DIY Fashion, Flash sale bubble, Coach eyes Chinese men, Macy’s online surge, Remembering Tommy Nutter

Make your own jeans | Source: Makeyourownjeans.com

Designed by You, Made by … Who? (NY Times) “Do-it-yourself Web sites are making it easy for fashion buffs to design and order custom outfits: all you need is an Internet connection and a credit card. But are the sites any good? Can design-your-own jeans rival designer jeans? Is the shoe of your dreams mere mouse clicks away?” The investor’s dilemma: etail vs the brand (Material World) “An announcement of a

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Market Pulse | The Luxury Consumer Is Back

Savigny Luxury Index March 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month’s Market Pulse shows a continuing upward trend for luxury and fashion stocks versus the MSCI World market benchmark, erasing any lingering doubts about the return of the luxury consumer. Big news • Luxury brands have had an excellent start to the year reporting strong Q1 results. Double digit sales growth has been fuelled by continued strong growth in China and economic recovery in the US

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Rousteing in at Balmain, Savile Row’s royal role, Cutting costs sustainably, Coach profit soars, Q&A: Sozzani

Olivier Rousteing | Source: Fashionologie

Olivier Rousteing Named New Designer at Balmain (T Magazine) “The new era at Paris’s sex-charged fashion house Balmain is beginning to take shape, with Olivier Rousteing being tapped as the label’s new designer. Rousteing, who joined Balmain in 2009 and is currently in charge of women’s wear.” Savile Row tailors on dressing the royal groom (Telegraph) “Last week, David Cameron briefly stole the limelight from Kate

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Equity looks to fashion, Coach moves production, Sustaining success, Selfridges’ talent, Westwood extravaganza

Fashionista.com | Source: Fashionista

Equity turns fashionable (Fashion United) “Investing in something more than a covetable wardrobe is turning to be a trend that arrived to stay. Even more equity and investment firms are looking for opportunities to enter the fashion business, which is proving to be resilient to crisis and financial turmoils.” Coach to Move Production From China (WSJ) “Leather-goods maker Coach plans to gradually move some

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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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Lanvin’s fast fashion couture, Coach conquers Europe, Footwear News power list, Uniqlo sales dip, WWD at 100

H&M Champs Elysées | Source: Superfuture

Fast Fashion Meets Couture in Paris (IHT) “H&M has a particular reason to welcome the [Lanvin] collection to Paris: a new 2,800-square meter… store on the Champs-Élysées, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — the first time a ‘fast fashion’ chain has followed the architectural route.” Coach Gallops Into Europe (IHT) “Mr. Frankfort, chairman and CEO of the American accessories

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Primark on top, Bergdorf’s integrated approach, Last Call at Neiman Marcus, Coach profits up, Sewing futures

Primark Oxford Street | Source: Newscast

Primark is the best summer seller (Independent) “Love it or loathe it, you can’t avoid it – at least not anymore. As we report… Primark became Britain’s biggest clothes retailer by sales volumes over the summer. That is a position that has traditionally been occupied by Marks and Spencer.” How Bergdorf Goodman understands the new luxury purchase funnel (Luxury Daily) “Upscale department store

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Cathy Horyn’s pointed pen, Coach UK, Fast fashion warning, Versace eyes Japan, 30 years of Japanese fashion

Coach Madison gathered leather handbad detail | Source: Coach

Fashion’s Most Feared Critic (Daily Beast) “Cathy Horyn wields a pointed pen to (sometimes) skewer her subjects…Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang, Nicole Miller, and Oscar de la Renta have all banned Horyn and the Times from covering their collections at various points…None of this has seemed to faze the journalist, who, this fashion season, displayed her trademark ability to

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Second Annual Digital IQ Index of Luxury Brands Released

Digital IQ Ranking 2010 | Source: LuxuryLab

NEW YORK, United States — Last year BoF reported on the first ever ranking of luxury brands’ digital competence, and today the second ranking, published by New York-based LuxuryLab, was released first to a small number of global media outlets, including BoF. The adoption of digital media has been explosive. Longtime readers from the very beginnings of BoF may recall our first ever post on Fashion 2.0 back in April 2007 when

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Japan’s Premium Pricing Problem

Coach Kristin Leather Hobo Bag | Source: Coach

TOKYO, Japan — In the United States, the Coach Kristin Leather Hobo bag retails for $298. In Japan, the same bag costs $711 (¥59,850). This disparity in pricing is not unique to Coach. Premium and luxury fashion brands based outside Japan have long charged Japanese consumers a significantly higher price than in other markets for the same goods. But today, due to a strong yen and greater visibility of global pricing thanks to the

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When PE works, Forever 21 never sleeps, Coach’s cautious outlook, David Delfin’s moment, An outsider’s view on Vogue

J.W. Hulme Heritage Leather Duffle Bag | Source: J.W. Hulme

Restitching a Firm That Nearly Unraveled (WSJ) “J.W. Hulme Co., a Minnesota luggage maker that almost came unraveled during the credit crisis, is on the mend.  A private-equity firm provided the 105-year-old company with a cash infusion of $550,000… [the brand] will be carried in more than 30 Barneys New York stores around the country by mid-August.” For Shoppers Who Never Drop (WSJ) “‘But New York

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Empire state of fashion, Burberry interactive, Coach goes for guys, Bluefly’s viral push, Suits lose their sting

Designers Pitch Brand New York (WSJ) “Young labels like the Row, Jason Wu, Nellie Partow, Waris Ahluwalia and Prabal Gurung are trumpeting their New York roots on apparel and labels in an effort to create a sartorial version of the locavore movement.” Burberry launches interactive ad campaign (Retail Week) “Burberry has developed an interactive digital advertising campaign for its Autumn 10 collection that allows

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Lunch with Marc Jacobs, White hot Givenchy, Coach vs. Chicago, Ann Taylor rebounds, Brand new dandies

Marc Jacobs | Source: FT

A New Marc Jacobs? (FT) “‘I can’t do everything, and I’m not good at everything… I feel like what I do creates some sort of direction for the company, and that’s good, and then I can leave it to other people to interpret.’” Why Givenchy is more desirable than ever (NZ Herald) “Givenchy struggled to reinvent itself for over a decade, but today – with Riccardo Tisci at the helm – the

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