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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Mellon moves, Holt Renfrew’s new chain, Cowboy to couture, Wool at the top, Antoine Arnault

Tamara Mellon by Denny Chitis | Source: NY Times

Tamara Mellon’s Next Step (NY Times) “Last November, when Tamara Mellon suddenly left Jimmy Choo, the shoe company she helped build into a global juggernaut, taking with her a reported payout of roughly $135 million, she did so without much explanation. The only thing close to an official statement was a message, sent out to her roughly 12,000 followers on Twitter, thanking them for their support and signing off with,

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Week in Review | Chanel CEO Talk, Spotlight on Jin Kay, Building the Team, 3D Printing, BoF’s Landmark Week

Week in Review October 22-26

CEO Talk | Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion, Chanel (CEO Talk) “Of all the luxury fashion brands in the world, Chanel is perhaps the most famous, as well as the most secretive. I sat down with Bruno Pavlovsky who leads Chanel’s global fashion business to learn more about the workings of this most successful yet secretive of brands, how it maintains impeccable consistency across all of its activities, and why Chanel still

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Savvy sisters, Menswear e-tailers, Gucci’s tough trading, Pitti picks, Miyake’s experiments

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen by Amy Troost | Source: WSJ Magazine

Sisters of the Divine (WSJ Magazine) “Watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose for a photo shoot is like watching a hypnotic piece of performance art. Former child stars, extraordinarily savvy brand nurturers, founders and owners of an estimated $1.5 billion business empire and, now, designers of the critically acclaimed high-end fashion line The Row, the Olsens have spent the great majority of their 26 years either in front

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Nike sells Umbro, Middle class wave, ASOS profits, Philosophy designer, Vogue documentary

Wang Leehom for Coach | Source: Coach

Nike sells Umbro brand to Iconix (FT) “Iconix Brand Group has agreed to buy Nike’s Umbro sports apparel and footwear unit for $225m in cash, marking the fashion brand’s second deal with the US sportswear group.” Accessible Luxury Brands Ride China’s Middle-Class Wave (Jing Daily) “As the battle rages on between high-end and high-street brands in mainland China and Hong Kong, one ongoing trend to watch is the

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Uniqlo.com’s US launch, Coach rebounds, Puma profits slump, Pinault’s POV, Nicola Formichetti

Uniqlo.com screen shot | Source: Uniqlo.com

Uniqlo.com to the Rescue of Middle America (Business Week) “Uniqlo, the Japanese clothes giant, launched an online shopping site in the U.S. this week. This may not seem like important news to many, but to a certain American consumer—think very well-dressed, without much money, and living between the coasts—it is like a food drop from a Marshall Plan plane in 1940s Berlin.” Coach bags an earnings rebound (FT)

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Robert Duffy’s role, Mulberry shares tumble, Star shopping, Brands as publishers, Aubin & Wills folds

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

Marc Jacobs: A Conversation with Robert Duffy (Port Magazine) “Ask any creative person trying to make a living from design or art what the hardest part of their working life is and they’ll probably tell you it’s the business side of the company that keeps them awake at night…  So it must have been a relief for Marc Jacobs when he, 28 years ago, met and befriended Robert Duffy.” Mulberry shares tumble on profit

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Model maker, LVMH dilemma, Coach loses lustre, Reviving UK factories, Fashion wisdom from Dries

Mario Testino | Source: All Art News

Mario Testino interview: the man who makes models super (Observer) “At 57, the world’s most prolific magazine photographer is just getting started. It’s only 15 years, after all, since his career exploded in the wake of his 1997 Vanity Fair shoot with Diana, Princess of Wales. In 2010 he shot the engagement photos of Wills and Kate, and it’s entirely conceivable that, should the time come, he’ll

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Week in Review | Top 10 Fashion Films, Celebrating Aldo Bensadoun, Nickelson Wooster in Profile

Week in Review October 15-19

Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season (Fashion 2.0) “Amongst the current crop of fashion films, a number of breakthrough videos employed inexpensive but compelling visual concepts and, in some cases, heavy doses of humour and quirk, as was the case with DIS magazine’s hilarious film for Kenzo Menswear and Alex Turvey’s fabulously eccentric film for Anna Dello Russo’s H&M accessories collaboration, “Fashion Shower.” Sit back

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Asia calls time, Garment District ideas, Singer returns to Vogue, Anya on luxury, JM Weston

Tadashi Yanai | Source: Fast Retailing

Asia calls time on Swiss watches (FT) “Swiss watch exports fell in September for the first time in almost three years as demand from consumers in Asia dropped sharply, raising questions about the immediate prospects of Europe’s luxury goods companies.” A Garment District With Some Big Ideas (NY Times) “What to do about Manhattan’s shrinking garment district has been a point of debate among designers and their

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Pushing femininity, Hudson’s Bay IPO, Frank & Oak, Friedman’s POV, Augustin Teboul

Clare Waight Keller | Source: Marie Claire

Who Are You Calling Girly? (NY Times) “In the year since Ms. Waight Keller, formerly the designer of Pringle of Scotland, became the creative director at Chloé, many visitors have noted the remarkable calmness that radiates from her studio. That, and the fact that roughly 80 percent of the hundreds of employees at the company are women, which is a point of pride at a house that has projected an aura of femininity for 60

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Louboutin vs YSL, LVMH calms investors, Bloggers rising, Chanel rescues Barrie, Sarah Doukas

Sasha Wilkins by Rosie Hallam | Source: Financial Times

YSL Files Motion to Dismiss Louboutin Case (The Cut) “The Christian Louboutin versus YSL case has dragged on for well over a year, and now it seems like both parties are finally willing to stick a fork in it… YSL filed a request to drop the rest of its counterclaims against Christian Louboutin, according to a brief issued by YSL’s lawyer, David Bernstein.” LVMH says no major slowdown at Louis Vuitton in Q3

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Luxury growth slows, Artful fashion, Burberry fragrance in-house, DIY platform, Oliver Peoples

Louis Vuitton Shenzhen, China | Source: Richards Basmajian

Luxury goods to slow as Chinese spend less (FT) “Growth in the luxury goods market will slow this year as Chinese consumers spend less at home and give fewer gifts as they await the imminent change in Beijing’s government, according to the consultancy Bain & Co.” Artful Fashion Meets Fashionable Art at Fairs (IHT) “As art fairs and festivals bring a cosmopolitan crowd to London and Paris, a different question

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