Made Better in Japan (WSJ)
"Louis Vuitton sales are plummeting, and magnums of Dom Pérignon are no longer being uncorked at a furious pace. That doesn't mean the Japanese have turned away from the world. They've just started approaching it on their own terms, venturing abroad and returning home with increasingly more international tastes and much higher standards, realizing that the apex of bread making may not be Wonder Bread–style loaves, but pain à l'ancienne."
Luxury brands long to bond with China’s elite (FT)
"Chinese shoppers have become a fixture of the luxury retail scene in the US and Europe, drawn by prices that can be up to 50 per cent lower than tax-elevated levels at home. But many upscale brands have yet to bond with the truly wealthy – China’s million millionaires."
A fashion revolution? (FT)
"By far the most exciting thing I saw last week during the couture in Paris wasn’t couture at all, but a website that launches today: www.honestby.com. The brainchild of Belgian designer Bruno Pieters, late of Hugo Boss, it is the most subversive etail initiative I have seen."
CFDA Controversy (Vogue)
"The CFDA has caused controversy after deciding to relocate its offices from New York's beloved Garment District to Bleecker Street - a move designers have described as a snub to the area - a location that the organisation has always tried to protect and promote through initiatives such as Fashion Incubator and the Made In Midtown study."
Custom shirts, cut from a different cloth (LA Times)
"Custom-made men's dress shirts were once considered the privileged peacockery of the moneyed set... Thanks to advances in technology, a competitive market and consumer demand, custom clothing has moved within the barrel-cuffed arm's reach of the common man."