An Injection of New Energy in Paris

A/W 2013 looks from Balenciaga, Sonia Rykiel and Emanuel Ungaro | Source: Nowfashion

How much deference does a newly installed designer need to pay to the heritage of a house? Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, shares her reflections on a Paris Fashion Week that saw a number of new designer debuts at venerable French houses.

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 15: Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction

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Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 14, we examined the challenges of going corporate. Today, we delve into customer loyalty. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — I’m writing this instalment of Finding Your M.O. from our largest market outside the US: the Middle

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The Spotlight | Golden Lane

LONDON, United Kingdom — Six years after founding men’s accessories business Chris & Tibor — known for its practical but chic leather bags named after iconic London neighbourhoods and sold in over 20 countries — design duo Chris Liu and Tibor Matyas have turned their attention to the women’s market with a new accessories brand called Golden Lane. “That’s where the profits lie,” admitted Matyas, explaining the move. In some

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 14: Going Corporate

[caption id="attachment_40346" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Source: zoonar.de"][/caption] Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 13, we took a close look at how a founder and CEO should allocate time. Today, we examine the challenges of going corporate. NEW YORK, United States — 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. But as your company grows and takes on more and more employees, it suddenly starts to become an adult. And the…

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Op-Ed | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums

Today, in our latest Op-Ed, Eugene Rabkin, founder of stylezeitgeist.com, examines the unique dynamics of influential, but largely unsung, fashion forums. NEW YORK, United States — Much has been written about the rise of independent fashion blogs as both influential voices and viable businesses. But much less discussed are fashion-focused discussion sites, or forums, the Internet’s original hubs for independent fashion commentary.

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Amongst Promises of a Perfect Fit, What Fits and What Doesn’t?

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SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Online sales of apparel and accessories are growing faster than any other e-commerce product segment in the US, driven primarily by improvements in online merchandising and return policies, according to a report released by eMarketer last April. But despite these advancements, the difficulty of finding the right size and fit without trying on prospective purchases in a physical store remains a major

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As the Print Trend Peaks, Designers Evolve

LONDON, United Kingdom — In recent seasons, a cyclone of dizzying digital prints has blown across the fashion landscape, quickening the pulse of fashion editors and making cash registers ring. Perhaps nowhere did the whirlwind seem stronger than outside the shows, where ‘it-girls’ in graphic, printed pieces by young designers like Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders and Peter Pilotto made coquettish plays for the attention of street

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 13: Planning Your Time

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Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 12, we examined when to shift strategies. Today, we look at how a founder and CEO should allocate their time. NEW YORK, United States — In 2000, I graduated from business school and joined McKinsey & Company as a

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 12: Re-inventing Yourself

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Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 11, we examined how to motivate and retain talent. Today, we explore when to shift strategies. NEW YORK, United States — Moda Operandi (M’O) is less than two years old. But we recently announced a major shift in

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Op-Ed | Toxic Chemicals in Clothing Make All of Us Fashion Victims

Greenpeace Detox Campaign Image | Photo: Lance Lee

Today, to coincide with the release of a major investigative report by Greenpeace International, Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up, guest contributor Tommy Crawford, strategic communications manager at Greenpeace, highlights the dangers of the toxic chemicals contained in the clothing we wear and urges action. BEIJING, China — Nobody wants to be a fashion victim. Desperately chasing the ever-elusive ‘cool,’ fashion victims

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