Daily Digest

28 February, 2013

Brussels Woos Corporate Titans of Fashion

Antonio Tajani | Source: Notizie Da Bruzzo

“Brussels is rarely considered home to Europe’s high-end fashion and luxury barons, who are more easily spotted on the streets and in the boardrooms of Milan, Paris and London. But over the past 18 months it has become increasingly common to see such figures as Spain’s Agatha Ruiz de la Prada and Italy’s Paolo Zegna walking along the corridors of the Berlaymont, home to the European Commission.”

Spain Strives to Recover From a ‘Lost Generation’

Loewe Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Loewe

Loewe is now hoping to rekindle such staff loyalty and professional know-how, particularly at a time when Spain has sunk into an economic quagmire that has pushed its jobless rate to a record 26 percent. It recently inaugurated a training school at its production center in Getafe, on the outskirts of Madrid. The school will train 300 people in leather-working skills over three years, and Loewe intends to recruit 120 to 140 of them for full-time positions.”

J. Crew Chief and American Express Invest in Warby Parker

Warby Parker pop-up store in Manhattan by Deidre Schoo | Source: NY Times

“Warby Parker, the hip purveyor of retro-style glasses, has solidified ties with two of its most prominent fans. Now the three-year-old start-up can count Millard S. Drexler, the chief executive of J. Crew, and American Express as participants in its latest round of financing, which closed last month at $41.5 million.”

A Maverick Unleashed

Undercover Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Jun Takahashi’s modest and brilliant show Wednesday night at the Sorbonne probably confirmed for many in the audience why they will cross an ocean just to be tickled for 15 minutes. Mr. Takahashi, the creator of Undercover, hasn’t done a Paris show in awhile, though he has been busy at home base in Tokyo. You may remember he designed a line for Uniqlo.”