DIY Fashion, Flash sale bubble, Coach eyes Chinese men, Macy’s online surge, Remembering Tommy Nutter

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Designed by You, Made by … Who? (NY Times)
“Do-it-yourself Web sites are making it easy for fashion buffs to design and order custom outfits: all you need is an Internet connection and a credit card. But are the sites any good? Can design-your-own jeans rival designer jeans? Is the shoe of your dreams mere mouse clicks away?”

The investor’s dilemma: etail vs the brand (Material World)
“An announcement of a partnership with Vente-Privee… will be the third in a rash of investment in the latest fashion fad that began at the end of April with Ideeli’s raising $40 million of Series C funding, which was followed Tuesday by Gilt Groupe’s raising $168 million… And you know what they say: three examples of anything is a trend. Welcome to the new internet investment bubble: shopping!”

Coach eyes China men’s market (FT)
“The company [is] eager to capitalise on men’s untapped enthusiasm for its products in China… Coach said men account for 45 per cent of spending on handbags and luxury accessories in mainland China, whereas they make up only 25 per cent of spending across Asia and just 15 per cent worldwide.

Macy’s Jumps After Raising Profit Forecast (Bloomberg)
“[Macy’s] jumped the most in a year after boosting its 2011 profit forecast… sales in the first quarter exceeded its expectations as online revenue jumped 38 percent and spring fashion sold strongly. Consumers have ramped up spending as the job market has improved.”

Rock on Tommy: remembering a Savile Row legend (Telegraph)
“Almost 20 years after his death… Nutter is still talked about in the most reverential tones by fashion people and survivors of the whole 1970s scene. What’s more, that tailored look – ironically itself a revival (of 1930s and 1940s menswear) – is enjoying something of a comeback right now.”