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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Highland Chanel, H&M recycling plan, ASOS on track, Material Wrld funding, Saskia de Brauw

Chanel pre-fall, Linlithgow Palace | Source: Wallpaper*

Chanel’s Scottish Touch Warms Up the Scottish Highlands (IHT) “The Chanel show that Karl Lagerfeld put on last week at Linlithgow Palace, near Edinburgh, was spectacular in every sense of the word. The burning braziers, sending quivering light over old stone, and the dinner held in a tented space, arising like magic on the hillside, were outshone only by an exceptional collection.” H&M Launches First Global

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PPR buys Qeelin stake, Dover Street Market in NYC, Gilt in 2013, Faith in Brazil, Ostwald Helgason

Tavi Gevinson | Source: Stylelikeu

PPR Aims to Buy More Chinese Brands After Adding Qeelin (BusinessWeek) “PPR bought a majority stake in Chinese jeweler Qeelin for an undisclosed price and said it is looking to make more acquisitions in the Asian nation to bolster growth in its largest market for high-end goods.” Dover Street Market heads to New York (Telegraph) “The store, which was masterminded by Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, opened

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Week in Review | Saillard’s new genre, Design and Development basics, Market reassurance, Yang Li

Week in Review December 3-7

The Creative Class | Olivier Saillard, Curator (The Creative Class) “No curator has succeeded in capturing the imagination of the international fashion community quite like Olivier Saillard, director of the Musée Galliera, whose convention-defying, contemporary performance-presentations are one of the highlights of Paris Fashion Week” The Basics | Part 5 – Design and Development (Education) “Everything you create

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Yogawear heats up, Prada seeks tax refund, Fast fashion graveyard, Feet first, Sarah Mower

Philip Greene | Source: Elne

Once unique, Lululemon faces rivals on all sides (MSN Money) “When Lululemon Athletica Inc opened its first U.S. shop in 2003, its form-fitting yoga pants, free classes and Pacific Northwest vibe were a revelation to its new American customers. They had never seen another retailer like it. But time has caught up with the Vancouver-based retailer. Lululemon, closely watched by investors because of its meteoric rise, now faces

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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

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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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