Following the Thread of India’s Artisans

Left: Alberta Ferretti for Kanchipuram silk; Right: Burberry for Maheshwari silk | Photo: Matthew Shave

Today, BoF columnist Bandana Tewari reports on Project Renaissance, a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organised by Vogue India in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary. MUMBAI, India — Living in India, it’s not difficult to see the magic that lies in the country’s artisanal crafts and textiles. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the tip of Kanyakumari, there is tremendous

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Chait’s magic touch, Burberry transformation, Fashion flu, Acquisition impact, Louise Wilson

Greg Chait by Stephanie Diani | Source: NY Times

All He Touches Turns to Cashmere (NY Times) “Greg Chait, the designer of the Elder Statesman, is not someone you would expect to be named the class of 2012’s most likely to succeed. He is laid back in the way that comes from living in Southern California, where he works in a sunny studio in Culver City. His defining feature is a bushy black beard that could easily contain a pair of knitting needles. Ask him how he got his

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for Menswear A/W 2013

Prada A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — Sonny Vandevelde was backstage in Milan again this season to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the Milan menswear collections for Autumn/Winter 2013. Accessories were strong, with bold shoes and standout leathergoods from Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada. Mrs Prada also advocated a relaxed, but considered geek chic vibe amongst some of the more put together looks in shades of grey, black and beige seen

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Italy’s British outpost, Beautiful youth, Changes at Lucky, Luxury’s big secret, Model lawsuit

Dsquared Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: NOWFASHION

In Italy, a British Outpost (NY Times) “In other words, Burberry, Dsquared, Cavalli and Gucci are not names you will often read in the same sentence. Yet a pronounced Englishness ran through the collections from each of those houses, making Milan feel temporarily like an extension of the Tuscan region called Chiantishire.” Youth Is Beautiful (IHT) “The passing of the flame from a much older 70-something generation

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In-store tech, Italy’s bad boys, Wholesale drop at Burberry, Mandarin benefits, The Russian pack

[caption id="attachment_40392" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Victoria's Secret Bond Street store video wall | Source: AV Interactive"][/caption] Luxury retailers leading the way with in-store technology (Guardian) "London's famous shopping streets have become a hub for retailers that are transforming the way they engage with consumers, and these stores are some of the most cutting-edge in the world." Amid Tax Scandal, Italy's Bad Boys Of Fashion Dolce And Gabbana Become Billionaires (Forbes) "As Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana ready their latest collections for this spring’s slew of international catwalk shows, their lawyers will be working behind the scenes to ensure two of Italy’s most successful designers won’t be spending the next few Fashion Weeks behind bars." Burberry warns of wholesale revenue drop (FT) "The credit…

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Lunch with Bailey, Swatch buys Harry Winston, Generation gap, Picky investors, Thomas Tait

Christopher Bailey | Source: Rumi Foundation

Lunch with Christopher Bailey (FT) “Bailey is so famous for his un-diva-ness that it risks overshadowing his fame as the designer responsible for the anointment of Burberry as Britain’s greatest global brand. Since Bailey’s arrival in 2001 as creative director, Burberry has almost doubled its revenues, from £1bn to £1.85bn, and now has 462 stores around the world.” Swatch buys Harry Winston jewelery arm for $750 million

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The Best of BoF | Top Articles of 2012

Best of BoF 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s that time again when we take a look back at the people, places and innovations that have defined the year in the business of fashion. And what a year it’s been. From the debuts of new heavyweight designers at megabrands Dior and Yves Saint Laurent to the flurry of digital innovations and the rising markets of India, China and Brazil, we’ve covered it all. It was also a particularly special year for

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Narciso’s fixer, Square for Burberry, Twitter vs Instagram, Consignment retail, English Rose

Narcisco Rodriguez and Robert Wichser by Ramsay de Give | Source: WSJ

The Fixer in the House of Narciso (WSJ) “For women’s fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, it has meant hiring left-brain fashion-industry veteran Robert J. Wichser in May. The label tapped him to be chief executive and resident ‘suit’ at the 15-year-old label. Mr. Wichser’s mission is to help the Narciso Rodriguez label regain the business mojo that has eluded it in recent years.” Square to

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DVF’s decade, Burberry profits decline, Burch vs Burch, Roitfeld talks, Vogue Hommes folds

Diane von Furstenberg by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Interview Magazine

Icon of the Decade | the 1970s Diane von Furstenberg (W Magazine) “At 65, Diane von Furstenberg still embodies sultry beauty and feminine power. She is womanly, sensual, and utterly bien dans sa peau as she lounges on a sofa in her office on West 14th Street in Manhattan, portraits and murals and photographs of her in all her feline splendor staring down from the walls.” Burberry profits cut by move into perfumes (FT)

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Market Pulse | Growth, But Perhaps Not As It Used To Be

Savigny Luxury Index October 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 4.2 percent in October, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by more than 6 percentage points.  Much anticipated results announcements confirmed that the sector still has strong fundamentals but that the three-year boom is coming to its close. Big news Newsflow pointed to a slowdown in growth for the sector, rather than the meltdown anticipated by the Burberry

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Luxury growth slows, Artful fashion, Burberry fragrance in-house, DIY platform, Oliver Peoples

Louis Vuitton Shenzhen, China | Source: Richards Basmajian

Luxury goods to slow as Chinese spend less (FT) “Growth in the luxury goods market will slow this year as Chinese consumers spend less at home and give fewer gifts as they await the imminent change in Beijing’s government, according to the consultancy Bain & Co.” Artful Fashion Meets Fashionable Art at Fairs (IHT) “As art fairs and festivals bring a cosmopolitan crowd to London and Paris, a different question

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Amazon mantra, Stake in Osklen sold, Burberry confirms slowdown, Uniqlo’s fight, The Shot

Amazon screen shot | Source: Amazon.co.uk

Fashion tests Amazon mantra of low prices (FT) “Amazon’s well-drilled executives can usually be relied on to repeat the company’s mantra of eliminating costs and waste to offer consumers lower prices. Cathy Beaudoin gets to be different… So instead, in a striking departure from Amazon’s usual talking points, she says: ‘Price is not really a differentiation for us … We maintain the pricing integrity that our

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Week in Review | YSL’s wake up call, Burberry causes a downpour, Looking back at Paris Fashion Week

A Wake-Up Call for YSL’s PR Team (Opinion) “A few weeks ago, Yves Saint Laurent’s PR team wrote to BoF, asking that we edit a tweet. We had shared one of the striking new Saint Laurent campaign images with our followers, referring to the campaign as ‘Saint Laurent Paris.’ Brands often write to thank us for sharing their advertising campaigns with our community, but this was the first time that a brand had written asking us to

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