Versace returns to profit, Shoptiques’ pull, Quincy conquers sizing, Manolo in Bath, H&M luxury?

Versace Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: de Luxe

Versace upbeat after return to profits (FT)
“Gianni Versace, the Italian fashion house known for its high-wattage glamour, has returned to profit after a three-year hiatus, underlining a turnround at the brand after it almost collapsed during the financial crisis. Net profit at the fashion house led by Donatella Versace, sister of murdered designer Gianni, rose to €8.5m last year, up from a loss of €22m in 2010.”

Shoptiques pulls boutiques into the e-commerce world (Venture Beat)
“Boutiques are the last type of store you’d expect to get technical, but Shoptiques co-founder Olga Vidisheva is confident she can bring the tiny shops to your digital doorstep.”

How To Sell Custom Clothing Cheaply (Business Insider)
“The key difference between Quincy and any other brand is its sizing concept. The company measures a woman’s size by her bust, waist and height ratios. The result is custom clothing for a fraction of the price.”

Bath time with Blahnik (Telegraph)
“That lasciviously scarlet sole-flasher Christian Louboutin is a high-profile parvenu, and Jimmy Choo (long-divorced from Choo himself) has grown into an impressive beast of a global brand. Yet no other women’s shoe designer affects women quite so powerfully as Manolo Blahnik.”

H&M to launch a luxury brand? (Telegraph)
“Swedish high street giants Hennes and Mauritz, who own H&M, COS, Monki and Cheap Monday, are rumoured to be branching into a luxury line.”