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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GAP buys Intermix, Investing in luxury, Burch Lawsuit ends, MBAs in ecommerce, CFDA calling

Intermix store | Source: The Real Deal

Gap to Buy Luxury Retailer Intermix (WSJ) “Gap Inc. is buying women’s fashion boutique Intermix Inc. for $130 million, a deal that will give the mostly casual-clothes retailer an opening to the all-important luxury market.” Is it time to invest in a little luxury? (Telegraph) “Luxury goods companies were the height of investment fashion in the spring, as their profits soared on demand from brand-hungry

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Luxury lustre in 2013, Betsey’s back, Rad couture, V&A to celebrate clubwear, Dream memes

Christian Dior boutique on Avenue Montaigne, Paris | Source: Dior

Luxury goods firms lustre may fade, not vanish in 2013 (Reuters) “Luxury goods manufacturers won’t retain the immunity from tough global economic conditions they’ve enjoyed for the past two years in 2013, but they’ll still grow and hang on to their decent credit metrics, said Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services today.” Betsey Johnson, Back in the Pink (NY Times) “Despite repeated

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Rosso invests in Marni, Lafayette eyes Printemps, Flickr hopes, Suzanne Belperron, Casting agents

Renzo Rosso | Source: Interview

Diesel boss to take over Italy fashion house Marni (Reuters) “Diesel jeans brand founder Renzo Rosso is poised to take over Italy’s Marni to relaunch the bohemian-chic fashion house on foreign markets, the company said. The all-Italian acquisition is a rare case in a luxury industry where most deals are made in France and Asia, and confirms Rosso as a dynamic fashion entrepreneur in Italy.” Galeries Lafayette To

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Vuitton CEO surprise, Web only no more, Instagram outrage, Vice buys i-D, Posen on Project Runway

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Louis Vuitton

LVMH says Louis Vuitton CEO quits over ill health (Reuters) “Louis Vuitton’s new chief executive has quit suddenly from the helm of luxury group LVMH’s top brand because of health reasons, LVMH said on Tuesday. The world’s largest luxury company said Jordi Constans would be replaced by Michael Burke, chief executive since February of Bulgari, the Italian jeweller that LVMH added to its stable last

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PPR on start-up watch, Singapore couture, NYC start-up scene, Sustainable DNA, Chinese models

PPR on watch for luxury ‘reinforcements’ (FT) “PPR is considering using cash generated by the sale of its retail assets for more luxury ‘reinforcements’, says chief executive François-Henri Pinault. ‘We have been talking about investing in a new luxury name’ says Mr Pinault. If PPR were to launch a new house, it would mark the first start-up by a major group since, in its earlier incarnation as Gucci,

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Tapping into Instagram, Hong Kong’s crown, H&M sales hit, Renzo and Marni, Burton’s OBE

Instagram photos | Source: The New York Times

On Instagram, a Thriving Bazaar Taps a Big Market (NY Times) “Instagram, the picture-sharing application that Facebook bought earlier this year, has not yet figured out a way to make money. But some of its users have.” Hong Kong loses IPO crown (FT) “After three years of ruling the world, Hong Kong’s crown has undoubtedly slipped. This year the city fell to fourth place in the global rankings for initial public

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Week in Review | Fashion Tomes of the Times, Planning Your Time, PPR buys Qeelin stake

Week in Review December 10-14

Finding Your M.O. | Part 13: Planning Your Time (Education) “In 2000, I graduated from business school and joined McKinsey & Company as a generalist consultant. My very first project was an organisational design project for a multinational corporation and I was tasked with conducting an analysis of how the company’s CEO was allocating his time.” Colin’s Column | Fashion Tomes of the Times (Opinion) “The making

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Barneys’ makeover, Impulse buying, L’Wren Scott fragrance, Silent audience, John Smedley

Barneys New York by Barbel Schmidt | Source: NY Times

What’s a Store For? (NY Times) “But Perry, no doubt out of devotion to his wife, Lisa, a fashion designer who made the suit in the same double knit she uses for her mod dresses, decided to wear it that night. And it was an evening of some importance, for the Perrys were off to a party at Barneys — their first since Richard bought the renowned specialty store.” China Luxury Buyers Getting More Impulsive (WSJ)

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Narciso’s fixer, Square for Burberry, Twitter vs Instagram, Consignment retail, English Rose

Narcisco Rodriguez and Robert Wichser by Ramsay de Give | Source: WSJ

The Fixer in the House of Narciso (WSJ) “For women’s fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, it has meant hiring left-brain fashion-industry veteran Robert J. Wichser in May. The label tapped him to be chief executive and resident ‘suit’ at the 15-year-old label. Mr. Wichser’s mission is to help the Narciso Rodriguez label regain the business mojo that has eluded it in recent years.” Square to

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High Street King, Inditex profit rise, PPR invests, Top luxury buyers, Carolina Herrera

Sir Philip Green by Ben Gurr | Source: The Times

Topshop’s Sir Philip Green: How he became king of the High Street (BBC News) “The moment Sir Philip Green finally ‘arrived’ was in the year 2000, when he bought the dowdy British Home Stores chain for £200m and rebranded it BHS. According to Stuart Lansley, his restless mind had spotted a beguiling new way to make money from the High Street…” Spain’s Inditex posts 27 pct rise in nine-month

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