may lie in how they relate to the neighborhood, which has been declining as a center of fashion manufacturing… the current debate between landlords and designers about saving the district relates to the perceived importance of being close to their suppliers.”

Hermès takes strategic decision to develop high end jewelry (CPP Luxury)
“French luxury goods firm Hermès has announced that it will be launching a collection of fine jewelry with accessories designer Pierre Hardy. The [collection] was inspired by the shape of a horse’s hoof to keep with the fashion house’s equestrian roots.”

Luxury, Web sales drive retail boost (Reuters)
“Luxury retailers and e-commerce sites logged the best retail sales growth during March, pointing to growing momentum within the retail sector, according to a report.”

Createthe Group’s James Gardner Makes Labels Look Pretty Online (Fashionista)
“Createthe Group designs and engineers Web sites, e-commerce platforms, mobile applications and mobile commerce platforms for pretty much every big fashion and luxury brand around.”