Sex doesn’t sell, Armani courts China,Taiwanese boost, Style Coalition TV, Brand Anna

Giorgio Armani backstage Source AFR

At Abercrombie & Fitch, Sex No Longer Sells (Business Week) “Abercrombie & Fitch’s skin-filled ads and nightclub vibe once delighted American teenagers and infuriated parents. Today, many aren’t even paying attention. The once-edgy retailer has lost a third of its market value in the past year as it grapples with falling sales in Europe and the U.S.” Giorgio Armani courts China (AFR) “‘Are you

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Downtown moves uptown, Future of print, Chinese tourists, A&F stabilises, Charlotte Free

Madison Avenue, New York | Source: Luxuo

Downtown Comes Uptown (NY Times) “Conspicuous consumption has made a resounding return to Madison Avenue, at least on that mile of glistening shops stretching north of Barneys New York at East 60th Street. But it isn’t quite the same Madison Avenue as what was there before. Nearly 50 stores have opened in the last 18 months, including a diverse mix of European luxury labels.” Prosperous Times for Luxury Print Media, Or

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Cautionary tales, Kids’ wear in China, Abercrombie profits drop, Valentino exhibition, Liz Goldwyn

Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison | Source: Malibu Mag

A Hard Spill in Designer Shoes (NY Times) “Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison couldn’t take a wrong step in their climb from Fashion Institute of Technology students to fashion-world darlings… Just over a year ago, she and Ms. Morrison were fired from the company they had created, and now they find themselves watching from the sidelines as the retooled brand is presented at this week’s New York Shoe Expo without

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Coach profits soar, Puma slows, Issey Miyake’s design award, Savile Row defenses, SEH Kelly

Elle’s Facebook page | Source: WWD

Why Coach Continues to Bag Soaring Profits (Forbes) “The wins just keep on coming for Coach. The New York-based leather goods and accessories brand just reported a 21 percent bump in profits as sales for its fiscal third quarter rose 16.6 percent to $1.11 billion.” Puma says hit by slowdown in Europe in Q1 (Reuters) “German sporting goods company Puma said wariness among European consumers hurt its first

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Sarah Burton triumphs, Herrera chic, A&F on Savile Row, Nicole Farhi’s culture, Fashion Star

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Grazia

Sarah Burton (Interview) “When Sarah Burton was named Creative Director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010, she was charged with a task that many thought impossible…  It was Burton who, despite the circumstances, helped shepherd to completion McQueen’s last collection for Fall 2010, which was in progress when he died.” How Carolina Herrera turned being chic into big business (CNN) “In her ‘uniform’

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The perfect match, Marc Jacobs collection stolen, PPR goes green, Abercrombie suffers, Benetton’s provocation

A Marriage of Economic Convenience (NY Times) “More than a decade since Target first popularized collaborations between high-end designers and mass retailers, and seven years since H&M introduced a collection with Karl Lagerfeld, there is still allure in the concept of cheap and chic… Such collaborations are proving to be both a reliable business model for retailers and a business in themselves.” Marc Jacobs’s

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Black style bloggers, A&F profits spike, Forever 21 suppliers sued, Pandora investigation, Fashion capital

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/7037364[/vimeo] Pushing the Boundaries of Black Style (IHT) “As opposed to the fascistically frozen street-style snaps of The Sartorialist and others, these pictures are styled and plotted fictions but also affecting ones, depicting a pair of young black men taking ownership not just of the body and what goes on it, but also of the environment it moves in… Already they have wide reach: Street

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China’s new woman, Gilt teams with GQ, The role of Resort, SuperGroup bid speculation, Gaultier lands in Montreal

Chinese supergroup Wonder Girls for Chloé | Source: Luxuo

In China, Women Begin Splurging (WSJ) “‘Many people are inclined to believe that gentlemen are generously purchasing luxury gifts for women in China, but our observation is that the great majority [of the buyers] are women who have achieved great success in their business and are now rewarding themselves with the finer things in life.’” GQ, Gilt Groupe Team Up on E-Commerce Site (Ad Week) “Gilt

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The Best of BoF | Top 10 Articles of 2010

[caption id="attachment_14415" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The BoF community looks on at Fashion Pioneers with Natalie Massenet | Photo: Lawrence Randall"][/caption] LONDON, United Kingdom — It's been quite the year for the BoF team. In January, we will celebrate our 4th birthday, having seen BoF grow from a passion project created from the sofa in my living room to a growing global community of like-minded fashion professionals that is BoF today. We are grateful for all of the support our community has shown us over the past 12 months, from the success of our sold-out Fashion Pioneers series to the rapidly growing numbers of you who come to us every day for opinionated fashion business analysis and a highly-curated point of view…

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Olivier’s originality, Abercrombie keeps discounting, Burberry sues TJX, Céline’s clean slate, Vuitton’s décolleté

Olivier Zahm by Terry Richardson | Source: purple DIARY

The Future Of Fashion: Olivier Zahm (Style.com) “The French editor and founder of the twice-yearly independent publication Purple Fashion has many other passions… but in an increasingly conformist world, Zahm offers an original, entertaining, and astute voice.” Abercrombie Will Keep Discounting (WSJ) “Abercrombie & Fitch said… it will continue its uncharacteristically high levels of discounting

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In Tokyo, Abercrombie Misses Its Mark

Abercrombie & Fitch, Ginza | Source: Fashionsnap.com

TOKYO, Japan — After several years of “will they or won’t they” speculation, American casual fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch finally opened its first retail store in Japan this past December. The 11-story shop in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza neighbourhood is just steps away from Uniqlo’s flagship store and Swedish fast fashion brand H&M. As with every big retail opening in Tokyo, the first day of sales saw long lines of

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Kate Moss the designer, Esprit beats forecast, Abercrombie played out, Marc streams and Duffy tweets, Luxury 2010

Abercrombie & Finch Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Abercrombie & Finch

Kate Moss: Bags of Style (IHT) “‘I am not doing it for different personalities — it’s what I like,’ says Ms. Moss — or Kate, as she is known. At age 36, she has taken another step in her second life, as a designer rather than as a supermodel using her pretty face and sensual lips to promote other brands.” Esprit 1st-Half Net Profit Down 5.2 percent; Beats Forecasts (WSJ) “Fashion retailer Esprit

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Internet private sales, Couture endures, Neiman Marcus still down, Mass fashion retailers struggle

Private Sale

Designer Bargains, for the Invited (WSJ) “Online retail startups that specialize in “private sales” of discount designer apparel are gaining traction in the U.S. and, armed with fresh venture capital, plan to branch into new businesses.” Couture houses refuse to tumble (Toronto Star) “You can never be too rich, too thin or own too many couture items. High-end buyers continue to pop in to Paris for the

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