Kid luxe, Bergdorf’s digital journey, SuperGroup co-founder exits, Instagram effect, Erin O’Connor

Burberry Childrenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Burberry

Rich toddlers draw fashion designers’ eyes (Business Week) “Top fashion designers are pushing more expensive duds for the increasingly lucrative affluent toddler demographic. This fall, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Marni launched collections for the pint-sized.” Bergdorf Goodman’s Online Push (WWD) “The retailer’s digital journey began with YouTube in 2007, followed by Facebook and

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Price inflation, Luxury losing its lustre, River Island strategy, Paris Vogue facelift, Peter Marino

Models at the closing ceremony | Source: Telegraph

Faster, higher, stronger: luxury pricing goes for gold (Reuters) “Analysts say prices in the luxury industry have surged from 2001 to 2011 and will keep rising faster than broader prices. Thomas Mesmin at Cheuvreux estimates that prices for fashion and leather goods rose 62 percent in that period, while watches and jewelry have risen 78 percent. Euro zone inflation has totaled just 26 percent over the 11 years.” Luxury

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Week in Review | Laurenceairline, Choosing the Right Investors, Apple Fancy, Adieu Anna Piaggi

Week in Review August 6-10

The Spotlight | Laurenceairline (Emerging Designers) “Many recent international fashion collections have been ’inspired’ by African culture and crafts. But why have we heard so little about designers originating from Africa itself? Enter Laurenceairline, a small Paris-based menswear label…” Finding Your M.O. | Part 5: How to Choose the Right Investors (Education) “Last month, in Part 3 of this series, I

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John Fairchild’s legacy, IMG buys TFW, Soft economy, Tod’s profits up, Julie Eilenberger

John Fairchild | Source: Vanity Fair

Fashion’s Most Angry Fella (Vanity Fair) “When John Fairchild, the tyrannical, mischievous editor in chief of Women’s Wear Daily and founder of W magazine, stepped down from his Fairchild Publications throne, in 1997, it was supposed to be a clean break. Fifteen years later, at the age of 85, the onetime terror of the fashion industry is still stirring the pot.” Toronto Fashion Week sold to IMG, Robin Kay steps down

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Revamping The Cut, West End boost, Short-selling luxury, Muslim fashion, All the trimmings

New TheCut.com screen shot | Source: Business Insider

Revamped ‘The Cut’ Blog Will Take On The Fashion Glossies (Business Insider) “Readers of New York Magazine’s fashion blog The Cut are in for a treat when they check in on the site Monday morning. That’s when the the company plans to reveal its all new version of the blog—a standalone website that will move outside its current editorial milieu of style and gossip.” West End luxury brands see Games

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Remembering Anna Piaggi, Tumi soars, Esprit’s key hire, Vilebrequin acquisition, Model memoir

Anna Piaggi by David Bailey | Source: David Bailey

Anna Piaggi, Fashion Editor With a Keen Eye for Trends, Dies at 81 (NY Times) “Anna Piaggi, an oracular Italian fashion editor known for an endless array of eye-popping, wildly colorful outfits of the most peculiar combinations, ranging from vintage Patou to thermal mountain rescue coats to a uniform vest from late-period McDonald’s, died Tuesday at her home in Milan.” Tumi shares soar on strong profit forecast

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Prada revenues jump, Bill Blass shake up, Magazine newsstand sales drop, Lucky clicks, Elin Kling

Jeffrey Monteiro | Source: CDN

Prada first-half revenue buoyed by robust Asian growth (Reuters) “Italian fashion house Prada, which competes with Louis Vuitton and PPR’s Gucci, posted a 36.5 percent jump in first-half revenue, buoyed by strong growth in Asia, with sales driven mainly by its Prada and Miu Miu brands.” Bill Blass Fires Designer. Again. (On the Runway) “Jeffrey Monteiro and the rest of the women’s design team at Bill Blass

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Apple eyes The Fancy, LVMH in India, Anya’s investors, Techie fashionistas, Chinese superblogger

Joe Einhorn, CEO The Fancy | Source: Forbes

Apple Wants To Buy Pinterest Rival, The Fancy (Business Insider) “Apple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a fast-growing social commerce site backed by cofounders of Twitter and Facebook, Business Insider has learned. The objective: to secure a role for Apple in the growing e-commerce market.” L Capital in talks with top fashion designers to setup LVMH clone in India (Economic Times) “Private equity firm L

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Week in Review | François-Henri Pinault CEO Talk, Etienne Russo, The Man Repeller, Luxury Index falls

Week in Review July 30- August 3

BoF Exclusive | François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPR (CEO Talk) “On the day of the official announcement of a major joint-venture between PPR and YOOX Group, BoF’s Imran Amed speaks to PPR chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault for a global exclusive interview on how the new partnership fits into Mr Pinault’s digital vision for PPR.” Etienne Russo, Fashion Show Producer (The Creative

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Argentinian exodus, Creative start-ups, Russian modesty, Bosideng hits London, A new it girl

Galeria Pacifico Argentina | Source: Bugbog

Argentina: luxury goods companies head for the exit (FT) “Joining a growing list of luxury brands fleeing Argentina, Ralph Lauren has announced that it is closing its stores in the country, at least for now… Luxury brands face multiple problems in Argentina, none of them easy.” Creative and commercial (FT) “Then last spring, Ms Hosten discovered the School for Creative Start-Ups, a social enterprise started

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Cautionary tales, Kids’ wear in China, Abercrombie profits drop, Valentino exhibition, Liz Goldwyn

Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison | Source: Malibu Mag

A Hard Spill in Designer Shoes (NY Times) “Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison couldn’t take a wrong step in their climb from Fashion Institute of Technology students to fashion-world darlings… Just over a year ago, she and Ms. Morrison were fired from the company they had created, and now they find themselves watching from the sidelines as the retooled brand is presented at this week’s New York Shoe Expo without

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Coach’s competition crisis, Olympic effect, J.Crew in HK, Fashion trucks, Unconventional models

Coach Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: My Daily

Coach Droops As Kors Grabs Handbag Customers In Slowdown: Retail (Bloomberg) “The largest U.S. maker of luxury leather goods is facing rising competition from companies, such as Michael Kors Holdings Ltd, piling into the lucrative handbag category that Coach has dominated for more than a decade.” London awaits Olympic effect on trade (FT) “To many Londoners, however, the city is looking and feeling emptier than

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JC Penney plots turnaround, King Karl, Hugo Boss growth slows, Water world, Queen of frocks

Karl Lagerfeld | Source: Trend Gruppen

Why JC Penney Will Come Back (The Motley Fool) “Rome wasn’t built in a day, and no one said JC Penney’s turnaround would happen overnight either. Since Ron Johnson took the helm back in January, shares have been sliced in half and currently sit near 52-week lows.” It’s Karl’s world, we just live in it (The Independent) “Lagerfeld’s output is more diverse than any other

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