Ethical high fashion, Michael Kors’ gain, Social media issues, Website watch, McQueen immortalised

Masai beaders by Chloé Mukai | Source: IHT

Bags Made by Hand, in East Africa (IHT) “At the heart of the African fashion collectives is Simone Cipriani, an Italian from his country’s leather industry who has made it a mission for the United Nations to develop an Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Center in Geneva. (The I.T.C. is a joint body of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.)” Luxury Designer Struts Its Stuff With Nearly

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Mature markets, AlleyCorp’s grab bag, Warming to wool, Role model Rocha, Frock star

Mature markets (FT) “‘Attitudes seem to be slowly changing, as blogs such as Advanced Style, The Women’s Room, and That’s Not My Age have highlighted the fact that growing older does not mean women lose interest in fashion and style,’ says British trend forecaster Jane Kellock, founder of The Women’s Room.” Expanding Her Efforts to Be a Role Model (NY Times) “More than just a pretty face, Ms. Rocha is

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Week in Review | Chinese brands look West, Aquascutum’s strategic errors, Red hot founder

Week in Review August 27-31

Global Briefing | Chinese Fashion Brands Look West (Insight & Analysis) “It’s nearly impossible to go a week without reading about international fashion brands expanding their operations in China. But what about Chinese brands targeting the West?” Op-Ed | What Went Wrong at Aquascutum? (Opinion, Insight & Analysis) “In April of this year, at a time when Burberry posted an 11 percent increase in sales,

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Sex doesn’t sell, Armani courts China,Taiwanese boost, Style Coalition TV, Brand Anna

Giorgio Armani backstage Source AFR

At Abercrombie & Fitch, Sex No Longer Sells (Business Week) “Abercrombie & Fitch’s skin-filled ads and nightclub vibe once delighted American teenagers and infuriated parents. Today, many aren’t even paying attention. The once-edgy retailer has lost a third of its market value in the past year as it grapples with falling sales in Europe and the U.S.” Giorgio Armani courts China (AFR) “‘Are you

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Victoria’s Secret hits London, J.Crew results, Ferragamo growth, Antonio Lopez, African blogs

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 | Source: Mod TV

Underwear: The next big thing in smalls (Independent) “For a lingerie brand that has built a worldwide reputation by flaunting (and boosting and covering in rhinestones) the assets of some of the world’s top models, the exterior of the new Victoria’s Secret flagship store in London is somewhat demure.” J. Crew returns to profit in 2nd quarter (AP) “Preppy clothing seller J. Crew Group Inc. said

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MAC’s crusade, Cucinelli IPO dampens profit, Tod’s profit up, Vionnet disruption, Singer out

Brunello Cucinelli Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Brunello Cucinelli

How a cosmetics company built brand equity by taking on the fashion world’s biggest killer (Financial Post) “Last year, Canadian-founded MAC Cosmetics raised $38-million through its MAC AIDS Fund to help combat the spread of AIDS. The success of the 18-year-old campaign predates the cause-marketing boom that has stormed the corporate world and yet continues to attract celebrity spokespeople.” IPO Costs Dampen Profits at

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Confidence in China, PVH outlook, Russian spending ethos, Whistles buyback, Picture power

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2012 campaign | Source: Paul Smith

Paul Smith upbeat about China return (FT) “Sir Paul Smith, the UK fashion designer, is optimistic about his brand’s return to China, despite fears that the Chinese market for luxury goods is cooling.” PVH raises 2012 outlook again on Europe (Reuters) “Clothing maker PVH Corp raised its full-year earnings outlook for the third time this year, as it expects its European business to grow and its flagship Tommy

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Red hot Nasty Gal, Beloved Alber, Billabong profits sink, Collaboration fatigue, Angel investors

Sophia Amoruso | Photo: Courtesy Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal clothing company — as red-hot as its founder’s lipstick (LA Times) “After securing a $9-million investment in January from Index Ventures, which has also backed Facebook and Etsy, Nasty Gal just scored an additional $40 million from the venture capital firm.” Alber Elbaz (WSJ Magazine) “Alber Elbaz is a rare bird in a business oft dominated by ego and drama. Humble, funny and all about the work,

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Clothing the world, Service with a smile, Berluti in London, Donatella Versace, What’s in a name?

Tadashi Yanai by Eric Chung | Source: WSJ Magazine

This Man Wants to Clothe the Planet (WSJ Magazine) “Yanai is refreshingly open about his goals these days: making Uniqlo the number-one apparel retailer in the world. His target—$50 billion in yearly revenue by 2020—will require whiplash gains above Uniqlo’s current revenue of $12 billion, driving the company ahead of front-runners Inditex.” Service with a smile, J. Crew CEO Drexler says customers should expect it

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