McQueen’s royal challenge, Telling and selling, Barneys’ online expansion, Luxottica’s bright spot, Nicola Bulgari talks

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The Business Impact of the Royal Wedding (WWD)
“Dressing Catherine Middleton for the royal wedding has catapulted the house of Alexander McQueen from niche designer business into household name, giving management the delicate task of balancing its exclusive reputation with the wider commercial potential now within its grasp.”

Websites blur line between telling and selling (FT)
“A new wave of US e-commerce companies with increasingly editorial leanings is blurring the line between content and commerce, and causing publishers to reassess their own relationships with commercialism.”

Barneys New York tests foreign waters with ecommerce expansion (Luxury Daily)
“Department store Barneys New York is boosting its ecommerce line of attack by offering online shopping and shipping to approximately 90 countries… Although this will undoubtedly move product and rocket sales for the brand, there are still some major facets to consider when expanding worldwide.”

Luxottica sees bright 2011 after strong Q1 (Reuters)
Luxottica the world’s largest premium eyewear group, is looking to a positive 2011 after a strong start to the year in North America and key emerging markets, echoing optimism among luxury peers.”

20 Odd Questions: Nicola Bulgari (WSJ)
“Despite the changes ahead for the 127-year-old firm, Mr. Bulgari insists the brand’s DNA will remain the same. ‘Our family is not going anywhere… There is a uniqueness and continuity of design that guides everything we do—from jewelry and watches to fragrance and apparel.'”