Behind Public School’s Second Coming

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School | Source: Courtesy

The ascent of New York menswear label Public School hasn’t been the bump-free upward glide that their much-buzzed-about status would suggest. BoF sat down with designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, and stylist Eugene Tong, whose expert touch has helped put the young label’s fresh mix of sportswear and tailoring on the fashion radar, to discuss the brand’s rebirth.

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Market Pulse | Cashing In

Savigny Luxury Index December 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

Uncertain expectations over Christmas trading amidst mixed retail signals led many institutional investors to take their profit before closing their books at year-end. Meanwhile, the travel retail channel continues to surge and M&A activity remains buoyant, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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Can Rebekka Bay Save Gap?

Gap's creative director Rebekka Bay | Source: Courtesy

Once one of the world’s most successful specialty retailers, Gap has been mired in decline for over a decade. Following a series of cost-cutting measures, will the arrival of creative director Rebekka Bay and a new focus on product help the American retail giant get back on its feet?

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Barbour and Belstaff: A Tale of Two British Heritage Brands

L: Belstaff campaign featuring David Beckham by Peter Lindbergh; R: Barbour International campaign by Julian Broad and Sean Cook

British heritage brands Barbour and Belstaff both aim to build upon their storied histories to acquire new customers and expand their presence on the global stage. But their expansion strategies couldn’t be more different.

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