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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The Fall of the House of Juicy

Juicy Couture A/W 2013 Campaign | Source: Juicy Couture

No brand before or after it captured the zeitgeist quite like Juicy Couture. So why did the brand, a business with almost $500 million in annual revenue, sell this autumn in a $195 million cash deal to a licensing group better known for working with brands like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley?

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Market Pulse | Giving Thanks?

Savigny Luxury Index November 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

Investors are moving away from bigger groups towards smaller brands and American “affordable luxury.” Meanwhile, the jury is still out as to whether the crucial trading period from Thanksgiving to Christmas will deliver strong results, but sentiment remains positive, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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Fashion’s Art Fair Love Affair

Dior Homme campaign S/S 2014 | Photo: Karim Sadli

Today, to coincide with the start of Art Basel Miami Beach, Hettie Judah considers the increasingly intertwined markets for fashion and art. Tomorrow, we examine the anatomy of fashion’s most spectacular artist collaboration to date: Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton.

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The Burgeoning Business of Fashion Education

Students in a fashion forecasting class at The Condé Nast College | Source: Condé Nast

A career in fashion is a more visible and viable option than ever before. As a result, interest in fashion education is booming and a range of institutions, from design colleges to business schools, are seizing the opportunity.

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