French revolution, Digital affluent males, Brand Japan, Elicha brothers, Fashion’s treasure trove

French President Francois Hollande | Source: Abc

Markets to Give France a Grace Period, Analysts Say (NY Times)
“Of all the changes that have hit Europe during its long-running debt and economic crisis, a power shift in France, where François Hollande is preparing to take over as the country’s first Socialist president in 17 years, may prove to be one of the most significant.”

How to Reach the Digital Affluent Male (Luxury Society)
“Reaching the affluent male online has perhaps never been as important as it is in 2012. Menswear now accounts for 40% of global sales and grew almost twice as fast as women’s in 2011.”

Richard Collasse: Sold on brand Japan (Japan Times)
“For the last 27 years, Richard Collasse has been the head of Chanel in Japan — though this French luxury goods guru is a questing author, too.”

Savile Row meets Paris chic as brothers forge cross-Channel couture (Guardian)
“The mysterious Elicha brothers are behind one of the most hyped, and successful, fashion trends in France: The Kooples (a Franglais neologism pronounced Coo-pels with a French accent), a chain of clothes stores that is hoping to conquer Britain.”

The Met Raids Her Closet (NY Times)
“But there is a crucial difference between Ms. Schreier and other clotheshorses: She never wears her treasures, but keeps them in a warehouse near her house here in a suburb of Detroit, bringing them out only to lend to museums or to show designers… Among those who have made the pilgrimage to view her holdings are Zandra Rhodes, Isaac Mizrahi and Harold Koda.”