Week in Review | Fashion Tomes of the Times, Planning Your Time, PPR buys Qeelin stake

Week in Review December 10-14

Finding Your M.O. | Part 13: Planning Your Time (Education)
“In 2000, I graduated from business school and joined McKinsey & Company as a generalist consultant. My very first project was an organisational design project for a multinational corporation and I was tasked with conducting an analysis of how the company’s CEO was allocating his time.”

Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times (Opinion)
“The making of fashion books for the Christmas market has become a serious business for the publishing industry, no doubt targeting shoppers increasingly desperate to find presents for kids, wives and husbands (not to mention boyfriends and girlfriends) that will interest them, have “cool factor” and not cost too much money. But all too often, the books on offer are potboilers with no real interest in them and no authority about them.”

PPR Aims to Buy More Chinese Brands After Adding Qeelin (BusinessWeek)
“PPR bought a majority stake in Chinese jeweler Qeelin for an undisclosed price and said it is looking to make more acquisitions in the Asian nation to bolster growth in its largest market for high-end goods.”

The Fixer in the House of Narciso (WSJ)
“For women’s fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, it has meant hiring left-brain fashion-industry veteran Robert J. Wichser in May. The label tapped him to be chief executive and resident ‘suit’ at the 15-year-old label. Mr. Wichser’s mission is to help the Narciso Rodriguez label regain the business mojo that has eluded it in recent years.”

Topshop’s Sir Philip Green: How he became king of the High Street (BBC News)
“The moment Sir Philip Green finally ‘arrived’ was in the year 2000, when he bought the dowdy British Home Stores chain for £200m and rebranded it BHS. According to Stuart Lansley, his restless mind had spotted a beguiling new way to make money from the High Street…”

Chanel’s Scottish Touch Warms Up the Scottish Highlands (IHT)
“The Chanel show that Karl Lagerfeld put on last week at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, was spectacular in every sense of the word. The burning braziers, sending quivering light over old stone, and the dinner held in a tented space, arising like magic on the hillside, were outshone only by an exceptional collection.”