DVF in China, Penney’s pressure cooker, Hilfiger eyes India, Textile solutions, Matthew Stone

Diane von Furstenberg | Source: MaoSuit

Diane von Furstenberg on ‘the China Century’ (WSJ)
“Virtually every luxury marketer has China in its sights, and while Ms. von Furstenberg is no different, she says she is taking a more personalized approach to the country’s rising middle class. They appear to be responding: She now has more followers on Weibo than on its American equivalent, Twitter.”

J.C. Penney’s pressure cooker (MarketWatch)
“The chief executive of J.C. Penney Co. breezed into the job in November with an enviable pedigree: He cut his teeth at Target Corp. and is credited with Apple Inc.’s blockbuster retail concept. Now, he’s showing some strain.”

Tommy Hilfiger on expansion spree in India (Economic Times)
“American apparel-maker Tommy Hilfiger plans to add 500 stores in India over the next five years to capitalize on the brand’s surging popularity, the company has told the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the nodal agency that clears such foreign investments. ”

Textiles industry: How to be the solution, not the problem (FT)
“Ever since activists started accusing the textile industry of running sweatshops in developing countries, leading brands have been working to eradicate child labour, poor conditions and excessive overtime in supplier factories. But since monitoring and training have had limited effect, some are looking deeper into their supply chains.”

An Intellectual Fashion | Matthew Stone (AnOther)
“Matthew Stone’s multifaceted work addresses culture as a whole. First and foremost an artist, he notoriously attracted more than 4000 viewers for his WOWOW performance at Tate Britain, in 2008. Since then, his work has been featured in numerous venues, most recently, the 2012 Marrakech Biennial, and in magazines including Dazed & Confused and Vogue Japan.”