Cultural landmarks, Gender balance, Burberry’s global success, US focus on Europe, eBay’s liability for counterfeits

Hussein Chalayan photographed by Chris Moore | Source: Vogue Paris

Chalayan and McQueen exhibitions: cultural landmarks of the year (Telegraph)
“It is the intellectual and imaginative stature of these two former peers – the fact that they drove fashion to reflect difficult realities and push the boundaries of technology – which make their shows a different kettle of fish from the usual lifeless way clothes appear in museums.”

LVMH Pledges Gender Balance In Europe (Forbes)
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton voluntarily committed to increase women’s representation at the highest corporate level by signing the Women on the Board Pledge for Europe, which aims to increase women’s board membership to 30% by 2015 and 40% by 2020.”

Global Demand Buoys Burberry (WSJ)
“Luxury retailer Burberry PLC reported a 34% rise in first-quarter sales, boosted by new store openings and continued global demand for its iconic trenchcoats and designer handbags… Luxury groups enjoy renewed demand and the company’s growth strategy continues to deliver strong profits.”

U.S. Retailers Shop for Space in Europe (WSJ)
“The weak U.S. economy and worries about jobs have consumers spending less and are causing some of the biggest U.S. retailers to look abroad for growth… American retailers are finding it easier to experiment and try new strategies in new markets than to revamp worn models at home.”

eBay liable for counterfeits sold on its site (Telegraph)
“eBay has tried to claim exemption from liability for counterfeit goods sold on its site, but the European Court of Justice… Ruled that brand owners will be able to initiate legal proceedings if the likes of eBay and other online marketplaces allow counterfeit goods to be sold.”