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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Top 10 Campaigns of the Season

From amongst the multitude of Autumn/Winter advertising campaigns currently hitting fashion glossies, Internet forums and social media platforms around the world, from Facebook to Tumblr to Pinterest, The Business of Fashion picks the Top 10 Campaigns of the Season. Which fashion campaigns struck a chord with you this season?

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Op-Ed | Unmasking Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela couture A/W 2015 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Last week’s unveiling of Matthieu Blazy as Maison Martin Margiela’s head designer may have seemed like another casualty of the age of Instagram. But our modern over-exposed world is actually not a threat but an opportunity — if luxury brands can manage anonymity the right way, argue Joe McShea and Lucian James.

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