Soaring Prada profits, Mulberry tumbles, PPR sells Redcats unit, Gratuitous ads, Little Gio

Mulberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Grazia Daily

Prada 9-Months Net Profit Jumps 50% Amid Continued Strong Demand (Dow Jones) “Chief Executive Patrizio Bertelli said Thursday that the company’s business has continued to grow at a rate that has exceeded its expectations in recent months, as the luxury goods purveyor reported a strong rise in nine-month earnings figures amid resilient demand for ultra high-end goods.” Mulberry sees improvements after first-half

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The Basics | Part 5 – Design and Development

Source: thevipconcierge.com

Today, BoF resumes its longstanding ‘Basics’ series on how to set up a fashion business from scratch, collaborating with Ari Bloom, a NYC based strategic advisor to growth brands.  In this instalment, we examine how an informed design and development process can further your chances of commercial success. LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s no secret that the fashion industry is driven by design. Creating beautiful, unique products is

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Topshop to sell stake, Bracing for 2013, Co-Creation potential, Ferragamo’s legacy, CR sells out

Topshop Oxford Street store | Source: EKM Power Shop

Green nears Topshop stake sale (FT) “Sir Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur, is close to selling a 25 per cent stake in Topshop and Topman to a US private equity investor, in a move that could value the two jewels in the crown of his Arcadia retail empire at about £1bn.” European luxury goods makers braced for tough new year (Reuters) “European luxury goods makers knocked back predictions of a boost to sales

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Waiting for Wang, Hugo Boss’ fast lane, D&G tax trial, Master of Couture, Chanel in Scotland

Hugo Boss Black Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hugo Boss

Balenciaga Taps Alexander Wang (IHT) “Alexander Wang on Monday became the first designer of Asian descent to enter the highest ranks of Parisian high fashion when he was named creative director of the storied house of Balenciaga.” Hugo Boss dresses in the fast lane (FT) “In the four years he has been in charge Mr Lahrs has reduced development times for collections, moved from two to four collections per year and

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Tight belts in Italy, Cyber Monday, Mulberry strategy, Moncler image, Acclaimed Erdem

Versace Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hypebeast

Tight belts take edge off Italian luxury (FT) “Italians have long balked at paying full price for the luxury goods they consider to be their birthright. But as austerity measures hit hard in the home of Prada, Versace and Armani, the quest for bargains and invitations to warehouse sales with rock-bottom prices has reached a new level of frenzy.” Online shoppers ready for busiest day (FT) “Online retailers are

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Week in Review | Getting Into The Gloss, Three Dimensional Publication, Re-inventing Yourself

Week in Review November 26-30

The Business of Blogging | Into The Gloss (Fashion 2.0) “It’s the natural curiosity behind this approach, alongside the site’s impeccably professional aesthetics, that have made Into The Gloss one of the most compelling new voices in the fashion and beauty blogosphere with the potential to grow into a full-fledged media business for the digital age.” Retail Recon | Table of Contents is a ‘Three-Dimensional

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Queen of clean, Disposable designers, J Brand acquired, Going global, Wang in at Balenciaga

Jil Sander by Peter Lindbergh | Source: WSJ

The Queen of Clean (WSJ) “Sander is one of the few who has managed to return to her namesake company—not just once, but twice. ‘The first time I left was difficult,’ Sander admits. ‘But it was even more sad the second time. I sold my shares and cut completely.’ In her new setup, as creative director, Sander is an employee of a publicly traded company: She doesn’t own any shares; she does not sit

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NAP’s major magazine, Redcats sale, Blogging to fashioning, Wang rumours, Model rights

Redcats screenshot | Source: Redcats

Net-a-Porter CEO: It’s no secret we’re launching a major fashion magazine (Wired) “Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is planning to launch a printed magazine within the next 12 months, according to CEO Mark Sebba, speaking at the Business Leaders Network’s Making it Mobile event.” PPR, U.S. private equity firm talk on Redcats: sources (Reuters) “The Redcats mail order unit of French retail and

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Stella’s big night, NY Times new tricks, PVH margins rise, Optimising for mobile, Basil Soda

New York Times R&D Lab by Ben Shaul | Source: AdWekk

Stella McCartney named designer of the year (FT) “Stella McCartney has won the coveted designer of the year award at the British Fashion Awards 2013, the latest in a series of personal and professional coups for the designer and her brand.” Old Media, New Tricks (AdWeek) “From the moment you step off the elevator onto the 28th floor of the Times Building, with its panoramic views of midtown Manhattan, it is clear

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Digital effect, Jaeger’s future, ASOS invests in Covetique, Pop-up revolution, Kate Phelan

"Dog'' from Nick Knight's Photo/Paintings | Source: IHT

In a Click, a Vivid Fashion Garden (IHT) “The effects of this digital age seem to reverberate beyond computers and smartphones… In the fashion world, it may take a sophisticated designer to work those patterns of burning bright blooms into something stylish and wearable, yet the actual process is just another computer click. The floral effects are rarely just sketched, more probably manipulated. The British designer

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Branding Dita, Radical LVMH rumours, Reinventing retail, Couture maestro, Androgynous models

Dita Von Teese by Emily Berl | Source: NY Times

The Branding of Dita Von Teese (NY Times) “Certainly she has bewitched the fashion world, gathering admirers like Christian Louboutin, Marc Jacobs (whose front row she has graced) and Jean Paul Gaultier, on whose runway she once performed an exotically elegant strip tease. She has appeared in a MAC cosmetics Viva Glam campaign. Her act, provocative in an airbrushed sort of way, has emboldened Cointreau, the upscale spirits

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Week in Review | Toxic Chemicals in Fashion, Content and Commerce Integration, Amazing Grace

Op-Ed | Toxic Chemicals in Clothing Make All of Us Fashion Victims (Opinion) “Nobody wants to be a fashion victim. Desperately chasing the ever-elusive ‘cool,’ fashion victims are generally perceived as ‘try-hards,’ those who sport the latest trends and buy into transient fads, regardless of fit or personal style.” The Next Chapter of Content and Commerce Integration (Fashion 2.0) “Since the very birth of fashion

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Prince of prints, Brazil fashion rising, Embracing Africa, 3D photo booth, Emblematic Vuitton

Peter Dundas | Source: Nano Press

Why Peter Dundas is Pucci’s prince of prints (The National) “The last thing you expect Peter Dundas to be is the fashion guy. From his sheer physical presence, he’s a car man maybe, a surfer or a quarterback – the sort of guy who rides a motorbike that roars like a chainsaw. What he is, is in fact “the prince of prints” – the creative director of Pucci, the Italian luxury label.” How

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