Worst of times prove best for luxury brands (CNN) “Luxury brands, including fashion label Burberry and vehicle manufacturer Rolls-Royce, have all enjoyed bumper years, recording slump-busting profits that may raise eyebrows among consumers forced to tighten their non-snakeskin belts. Such income surges will dispel doubts raised when markets first began to falter over the resilience of the high-end market.”
Lunch with the FT: Mickey Drexler (FT) “My lunch with Millard S. Drexler, the 67-year-old chief executive of J. Crew, the American clothing brand made world famous by its First Client Michelle Obama, turns out not to be a lunch. Or to be more specific: not just a lunch. It’s lunch, followed by a short walk, a couple of emails and two phone conversations… Typically I find that chief executives of $1.7bn companies such as
Chanel Never Breaks Stride (NY Times) Suffice to say, the Chanel show had everything, from novel materials to feathered chiffon prints to jackets with ties formed by the linings. (“It’s a stupid idea,” Mr. Lagerfeld said, with a shrug, “but stupid ideas can be good ideas.”) Above all, the Chanel show had no feeling of being stuck. The shapes were agile and youthful, for going places, and that’s really all that matters. Aging
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LONDON, United Kingdom — Death and disgrace do not often darken the world of fashion. In the case of the first, a designer normally dies long after retirement and his demise is of only local interest. In the case of the second, it rarely happens and can usually be covered up by one means or another. But in the last eighteen months there have been two tragedies that can neither be covered up, nor ignored. They are, of course, the