Fred Hayman: The man behind Rodeo Drive (LA Times)
"He's been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it's not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos... Hayman was an architect of luxury in Los Angeles, bringing high fashion, a social shopping atmosphere and white glove service to what was still a sleepy main street when he went into retail in 1967."
Prada IPO five times subscribed (Reuters)
"Italian fashion house Prada, which is seeking to raise up to $2.6 billion through a Hong Kong IPO, has generated five times demand for its offer... The Milan fashion house, known for its leather handbags, brightly-coloured shoes and long boots, launched the retail portion of the IPO on Sunday."
Tory Burch Awarded $164 Million in Anti-Counterfeiting Suit (Thread NY)
"The company has been ceded control of the fake-product domain names, and given power to disable future websites set up by the offenders... The victory marks a significant step towards combatting the problem of trademark infringement in the fashion industry."
Philip Treacy on Ascot (WSJ)
"Treacy has been the last word in hat making since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990, thanks to initial 'sponsors' like the late, great Isabella Blow, Madonna and, more latterly, Lady Gaga. But since the Royal Wedding he says he has been unable to keep up with demand both here and in the U.S."
Feting an Ending, and a New Start (IHT)
"Why has 'Saint Martins' become a by-word for excellence? It is one of many colleges showing in London last week. All have in common the concept of nurturing creativity and individuality to push fashion forward and to allow the students to make work that is a mirror image of an ever-changing world."