Robert Duffy’s role, Mulberry shares tumble, Star shopping, Brands as publishers, Aubin & Wills folds

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

Marc Jacobs: A Conversation with Robert Duffy (Port Magazine) “Ask any creative person trying to make a living from design or art what the hardest part of their working life is and they’ll probably tell you it’s the business side of the company that keeps them awake at night…  So it must have been a relief for Marc Jacobs when he, 28 years ago, met and befriended Robert Duffy.” Mulberry shares tumble on profit

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Yoox targets China, Bostock to ASOS, Facebook ‘Want’, Bio-degradable shoes, Kors and effect

Yoox.cn screen shot | Source: Yoox.cn

Two Years After Entering Market, Yoox Launches Chinese Site (Jing Daily) “Two years after entering the China market with the launch of emporioarmani.cn, this week Milan-based designer discount e-commerce site Yoox launched a new Chinese site, Yoox.cn.” M&S retail veteran Bostock to join Asos (FT) “Kate Bostock, the former head of non-food retailing at Marks and Spencer, is to join Asos, the online fashion

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Sporty styles, ASOS’ steady growth, Inditex grows profit, Burberry ethics row, Chanel pays out

Roksanda Ilincic, Mulberry, Simone Rocha Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Sporty? It’s the Olympics, Stupid! (IHT) “This year has been a game changer in British attitudes toward sports, leaving behind the typical ironic and laconic talk about being ‘good losers’ and instead rejoicing in gold medal glory. So it is with fashion. While New York designers appear to be moving away from their American sportswear roots, the London summer 2013 collections are embracing dynamic

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New establishment, PPR eyes Chinese acquisition, ASOS up, Place Vendôme, M&S crisis

Bryan Boy, The Man Repeller and The Sartorialist | Source: AdWeek

Fashion’s New Establishment (AdWeek) “But since then, style blogs like The Man Repeller, Into the Gloss, Style Rookie and Bryanboy, aka Bryan Grey Yambao, have become assigned reading among the fashion set—and you’d be hard pressed to find them missing a single Fashion Week.” PPR Confirms It’s In Talks To Acquire Chinese Luxury Company (Bloomberg) “PPR, the French owner of Gucci, said it’s in discussions to

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Prada taps emerging markets, Asos payout, Nordstrom online, Rosen’s honour, Proenza Schouler

Prada to Add 260 Shops in 3 Years on Demand From BRICs (BusinessWeek) “Prada, the Italian fashion company that owns the Miu Miu and Church’s brands, plans to add 260 stores in the next three years to tap demand in emerging markets including Brazil, China and Persian Gulf countries.” Asos fashion retailer’s top managers reap £66m payout (Guardian) “Seven top managers of online fashion retailer Asos are being

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Future of Armani, ASOS soars, Intelligent e-commerce, Taobao luxe, Masters of Parsons

Giorgia Armani | Source: Bartarinha

The Future of Armani (WSJ Magazine) “Few people in the fashion world are as entwined with their brands. In most companies, a creative director designs and an executive manages. Armani does both. Many important designers, including Karl Lagerfeld and Marc Jacobs, work under contract for brands that aren’t their own. Armani hasn’t designed for anyone else in more than 30 years.” ASOS profit jumps on overseas

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Fashion for kids, PPR sales up, ASOS meets targets, Carr departs Pringle, Nowness in China

Burberry Kids Campaign 2012 | Source: Ms Style and Grace

That Dress Is So Preschool (NY Times) “Now, children are the new accessory, as once-snooty brands line up to please conservative-minded millennials while they use tiny garments to strengthen their brand power in regions like Asia.” Solid Q1 sales growth at French luxury group PPR (Business Week) “Blockbuster growth in luxury sales drove an 11 percent gain in first-quarter revenue at French retail and luxury group

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U.S. retail catch-up, Asos magic, Benetton handover, H&M expansion, Hanneli Mustaparta

American Eagle Outfitters | Source: Store Appeal

U.S. retailers play catch-up in fashion speed race (Reuters) “After years of losing customers to Europe-based retailers that give young shoppers fresh fashions more quickly, U.S. clothes retailers are fighting back.” A Magic Formula: Recession-proof collections from Asos (Independent) “Few brands are posting a rise in sales right now, let alone an increase of almost 50 per cent. But the online fashion and beauty

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

NEW YORK, United States — What makes a successful fashion film? Is it a strong visual concept? Content that can be quickly parsed? A savvy distribution strategy? Humour? Provocation? A famous model or a catchy soundtrack? Creating compelling fashion videos has always been more art than science. But as we set about compiling our ranking of this season’s best films, we saw some interesting commonalities. While Cartier’s 3-minute CGI

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