Japan’s Rakuten Buys Chat App Viber for $900 Million to Expand Digital Empire

Source: Reuters

TOKYO, Japan — Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten Inc, controlled by billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, will buy call and messaging app provider Viber Media Inc for $900 million in a deal that would more than double the number of users in its digital empire.

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Quotable | Raf Simons Says A Fashion Business Without Structure Won’t Work

Raf Simons photographed by Willy Vanderperre | Source: Fantastic Man

“What I’ve learned about working with a big company like Jil Sander is how important the structure is. You can have ideas and you can have money, but if the structure isn’t right, if everybody at design and management and marketing and sales isn’t in the same key, it’s not going to work.” Raf Simons speaking to Gert Jonkers, editor of Fantastic Man, for Issue No. 14, Autumn and Winter 2011

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Quotable | Tamara Mellon says that the private equity model does not fit with fashion and luxury

Tamara Mellon | Source: Designer Planet

“Private equity is about financial engineering, and that model is very difficult to apply to fashion and luxury, when it can take 30 years to really build a brand. It’s very stressful on a company to keep going through” the break-ups and new make-ups that are involved with continual changes of ownership. Tamara Mellon, President and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo, speaking to Vanessa Friedman of the Financial Times, following

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Quotable | Anna Wintour says she wants to enhance and protect Vogue which is a global brand like Nike or Coca-Cola

Anna's Army | Source: WSJ

“With all the new media outlets out there, with all the noise, a voice of authority and calm like Vogue becomes more important than ever. The more eyes on fashion, the more opinions about fashion, the more exploration of fashion around the world, the better it is for Vogue. Vogue is like Nike or Coca-Cola—this huge global brand. I want to enhance it, I want to protect it, and I want it to be part of the conversation.” Anna

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Autumn/Winter 2011 – The Season That Was

John Galliano | Source: The Creator Blog

PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of

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Quotable | Sir Paul Smith says Doing Business in Japan Requires Deep Cultural Immersion

“The key to my success in Japan has been the sheer love and enthusiasm of going there…I was immediately willing to go two, three, four times a year. I had to understand how it was all working…immersing myself in the Japanese way.” Paul Smith, speaking to the UKTI about how to do good business in Japan, where Mr. Smith has built a retail network of more than 200 stores, now constituting the lion’s share of a

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Quotable | Alexandre Plokhov Says Finding the Right Partners is Important

“At Cloak I was doing production, I was doing business, I was doing financing. It kind of killed me, actually. I was doing very little designing. The key thing at Versace was that I just got to design; it got the juices flowing again. Now, with my own collection, I get to design more, which is what I want to do. I don’t pretend to be a businessman. You have to be to a certain extent, but I also want to work with people who

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