Luxury in China Loses Lustre as Wealthy Flee

Dior store in Beijing | Source: Shutterstock

HONG KONG, China — Wealthy Chinese are likely to buy fewer luxury goods again this year after the steepest cut-back on spending in at least five years, changing the game for high-end retailers like Louis Vuitton which have staked their growth on China.

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LVMH China Watch Sales Decline Offset by Overseas Purchases

Tag Heuer campaign feat. Maria Sharapova 2013 | Source: Tag Heuer

PARIS, France — LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, the world’s largest luxury-goods maker, says its sales of jewelry and watches have dropped in mainland China and are being offset by Chinese nationals buying overseas.

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Italian Police Seize Bulgari Executives’ Assets in Tax Probe

Bulgari Hotel, London | Source: Courtesy Photo

MILAN, Italy — Italian police seized more than 46 million euros ($59 million) of assets from executives linked to jeweler Bulgari including Francesco Trapani, who heads parent company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA’s watch and jewelry unit, for alleged tax evasion.

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Week in Review | PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment, Going Corporate, 10 Fashion Moments in Milan

Week in Review December 14-18

What to Make of PPR’s Christopher Kane Investment (Analysis) “But fast forward a few more years and today, both Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen have grown into medium-sized businesses with over €100 million in annual revenue each by pursuing business models that fit, respectively, with their unique brand DNAs.” Finding Your M.O. | Part 14: Going Corporate (Education) “As in life, the time comes when every

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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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Swedish style, Bulgari family sells LVMH shares, Chinese savvy, Moda’s next phase, Fern Mallis

H&M flagship store | Source: NY Magazine

Swedish fashion: How less can be more (CNN) “Stockholm fashion may not have the clout of Parisian haute couture or the glamor of Milan’s upscale brands. But the city is turning its flair for sleek design into a major business export.” Bulgari family sells LVMH shares (FT) “People close to the deal said the Bulgari family had decided to reduce their stake after a strong rise in the shares in the past year and

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