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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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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