Luxury Lab | Generation Next: Understanding Tomorrow’s Affluent Consumer

Tavi Gevinson at Generation Next | Source: Luxury Lab

NEW YORK, United States — With speakers including teenage blogging sensation, Tavi Gevinson and Teen Vogue publisher Laura McEwen, last Friday’s “Generation Next Forum,” organized by New York-based thinktank LuxuryLab, examined the unique characteristics and growing influence of a young generation of consumers that’s set to impact the luxury goods industry like no other generation since the Baby Boomers: Generation Y. Wired and

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It’s Time Fashion Schools Got Down to Business

Thomas Tait’s Sketchbook | Source: Thomas Tait

  LONDON, United Kingdom — Each year, more than 4,000 design students graduate from fashion colleges across the UK.  But there are only about 500 new jobs available for them, leaving thousands of young designers to move abroad or start their own labels. The vast majority of these have absolutely no business training whatsoever. For Thomas Tait — one of the most buzzed-about new graduates from Central Saint Martins, one of the

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Learning from Puma’s Reduced Environmental Paw Print

Clever Little Bag | Source: Puma

LONDON, United Kingdom — When global sport and lifestyle company Puma decided to redesign its trademark shoe box, it turned to Yves Béhar, industrial designer and founder of fuseproject, a San Francisco-based design and branding firm behind the hundred-dollar Xo laptop and Jawbone headset After 21 months, an evaluation of 40 prototypes, and visits to distribution centres, manufacturing plants, storage facilities and retail points

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Infographic | Where the Wealthy Shop Online

US Wealthy Shoppers Online Source: Signature9

NEW YORK, United States — As we emerge from the ruins of a deep recession, where are wealthy consumers shopping most? An analysis of online traffic statistics for February 2009 to February 2010, gathered from Google Ad Planner, reveals some interesting traffic trends, although these are only based on estimates. The Numbers Macys.com attracts more visitors with an annual income of over $100,000 than the websites of upmarket

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Why Brands Should Focus on Mobile Web, Not Mobile Apps

Mobile Screenshot, RUGBY by Ralph Lauren | Source:

With smartphone adoption rates higher than ever, there has recently been a flurry of activity from fashion brands focused on developing and deploying mobile applications. Today, luxury brands like Hermès, Chanel and Gucci have mobile apps for Apple’s popular iPhone. But far less attention has been paid to developing Mobile Web sites. In this guest post, our friends at PercentMobile explain why investing in the Mobile Web can often

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How Influential are the New Fashion Youth?

Charles Ghislain in Vogue Italia Source: Vogue Italia

NEW YORK, United States — For decades, a quick route to fashion world prominence involved a designer turning a youth culture trend into a runway-ready collection. Calvin Klein made heroin chic, Jean Paul Gaultier sampled from club culture, Marc Jacobs glammed-up grunge and Hedi Slimane turned Berlin punks into fashion plates. The concept was simple, even if the design work wasn’t: find a scruffy outsider style that remained

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In India, Luxury Brands Need Localised Strategies

DLF Emporio, New Delhi | Source: DLF

MUMBAI, India — According to Forbes, India has the fastest-growing population of millionaires in the world. But for Western luxury brands operating in the country, grabbing a piece of the market has proven more difficult than anticipated and many are in the process of re-conceiving their India strategies. Part of the problem is that Western luxury brands don’t seem to understand Indian consumers. When they first entered

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032c | The Magazine that Defied the Downturn

032c Winter 2009-10 | Source 032c

As 032c prepares to mark its tenth anniversary and moves into a new office designed by Arno Brandlhuber/ b&k+, BoF sat down with the magazine’s founder, editor and creative director Joerg Koch to discuss the inner workings and future plans of his title. While there’s no formula for the unique circumstances and hard work that led to 032c’s enviable market position, Koch’s insights provide lessons that both

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HD Cameras and the Video Revolution

NEW YORK, United States — First video killed the radio star, now digital video appears poised to kill off the still photographer. Armed with HD digital video that's ever-higher in quality, photographers can now shoot moving images with the crispness and clarity of still photos. This raises an interesting dilemma for image-makers across art, fashion and advertising alike: why bother with photographs anymore? Earlier this year, a video of Megan Fox in a bathing suit circulated online, followed by a cover story in Esquire magazine featuring images that were outtakes — screen grabs, essentially — from the video. Both were credited to celebrity portrait photographer Greg Williams, whose work has always referenced scenes from movies. But for Esquire, he wasn’t…

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