Week in Review | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums, On Holidays, BoF’s Community Survey

Week in Review December 7-11

Op-Ed | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums (Opinion)
“Much has been written about the rise of independent fashion blogs as both influential voices and viable businesses. But much less discussed are fashion-focused discussion sites, or forums, the Internet’s original hubs for independent fashion commentary.”

Market Pulse | On Holidays (Market Pulse)
“Neither the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) nor the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) saw much activity during the month of December, finishing up 0.5 and 1 percent, respectively.”

LAST CHANCE: Complete BoF’s Community Survey and Win Great Prizes
“This week we launched a survey to take the pulse of our community in order to learn how and why you read BoF, and what we can do to make your BoF experience even better. As a thank you, our friends at Coach and Jawbone have kindly given us some amazing prizes which we will award to four randomly selected survey participants.”

Tory Burch has good reason to party after a billion-dollar brainwave (Telegraph)
Tory Burch may well just have made a $1 billion faster than any other woman in history; faster, possibly, than even that alpha male of fashion, Ralph Lauren. After a fair amount of hoo-ing and haa-ing, Burch, who owns 28.3 per cent of her label, quietly settled a dispute with her former second husband Chris Burch on New Year’s Eve, which saw him selling a smidge under half his 28.3 per cent stake in the business.”

H&M to launch new concept stores in Spring (Reuters)
“World number two fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz will launch an eagerly-awaited new chain of stores targeting women shoppers in the Spring, it said on Wednesday.”

Let’s hear it for the boys, London (Independent)
“With British menswear undergoing something of a renaissance of late – from street-smart casualwear by labels such as Oliver Spencer and YMC, which have risen through the ranks from boutique to brand, to more traditionally worked Savile Row tailoring from Hardy Amies and Spencer Hart – the industry decided to act.”

Smart designs (FT) 
“Though at this time of year it can seem as if advances in “heat-sensing/retaining/wicking” are the breaking news of the fashion world – as an exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York illustrates – fashion and technology have, in fact, been intertwined for more than two centuries.”