Milan rising, Made in Britain, Gucci’s China success, Gianfranco Ferré near sale, Orla Kiely’s world

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Milan Steps Out of the Back Seat (NY Times)
“This has been a brilliant season for Italian fashion, a reminder that Milan can be a stronghold for new and exciting design… It’s hard to remember a season here in the last decade when excellent collections were the norm and not the exception.”

Made in Britain: Flying the Flag for UK Manufacturing (Telegraph)
“A few fiercely patriotic brands are putting their efforts into saving the vestiges of Made in Britain. It isn’t a seismic shift and it won’t stop the majority of companies from continuing to move manufacturing offshore… but it’s a start.”

Why Gucci Succeeds in China (Red Luxury)
Gucci has a higher profile and recognition in China than many of its competitors — primarily achieved through its heavy investment in China. The company has expanded aggressively into the second and third-tier cities.”

Gianfranco Ferré Said to Be Near a Sale (NY Times)
“Gianfranco Ferré, the Italian fashion house in bankruptcy protection, is near a deal to be sold to a group led by a U.S. private equity firm for about €18 million, including debt… [Prodos Capital Management] is the lead investor in the deal.”

The world of Orla Kiely, Designer (Telegraph)
“Orla Kiely, 46, is synonymous with graphic prints and kitsch patterns. The Orla Kiely brand produces ready-to-wear collections, homeware, furnishings, luggage and accessories, all emblazoned with her instantly recognisable graphics.”