A Tale of Value and Three Pairs of Shoes

Dunhill Shoes

LONDON, United Kingdom — There’s been quite a lot of talk about value lately. But what does value really mean, and how are different consumers evaluating their purchases? Dunhill recently held a private sale in a discrete space in a Mayfair alley with some deeply discounted prices. It’s something many luxury companies have been doing to help shift stockpiles of their products in a way that doesn’t damage the

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Everybody’s talking about | Fashion copycats

At what point does referencing and inspiration turn into blatant copying? It's a question that is increasingly on the minds of designers -- particularly young designers and small brands -- who don't have the legal muscle (read: cold hard cash) and time to defend the integrity of their designs. In other creative disciplines like music, writing and visual art, it is much easier to defend copying. In fashion, referencing, inspiration, and trends form the backbone of our industry (just check out this long list of adventures in fashion copyright). So, where do we draw the line? Case 1:  Steve MaddenSometimes it's quite straightforward to see what is going on.  A post on Manolo's shoe blog alerted us to this blatant…

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Discreet Luxury: A segment to watch

The signature red sole of an $800 Christian Louboutin pump. The trademark intrecciato weave of a $4000 Bottega Veneta bag. The colourful inner lining of a $2500 Paul Smith suit. These are the markers of a movement being described by industry watchers as Discreet Luxury. Tired of the logo-fixations of the 1990's and early 2000's, certain luxury customers, who don't feel like shouting about their wealth to the world, are shunning logos for clothes and accessories that are unmarked -- except for one usually understated detail that announces the item's provenance and brand to those in the know. Many of these consumers are in advanced luxury markets like Japan and Western Europe, and have exacting standards for quality, craftsmanship and…

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