Barbour and Belstaff: A Tale of Two British Heritage Brands

L: Belstaff campaign featuring David Beckham by Peter Lindbergh; R: Barbour International campaign by Julian Broad and Sean Cook

British heritage brands Barbour and Belstaff both aim to build upon their storied histories to acquire new customers and expand their presence on the global stage. But their expansion strategies couldn’t be more different.

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Will a Wave of Megastores Turn Bond Street into the World’s Premier Luxury Showcase?

Bond Street's Coming Luxury Megastores | Source: BoF

Following the arrival of Louis Vuitton’s super-sized “Maison” on London’s Bond Street in 2010, the thoroughfare will soon be home to a slew of high fashion megastores, transforming the once-quaint street into a larger-than-life global luxury showcase.

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Why Relaunch Old Fashion Houses?

Moynat’s Paris Flagship | Source: chaussure-de-luxe.com

PARIS, France — “Would you like me to tell you about the brand’s heritage?” a velvet-gloved salesman in a bespoke suit asks every visitor who crosses the threshold of the Moynat leather goods store which opened a few months ago on rue Saint Honoré, a step away from the trendy Hotel Costes. An affirmative answer prompts a long and winding story that starts with the inception of the brand in 1849, accompanied by a book of pictures

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Vuitton’s REcreative artists, Labelux acquires Belstaff, Ferragamo IPO a go, J.Crew reports losses, Honouring Hilary

Peeq, shop and play with Sneakpeeq | Source: Sneakpeeq

Calling all aspiring artists: Louis Vuitton launches just the site for you (Telegraph) “REcreative, www.recreativeuk.com, has been devised and developed over the past year… Aspiring artists can upload their work and share it with the online community in the ‘Projects’ section of the site, where leading artists and critics will select their favourite works to highlight.” Labelux boosts fashion M&A

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Market Pulse | All Systems Go

Savigny Luxury Index May 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — As luxury stock valuations continue to roar ahead, even as the overall market has stalled, and luxury brands go to private and public investors to finance further expansion, we take our monthly check of the Market Pulse to understand the key drivers. Big news • The Savigny Luxury Index continues its upward trend led by the bullish outlook for the sector in terms of both organic growth and acquisitions •

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