Asia calls time, Garment District ideas, Singer returns to Vogue, Anya on luxury, JM Weston

Tadashi Yanai | Source: Fast Retailing

Asia calls time on Swiss watches (FT) “Swiss watch exports fell in September for the first time in almost three years as demand from consumers in Asia dropped sharply, raising questions about the immediate prospects of Europe’s luxury goods companies.” A Garment District With Some Big Ideas (NY Times) “What to do about Manhattan’s shrinking garment district has been a point of debate among designers and their

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Apple eyes The Fancy, LVMH in India, Anya’s investors, Techie fashionistas, Chinese superblogger

Joe Einhorn, CEO The Fancy | Source: Forbes

Apple Wants To Buy Pinterest Rival, The Fancy (Business Insider) “Apple is in talks to acquire The Fancy, a fast-growing social commerce site backed by cofounders of Twitter and Facebook, Business Insider has learned. The objective: to secure a role for Apple in the growing e-commerce market.” L Capital in talks with top fashion designers to setup LVMH clone in India (Economic Times) “Private equity firm L

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Anya’s story, Tourist spending boost, Paul Smith’s megastore, McQ runway to reality, The ‘It’ bag

Anya Hindmarch | Source: Styleite

Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)

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Chinese buy $50b abroad, Hindmarch profits soar, Puma plays catch-up, Couture in Singapore, Fresh kicks

Gucci bag | Source: l2thinktank

Taxing luxury goods becomes a hot issue (China Daily) “International luxury brands competing to expand their presence in China have to face the fact that Chinese consumers prefer to buy premium goods abroad instead of domestically.  The World Luxury Association released a report revealing the Chinese spent nearly $50 billion in Europe, four times what they spent on luxury goods in 2010 on the Chinese mainland.” Anya

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Anya Hindmarch Says You Have To Sweet Talk, and Sell

Anya Hindmarch | Source: Anya Hindmarch

LONDON, United Kingdom — “I started my business when I was 18,” said luxury handbag designer Anya Hindmarch. On her gap year in Florence, Italy, she saw a bag that was all the rage among the cool Italian girls and she bought it. “I took it to London and everyone loved it,” she recalls. The reaction, it seems, helped her identify a business opportunity. “I found a factory, had a similar bag made and took it back to the UK.” Her

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Ethical fashion gets social, Push to ease rules for UK visas, Executive switcheroos, Saks’ leadership, Yohji as himself

Looks from the IOU project | SourceL IOU

Ethical fashion weaves in social media (CNN) “With each piece of clothing there is a link called “This item’s journey” that leads to pictures and profiles of the weaver who created the fabric and of the artisan who cut the material and created the design. Using the IOU Project’s iPhone app, you can take a photo of the QR code to pull that story up again.” Luxury stores urge UK to issue more

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Jack Wills in front, Michael Kors celebrates, Re-imagining Puma, McArthur in at Anya Hindmarch, Gathering Moss

Pretty, posh and profitable (FT) “Even though Jack Wills is a rapidly expanding global business… you could be forgiven for never having come across it before. [The company targets] teens with money… It prides itself on its stealth marketing and its very direct relationship with its consumers.” Three decades later, Michael Kors’ shows no signs of slowing down (Globe and Mail) “Optimism is in the spring

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Less is more, Mulberry Men’s, Asia inspires aesthetics, Superdry’s retail superboost, Anya’s record year

Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 presentation | Source: Nitrolicious

‘Less Is More’ Is Mattering Most (NY Times) “‘Why would you want to spend hundreds of thousands on a show when everybody’s on their BlackBerry and the clothes seem secondary… Intimacy, exclusivity and a chance to see the clothes: those are our priorities. We like exposure, but we want a more controlled exposure.’” Mulberry designer Emma Hill has men’s accessories in the bag (The Australian)

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Anya Hindmarch’s dreams, Personalising the future, A tailored approach, Black Friday creep, Why Kate matters

Anya Hindmarch Cooper Tote | Source: Purseblog

Dreaming of Clasps and Tassels (WSJ) “Handbag designer Anya Hindmarch designs in her sleep—literally. Some of her best-selling ideas come in the early hours of light sleep at her London townhouse, when a dream culminates in an image of a bag, shoe or detail like a clasp or tassel.” The Future Will Be Personalized (Tech Crunch) “Today, we live in a world where we’re constantly overwhelmed by information. There are

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A profitable Posen, Boutique by Jaeger, Anya Hindmarch for Barbour, Saillard looks back, Primark overvalued?

Zac Posen and his designs | Source: Refinery 29

Mom, I’ll Make a Profit Soon (WSJ) “Mrs. Posen has been pressing for more attention to the commercial side—as opposed to the artistic side—of fashion. The company has added new lines, shed expenses and employees, and even moved some production from Italy to China to save money.” Jaeger targets younger shoppers (FT) “Boutique by Jaeger aims to compete with high street stores such as Whistles, Reiss and All

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Links of the week: Ethical plastic, Tom Ford, and Rodnik for HBS

Thisismoney.co.uk: Exposed: I am not an Ethical Bag and Susie Bubble: I am not a Smug Twat The Anya Hindmarch "I am not a Plastic Bag" PR catastrophe got worse when it was revealed that the bags were made in China and probably cost a carbon fooprint fortune to get them over to the UK. Now, in an even funnier twist, Susie Bubble has photos of ripoff bags m0cking the buyers of those bags, saying "I am not a smug twat" on sale for £19, but currently sold out. Certainly not the expected turn of events for Sainsbury's, or Anya Hindmarch, or most upsettingly, for the genuine campaigners for ethical and socially responsible consumption. BoF first discussed this issue back…

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Anya Hindmarch: This is not a Plastic Bag

Yesterday, as I was picking up my regular morning cappucino from Ottolenghi (the best espresso in Notting Hill), I was surprised to see literally hundreds of people queuing all the way down Ledbury Road, waiting in anticipation for the latest batch of Anya Hindmarch "I am not a Plastic Bag" bags to go on sale. While Ledbury Road is often buzzing on weekends, it is usually quiet during the week, giving Notting Hill the village-like charm that it is famous for. I had read on the Vogue site that morning that these bags were being released, but I never expected people to be so desperate for the bags that they would wait outside on a cold weekday morning for hours…

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