Retail Recon | Table of Contents is a ‘Three-Dimensional Publication’

Interior of Table of Contents | Source: Courtesy Image

PORTLAND, United States — With its outdoorsy-meets-grunge aesthetic, this damp city in the forested Pacific Northwest is no glossy fashion capital. But in recent years, Portland’s DIY culture has given rise to a burgeoning artisan economy — comprised of everything from microbreweries to independent bicycle manufacturers — that has helped turn this post-industrial town into something of a hub for urban American cool. Now,

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Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach

Joe Fresh Fifth Avenue Flagship | Source: Courtesy photo

TORONTO, Canada — These days, it’s not uncommon that a weekly trip to the local supermarket for milk, cereal and bread might involve coming home with a coat, dress or pair of jeans. Since 1990, when British supermarket chain Asda launched George, the world’s first grocery store clothing label, companies like Tesco and Sainsbury’s have followed suit, capitalising on well-established relationships with their customers, who visit

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The Long View | Chris Anderson Says the ‘Maker’ Movement is the Next Industrial Revolution

Chris Anderson | Photo: Joi Ito

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — 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 monopoly once enjoyed by large publishers and broadcasters. Now, easy-to-use digital

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Market Pulse | Growth, But Perhaps Not As It Used To Be

Savigny Luxury Index October 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 4.2 percent in October, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by more than 6 percentage points.  Much anticipated results announcements confirmed that the sector still has strong fundamentals but that the three-year boom is coming to its close. Big news Newsflow pointed to a slowdown in growth for the sector, rather than the meltdown anticipated by the Burberry

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The Long View | As Luxury Growth Slows in China, Attention Turns to Mass Contemporary

Veronica Chou | Photo: Courtesy Iconix China

HONG KONG, China — According to a closely watched report recently published by Bain & Company, a consultancy, and Italian luxury goods trade organization Altagamma, luxury sales growth in China has started to slow. Consumer spending on luxury apparel, accessories and other personal items is expected to climb by a relatively modest 8 percent in 2012, compared with 30 percent last year, leaving many wondering where future growth

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Spring/Summer 2013 | The Season That Was

Hedi Slimane versus Raf Simons, as see by the fashion media | Source: WWD, BoF, IHT and The Cut

LONDON, United Kingdom — Whereas previous fashion seasons were dominated by designer departures, meltdowns and final exits, this season the narrative focused on two of the fashion world’s most celebrated designers, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane, and their respective ready-to-wear debuts at two of the industry’s most important houses, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent. On the first day of Paris Fashion Week, BoF ran

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Market Pulse | Burberry Causes a Downpour

Savigny Luxury Index September 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 6.9 percent in September, underperforming a flat-ish MSCI World Index (MSCI) by nearly seven percentage points.  Burberry’s profit warning sent the sector into turmoil mid-month and no amount of good news from the likes of Prada and Michael Kors could lift investors’ spirits. Big news Burberry announced a substantial slowdown in sales growth, with same store sales

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Raf Simons, Hedi Slimane and the Tectonic Shifts of the Paris Fashion Establishment

A look from Dior Couture Fall/Winter 2012 | Source: Nowfashion.com

PARIS, France — With fabled fashion innovators Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane scheduled to make their respective ready-to-wear debuts at Dior and Saint Laurent, two of French fashion’s most iconic houses, the stage is set for a historic Paris Fashion Week. And indeed, the conversation amongst editors, buyers and other industry insiders assembling here in the world’s fashion capital is charged with palpable excitement. BoF spoke to

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Retail Recon | Burberry’s Bet on Retail Entertainment

Burberry Regent Street Flagship | Source: Burberry

LONDON, United Kingdom — Much has already been written about the opening of Burberry’s new flagship on London’s Regent Street — the sophisticated digital technology, the impressive multimedia event space, and all that Burberry product, housed in 27,000 square feet of selling space, about the same size as the landmark Apple Store just up the street. The flagship is said to be a “test hub and template” for future Burberry stores

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