Pushing femininity, Hudson’s Bay IPO, Frank & Oak, Friedman’s POV, Augustin Teboul

Clare Waight Keller by Valerio Mezzanotti | Source: NY Times

Who Are You Calling Girly? (NY Times)
“In the year since Ms. Waight Keller, formerly the designer of Pringle of Scotland, became the creative director at Chloé, many visitors have noted the remarkable calmness that radiates from her studio. That, and the fact that roughly 80 percent of the hundreds of employees at the company are women, which is a point of pride at a house that has projected an aura of femininity for 60 years.”

Hudson’s Bay to Sell Shares Ahead of Target, Nordstrom (Business Week)
“Hudson’s Bay Co., Canada’s oldest company, will return to the Toronto Stock Exchange after more than six years as mass-retailer Target Corp. and upscale department store Nordstrom Inc. arrive from the U.S. to challenge both the high and low-end of its market share.”

Hate to shop? Fashion site for guys takes off (Globe and Mail)
“‘I’m the perfect target client,’ he says. ‘I always like clothing and being fashionable and looking good, but I just never had the time to go and search for the right things.’Mr. Song now has proof that he’s not alone. Men like him have propelled the Montreal-based online clothing brand he co-founded, Frank & Oak, to overnight success.”

Vanessa Friedman Wore One Bag All Fashion Month (The Cut)
“After years spent working as fashion features director for InStyle U.K.and as the European editor of Elle, before decamping to newspaper-land. Of her role at the FT, the 44-year-old adds, ‘it was just an opportunity to speak to the most educated and most international audience in the world, which is the biggest luxury for a journalist.’”

Augustin Teboul win the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize 2012 (Telegraph)
“The overall winner, however, had the judges’ unanimous vote. Augustin Teboul (not the catchiest of names, admittedly) showed a collection inspired by the ‘exquisite cadavers’ of Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs Du Mal that had something of the McQueen about it.”