All aboard Vuitton express, Baselworld, Digital embrace, Future of retailing, Wang worries

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Elle Canada

All Aboard the LV Express (IHT)
“The clock struck 10 a.m. Wednesday and in a puff of smoke a Louis Vuitton steam train, smartly painted, chugged onto the platform. Out stepped women with hats held high, their A-line camel coats layered over skirts and pants fit for travel.”

Groups struggle to meet demand (FT)
“If 2011 was the year of euphoria for the watch and jewellery industry, gathered this month for its annual beanfeast in Basel, 2012 looks set to be characterised by continued, but more restrained, celebration. Sales and profits are almost certain to climb further for top watch and jewellery houses.”

Digital media: Industry slow to embrace the internet (FT)
“The world has largely turned to digital media for consumer information, sharing thoughts about products and brands and, most importantly, to make purchases. Most industries are harnessing the internet, social media and mobile tools to build their brand image and increase sales.”

Is JC Penney’s Makeover the Future of Retailing? (HBS Working Knowledge)
“Ron Johnson’s latest undertaking has the makings of a perfect business school case study. As the new CEO of J.C. Penney he’s charged with transforming an aging department store chain with lagging market share.”

Alexander Wang in ‘sweatshop’ claim dispute (Telegraph)
Alexander Wang’s designs are fêted by fashion editors and top models alike, but the label is under the spotlight today for a much less glamorous reason… A former employee of Wang’s factory in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Wenyu Lu, has brought forward a $450 million lawsuit.”