Trapani’s choices, Entrepreneuring women, Lilly Pulitzer’s true colours, UK Property tax hit, Toronto’s troubles

Francesco Trapani photographed by Marco Di Lauro | Source: NY Times

Francesco Trapani | Source: NY Times

Strategic changes at Bulgari – Francesco Trapani (Europa Star)
“In a watchmaking landscape that is seeing a shuffling of cards (economic crisis, the announcement by Nicolas Hayek that the Swatch Group is stopping distribution of component parts), what is Bulgari’s strategy?”

Two women, two businesses, one £450m British success story (Independent)
“One began by selling a few posh frocks in cyberspace. The other flogged retro crocks from a second-floor shop in west London… Natalie Massenet and Cath Kidston were yesterday united by cashing in… on their status as the originators of two of Britain’s most successful recession-busting brands.”

Lilly Pulitzer: Fashion With a Colorful Narrative (NY Times)
“Wes Anderson movies and J. D. Salinger novels both portray hyper-colorized worlds of civilized affluence. The characters are all a little too wonderful, attractive and brilliant to be believed… Let us take this feverish color palette and apply it to casual resort-wear.”

Property tax threatens UK retailers (Fashion United)
“A series of new property tax increases threatens to harm retailers’ ability to support the millions of jobs they provide. From the 1st of April several property tax hikes, such as business rates revaluation, come into effect.”

Toronto Fashion Week: A Fragmented Fall (Huffington Post)
“This season Toronto Fashion Week kicked off late, trailing behind a smattering of shows thrown independently by designers who didn’t need (nor want) the Fashion Design Council of Canada’s runway.”