Rousteing in at Balmain, Savile Row’s royal role, Cutting costs sustainably, Coach profit soars, Q&A: Sozzani

Olivier Rousteing | Source: Balmain

Olivier Rousteing Named New Designer at Balmain (T Magazine)
“The new era at Paris’s sex-charged fashion house Balmain is beginning to take shape, with Olivier Rousteing being tapped as the label’s new designer. Rousteing, who joined Balmain in 2009 and is currently in charge of women’s wear.”

Savile Row tailors on dressing the royal groom (Telegraph)
“Last week, David Cameron briefly stole the limelight from Kate with his fashion indecision… At least it got everyone talking about men’s fashion, for once. Retail analysts estimated that the wedding will generate £620 million for the British economy: surely Savile Row should be getting a slice of that (wedding) cake?”

Fashion Companies Go Green, Cut Costs (Thread NY)
“It may be socially responsible for fashion companies to be eco-conscious, but many are finding that thinking in terms of sustainability also produces major cost savings.  Finding ways to cut costs internally has also become increasingly important for fashion companies as the cost of commodities like cotton rises and labor costs increase.”

Coach profit rises 18 percent, boosted by U.S., China (Market Watch)
“To spur growth for the company, Frankfort… also is expanding in stand-alone men’s shops and in the U.K. and other European markets. The company also plans to introduce mobile commerce in North America next week and continues its roll out in China, its fastest growing market.”

Q&A: Franca Sozzani (WWD)
“Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani doesn’t shy away from controversy. Some might argue she courts it. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind, and her blog on has helped the site jump to more than one million unique users a month.”