Ethical high fashion, Michael Kors’ gain, Social media issues, Website watch, McQueen immortalised

Masai beaders by Chloé Mukai | Source: IHT

Bags Made by Hand, in East Africa (IHT)
“At the heart of the African fashion collectives is Simone Cipriani, an Italian from his country’s leather industry who has made it a mission for the United Nations to develop an Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Center in Geneva. (The I.T.C. is a joint body of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.)”

Luxury Designer Struts Its Stuff With Nearly One Hundred Percent Gain (Forbes)
“Shares of Michael Kors Holdings are hovering close to their 52-week high of $54.92 after strong fiscal 2013 first quarter results, which included a whopping 70.0% earnings surprise.”

Social Media’s Issue: Does It Drive Sales? (WWD)
“At this point, observers say, few brands, if any, are seeing significant sales result from their postings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other sites. Social media hasn’t been about driving transactions; it has been about building brand awareness and a “community” that will be devoted to a brand and, thus, buy it.”

Here’s looking at your website… (FT)
“Burberry is well-known within the luxury industry for its digital savviness. As well as maintaining a presence on the usual roster of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest, it operates a standalone site that allows customers to upload pictures of themselves wearing the company’s staple trenchcoat.”

Immortalising McQueen (Telegraph)
“The French photographer Anne Deniau first met the late Alexander McQueen at the end of 1996. At the time she was working for the fashion house Givenchy, where Lee Alexander McQueen had just been appointed creative director.”