Alber on fashion’s future, Fashion Films abound, Gucci Couture, Coach and Target settle suit, Sex and the Middle East

Alber Elbaz | Source: Alive not dead

The Future Of Fashion, Part Six: Alber Elbaz (Style.com) “The word poetic invariably attaches itself to descriptions of the clothes Elbaz designs for Lanvin, but you get the feeling that behind the famous floppy bow tie, there is a hard-won sense of resolve. During our conversation… he spoke frankly about the problems the industry faces.” Fashion Films Become the Hottest New Accessories (IHT) “‘Catwalk

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Coach goes global, High Street retail rebounds, Archs out from Ungaro, ASOS’ lofty goals, Isabel Marant’s SoHo chic

Burberry SS 2010 | Source: Burberry

Coach Doubles Dividend as Earnings Top Estimates (BusinessWeek) “Coach Inc., the largest U.S. maker of luxury leather handbags, doubled its dividend and announced an expansion in Europe … The company said it planned to open at least 14 stores in France … with Printemps, the French department-store chain. Coach has also agreed in principle to create a joint venture with Hackett Ltd. to open stores in the U.K.,

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Mixed luxury recovery, Hermès’ Chinese brand, Milan’s military men, Berlin FW grows, Britain’s best bloggers

Coach Spring Summer 2010 Poppy Collection | Source: Coach

Not quite a luxury resurgence (Marketwatch) “The U.S. economy may be slowly coming out of recession, but it appears we’re still pretty conservative when it comes to buying.” What Hermès’ New Chinese Brand Means for the Luxury Industry (Fashionista) “Three days before Christmas, the savvy folks over at godly luxury company Hermès quietly announced that they would launch a new brand in China called Shang Xia.

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Christmas comeback, The $900 million Day, Coach’s secrets, Sherman exits womens, Carolina Herrera in Moscow

Luxury retailer look to stage Christmas comeback (Market Watch) “A year after the luxury sector reported the worst holiday season in the already-battered retail industry, high-end retailers are hoping a variety of gambits, from increased exclusives to emphasis on telling why an item is special, can cast that holiday magic.” Record ecommerce sales number reached (Biz Report) “They predicted it and it has now

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PPR misses mark, Coach finds new balance, UK online spending drops, Singapore retail, Schmatta’s decline

PPR Sales Miss Estimates as Gucci Touches ‘Low Point’ (Bloomberg) “PPR SA, owner of the Gucci brand, reported sales that missed analysts’ estimates after demand weakened across the French company’s markets, from luxury to furniture and African goods distribution.” Coach fiscal 1Q profit falls slightly; sales rise (AP) “Luxury handbag maker Coach Inc. said Tuesday its new lower-priced handbag lines such as its

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Online sales in the EU, Coach drops, Jones sees profit, Blogging model revealed, Eastern Europe looks forward

EU To Adjust Rules Governing Online Sales (CNN Money) “The European Commission Tuesday said it plans to adjust the rules governing the rights of retailers to sell their goods on the Internet in an attempt to boost online sales in Europe.” Coach Drops On Worries About Slowing Comp-Store Sales (WSJ) “Shares of Coach Inc. fell as much as 7.1% Tuesday after the upscale leather-goods retailer’s fiscal

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A Younger Coach, Escada optimism, UK sales down, Aquascutum bows out of LFW, Museum fashion

Poppy line for Coach, Courtesy of Coach

Coach Is Now Traveling Coach (Reuters) “With this month’s release of the budget-conscious Poppy line, Coach, a luxury-retail marvel once ridiculed for being stodgy, is increasingly associated with an entirely different-and notoriously fickle-population: teens, coeds, and grads.” Escada Optimistic of Rescue as Katie Holmes Dressmaker Suffers (Bloomberg) “Escada AG Chief Executive Officer Bruno Saelzer said

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Future of Luxury, PPR declines, Sustainable retail, Mizrahi’s Liz launches, Coach profits drop

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The Future of Luxury in a Recession (Atelier) As companies like Coach, Gucci Group and LVMH report their results this week, this video from Atelier, a division of Leo Burnett, highlights some of the cataclysmic changes in consumer behaviour that will drive the luxury of the future. What do you think of their assertions? PPR Says Luxury Sales Remain ‘Sluggish’ (WSJ) “Mass retail and fashion group PPR SA posted a

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Chinese New Year marketing, Thomas Burberry axed, Iodice’s dress giveaway, Coach’s profit declines

Chinese New Year, photo courtesy of chateaugranville.com

Lunar New Year May Be a Tough Holiday for Sales (WSJ) In China, companies are using discounts and clever marketing practices to make people spend during the Lunar New Year holiday. Burberry to axe Thomas Burberry (Drapers) Burberry’s bridge line, Thomas Burberry, will be shut down but the company reported surprisingly strong sales for Q3, up 9 percent on a constant currency basis. Iodice To Give Away Free Dresses Instead of

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