Less is more, Mulberry Men’s, Asia inspires aesthetics, Superdry’s retail superboost, Anya’s record year

Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 presentation | Source: Nitrolicious

‘Less Is More’ Is Mattering Most (NY Times) “‘Why would you want to spend hundreds of thousands on a show when everybody’s on their BlackBerry and the clothes seem secondary… Intimacy, exclusivity and a chance to see the clothes: those are our priorities. We like exposure, but we want a more controlled exposure.’” Mulberry designer Emma Hill has men’s accessories in the bag (The Australian)

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Chinese New Year shopping, Japanese youth reject luxe, Aritzia’s US rollout, Record year for LVMH, Chanel culture in China

Shopping mall in Nanjing, Jiangsu province | Source: The Star

Retailers Turn Lunar New Year Into a Shopping Spree (WSJ) “‘Without question, we’re seeing a shift as years go by to more commercial activation around the major holidays… Retailers understand that it has worked for Christmas and it’ll probably work with Chinese New Year as well.’” Japan’s young generation closes ‘luxury wallet’ (Independent) “As a result of its economic

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Old is new again, China at the fore in 2020, Investing in Italy’s jewels, A virtual fit, Cat in the hat is back

The women of AMC's Mad Men | Source: AMCTV

This Old Thing? Actually, It’s New (NY Times) “‘People used to laugh at me when I tried to sell these kinds of clothes when I started’… said Alicia Estrada, 39, founder and chief executive of Stop Staring!… the pioneer in reproduction vintage clothing. ‘Now my clothes are sold in 40 countries and more than 1,000 boutiques.’” Dipped in gold, China to be world’s top luxury market

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Couture time, Asia’s thirst for luxury, Coach cost pressure, Pakistani fashion, Tod’s colossal Colosseum project

Christian Dior Couture 2011 | Source: Style.com

And Now Couture (On the Runway) “Not even 24 hours after the Paris men’s shows had ended they were a dim memory. The women had moved in for the spring haute couture shows, like a temperance league.” Asian shoppers thirst for luxury (BBC) “So many times in the past few decades, the insatiable appetite of the Americans [helped the world out of recession]… But if China’s emerging class of consumers put

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Fashion without boundaries, Luxury soles, Chinese choices, Oliveira Baptista’s Lacoste, Pugh’s fashion frescoes

Pushing Fashion Boundaries in an Era Without Any (NY Times) “In some ways, the focus on sexuality reflects the fairly narrow thinking of designers and photographers… the Internet represents a world that is livelier, more daring and actual than what currently takes place on runways and in mainstream magazines.” Stepping Into the Sole of Luxury (WSJ) “The U.K.’s reputation for making the finest cars,

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Bespoke inflation, Chinese seek experiences, Barneys’ latest hire, H&M and Elin, Missoni’s Museum of Everything

Indochino Bespoke Suit | Source: Gear Patrol

Why Dressing Well Is Costing More (WSJ) “The culprit is the rising price of fabric. Cotton prices climbed a record 91% in 2010, and the price of crossbred wool hit a 14-year high in October, up 50% over 15 months… But higher material costs are only part of the story: Increasing demand caused by rising affluence is another.” New Experience Economy to Drive China Luxury in 2011 (Red Luxury) “Consumer demand

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Uniqlo loses its way, Drexler’s secret talks, Jimmy Choo for the boys, Vuitton copycats, Pierre Hardy’s NYC

J.Crew Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: J.Crew

‘Superficial’ Fashion Leads Uniqlo Billionaire Astray (Bloomberg) “Tadashi Yanai, Japan’s richest man, used advice from management guru Peter Drucker to build his Uniqlo clothing empire. To pull out of a slump that’s hammered profits and shares, the billionaire is revisiting the lessons.” J. Crew Board Didn’t Have Many Details Ahead of Bid (WSJ) “J. Crew’s chief executive Millard

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Moda Operandi launches, Chinese luxe investors, PVH ups forecast, Blurring fashion and art, Diego’s Colosseum

Backstage at Thakoon | Source: Thakoon

A Faster Trip From Runway to Shopping Cart (WSJ) “Collections of dozens of high-end design houses in New York, London, Milan and Paris will be opened up to individual shoppers, who will be able to place orders on a site called Moda Operandi, or modaoperandi.com.” Chinese firms eye luxury’s battered stars (Reuters) “Luxury Western brands selling designer handbags and handmade suits to China’s

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Donatella’s wisdom, Betsey Johnson’s makeover, Mortgaging the future, Facebook fashion, Uniqlo’s temples

Donatella Versace | Source: Versace

Donatella Versace is teaching a new generation how to thrive (Independent) “Once a party animal, now the head of a fashion empire, Donatella Versace has lived through both good times and bad. Now she’s teaching a new generation of designers how to thrive.” Betsey Johnson Faces a Makeover (WSJ) “Steven Madden could likely help the $200 million Betsey Johnson label expand, allowing it ‘to put money into

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