Copping’s time, EBay on the high-end, Investcorp buys into Orka, Birkin appeal, Home shopping

Peter Copping | Source: The Red List

Peter Copping: L’Homme du Temps (WSJ)
“Peter Copping studied fashion at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art before going to work for Iceberg, Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton. Copping’s stint at Louis Vuitton under artistic director Marc Jacobs lasted 12 years—until, in 2009, he was appointed creative director of Nina Ricci.”

EBay Follows Target, Aims for High-End Retail (CNBC)
“Following in Target’s footsteps, eBay announced plans on Tuesday to partner with a handful of designers during the upcoming holiday season as both retailers jockey for a slice of slumping U.S. retail demand.”

Investcorp buys 30 pct in Turkish retailer Orka Group (Reuters)
“Investcorp, a Bahrain-based investment firm, said on Tuesday its private equity fund bought a 30 percent stake in Turkish menswear retailer, Orka Group, tapping into growth opportunities in the fast-growing country.”

Has The Hermès Birkin Bag Lost Its Appeal? (Forbes)
“Masako Kumakura, a global communications practitioner who recently moved to China, believes that the Birkin has become a bit démodé especially among the stylish set. ‘Too many people who are not all that fashionable have it. And they carry it everywhere. In Asia, I have seen women carry their big Birkins to dinner parties. So not chic,’ she said.”

Selling Fashion With Couch Appeal (NY Times)
“Diane Gilman, a star of home shopping, has just come from a blowout at John Barrett, upstairs. Within minutes of plopping down her Chanel handbag, Ms. Gilman, dressed in a dark blazer, frilled silk blouse and denim leggings with high heels, was reeling off numbers: ‘We’ll do $175 million at retail this year … a customer base of 500,000 women.’”