The Week in Review | Fashion’s new frontier, Hiut’s artisanal denim, CSM’s Drew Henry

The Week in Review May 28 - June 1, 2012

Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail? (Global Briefing)
“With large international fashion retailers like Mango, Zara, Levi’s and Gap already active in Africa, and ASOS offering free deliveries to the continent, perhaps it’s time to ask the question: could Africa be fashion’s next frontier?”

Hiut Denim Unites Artisans with Technology (Intelligence)
“In 2011, with the goal of bringing jeans-manufacturing back to the town, Hieatt, a former copywriter at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, founded the Hiut Denim Company, selling men’s denim proudly manufactured in the first jeans factory that the UK has seen in a decade.”

Best in Class at Central Saint Martins: Drew Henry (Emerging Designers)
“One of the top new names to watch is South African born Drew Henry, whose graphic minimalist collection had CSM insiders and students buzzing even before today’s big show.”

Hermès Family Back in Saddle (WSJ)
“The founding family of French luxury-goods maker Hermès International Tuesday named a member of its sixth generation to become chief executive next year, cementing its grip as the threat lingers from larger rival LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.”

Internet channel: Digital use may have boosted sales by surprising amounts (FT)
“The luxury goods industry has a reputation for being timid about using the internet. However, a seminal report…finds that widespread use of the internet by browsing consumers, for example for research and price comparison, means that about 15 per cent – or €25bn – of total sales in the luxury goods industry are ‘directly generated’ by digital media.”

Sidney Toledano: Designers still give companies the cutting edge (FT)
“How important is a creative director? Sidney Toledano, president and chief executive of Christian Dior Couture, says: ‘The role of artistic director for a lifestyle brand – one that implies all the aspects of life such as vacation, sports, and so on – is different from the role of artistic director in a luxury brand.’”