Biba triumphs, The Jimmy Choo man, ASOS sales accelerate, Japan’s department stores slide, Sartorial seniority

Jimmy Choo Men's high-top trainer in cashmere | Source: T Magazine

Vintage labels find a new life (FT) “‘The original Biba [is] very iconic… It changed the face of fashion and people loved it – it was affordable, easy and sexy. The new Biba has been the most successful launch in the House of Fraser’s history – it’s done way, way better than we’d expected.'” Jimmy Choo to launch men’s shoe collection (Telegraph) “Launching for the autumn/winter 2011 season, a

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The future of heritage, Luring Chinese consumers, Contradictory market reports, Asos profits soar, Pugh to Pitti

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2010 featuring the Heritage Collection | Source: Gucci

Heritage Luxury: Past Becomes the Future (IHT) “The subject of heritage is red-hot because, faced with fierce global competition, brands have to decide which way to go: back to the comfort zone of craftsmanship and quality…fast forward into the world of live screening and e-commerce; or a delicate balance between the two?” In China, the Lure of Patrimony (NY Times) “When it comes to attracting China’s new

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Luxury leads recovery, Asos launches US site, Italians invest in India, Fast Retailing sees decline, Runway top ten

Neiman Marcus, Boston | Source: ICSC

US luxury stores outperform rest of retail sector (FT) “US luxury department stores outperformed the rest of the retail sector during September, underlining the extent to which more prosperous shoppers are leading the recovery in consumer spending.” Asos launches US site (Retail Week) “Asos is promoting the new website, Us.asos.com, by giving US customers free delivery. It plans to launch French and German

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Fashion cycle reboot, Reiss’ personal tailoring, ASOS American invasion, Twitter luxe, Menswear’s new names

Céline Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Céline

The new fashion forward (Telegraph) “Such is the insanely accelerated speed of the fashion world that the clothes appearing in shops now already seem not to be the latest thing, their significance lost, having long ago been… sucked dry through overexposure.” Personal tailoring for everyone (Telegraph) “With 84 stores in Britain (it also has branches in the USA, China and the Gulf), the scheme has the

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Can Technology Help Fashion Etailers Tackle ‘Try Before You Buy?’

LONDON, United Kingdom — In the early days of e-commerce, fashion brands were hesitant about selling online for two main reasons: fear that online distribution would dilute exclusivity and suspicion that consumers would never buy luxury fashion they weren’t able to physically try on. Nonetheless, in 2009, in the midst of The Great Recession, the online luxury market grew by 20%, a rate that’s expected to accelerate through the close of 2010, and online fashion retailers at both ends of the spectrum, from Net-a-Porter to Asos, the UK’s largest online-only fashion store, are reporting rapid growth. But buying fashion online is distinctly different to buying consumer electronics or books from Amazon. Fashion consumers still like to try before they buy,…

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Uniqlo’s social business, ASOS founder cashes in, Inditex into Antipodes, Liberty’s grand plan, Launching Gilt

Liberty's Perspective by Hanslip M. Fletcher c. 1924| Source: vamac

Uniqlo Healing Social Problems With Hipster T-Shirts (Fast Company) “Fast Retailing Co., the company behind the Uniqlo clothing chain, has established a new, wholly-owned subsidiary that’s going to expand its enterprise with a ‘social business’ in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” Asos co-founder cashes in as profits jump (Guardian) “Online retailer Asos sees first-quarter sales rise by

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Introducing Mr. Porter, Making room for new talent, Football in fashion, Asos’ record sales, Britain’s got talent

Rick Owens Mens, soon available on Mr. Porter | Source: Rick Owens

Net-a-Porter announces first menswear site (Telegraph) “The Net-a-Porter group has announced the launch of a dedicated menswear site – the first global shopping destination of its kind. The site, to be called Mr Porter, will launch for the spring/summer 2011 season.” Oh, to Be Young and a Star (NY Times) “While established designers recognize a need to promote new talent in the industry, they may be pushing

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Hermès Q1 up 19%, GenArt shuts down, ASOS recycling marketplace, Fashion consultants, Fashionair to shutter?

Hermès Spring Summer 2010 | Source: Luxuo

Hermès reports 1st-quarter sales up 19 percent (Marketwatch) “Hermès, the French luxury goods maker, reported that first-quarter sales rose 19% to 507.7 million euros. All sectors performed well, with sales growth at the group’s own stores “particularly robust,” up 26% at constant foreign exchange rates, the company said in a Thursday statement.” Fashion, entertainment nonprofit Gen Art shuts down

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Coach goes global, High Street retail rebounds, Archs out from Ungaro, ASOS’ lofty goals, Isabel Marant’s SoHo chic

Burberry SS 2010 | Source: Burberry

Coach Doubles Dividend as Earnings Top Estimates (BusinessWeek) “Coach Inc., the largest U.S. maker of luxury leather handbags, doubled its dividend and announced an expansion in Europe … The company said it planned to open at least 14 stores in France … with Printemps, the French department-store chain. Coach has also agreed in principle to create a joint venture with Hackett Ltd. to open stores in the U.K.,

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Nick Knight live, Burani weighs options, H&M’s Jimmy Choo success, Asos grows, Iman: A model entrepreneur

Nick Knight: Techno King (IHT) “What makes this glossy magazine photo session different is not just that it takes place in a London museum… It’s that there are thousands, maybe millions, of other viewers out there in cyberspace following the live stream, watching the hairdresser flicking Natalia’s Mohawk or sending tweets about her luminous beauty.” Mariella Burani mulls strategic investor (Reuters)

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Mexico’s luxury promise, ASOS goes global, UK retail sales up, M&S cautious, Cathy Horyn en route to Paris

El Palacio de Hierro luxury department store, Mexico City | Source: iluminet.com.mx

Ferragamo Chief Norsa Says Mexico Is Strongest Luxury Market (Bloomberg) “Salvatore Ferragamo SpA Chief Executive Officer Michele Norsa said the Italian fashion brand’s strongest sales growth among major economies this year has been in Mexico, where the wealthy spent more at home as the peso fell.” Asos benefits from overseas sales (FT) “In a statement ahead of its annual shareholder meeting, Asos said

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Paris menswear comes to a close, ASOS profit soars, Retro revival, Vintage inspiration debate

Lanvin, Dior, and Paul Smith S/S 10, courtesy of men.style.com

Paris menswear week winds down with Dior, Lanvin (AP) “The French capital’s spring-summer 2010 menswear displays wound down Sunday with a harder-than-usual silhouette from romantic label Lanvin, a retro rocker at British dandy Paul Smith and a sheer, shorn look at Dior Homme.” ASOS says trading robust as profit doubles (Reuters) “British Internet fashion retailer ASOS Plc posted an expected 93 percent rise

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Escada shows promise, Asos sales double, China encourages exports, Retail stocks continue to rally

Escada S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Escada

Escada seen up on report of unit sale (Reuters) Could there finally be a way out of the red for beleaguered Escada? Shares in the German luxury-fashion company rose, “8.3 percent in pre-bourse trade making them one of the few German pre-market gainers after a report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung says the company is in advanced talks with one suitor to sell its Primera subsidiary, which offers mid- to

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