The Battle for Hermès (WSJ)
"'My job,' says the lean, formal 44-year-old and sixth-generation descendant of the company's founder, 'is to keep the strong creativity of Hermès alive. To nourish the rigor and the vision . . . to make these values vibrate. 'This,' he says, 'is the force of Hermès.' Those values—the dedication to rigor, vision and creativity—are what set Hermès apart from its competitors, what company executives mean when they talk about the 'culture of Hermès.'
Fashion's Better Halves (WSJ)
"Two days and a handshake later, a fashion empire was born. Today, the duo presides over two of the industry's biggest luxury labels: Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, where the designer has been artistic director since 1997. Under Jacobs' often iconoclastic stewardship, Vuitton now does $5 billion in annual sales. At last count, Marc Jacobs has 239 retail stores in 60 countries."
Hundreds sick in mass fainting at Cambodian factory (Reuters)
"Nearly 300 Cambodian workers fell sick this week at a garment factory producing goods for Swedish fashion brand Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), police said on Thursday. A total 284 workers collapsed on Tuesday and Thursday at M&V International Manufacturing Ltd, a supplier for H&M, in Kompong Chhnang."
Look Back in Envy: The ’70s Take the Runway (NY Times)
"But the 1970s resonate most insistently on fashion runways, through a proliferation of languid fall looks inspired by the greatest hits of Halston and Saint Laurent, as well as those of style-world luminaries like Sonia Rykiel, Rosita and Ottavio Missoni, Claude Montana and Karl Lagerfeld, whose fluid dresses for the house of Chloé are still being emulated."
Zac's back (Vogue UK)
"Zac Posen is taking his show back to New York. He will show his spring/summer 2012 offering on September 11 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall... The NY-born designer moved to Paris a year agoto show his eponymous collection there, but still presented his Z Spoke by Zac Posen diffusion line in his hometown."