Market Pulse | A Boost in Confidence

Savigny Luxury Index February 2014 | Source: Savigny Partners

The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) leapt by 6.7 percent this month, overperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost six percentage points, as luxury sector investors seem to have received the reassuring they needed from a number of positive signals, reports Pierre Mallevays of Savigny Partners.

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Photo Diary | NYFW, Day 4: Victoria Beckam, Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders, Patrick Ervell

Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — Contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage photo dispatches from Victoria Beckham, Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders and Patrick Ervell shows, held on day four of New York Fashion Week.

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Photo Diary | NYFW, Day 4: Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon, Diane von Furstenberg

Derek Lam A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — Today, BoF contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Derek Lam, DKNY, Thakoon and Diane von Furstenberg shows, held on day four of New York Fashion Week. Sonny Vandevelde is a contributing photographer at The Business of Fashion.

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The Results Are In For The Calgary Bag

The Calgary Bag | Photo: BoF

LONDON, United Kingdom – Better late, than never! Over the weekend, some of you may have seen a piece in the Financial Times, where readers from Tokyo, London and New York – two men and one woman – roadtested the Calgary bag, a design and crowdsourcing collaboration I did with British leather designer and craftsman Bill Amberg. As some of you will recall, the Calgary bag debuted during New York Fashion Week back in February and

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Lam’s eBay launch, Upbeat holiday outlook, Gilt looks West, LVMH to continue Hermès spree, The last Moss

Derek Lam | Source: Derek Lam

Derek Lam launches crowd-sourced collection on eBay (The Cut) “Upon the collection’s initial unveiling, anyone with Internet access will be able to vote immediately for their favorite looks online to determine what goes into production.” U.S. luxury, dept stores set for Xmas bounce (Reuters) “Luxury and department stores will be the biggest beneficiary of expected growth in the U.S. retail market this

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Industry chatter | Costello Tagliapietra, Derek Lam and Kim Jones

There are many paths a young fashion designer can take to achieve fame and fortune. But these paths are often meandering and always challenging. It can take many years for a designer to find their way. Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra first made a name for themselves as masters of the jersey dress -- perhaps a bit of niche market, but one that they had down cold.  We met the eccentric and charming duo a couple of years ago when they were first embarking on their careers. We watched as Anna Wintour took a front row seat at their show, signaling the strong support they have from the fashion establishment. At the time, they had started to look for funding,…

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Crowning glory: The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund

For all of you budding young designers based in America, the CFDA has officially begun its annual search for America's most promising young designers. Each year, the CFDA awards a $200,000 grant to the winner, along with mentoring from a recognised fashion business guru as part of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.  Past winners include the intelligent and talented Doo-Ri Chung (looking super glam in this ad) who is mentored by J.Crew's legendary Mickey Drexler and the refined-beyond-their-years Proenza Schouler design duo, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, who were mentored by Burberry's impressive former CEO, Rose Marie Bravo. This is a really great initiative from the CFDA and other venerable fashion names like Barneys New York and Vogue. That said, I…

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