In-store tech, Italy’s bad boys, Wholesale drop at Burberry, Mandarin benefits, The Russian pack

Victoria's Secret Bond Street store video wall | Source: AV Interactive

Luxury retailers leading the way with in-store technology (Guardian)
“London’s famous shopping streets have become a hub for retailers that are transforming the way they engage with consumers, and these stores are some of the most cutting-edge in the world.”

Amid Tax Scandal, Italy’s Bad Boys Of Fashion Dolce And Gabbana Become Billionaires (Forbes)
“As Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana ready their latest collections for this spring’s slew of international catwalk shows, their lawyers will be working behind the scenes to ensure two of Italy’s most successful designers won’t be spending the next few Fashion Weeks behind bars.”

Burberry warns of wholesale revenue drop (FT)
“The credit crunch in southern Europe has prompted Burberry to warn that wholesale revenues will decline, even as Chinese shoppers helped boost overall sales.”

Could Learning Mandarin Be the New Key to Succeeding in the Fashion Industry? (Fashionista)
“In December Chinese shoppers officially surpassed American shoppers as the number one consumers of luxury goods. Now, luxury companies are doing everything in their power to adapt to this growing market–and one of the ways they’re doing it is by encouraging, or in some cases, requiring, that their retail associates learn Mandarin.”

Russian Revelation: Vika Gazinskaya (Telegraph)
“Gazinskaya is part of a new breed of Muscovites feted for their expensive yet impeccable taste. Where Russia’s wealthy elite once heralded the end of Soviet rule by pouring themselves into Swarovski-embellished, fur-lined micro dresses, the four women known by fashion bloggers and photographers as ‘the Russian pack’ are a study in elegance.”