Cole to go private, Brooks Bros. India, Wang rebuttal, Ascendant Altuzarra, Didier Grumbach

Kenneth Cole Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign | Source: Kenneth Cole

Kenneth Cole to take company private (FT)
“Fashion designer Kenneth Cole is taking the publicly traded company that bears his name private in a deal that values it at $279m… Mr Cole drew on a number of sources to finance the deal, according to people familiar with the company.”

Brooks Brothers eyes Indian market (FT)
“Brooks Brothers has formed a joint venture with Reliance Brands Limited, a part of Reliance Industries Group, to launch the American luxury clothing brand in India starting in August.”

Alexander Wang Files Official Denial of Sweatshop Allegations (Fashionista)
“It’s been a while since we heard about the Alexander Wang sweatshop allegations, but they haven’t gone away. This week Alexander Wang Inc. officially filed a denial in court.”

i-N Conversation: Altuzarra (i-D)
“New York-based, Chinese-American-French-Basque designer Joseph Altuzarra has grown his namesake collection over the past few seasons into a giant global company. His business guidance and corporate instincts are as razor sharp as his designs and he’s on a winning streak.”

An Intellectual Fashion | Didier Grumbach (AnOther)
Didier Grumbach is one of the most discreet, yet powerful and prestigious figures in the world of fashion… and the elected chairman of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode, and of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.”