Once flying high, Australia’s iconic ‘big three’ surf brands – Rip Curl, Quiksilver and Billabong – now face shrinking sales and mounting debts. What went wrong?
It took a fortuitous encounter in front of a bike shop in Bavaria for Damir Doma to find that rarest of things: the right deep-pocketed partner, willing to put in time, energy and resources to see the designer’s fledgling label through its difficult first years and get it off the ground. But six years later, with his own store, close to 9 million euros in sales and a new co-chairman, it is clear that Doma’s ascent up the tricky ranks of Paris fashion has been driven by more than luck. BoF reports.
Once a profitable but rarely discussed sideline business, airside retail is now a highly lucrative, core component of a successful luxury strategy and airport operators are innovating to take sales even higher. BoF investigates.
With zero marketing, German technical apparel brand Acronym has found cult success with a single-minded, laser focus on function.
LONDON, United Kingdom — Despite a string of positive results announcements, the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 0.9 percent in August, nevertheless outperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by close to one percentage point, as markets shuddered at the prospect of foreign intervention in the Syrian conflict.
As many in Europe take their annual August holiday, heading south for a bit of sun, BoF examines how two luxury swimwear brands, the established Vilebrequin and the upstart Orlebar Brown, are tapping the lucrative luxury swimwear market.
As the Trampery, a shared workspace enterprise, opens its third location in the northeast London neighbourhood of London Fields, BoF spoke with founder Charles Armstrong and operations manager Ben Pickering to learn how the new hub aims to galvanise one of Europe’s most fertile fashion frontiers: Hackney.
From shoes to handbags to ready-to-wear, the price of designer fashion has increased precipitously over the last decade. What’s driving the rising prices? And how high can they go?
Market sentiment has turned back in favour of the luxury sector, driven by solid second quarter results, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.
Fashion retailers have long created store environments aimed at stimulating the eyes and ears. Now companies are increasing their attention on the nose and embracing the arts of olfactive branding and scent marketing. BoF investigates.