Week in Review | PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment, Going Corporate, 10 Fashion Moments in Milan

Week in Review January 14-18

What to Make of PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment (Analysis)
“But fast forward a few more years and today, both Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen have grown into medium-sized businesses with over €100 million in annual revenue each by pursuing business models that fit, respectively, with their unique brand DNAs.”

Finding Your M.O. | Part 14: Going Corporate (Education)
“As in life, the time comes when every company needs to grow up. It’s an amazing but challenging process. Young start-ups are like babies: unrestricted by rules, processes or systems and constantly learning, adapting and growing.”

10 Fashion Moments in Milan for Menswear A/W 2013 (Photo Diary)
“Sonny Vandevelde was backstage in Milan again this season to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the Milan menswear collections for Autumn/Winter 2013. Accessories were strong, with bold shoes and standout leathergoods from Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada.”

Bulgari Brothers, Jewelers To The Stars, Are Billionaires Thanks To Tiny LVMH Stake (Forbes)
“In 2011, however, French luxury empire Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) acquired Bulgari in an all-share deal, handing over 3.6% of the conglomerate to the family. Last year, as LVMH’s stock rose, the Bulgaris and nephew Trapani sold a tiny sliver of their stake, reportedly to take care of taxes and other expenses.”

In Italy, a British Outpost (NY Times)
“In other words, Burberry, Dsquared, Cavalli and Gucci are not names you will often read in the same sentence. Yet a pronounced Englishness ran through the collections from each of those houses, making Milan feel temporarily like an extension of the Tuscan region called Chiantishire.”

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.”

Lunch with Christopher Bailey (FT)
“Bailey is so famous for his un-diva-ness that it risks overshadowing his fame as the designer responsible for the anointment of Burberry as Britain’s greatest global brand. Since Bailey’s arrival in 2001 as creative director, Burberry has almost doubled its revenues, from £1bn to £1.85bn, and now has 462 stores around the world.”