Selfridges’ big deal, Aquascutum lifeline, Betting big on India, Burberry taps into China, McQueen’s bow

Aquascutum Autumn Winter 2010 | Source: Selectism

Selfridges Group buys Ogilvy (The Province) “Toronto’s billionaire Weston family has bought Montreal’s prestigious Ogilvy department store, adding to its stable of high-end retail offerings after the purchase of Dutch luxury institution de Bijenkorf eight months ago… The back-room deal comes as a bit of a surprise because the previous ownership group had held Ogilvy for barely a year.” Aquascutum secures financial lifeline

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Luxury demand soars, UK ‘retro’ brands, Topshop in Vegas, Gilt’s online expansion, Eyeing Proenza Schouler?

Hermes Autumn Winter 2011 | Source: Hermes

Luxury Market Surges While the Rest of the Economy Sputters (Atlantic Wire) “Economic news these days is pretty bleak: job growth is anemic, retail sales are stagnating, and consumer confidence is plummeting. But the luxury goods market is another story… According to Reuters, investors are now pouring money into luxury stocks.” UK brands: retro in new markets (FT) “Clamour for British brands among emerging

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Cultural landmarks, Gender balance, Burberry’s global success, US focus on Europe, eBay’s liability for counterfeits

Hussein Chalayan | Source: Vogue Paris

Chalayan and McQueen exhibitions: cultural landmarks of the year (Telegraph) “It is the intellectual and imaginative stature of these two former peers – the fact that they drove fashion to reflect difficult realities and push the boundaries of technology – which make their shows a different kettle of fish from the usual lifeless way clothes appear in museums.” LVMH Pledges Gender Balance In Europe (Forbes)

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Op-Ed | Burberry: From Plough Horse to Thoroughbred?

Burberry A/W 2011 Campaign | Source: Burberry

Burberry A/W 2011 Campaign | Source: Burberry LONDON, United Kingdom — Fourteen years ago, Burberry was all but put out to pasture, suffering from a dusty image and its logo being pasted on cake tins, doilies and aprons. Rose-Marie Bravo was put in the saddle and took Burberry for a ride down Chav lane to the gates of the luxury racecourse. Despite doing a great job in fixing Burberry over her nine-year tenure, setting the

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Acne’s Empire, Landmark counterfeit suit, Valentino in demand, Chanel’s scenery, Forever Bip Ling

Thomas Persson photographed by Clement Dauvent | Source: Interview Magazine

Northern Discretion: Thomas Persson of Acne Paper (Interview) “When Acne Paper was founded in 2004 as a literary prong of the multi-faceted Swedish denim empire, it faced a challenge: having to prove its creative independence, and its worthiness beyond being a fancy bit of advertising.” Louis Vuitton, Burberry Win Millions in Landmark Canadian Counterfeit Suit (Forbes) “Louis Vuitton and Burberry have won significant damages in

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Givenchy’s pure couture, Burberry shareholder revolt, Made in Britain, Armani for Japan, Rei Kawakubo’s vision

Givenchy Couture by Riccardo Tisci, Autumn Winter 2011-12 | Source: Givenchy

Givenchy: Pure is Beautiful (IHT) “Mr. Tisci’s vision of asking the impossible from his ateliers is part of the story. But the main thread of his collection is the link to those few, rare customers who are searching for the exceptional. And that suddenly seems like 21st century haute couture.” Burberry faces shareholder revolt over ‘excessive’ executive pay (Guardian) “Burberry faces a revolt over executive pay

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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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Is Burberry’s Digital Prowess Really Waning?

Burberry April Showers Accessories | Source: Burberry

LONDON, United Kingdom — For years, digital media experts and observers, including those on this website, have held up Burberry as an example of a luxury fashion brand that’s effectively embracing today’s digital world. Last year, Joanna Shields, Vice President EMEA for Facebook, the world’s largest social network now with more than 700 million registered users, took that one step further. “Burberry is no longer just a fashion

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Pops of coloured denim, Rampant cost-cutting, Beckham’s new game, Smart men’s fashion, Ahrendts’ right stuff

J brand coloured jeans | Source: J Brand

Blinded by Brights (On the Runway) “The fashion world took a giant leap into color this spring, and the denim makers were still offering vintage and classic washes, and a lot of other brands were displaying murky beiges and grays. Ew. And here in the middle of everything were J Brand’s exploding fuchsia, purple, vivid turquoise, bright red and lemon yellow.” Cost-Cutting Is Rampant in Fashion (Bloomberg Businessweek)

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