Reinventing Savile Row, Luxe boom to slow, Marc Jacobs’ chinoiserie, Elite buyer reviews, Boys to men

Saville Row Street Sign W1 | Source The Civilized Gentleman

Reinventing Savile Row (WWD) “Faced with constant pressure from the bottom end of the market, such as low-cost operations that claim to offer ‘bespoke’ goods… and the top end, in the form of slick designer labels… Savile Row’s tailors had a choice —evolve or go extinct.” Luxury goods boom set to falter (FT) “The US and Asia have been behind an unexpectedly strong recovery in luxury

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Game-changing Spring, Monetising Facebook, Mulberry’s growth, Gap’s brand oblivion, Top Chinese designers

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Runway | Source: Style.com

Spring, Fashion’s Operatic Season (NY Times) “The season was the powerful game changer that retailers and editors have been hoping for — if only to give customers a new reason to shop. The longer skirt lengths and more forgiving jacket cuts with looser shoulders.. are easier to wear, and sell.” How Facebook Can Become Bigger Than Google (Tech Crunch) “Facebook’s alleged revenue has grown from $275 million in 2008

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Questioning fashion copyrighting, Chinese forays, Lanvin for H&M, Esprit’s decline, Revamping John Lewis

Canal Street AF1, created to drive counterfeit awareness | Source: Kicks on fire

Copyrighting Fashion: Who Gains? (NY Times) “Paradoxically, the payoff from free copying has been enormous.  The fashion cycle turns faster, and the industry gets richer – and creates new designs more frequently. So why on earth would anyone want to change that?” Luxury brands wrest back China market, eye smaller cities (Reuters) “Many piled into China over the last decade, pairing with re-sellers and joint

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Marketing with cultural sensitivity, Sponsoring bloggers, Social CEOs, Ebay’s fashion push, Corrine Day’s legacy

Dior's Shanghai Dreamers | Source: antbazaar

Chinese people as identical Maoist robots? (Guardian) “If fantasy is part of the appeal of fashion, then wouldn’t it be worthwhile for Dior, Chanel, and other couture houses to figure out how Chinese people fantasise and see themselves?” Marketing’s New Rage: Brands Sponsoring Influential Bloggers (WWD) “Forget about just display ads. Increasingly, the future of advertising online seems to be through

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China’s top bloggers, Frugality in fashion, The enduring espadrille, Battle brewing for NYFW, Smith’s new virtues

Urban Outfitters Retail | Source: Sneakpeak

China’s Fashion Bloggers: Five to Watch (Jing Daily) “In the US and the UK, fashion bloggers have long been considered ahead-of-the-curve influencers… With China’s growing appetite for luxury, there’s room for China’s fashion bloggers to gain industry traction as well.” Frugality in Fashion Amid Economic Slump (WWD) “Never before has it been so chic to be cheap. And the looming threat of a double-dip

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J.Crew’s leading man, Logo-less luxe, Hermès goes street, Nordstrom matches view, Diane Pernet’s world

J.Crew Takes a Leading Role in Men's Fashion (Bloomberg) "The men's fashion landscape has long been dominated on one side by luxury brands... [or alternatives] that no longer seem au courant.  J.Crew has emerged in this void as the merchant of a new style that bridges work and leisure, youth and age, vintage and contemporary, gay and straight." Will Chinese Shoppers Embrace Luxury Goods–Sans Logo? (Forbes) "Although luxury shoppers in established, recession-stung markets may gradually be lured back into stores by understated items...will this trend appeal to potential buyers in emerging — and lucrative — markets like China, where garish still equals good?" Hermès launches street style website (MyFashionLife) "Dedicated solely to its signature square scarves, the new website, called…

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Chanel growing old, Chinese spending power, Macy’s posts gains, The laws of fashion, Angela Ahrendts cashes in

Angela Ahrendts | Source: The Guardian

Chanel’s luxury dream is turning to dust (Marketing Week) “According to the company’s 2010 estimates… [Chanel] lost 11% of its brand value over the past 12 months. It’s a rare glimpse into the actual state of Chanel’s brand health.” Chinese spending power underestimated, study says (Market Watch) “Chinese households have far more money than previously thought… property companies and even European

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Street style icons, Home grown Chinese luxury, Prada’s first-half boost, Next warns of slowdown, Masterful Crisp

On the Street: Fabrizio, Milano on The Satorialist | Source: The Satorialist

Seen on the Street: Strangers as Style Icons (WSJ) “We’ve had the age of supermodels as fashion icons and the age of celebrities. Now comes the age of attractive strangers… BeautifulStranger, The Sartorialist and other photo websites are turning fashion’s focus from models to regular people.” Chinese luxury wannabes try to shake off “Made in China” image (Reuters) “‘I threw away

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Chinese JVs on the rise, Affluent consumer species, Wealthy Web 2.0, Social media lessons, Hats off to Jane Taylor

Shoppers in Shanghai | Source: ChinaLuxCultureBiz

Global Luxury Brands Abandon Chinese Partners (Business China) “In addition to taking direct control of stores in China, luxury brands are hoping to boost profits by tailoring new product lines to the meet local consumer tastes, and moving their manufacturing bases to China or other Asian countries with low labor costs.” The Four Species of Wealthy Consumers (WSJ) “A doctoral student and two professors have been

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Seeking male shoppers, Chinese consumers value CSR, Luxe apparel spending lags, Green sneakers, Sewa success

Jack Spade Clothing and Accessories on Gilt | Source: Gilt Groupe

Wanted: Guy Shoppers for Fashion Sites (WSJ) “Online fashion shopping sites like Gilt Groupe and Rue La La have been a hit with women since launching over the last three years. A new push to get men to shop in these web boutiques is proving more difficult.” Foreign luxury companies take note: Chinese consumers favour CSR (FT) “A new study points to a more powerful tool: promoting corporate social responsibility.

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Yuan fears, Google vs LVMH Round 2, Shoes the new ‘it’ bag, Digital marketing costs, Stella for Team GB

Declining dollar reduces Chinese competitiveness | Source: Impactlab

China’s textile firms may face bankruptcy on yuan appreciation (Xinhuanet) “Half of China’s textile firms may risk going bankrupt if the value of the Chinese currency yuan rises 5 percent against the U.S. dollar given the industry’s thin profit margins.” French Court Kicks Google/LVMH Case Back To Appeals (WSJ) “The French Supreme Court Tuesday referred a previous ruling against Internet search

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Liberty explores sale, EU internet sales, Dutch auctions, Chinese consumers, China overtakes the US

Iconic floral prints, courtesy of Liberty

Liberty appoints advisers to review the business (Drapers) “Liberty has confirmed it is set to appoint advisers to lead a review of the business, which could lead to a sale of the iconic London department store.” LVMH, Chanel Force EU to Modify Draft Law on Internet Sales (Bloomberg) “Luxury goods makers LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and Chanel SA may win more control over how Web-based retailers sell their

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