Anya’s story, Tourist spending boost, Paul Smith’s megastore, McQ runway to reality, The ‘It’ bag

Anya Hindmarch Bond Street store | Source: Remodelista

Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph)
“Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.”

International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)
“In Knightsbridge, Chinese shoppers are busy snapping up Prada skirts and Gucci dresses, while on Bond Street, luxury watches are the order of the day. Over on Jermyn Street, Americans are splashing the cash on shoes and shirts – and it’s a similar story across the UK, as non-EU tourist spending grows 34% last year.”

Fashion Label Paul Smith Plans Shanghai Megastore in China Entry (BusinessWeek)
Paul Smith Ltd., the British fashion label worn by celebrities David Beckham, George Clooney and Jude Law, is planning a flagship store in Shanghai to enter mainland China as the clothing market surges.”

How to shop ahead of the curve (Independent)
“From Wednesday, McQ, the second line from Alexander McQueen, will offer its autumn 2012 collection on the site for exclusive pre-ordering for a week only. Pieces will then arrive in as soon as two months after the order has been placed, right at the very beginning of the new-season drops.”

The first ‘it’ bag (FT)
“Since Silvia Venturini Fendi designed the first Baguette bag in 1997 there have been around 1,000 versions. Here the brand’s creative director in charge of accessories tells Carola Long how it created a fashion frenzy.”