Preserving Calvin Klein, Macy’s upbeat, Cucinelli rises, Fashion incubator, Ford’s satisfaction

Francisco Costa by Romer Pedron | Source: FIT

Francisco Costa (Interview)
“For the last nine years, or 18 seasons, as women’s creative director at Calvin Klein Collection, 47-year-old Francisco Costa has simultaneously managed to preserve one of the most iconic brands in fashion—one that has proven to the world that Americans can be spare, chic, and sexy right alongside their European counterparts.”

Macy’s maintains outlook, disappointing Street (Reuters)
“Macy’s Inc kept its full-year profit forecast despite reporting better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday, disappointing Wall Street and putting pressure on the retailer’s shares.”

Cashmere maker Cucinelli posts higher Q1 profit (Reuters)
“Freshly-listed Italian cashmere maker Brunello Cucinelli said on Wednesday core earnings rose nearly 28 percent in the first quarter to 13 million euros supported by a 17 percent increase in revenues.”

Pairing Fashion Sense With Business Sense (WSJ)
“The exercise was part of an unusual collaboration between New York University’s Stern School of Business and the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s two-year-old Fashion Incubator program, which gives emerging designer labels mentoring from established fashion executives and designers, networking opportunities and office space in New York’s garment district.”

Tom Ford on Family, Fashion and Film (WWD)
“‘In general, I am the most comfortable and happy that I have ever been in my entire life. I feel very satisfied. It doesn’t mean I want to die tomorrow or anything, but I feel very much myself,’ he said. Here, a recap of some of the many opinions he shared with Mallis during a 100-minute conversation in front of a sell-out crowd.”