Flash sales lose flash, Storm clouds over Chinese e-commerce, LVMH confidence, India’s luxury boom, LFW to LA

Gilt Groupe screenshot | Source: Gilt.com

Online flash sales less flashy as inventory shrinks (Reuters)
“The flash sales business has lost some of its flash, forcing online luxury clothing merchants such as Gilt Groupe, Ideeli and Rue La La to radically change their business models. These businesses burst onto the fashion scene during the recession to try to move a mountain of unsold clothes. Now there is less luxury inventory and flash sales sites are bigger. That has forced these companies to pay more or find other ways to get their products.”

Storm Clouds Loom Over China’s Red-Hot Luxury E-Commerce Market (Jing Daily)
“With China’s luxury industry expected to become the world’s largest by 2015, and the country’s online population swelling, dozens of companies have jumped on the high-end online retail bandwagon… With online shopping moving up the value chain, more competition looking to crack the market, and more individual brands expressing interest in adding e-commerce functionality in China, there’s plenty to be optimistic about. But as an extremely young and untested market, full of similarly young and untested companies, storm clouds may be looming.”

LVMH confident on 2011 as Q3 sales rise (Reuters)
“LVMH , the world’s biggest luxury group, posted forecast-beating third-quarter sales growth on Tuesday and said it was confident for the rest of 2011, showing no signs of a slowdown in the luxury industry despite the slowing economy… The company said like-for-like sales rose 15 percent to 6.01 billion euros ($8.27 billion) in the three months to Sept. 30.”

India’s Luxury Market Up 20% in 2010 (Forbes)
“It’s not just the new wealthy in China that is enjoying a life of luxury. Its neighbor India is showing that it has a taste for the good life as well. The luxury market in India is grew 20 percent to 5.8 billion in 2010 and this growth is expected to continue into the near future, according to a survey by the Confederation of India Industry andA.T. Kearney Ltd.”

London To LA (Vogue UK)
“The British Fashion Council has taken the cream of British design talent to Los Angeles for the first time, as part of its London ShowRooms series… The initiative, which regularly takes the country’s most promising designers to Paris and New York to meet with potential stockists, will allow London-based names… To meet LA’s key press and buyers at a showroom.”