The House That Fashion Built

The Burj Khalifa, which houses the Armani Hotel Dubai | Source: Armani

Some of the world’s largest fashion brands are creating branded hotels and private residences as well as the homewares to fill them, tapping easy additional revenue streams and constructing powerful brand beacons in emerging markets.

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Can Post-Crisis Dubai Become the World’s Largest Consumer Fashion Hub?

Dubai Mall | Source: Shutterstock

After London, Dubai is the second most popular place in the world to shop for fashion and luxury goods. Can it become number one? Six years after the devastation of a global recession that saw billions wiped off the value of local real estate, BoF sits down with Mohamed Alabbar, architect of the emirate’s retailing success, to understand his vision for the future.

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Role Call | Francois Schweitzer, General Manager and Head of Business Development

Francois Schweitzer | Source: Chalhoub Group

Listen to the market, have a flexible approach and share ideas with vendors, colleagues and, even, competitors, advises Francois Schweitzer, general manager and head of business development in the retail division of the Chalhoub Group.

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Dubai Vying to Be World’s Next Fashion Capital

Dubai Design District | Source: Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai and luxury are nearly synonymous. Now, to boost its glamour factor and economy, the city has its eyes set on the multi-billion-dollar-a-year global fashion industry, which is currently dominated by the U.S., Europe and Japan.

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Dubai’s new draw, Hermès rises, Online recipes, Collette Dinnigan prize, Who’s that girl?

Dior store Dubai UAE | Source: CPP Luxury

Dubai Finesses Ease of Luxury Shopping for Chinese (NY Times) “Chinese shoppers, rare birds not long ago, are flocking to Dubai’s malls. Up to 25 percent of luxury goods sold in Mall of the Emirates are purchased by Chinese tourists… ‘So now, it’s about how we market to them,’ Mr. Malas said. ‘For example, many stores are hiring Chinese speakers dedicated to these consumers.’ Dior had two Chinese

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