Clothing the world, Service with a smile, Berluti in London, Donatella Versace, What’s in a name?

Tadashi Yanai by Eric Chung | Source: WSJ Magazine

This Man Wants to Clothe the Planet (WSJ Magazine)
“Yanai is refreshingly open about his goals these days: making Uniqlo the number-one apparel retailer in the world. His target—$50 billion in yearly revenue by 2020—will require whiplash gains above Uniqlo’s current revenue of $12 billion, driving the company ahead of front-runners Inditex.”

Service with a smile, J. Crew CEO Drexler says customers should expect it all (AP)
“There’s no ivory tower surrounding J. Crew CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler. He visits every office, store and distribution center, and makes an effort to meet every new employee, although he’s always Mickey, not Mr. Drexler. He’ll notice if light bulbs are too dim, or how long the water cooler has been broken.”

LVMH launches its nonpareil range of luxury menswear in London (Telegraph)
Harrods is the shopping destination of choice for the transnational and loaded. This is why LVMH, the world’s largest and most powerful luxury conglomerate, has chosen Harrods as the venue for the first full-scale retail outpost of Berluti – its one and only dedicatedly masculine luxury fashion brand.”

Donatella Versace (WSJ Magazine)
“Fifteen years ago, Donatella Versace bid her brother farewell in the lobby of the Ritz Paris without realizing that it would be the last time she would see him. This year’s Versace haute couture show, held at the hotel—the site of so many of Gianni’s presentations—was historic on a multitude of levels, completing the passing of the torch and highlighting the titan that Donatella has become.”

How Fashion Giant Liz Claiborne Picked A New Name (Business Insider)
“With the twin engines of globalization and the Internet, however, it’s gotten that much harder to change a name—especially the name of a global corporation—and spread the word in a meaningful way.”