Timberland to be taken over by VF Corporation in $2bn deal (Independent)
"VF Corporation... said outdoor clothing was among the fastest-growing apparel categories... 'The Timberland brand is synonymous with high quality outdoor footwear and apparel... the company had been number one on its acquisition hit list for years."
Clothes: Too much, too cheap (Independent)
"Blame the so-called democratisation of fashion if you will... consumers can 'get the Marc Jacobs look' only hours after the designer's biannual New York show has taken place, and this despite the fact that the prototype... won't go on sale until almost half a year later."
Lululemon: Momentum Continues (Financial Post)
"Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s strong showing in the first quarter came despite unfavourable weather in Canada and the United States, lean inventories and a transition in its e-commerce business."
Fash File: Umit Benan, Pitti Uomo, Rodarte (IHT)
"When Umit Benan won the Who Is On Next' Pitti Imagine award in Florence two years ago... [the] designer was struggling to make an impact... But now this creative force is being nurtured at Trussardi, where Umit will be named this week both men’s and women’s designer."
Alexandre Plokhov's Poetic Elegance (Dazed Digital)
"Back in the early part of the new millennium when Hedi Slimane was making his indelible mark on menswear with his work at Dior Homme, a New York based Russian émigré called Alexandre Plokhov was creating a quiet revolution of his own with his cult label, Cloak... After a spell designing for Versace Homme, Plokhov is back with his own eponymous label."