Bulgari’s billionaires, Web fashion foray, Top of the world, Fashion over art, Inside Brioni

[caption id="attachment_40456" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Nicola and Paolo Bulgari | Source: Forbes/Getty Images"][/caption] Bulgari Brothers, Jewelers To The Stars, Are Billionaires Thanks To Tiny LVMH Stake (Forbes) "In 2011, however, French luxury empire Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) acquired Bulgari in an all-share deal, handing over 3.6% of the conglomerate to the family. Last year, as LVMH’s stock rose, the Bulgaris and nephew Trapani sold a tiny sliver of their stake, reportedly to take care of taxes and other expenses." Amid U.K. Retailer Woes, a Web Fashion Foray (BusinessWeek) "As more British retailers succumb to competition from the Internet, a venture capital firm is underscoring the shift with its first investment in a fashion seller to develop its online business." On Top of the…

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Italy’s British outpost, Beautiful youth, Changes at Lucky, Luxury’s big secret, Model lawsuit

Dsquared Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: NOWFASHION

In Italy, a British Outpost (NY Times) “In other words, Burberry, Dsquared, Cavalli and Gucci are not names you will often read in the same sentence. Yet a pronounced Englishness ran through the collections from each of those houses, making Milan feel temporarily like an extension of the Tuscan region called Chiantishire.” Youth Is Beautiful (IHT) “The passing of the flame from a much older 70-something generation

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In-store tech, Italy’s bad boys, Wholesale drop at Burberry, Mandarin benefits, The Russian pack

[caption id="attachment_40392" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Victoria's Secret Bond Street store video wall | Source: AV Interactive"][/caption] Luxury retailers leading the way with in-store technology (Guardian) "London's famous shopping streets have become a hub for retailers that are transforming the way they engage with consumers, and these stores are some of the most cutting-edge in the world." Amid Tax Scandal, Italy's Bad Boys Of Fashion Dolce And Gabbana Become Billionaires (Forbes) "As Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana ready their latest collections for this spring’s slew of international catwalk shows, their lawyers will be working behind the scenes to ensure two of Italy’s most successful designers won’t be spending the next few Fashion Weeks behind bars." Burberry warns of wholesale revenue drop (FT) "The credit…

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PPR invests in Christopher Kane, NAP sales up, Alpha male, Wearable technology, Role reversal

Christopher Kane A/W 2013 | Photo: Morgan O'Donovan

PPR buys 51 per cent stake in Christopher Kane (Telegraph) “Following on from rumours which surfaced in November , the luxury conglomerate PPR has today confirmed that it has bought a 51 per cent stake in the business of London Fashion Week label Christopher Kane.” Net-A-Porter sees sales increase by 55 per cent (Telegraph) “Net-A-Porter, the online luxury fashion destination, experienced a 55 per cent rise in

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Lunch with Bailey, Swatch buys Harry Winston, Generation gap, Picky investors, Thomas Tait

Christopher Bailey | Source: Rumi Foundation

Lunch with Christopher Bailey (FT) “Bailey is so famous for his un-diva-ness that it risks overshadowing his fame as the designer responsible for the anointment of Burberry as Britain’s greatest global brand. Since Bailey’s arrival in 2001 as creative director, Burberry has almost doubled its revenues, from £1bn to £1.85bn, and now has 462 stores around the world.” Swatch buys Harry Winston jewelery arm for $750 million

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Week in Review | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums, On Holidays, BoF’s Community Survey

Week in Review December 7-11

Op-Ed | Fashion’s Unsung Internet Forums (Opinion) “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.” Market Pulse | On Holidays (Market Pulse) “Neither the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) nor the MSCI World Index

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Billion-dollar Burch, Surviving 2013, Hermès buys tannery, Mobile shopping, Menkes honoured

Tory Burch | Source: Maria Shriver

Tory Burch has good reason to party after a billion-dollar brainwave (Telegraph) “Tory Burch may well just have made a $1 billion faster than any other woman in history; faster, possibly, than even that alpha male of fashion, Ralph Lauren. After a fair amount of hoo-ing and haa-ing, Burch, who owns 28.3 per cent of her label, quietly settled a dispute with her former second husband Chris Burch on New Year’s Eve, which

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Fast retailing profit jumps, M&S plunges, Skinny jeans, Fashion darling, Uncomfortable truths

Uniqlo Spring/Summer 2013 Men's Lookbook | Source: Fashion Bears

Uniqlo-parent lifts forecast as Q1 profit jumps (Reuters) “Fast Retailing Co raised its annual profit forecast to a record after sales rose at home outlets of the Japanese retailer’s flagship Uniqlo casual clothing chain and price cuts and chilly autumn weather spurred a quarterly profit jump.” Marks & Spencer loses £270m stock market value (Guardian) “Almost £270m was wiped off the stock market value

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H&M’s new concept stores, Miss Wu, Happy returns, Gieves & Hawkes new hire, PPR and Kane rumours

Amancio Ortega | Source: Reporte Indigo

H&M to launch new concept stores in Spring (Reuters) “World number two fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz will launch an eagerly-awaited new chain of stores targeting women shoppers in the Spring, it said on Wednesday.” Jason Wu’s New Contemporary Label Miss Wu Is Already a Hit (Daily Beast) “Miss Wu is a departure for the designer, now 30, who emigrated from Taiwan at age 9, launched his namesake label in

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For the boys, Missoni search continues, Design schools in Asia, Ford’s embrace, Lanphear’s new role

Topman Design, Lou Dalton, MAN Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Style.com

Let’s hear it for the boys, London (Independent) “With British menswear undergoing something of a renaissance of late – from street-smart casualwear by labels such as Oliver Spencer and YMC, which have risen through the ranks from boutique to brand, to more traditionally worked Savile Row tailoring from Hardy Amies and Spencer Hart – the industry decided to act.” Missoni Fashion House Seen Overcoming Heir

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Smart designs, Reclaiming distribution, Peacocks on parade, Missoni missing, David Bailey

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: I'm Revolting

Smart designs (FT)  “Though at this time of year it can seem as if advances in “heat-sensing/retaining/wicking” are the breaking news of the fashion world – as an exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York illustrates – fashion and technology have, in fact, been intertwined for more than two centuries.” Luxury brands put own hands on deck (South China Morning Post) “Luxury brands are

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Rebound in Hong Kong, Redcats sale near, Trussardi scion, Men’s market in China, RM Williams

Tory Burch | Source: Maria Shriver

Hong Kong Luxury Sales Rebound on Confidence in Mainland (Bloomberg) “Hong Kong’s luxury sales rebounded in a sign that confidence is returning to a Chinese economy that probably picked up pace in the final three months of last year after a seven-quarter slowdown.” PPR in Talks to Sell Redcats Unit to Alpha Fund for $156 Million (Bloomberg) “PPR SA owner of the Gucci brand, said it’s in talks to sell the

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