PVH buys Warnaco, China boost, Glorified showrooms, London Collections Men, Bloggers cash in

Tommy Hilfiger Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

PVH Consolidates Calvin Klein With $2.9 Billion Warnaco Buy (Bloomberg) “PVH the owner of the Tommy Hilfiger brand, agreed to buy Warnaco Group in a $2.9 billion transaction, creating a company with $8 billion in sales and bringing all Calvin Klein-branded apparel under one roof.” China Luxury Sales to Get Boost After Leadership Change (Bloomberg) “Luxury companies are betting that Chinese shoppers who are buying

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Louboutin and YSL decision, MADE in Paris, Lululemon lawsuit, New fashion order, Duckie Brown

Christian Louboutin | Source: Mad about Paris

Louboutin wins red soles trademark battle (FT) “French shoe designer Christian Louboutin has won the right to trademark protection of his distinctive red soles in a US federal appeals court in the latest chapter of a bitter legal battle with rival luxury house Yves Saint Laurent.” MADE, a New York Fashion Booster, Makes Paris Inroads (WSJ) “MADE Media Group helped launch several hot young U.S. fashion labels by

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Trends are passé, Fashion patents, China e-commerce shift, Future of street style, Plus-size men

Military Trend | Source: YellowShowLaces

In Fashion, Are Trends Passé? (New York Times) “Trends persist, of course, still scrutinized by mass merchants, manufacturers and many consumers, who use them as a compass, a means of navigating a sea of often-conflicting messages. But as an impetus to buy, trend reports rank fairly low on consumer checklists. Shoppers instead glean their fashion intelligence from a welter of sources, among them the runways, the Internet and

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Preserving Calvin Klein, Macy’s upbeat, Cucinelli rises, Fashion incubator, Ford’s satisfaction

Francisco Costa by Danny Clinc | Source: NY Times

Francisco Costa (Interview) “For the last nine years, or 18 seasons, as women’s creative director at Calvin Klein Collection, 47-year-old Francisco Costa has simultaneously managed to preserve one of the most iconic brands in fashion—one that has proven to the world that Americans can be spare, chic, and sexy right alongside their European counterparts.” Macy’s maintains outlook, disappointing Street

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BoF Exclusive | Italo Zucchelli’s Sublime Futurism — Part II

Calvin Klein Mens by Italo Zucchelli | Photo: Karim Sadli for 032c

In Part I, we examined Italo Zucchelli’s philosophy of menswear. Today, we explore the designer’s creative process and approach to innovation. NEW YORK, United States — A honeyed accent doesn’t give away Italo Zucchelli’s heritage as much as his ability to cut a jacket. A Wagnerian sense of color and experimental materials reveal professional stints with both Romeo Gigli and Jil Sander respectively. He may seem of a piece with

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BoF Exclusive | Italo Zucchelli’s Sublime Futurism — Part I

Calvin Klein Menswear by Italo Zucchelli | Photo: Karim Sadli for 032c

In an exclusive two part interview, courtesy of our friends at 032c, Pierre Alexandre de Looz explores the work of Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein men’s collection creative director, known for grafting the infallible promise of technology — the 21st century’s cultural hope — to the fibre of masculine elegance. Today, in Part I, we examine Zucchelli’s menswear philosophy. NEW YORK, United States — Snug. Well cut. Brilliant. A

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CEO Talk | Tom Murry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calvin Klein

Tom Murry | Photo: Danny Clinch

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s not every day that you get to meet a CEO who oversees a fashion brand which does more than $7 billion in sales at retail. Indeed, Calvin Klein is one of the most successful American fashion businesses of the last 25 years. But the Calvin Klein business is markedly different from many of its peers (particularly those based in Europe) in that it is almost entirely a licensing business, with scores of

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M&A in the cards for Fast Retailing, Calvin Klein in China, Gareth Pugh for MAC, 90 years of Gucci, Cardin’s career

Pierre Cardin | Source: D La Repubblica

Fast Retailing May Buy Bigger Rival in U.S., Europe on Yen (Bloomberg) “Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing chain, may buy a bigger rival in the U.S. or Europe after the yen’s advance to a postwar high against the dollar boosted the Japanese company’s purchasing power… The billionaire aims to take advantage of the yen’s climb to expand outside Japan, where an unexpectedly long summer damped demand for fall and

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Calvin Klein’s house, Vente-Privee targets USA, Feel good fashion, From Bond Street to Shoreditch, Amazon’s Bezos

Fern Mallis and Calvin Klein by John Calabrese | Source: WWD

The House That Calvin Klein Built (WWD) “Omnipresent as Calvin Klein is throughout the world, the man behind the brand has a reputation for being anything but that… Yet during a rare public tête-à-tête with Fern Mallis Monday night, the designer opened up… No subject seemed to be too personal for the 68-year-old Klein, who appeared relaxed and affable throughout the interview — his first at 92Y in 12 years.”

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