Op-Ed | Alibaba’s Catch-22

A Gucci wallet of unverified origin listed on Taobao | Source: Taobao

Stuck in a ‘catch-22’ in its relationship with luxury brands, Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba should take a page from Google, maximising revenue in the short term, while buying critical time to build enduring relationships with Western brands, argue Brian Buchwald and Joshua Neckes.

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Op-Ed | Finding My Next Move: Lessons Learned and Why Customisation is the Future

A piece from Giambattista Valli that can be customised on Tinker Tailor | Source: Tinker Tailor

Just over a year after leaving Moda Operandi, entrepreneur Áslaug Magnúsdóttir reflects on lessons learned, her new venture Tinker Tailor and why customisation is the next wave in fashion e-commerce.

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Has Private Equity Learned Its Lesson on Fashion Investments?

Valentino spring/summer 2014 campaign | Source: Valentino

Current market reports indicate that private equity firm Permira Advisers is aiming to sell its majority stake in Hugo Boss and re-opening talks to invest in Roberto Cavalli. What lessons can private equity firms learn from the company’s last major fashion investment?

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