Market Pulse | Worry in China, Drama in Europe Weigh on Luxury Sector

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom —  The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) fell 4.2 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 4.0 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Worrying news out of China, the continued drama of the European debt crisis and downward revisions in growth estimates for 2012 caused the sector to go out of favour. Big news The month started off with a bang: China announced a slowdown in its factory output for the

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Ending note, J Brand eyes IPO, China slowdown, Ralph signs on for 5 more years, Cost of fast fashion

Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino Couture 2012 | Source: Style.com

Ending on a Grace Note (IHT) “For all the the flesh still flashed on the red carpets, there is a change of mood on the runways. Perhaps the change can best be seen in the long-sleeved dresses with hemlines at the shoe-level that have taken over for the once-prevalent winter bare-the-body look.” J Brand hires bank to explore sale, IPO (Reuters) “Women’s apparel maker J Brand has hired Morgan Stanley to help

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Leather forever, China momentum, Adidas profits to rise, Curator wears Prada, ‘It’ brand again

Hermès winged saddle bag | Source: Glam

Wings of desire: 175 years of Hermès (Telegraph) “Fast-forward to now, and Hermès is the world’s best-regarded luxury company. The regard is reflected in its performance: last year, its profits rose 41 per cent to £495 million. Its exquisitely printed silk scarves are lusted after, but the cult of Hermès is predicated primarily on its handbags.” Slowdown in China? Not for luxury brands (CNN) “China’s

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Market Pulse | Status Quo

Savigny Luxury Index March 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) traded in a relatively narrow bandwidth this month, slipping 0.3 percent, whilst the benchmark MSCI World Index (MSCI) edged up 0.2 percent. Worries over a slowdown in China were offset by yet another string of exceptional results announcements, resulting in a status quo for the month of March. Big news The sector has been awash with strong results announcements with Prada,

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Kors vs Coach, Ferragamo rising, Dover Street Tokyo, Fashion hunt, Front row takeover

Front Row Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: China Daily

Michael Kors Brand Takes on Coach in U.S. Luxury Market (Bloomberg) “Coach Inc. faces an upstart with momentum and brand recognition. His name is Michael Kors. Since the designer’s company went public three months ago, his ambitions have become clear.” Ferragamo eyes growth after profits beat forecasts (Reuters) “Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo is expecting ‘significant growth’ in 2012

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Making a point, Wooing China, Trendy stake, Prints revolution, London’s design diversity

Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Prabal Gurung A/W 2012 | Source: Style.com

Sometimes the Point Is Hard to See (NY Times) “What do you want from a designer? You want a look, not a million things. You want a single inspiring look that you didn’t have yesterday. And that’s why Joseph Altuzarra’s tough coats (in all kinds of classic materials) worn with blousy cargo pants tucked into tight, over-the-knee black boots worked.” U.S. designers lag European labels in wooing China (Reuters)

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‘Big O’ birthdays, Hermès growth in 2012, ‘Cyber Week’ record, BRIC designers, Saunders fever

François Lesage | Source: Simple Virtues

‘Big O’ Birthdays for Generations of Designers (IHT) “The loss last week of François Lesage, the beating heart of Parisian embroidery, at age 82, marks fashion history. A mighty tree in the landscape of haute couture has fallen… Fashion has a way of holding up a mirror to the wider world. But in the fading days of 2011, the bellwether is not about changes in style. It’s about designers themselves and a

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Chinese luxury brands, Oscar de la Renta’s F-Commerce, Adidas raises outlook, Fitted Fashion, Prabal darling

Shanghai Tang Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Shanghai Tang

Can China Produce A Luxury Brand? (Forbes) “China is more known as a luxury consumer rather than a producer. And while it is a manufacturing hub for many global labels and retailers, it has yet to produce its own luxury brand in the manner of Hermes or Louis Vuitton. True, it took centuries for Hermes and Louis Vuitton to become what they are today, but these questions begged to be asked: Are there Chinese labels that are

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In Manolo’s shoes, Prada’s great expectations, No logo, China leads luxury spending, Steve Jobs: Fashion inspiration

Manolo Blahnik | Source: Briseis

In His Shoes (NY Times) “This is the tale of the little stiletto that could, a shoe that in the long-ago days of the luxury-goods boom scampered to the top of a rarefied heap. It was just a handful of years ago that the name of Manolo Blahnik, a 68-year-old London cobbler born in the Canary Islands, was familiar only to hard-core fashion hunters and residents of ZIP code 10021.” Prada forecasts China sales to triple in

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