Waiting for the dress, I.T.’s Asian dominance, Chinese luxury heights, Puma raises target, Social opportunities

Kate Middleton | Source: BritishRoyalWedding.com

Waiting for the Dress (NY Times)
“Many believe that Ms. Middleton’s dress, like the bouffant gown Princess Diana wore in 1981, will be a game changer, inspiring replicas or adaptations at every level of the marketplace, some within weeks or even days of its debut.”

I.T Is About Brand Management (WSJ)
Sham Kar Wai started selling clothes in 1988 because he couldn’t find the British punk fashion that he liked in his native Hong Kong… Fast forward 23 years: Mr. Sham has turned the single store into I.T Ltd., a clothing conglomerate with sales last year of 3 billion Hong Kong dollars.”

China’s taste for high-end fashion and luxury brands reaches new heights (Guardian)
Angelica Cheung, the Chanel-frocked editor of Vogue China, has a problem her counterparts would sell their designer wardrobes for: too much advertising to fit in the glossy.”

Puma raises target after U.S. drives record Q1 sales (Reuters)
“Puma said it aims to reach the 3 billion euro ($4.36 billion) sales mark this year, earlier than expected, as it reported record first quarter sales driven by growth in the United States.”

Curtis Hougland At Attention: A Social Media Thought Leader (JustLuxe)
“Curtis Hougland is founder and CEO of Attention… [he] has guided DVF, David Yurman, Neiman Marcus, Herman Miller, Hilton Worldwide, Estee Lauder Companies, and many others to greater brand recognition on the social media frontier.”