Fast fashion empire, Gilt CEO steps down, Ebay returns to China, Jean genies, Bella Freud

Zara Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Zara

How Zara Grew Into the World’s Largest Fashion Retailer (NY Times) “Inditex is a pioneer among ‘fast fashion’ companies, which essentially imitate the latest fashions and speed their cheaper versions into stores. Every one of Inditex’s brands — Zara, Zara Home, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear and Uterqüe — follow the Zara template…” Gilt CEO Kevin Ryan Steps Down Ahead of

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Week in Review | Next Industrial Revolution, Motivating and Retaining Talent, Facebook and Fashion

Week in Review November 5-9

The Long View | Chris Anderson Says the ‘Maker’ Movement is the Next Industrial Revolution (The Long View) “Since the birth of the personal computer and the Web, people have used relatively simple and accessible new technologies to create, connect and collaborate in ways that were previously unimaginable. For one thing, simple blogging tools and social media platforms have fundamentally democratised mass media, ending the

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Longchamp’s journey, Nordstrom profit up, Richemont co-CEO’s, ASVOFF, Hi-tech Hermès

Longchamp: A long way from pipes in Paris (Independent) “Longchamp’s signature product is a handbag seen on the arms of hundreds of women everywhere from London to Sao Paulo and Singapore. Its Le Pliage foldable handbags launched in 1993 and the company still sells three million of them every year, helping to explain a recent 22 per cent growth in group sales. Despite its products being a common sight among the masses,

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Fast fashion fatigue, Hermès forecasts, Yoox results, Mideast online promise, Westwood’s passion

Undercover for Uniqlo Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hypebeast

Gap Gains With Zara Responding to Fast-Fashion Fatigue (BusinessWeek) “Call it fast-fashion fatigue. Millennials, after years of settling for apparel retailers’ downgraded fabrics and workmanship, are pushing for higher- quality clothing again, and chains are getting the message. Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. specialty-apparel retailer, and Fast Retailing Co. Uniqlo are able to charge more for better basics.” Hermès lifts

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DVF’s decade, Burberry profits decline, Burch vs Burch, Roitfeld talks, Vogue Hommes folds

Diane von Furstenberg by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Interview Magazine

Icon of the Decade | the 1970s Diane von Furstenberg (W Magazine) “At 65, Diane von Furstenberg still embodies sultry beauty and feminine power. She is womanly, sensual, and utterly bien dans sa peau as she lounges on a sofa in her office on West 14th Street in Manhattan, portraits and murals and photographs of her in all her feline splendor staring down from the walls.” Burberry profits cut by move into perfumes (FT)

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Next steps at Balenciaga, Rugby no more, M&S profits fall, Amazon ups the ante, New male

Nicolas Ghesquière by Alessandro Garofalo | Source: Style.com

What Next For Balenciaga? (Vogue UK) “CEO Isabelle Guichot has confirmed that she has ‘a shortlist’ of potential candidates to succeed creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, following yesterday’s confirmation that he would be parting ways with the brand. The designer has acted at the helm of Balenciaga for 15 years.” Ralph Lauren kicks its ‘preppy look’ Rugby label into touch (Independent)

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Enduring Moss, Balenciaga split, Investcorp acquires Georg Jensen, Wired exit, Art of Scent

Kate Moss by Mario Testino for Vogue October 2008 | Source: Susan Suell

The Garbo of Fashion (NY Times) “Ms. Moss’s bad-girl image has always been good for business, at least since the days of heroin chic and somebody-feed-her-a-cracker. Now, at 38 — an age when even the luckiest in her field have typically been tossed on the ice — Ms. Moss can boast of numerous advertising campaigns; more editorial work than any one glamour puss can reasonably handle.” Top Balenciaga Designer Is Leaving

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Week in Review | Whistles CEO Talk, Mass Contemporary in China, Fashion-Tech startups, Closing boom

Week in Review October 29-2 November

Jane Shepherdson, Chief Executive Officer, Whistles (CEO Talk) “Perhaps it’s not surprising that, in her spare time, Jane Shepherdson does flying trapeze in Hoxton, smack in the heart of achingly hip East London. Right from her earliest days in the fashion industry, Shepherdson has been known for taking risks and having her finger on the pulse of what’s cool.” As Luxury Growth Slows in China, Attention Turns to Mass

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Ebay’s luxury foray, UK textile boost, Coach wins counterfeit case, Art of individuality, Fashion florist

Xiu.com screen shot | Source: Xiu.com

Ebay makes renewed foray into China (FT) “Ebay is to make a renewed push into China via a partnership with xiu.com, a local online retailer of luxury goods. The US group plans to focus on importing high-end western goods at discount prices, taking advantage of a growing desire for such items in China, but without wading into the fierce competition of the domestic market.” Cable backs plan to boost textile industry (FT)

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Mulberry’s future, J.C. Penney backtracks, The Nonconformist, Philosophy’s Ratabesi, Vogue salute

Mulberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Mulberry

Mulberry looks to have its future sewn up (FT) “Bruno Guillon says that what he likes best about British design is its ‘relaxed confidence’. In the coming months, the Mulberry chief executive will need plenty of that himself as the UK-based maker of upmarket handbags grapples with the effects on the fashion industry of global economic weakness.” J.C. Penney ‘Backtracking’ With Discounts, Deutsche Says

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PVH buys Warnaco, China boost, Glorified showrooms, London Collections Men, Bloggers cash in

Tommy Hilfiger Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

PVH Consolidates Calvin Klein With $2.9 Billion Warnaco Buy (Bloomberg) “PVH the owner of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, agreed to buy Warnaco Group in a $2.9 billion transaction, creating a company with $8 billion in sales and bringing all Calvin Klein-branded apparel under one roof.” China Luxury Sales to Get Boost After Leadership Change (Bloomberg) “Luxury companies are betting that Chinese shoppers who are buying

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Sandy’s price tag, SPFW kicks off, Being Jack Dorsey, The Fancy’s $26m round, Chinese talent

Jack Dorsey by Art Streiber | Source: Wired

Awaiting the Storm’s Price Tag (NY Times) “Even as businesses struggled on Monday to gauge and contain the damage from Hurricane Sandy’s slow move up the East Coast, economists played down the likely long-term effects. The recovery after the storm, they said, could actually pump up growth temporarily in a few sectors, like construction and retail sales, when cleanup begins in earnest in a few days.” Simplicity and Order

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