Class Action: The Fashion Brands Training Tomorrow’s Artisans

Brunello Cucinelli cashmere artisans | Source: Studio di Sante Castignani

Struggling to recruit skilled craftsmen, fashion companies have moved to tackle the deficit, launching new schools to train the next generation. BoF brings you a look at how these brands are preserving their craft, courtesy of Wallpaper* magazine.

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Milan Points to Man on the Move Next Summer

Source: Associated Press

MILAN, Italy — The man on the move be it with a big backpack, an oversized shopper or the old-fashioned carry-on, was the key theme of high-end labels as they showcased their designs for next summer at Milan's Fashion Week, which wrapped up Tuesday.

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Bulgari’s billionaires, Web fashion foray, Top of the world, Fashion over art, Inside Brioni

[caption id="attachment_40456" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Nicola and Paolo Bulgari | Source: Forbes/Getty Images"][/caption] Bulgari Brothers, Jewelers To The Stars, Are Billionaires Thanks To Tiny LVMH Stake (Forbes) "In 2011, however, French luxury empire Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) acquired Bulgari in an all-share deal, handing over 3.6% of the conglomerate to the family. Last year, as LVMH’s stock rose, the Bulgaris and nephew Trapani sold a tiny sliver of their stake, reportedly to take care of taxes and other expenses." Amid U.K. Retailer Woes, a Web Fashion Foray (BusinessWeek) "As more British retailers succumb to competition from the Internet, a venture capital firm is underscoring the shift with its first investment in a fashion seller to develop its online business." On Top of the…

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H&M’s new concept stores, Miss Wu, Happy returns, Gieves & Hawkes new hire, PPR and Kane rumours

Amancio Ortega | Source: Reporte Indigo

H&M to launch new concept stores in Spring (Reuters) “World number two fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz will launch an eagerly-awaited new chain of stores targeting women shoppers in the Spring, it said on Wednesday.” Jason Wu’s New Contemporary Label Miss Wu Is Already a Hit (Daily Beast) “Miss Wu is a departure for the designer, now 30, who emigrated from Taiwan at age 9, launched his namesake label in

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From Pitti to Paris, Men are the New Women

White stripes at Prada Spring/Summer 2013 | Photo: Giorgio Constantine/Bontonis

PARIS, France — “Men are the new women,” or so went the refrain of the fashion pack who have travelled from London to Florence to Milan to Paris over the last three weeks, taking in the menswear collections for Spring/Summer 2013. Indeed, according to a recent report by Bain & Company, a consulting firm, the luxury menswear market is growing at almost 14 percent per year, outpacing growth in womenswear by almost double. And, as

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The Milano man, Buyers flock to Pitti, Britain Creates, Mr Porter manifesto, Anna Dello Russo

Brioni Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Brioni

All the World’s a Stage (IHT) “If all the world’s a stage, the Milan designers found a way to put simple, modern clothes into different contexts. And Brioni, since it was bought by the PPR luxury group, has burnished its offerings and apparently lowered the age range.” More foreign buyers at Pitti Uomo (Fashion United) “Despite the numbers, which reveal that the Italian fashion industry will end 2012 in the

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Market Pulse | Strong Results Mask Market Jitters

Savigny Luxury Index November 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

  LONDON, United Kingdom — As the luxury and fashion sector enters the critical holiday shopping period on the back of strong results for the first half of the year, there are growing signs that executives are worried about what the future holds for the luxury market in 2012. Big news • This has been another month of record results for the luxury sector, with Hermès, Richemont, Ferragamo, Burberry, Tiffany, Prada and Ports all

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Brazil heats up, Condé Nast’s big guns, After the Brioni deal, Sustainable fashion, Still super at 80

David Remnick, Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour | Source: Ad Age

Exactly How Hot Is Brazil? (IHT) “Compared with the other so-called BRIC countries — Russia, with historic department stores rising from gray streets; India, with its chaotic New Delhi markets; or China with its sprawling, often empty, shopping malls — São Paulo seems like a hive of glamorous commerce… Compared with China, Brazil has had far less attention from the big brands, although their stores are present in São

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PPR acquires Brioni, H&M and Versace, Boss ups targets, iPad catalog experience, Alber Elbaz’s real drama

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Luxos

PPR set to buy men’s wear brand Brioni (FT) “PPR, the French luxury goods group, has confirmed it will acquire Brioni, the Italian high end men’s wear group that has dressed Vladimir Putin and the fictional character James Bond in several movie outings. In a statement on Tuesday, PPR said it would be buying 100 per cent of the family owned group for an undisclosed sum… PPR is reorienting and expanding its

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Market Pulse | Fears Over China Trigger Luxury Sell-Off

Savigny Luxury Index September 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The seemingly unflappable luxury market continues to waver, with growing worries that China’s booming economy — the driver for much of the rapid growth of luxury brands in the past few years — is beginning to slow down. As a result, every major luxury brand has been hit, and hit hard. Big news • Luxury stocks suffered a steep sell-off in the last ten days of September as hedge funds moved out of the

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Pump up the volume, Instagram’s pull, PPR confirms Brioni talks, Throwaway fashion, Proenza power

Proenze Schouler | Source: Modern Wearing

The Volume Stays Up (NY Times) “There seems to be no escape from the orgy of prints and color consuming the runways. It continued on Tuesday at Rodarte and Vera Wang, with runny floral patterns. It struck on Monday with ice-cream pastels at Preen, tribal prints at Donna Karan and blazing red at Ohne Titel… But if you look at many of the prints that have appeared this week, and the way they were handled, you don’t find

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