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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Abercrombie shares tumble, Retail sales fall, Safilo open to bids, Giancarlo di Risio to step down

Abercrombie & Fitch ad campaign, courtesy of Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch shares drop sharply (AP) “Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. tumbled Thursday after the teen retailer posted a bigger-then-expected drop in same-store sales for May. Its stock shed $3.56, or 11.3 percent, to $28.12 in midday trading.” Across Low and High Ends, Retail Sales Fell in May (New York Times) “While there have been early signs of stabilization, including improving consumer

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Theyskens at Nina Ricci, Retail stocks, New consumer mind-set, Retail winners and losers

Nina Ricci Pre fall 2009, courtesy of WWD

Nina Ricci: Theysken’s Beat Goes On (WWD) Olivier Theyskens will be staying put at Nina Ricci with an “expanded accessories line, particularly handbags.” Retail Stocks: Sizing Up 2009 (Seeking Alpha) Seeking Alpha lists the reasons why 2009 will be an ugly year for many brands. Retail’s winners and losers (Just-Style) Wal-Mart was a retail winner in 2008, but Gap and Abercrombie & Fitch were amongst the

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ASOS up 68%, H&M, Abercrombie & Fitch’s skimpy sales, Burberry’s flat profits, Adidas’ SLVR

Online fashion firm ASOS H1 profit up 68 pct (The Guardian) In another signal that affordable online retailers could fare better than bricks and mortar operations in the economic downturn, ASOS H1 profit rockets up 68%. H&M Still In Fashion (Forbes) "Swedish-fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz posted a decent set of October sales." But "analysts warned the company would not be able to avoid the ripple effects of the global financial crisis." Has Abercrombie Lost Its Shirt? (Motley Fool) Abercrombie & Fitch's  skimpy aesthetic is also reflected in the company's declining sales performance for Q3 2008. Profits flat at Burberry (Drapers) "Burberry saw sales rise 20% in the first half of the year with pre-tax profit flat during the period,…

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Pax Americana: Abercrombie & Fitch

This marks the week that one of America's most successful fashion brands hits the shores of Europe, with the opening of the first European Abercrombie and Fitch flagship in London's Savile Row. The hype has been nonstop, with the media going crazy,  London buses trumpeting the new store's appearance by draping themselves in images of perfectly proportioned models baring their torsos (and the preferred Abercrombie aesthetic) for all to see. According to reports, there will always be two models in swimwear in the store at all times. Shopping at an AF store is about the experience of Abercrombie and Fitch. It speaks volumes about the brand and what it stands for. The signature music. The achingly hip (an invariably attractive)…

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