Robinson out at Gap, Promoting from within, Australian fashion, Zegna profit triples, Great sneaker revival

Patrick Robinson | Source: Grazia

Gap sacks Patrick Robinson as chief designer (Guardian)
“A source close to Robinson said that his departure was not a shock, but will be a blow as he is a popular figure within the company. “Patrick has been in an almost impossible position, in a company trying to please so many people.”

Promoting from within- A new trend for luxury fashion houses? (Jessica Michault)
“After years of designer merry go round behavior- where luxury fashion houses seemed to give artistic directions three seasons (and sometimes less) to re-launch a brand, create a buzz and bring in the bucks – it looks like the ride is over.”

Fashion industry urged to smarten up (The Australian)
“Fashion industry experts warn that designers need to lift their game if they want to remain in business for next year’s Australian Fashion Week.”

Zegna Net Profit Triples On Chinese Sales Surge (NASDAQ)
“Italian menswear maker Ermenegildo Zegna Group, said Thursday its full-year 2010 net profit more than tripled compared with a year earlier, returning to pre-crisis levels, as sales in China -its largest market -surged… net profit for 2010 reached EUR60 million against EUR17.3 million in 2009.”

The Great Sneaker Revival (WSJ)
“But the point of the revival, which has been bubbling under for the last two years, is not really the “wearing” of trainers, which most of us do all the time; it’s the wearing of trainers with intent, which is an entirely different matter.”