Barneys’ makeover, Impulse buying, L’Wren Scott fragrance, Silent audience, John Smedley

Co-op at Barneys New York | Source: 2x4

What’s a Store For? (NY Times)
“But Perry, no doubt out of devotion to his wife, Lisa, a fashion designer who made the suit in the same double knit she uses for her mod dresses, decided to wear it that night. And it was an evening of some importance, for the Perrys were off to a party at Barneys — their first since Richard bought the renowned specialty store.”

China Luxury Buyers Getting More Impulsive (WSJ)
“China’s upscale shoppers are increasingly impulsive, according to a new report from consulting firm McKinsey & Co, which surveyed 1,000 Chinese luxury consumers in 14 cities during July and August this year.”

L’Wren Scott: Fashion, Mick Jagger and Now a Fragrance (NY Times)
“Before she was a fashion designer whose clothes can be found in the closets of Nicole Kidman and Michelle Obama, and before she was famous for a decade-plus romance with Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott was one of the most successful stylists working in Los Angeles.”

Kevin Arpino Plays to a Silent Audience (NY Times)
“Though few outside the industry know Mr. Arpino’s name, his work is seen at all retail levels, from high-end stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Hermès, Lanvin, Chanel and Ralph Lauren, to mass brands like Zara, Juicy Couture and H & M.”

Mencyclopaedia: John Smedley (Telegraph)
“Today around 380 employees work at the same Matlock site where the company was founded in 1784 by John Smedley and his business partner Peter Nightingale (a forbear of Florence). Ever since, for the full span of the flow and ebb of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, Smedley has spun fine-gauge knitted goods.”