Richemont’s earnings leap, Zegna’s future rests in Asia, Tod’s profit up, Dior’s fashion film play, JF&Son world view

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Richemont’s Earnings Rise 88 percent (Reuters)
Cartier watchmaker Richemont said strong demand for pricey timepieces in Asia and the Americas boosted first-half profit, which beat expectations, adding the brisk pace of growth continued in October.”

Ermenegildo Zegna: Fashionably Alive (The Economist)
“Zegna has not been left unscathed by globalisation, an economic downturn and the capriciousness of fashion: sales fell by 8.4% to €797m ($1.1 billion) last year and net profits slumped to €17.3m from €62m in 2008.”

Tod’s sees excellent 2011 results, shares up (Reuters)
“The world’s fourth-biggest shoemaker by market value, which includes the Fay, Hogan, and Roger Vivier brands, reported… double-digit percentage growth in all markets where it is present, led by a 20.5 percent rise in Europe.”

Dior sponsors W magazine’s online Fashion on Film experience (Luxury Daily)
Christian Dior has partnered with Conde Nast’s W for a sponsorship of the magazine’s online, interactive Fashion on Film festival [spanning] a number of different tactics such as traditional banner displays, video spots [and] a young filmmaker competition.”

Homegrown, With a World View (NY Times)
“Jesse Finkelstein and Katie King are not immune to the problems of young business owners — they are entrepreneurs as much as they are designers — but they have found a way around at least some of them.”