DVF and Mispelaere, Twitter sales, Material Wrld, Reversing Japan Inc’s decline, British reboot

Diane von Furstenberg and Yvan Mispelaere S/S 2012 | Source: All Voices

‘I am having a flashback!’ (FT)
“Diane von Furstenberg, 65, invented the wrap dress in 1974 at the age of 27; in 1983 she sold her company, later moving to France. She returned to New York in 1990 and relaunched her own brand in 1997… Yvan Mispelaere, 44, became creative director of DVF in 2010, following stints at Gucci, Chloé and Valentino.”

Twitter Most Likely To Convince Customers To Buy (Huffington Post)
“Email is still the most common way people receive digital messages from companies, but messaging through Twitter and Facebook is more likely to cause people to press the “buy” button, according to new research.”

Material Wrld Lets You Shop the Closets of the Man Repeller… (BetaBeat)
“Material Wrld is a peer-to-peer ecommerce site that Ms. Zheng calls ‘a prettier and friendlier eBay with social features.’ Like eBay, the company offers a chance to turn the back of your closet into ca$$h money, only in this case its more front-of-closet and fancy.”

Insight: Dynamic CEOs defy Japan Inc’s decline (Reuters)
“Twelve years later, Maezawa, 36, is the billionaire CEO of online fashion retailer Start Today, one of a clutch of growing firms led by a different breed of executives determined to avoid the errors of the global Japanese brands whose faltering fortunes are making Japan Inc synonymous with decline.”

The British Are Coming! (WSJ)
“After more than two decades of precious style guides, pop-cultural fads and runway designer trends mandating what to wear, fashion-savvy men have been costuming to the demands of the zeitgeist rather than choosing what fits them personally—good taste or not.”