Gap’s brand lab, Italian IPO appeal, PPR sustainability plan, Social gifting, Tumblr show

Brunello Cucinelli Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Neiman Marcus

A Humbled Gap Tries a Fresh Coat of Pep (NY Times) “Yet this is a Gap — at the Grove, an upscale mall in Los Angeles. Only it’s more than a Gap — it’s a laboratory for reviving the brand, one of the great hot-to-not stories of American retailing” Cucinelli’s stellar debut seen boosting Italy IPO appeal (Reuters) “Italian cashmere specialist Brunello Cucinelli made a sparkling market debut in Milan on Friday,

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Reorganising for growth, Cucinelli IPO, Digital retail tools, Reimanns unmasked, Pinvolve

Givenchy store Paris | Source: Paris.com

Luxury Goods Oust Executives With Global Economy in Flux (Business Week) “Luxury-goods makers are spring cleaning their boardrooms and ateliers. At least 14 new presidents, chief executive officers, chief financial officers and creative directors started at European companies, including Mulberry Group Plc and PPR SA in the first quarter alone.” Cashmere house Cucinelli IPO approved by Milan bourse (Reuters)

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Stella’s drive, Cucinelli upbeat ahead of IPO, Gucci’s depth, Menswear charms, Shoe sculptor

Stella McCartney by Damon Winter | Source: New York Times

What Drives Stella McCartney (NYT) “She may be one of the most interesting designers in the world today, but when she started out, the fashion world didn’t have many nice things to say about Stella McCartney… Where she has succeeded since then is in designing for exactly who she is. Now 40 years old, she has developed a witty, down-to-earth approach to dressing women like her.” Cucinelli Upbeat Ahead of IPO (WWD)

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Ill-fated Halston, Azzaro’s new creative director, Bruno Cucinelli IPO, Finance to fashion, Katie Grand superstylist

The Men (and Women) Who Would Be Halston | Source: NY Times

The Men (and Women) Who Would Be Halston (NY Times) “Now presided over by the chief executive Ben Malka — until recently the president of the solidly middlebrow brand BCBG — Halston is expected to announce a new creative director, Marie Mazelis (also late of BCBG), to lead it… It’s safe to say that expectations aren’t high, after a series of ill-fated corporate maneuvers that began even before Halston himself died of

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