African investment, Gap quells fears, Abercombie boost, Philanthropic fashion, Working woman

Ituen Basi, Summer 2013, Lagos Fashion & Design Week | Source: NY Times

Fashion Weighs a Deeper Investment in Africa (IHT) “Designers from Vivienne Westwood to Jean Paul Gaultier have long drawn on the vibrancy of African culture in their clothing lines. But now the industry is taking a tentative look at whether it makes sense to put down larger stakes as the African economy begins to take its place alongside the world’s other promising emerging markets.” Gap raises full year profit view,

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Ex factor, Nigerian catwalks, Hong Kong real estate, Emerging retail, Greg Chait wins

Tory and Chris Burch | Source: Business Week

Tory Burch’s Ex Factor (Vanity Fair) “In a brief eight years, Tory Burch has become one of fashion’s biggest names, the golden girl with the golden brand. Is it thanks to, or in spite of, her former husband Chris Burch, who has launched his own, Tory-esque line of shops, C. Wonder, while still sitting on her company’s board?” Nigeria, on the Fashion Catwalk (IHT) “The Nigerian people, upbeat and enthusiastic,

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Shanghai express, Calm after storm, Kors strengthens, Italy’s shoemakers, Parsons in Paris

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Gucci

Frida Giannini: Gucci’s Shanghai express (Telegraph) “Gucci’s first two shops on the Chinese mainland opened in Beijing and Shanghai in 1997, three years after Tom Ford started to transform the brand. Today there are 53 stores across 33 cities, and counting. So it is not surprising that Giannini has decided to spend some time getting to know Shanghai before continuing on to Seoul in South Korea for a store opening

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Victoria’s not so secret, Holt’s youth click, Klimt legacy, UK textile resurgence, Working fashionista

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2012 | Source: Global Beauties

Victoria’s Secret Channels Mad Men Into Hottest Limited (BusinessWeek) “Limited Brands Inc. Victoria’s Secret is thriving using a marketing strategy that seems more Mad Men-era than from the age of Twitter. While other big brand retailers try to hone their social- media skills, the intimate-apparel chain is creating excitement with a network TV holiday fashion show featuring young women wearing Swarovski crystal-decorated

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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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