Fast fashion empire, Gilt CEO steps down, Ebay returns to China, Jean genies, Bella Freud

Zara Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Zara

How Zara Grew Into the World’s Largest Fashion Retailer (NY Times) “Inditex is a pioneer among ‘fast fashion’ companies, which essentially imitate the latest fashions and speed their cheaper versions into stores. Every one of Inditex’s brands — Zara, Zara Home, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear and Uterqüe — follow the Zara template…” Gilt CEO Kevin Ryan Steps Down Ahead of

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Ebay’s luxury foray, UK textile boost, Coach wins counterfeit case, Art of individuality, Fashion florist

Xiu.com screen shot | Source: Xiu.com

Ebay makes renewed foray into China (FT) “Ebay is to make a renewed push into China via a partnership with xiu.com, a local online retailer of luxury goods. The US group plans to focus on importing high-end western goods at discount prices, taking advantage of a growing desire for such items in China, but without wading into the fierce competition of the domestic market.” Cable backs plan to boost textile industry (FT)

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Copping’s time, EBay on the high-end, Investcorp buys into Orka, Birkin appeal, Home shopping

Ebay logo | Source: Bloomberg

Peter Copping: L’Homme du Temps (WSJ) “Peter Copping studied fashion at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art before going to work for Iceberg, Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton. Copping’s stint at Louis Vuitton under artistic director Marc Jacobs lasted 12 years—until, in 2009, he was appointed creative director of Nina Ricci.” EBay Follows Target, Aims for

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Vogue’s global pledge, LVMH suffers setback, Facebook prices shares, Love of lace, Marc Jacobs

Vogue Editors | Source: Front Row Mode

Vogue promises to ban underage or ill models (Guardian) “The editors of the 19 editions of Vogue magazine worldwide have added their voices to efforts to tackle eating disorders and the use of underage girls in the modelling industry.” LVMH suffers partial setback in eBay court challenge (Reuters) “French luxury goods company LVMH suffered a setback in its attempts to stamp out counterfeit trading on eBay, as a

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E-Commerce Week | The Stage is Set for an E-Commerce Explosion

Fab Screenshot | Source: Fab.com

Yesterday, BoF was first to bring you the news of the recent $18 million investment in Farfetch.com. Today, we continue a week focused on e-commerce by examining the historical challenges faced by online retailers and how recent innovations and infrastructural advances have fundamentally improved the economics of e-commerce, setting the stage for a renaissance in online retail. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Following the burst of

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Re-imagining Gap, eBay’s X.commerce, Introducing Snapette, Prada and Schiaparelli at the Met, Sarah Curran

Gap store in China | Source: Juncture Mag

Gap plans store closures in US, while opening new locations in China (Washington Post) “The struggling retailer, which runs the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains, detailed plans on Thursday to close 189 locations, or 21 percent of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S., by the end of 2013. At the same time, the largest U.S. clothing chain said it plans to triple the number of Gap stores in China from about 15 by the end

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Hermès’ plans for India, Fashion Week battle continues, eBay’s mobile sales up, Rags to riches, LVMH opens its doors

L-R Céline, Comme des Garçons, Miu Miu S/S 2012 | Source: Style.com Source Style.com

Hermès sees sari as way in to India (FT) “It’s perhaps not surprising that the first offer of a sari from a western company comes from Hermès, which last year launched a bespoke Chinese brand, aimed at winning more Chinese customers while resuscitating China’s craft tradition… India’s luxury market has recently captured the attention of European and American fashion houses, as the increasingly affluent elite shrug off years of

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Burberry’s Tweetwalk, Tom Ford’s off day, eBay gratification, London Fashion Week model crisis, Pretty Prada

Burberry Spring/Sumer 2012 | Source: Design Scene

Burberry launches 2012 collection on Twitter (Guardian) For the first time, the label “live tweeted” the show on Monday from backstage, posting photographs of each look on Twitter moments before the model stepped on to the catwalk… When you consider that it was not long ago that high street stores smuggled spies into catwalk shows in order to glean clues as to what might be in stores in six months’ time,

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Cultural landmarks, Gender balance, Burberry’s global success, US focus on Europe, eBay’s liability for counterfeits

Hussein Chalayan | Source: Vogue Paris

Chalayan and McQueen exhibitions: cultural landmarks of the year (Telegraph) “It is the intellectual and imaginative stature of these two former peers – the fact that they drove fashion to reflect difficult realities and push the boundaries of technology – which make their shows a different kettle of fish from the usual lifeless way clothes appear in museums.” LVMH Pledges Gender Balance In Europe (Forbes)

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Bryanboy’s blogging trajectory, Eco-denim fades, Speaking Shang Xia, Men’s e-commerce, eBay’s fashion voice

BryanBoy | Illustration: Moises Quesada

Blogging from Manila to Milan (WSJ) “Bryan Grey-Yambao, a 24-year-old Filipino based in Manila, began blogging from his parents’ home in Manila in 2004. He is one of the biggest names among a new, increasingly influential crop of fashion bloggers — with their own commercial contracts, front-row seats at fashion shows and multipage spreads in magazines.” In Eco-Jeans, the Green Becomes Harder to Spot (New York Times)

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Valli’s Paris emporium, DVF does China, Gilt-edged friendship, eBay buys Brands4friends, Seamless Sabyasachi

Giambattista Valli Store, Paris | Source: Giambattista Valli

Giambattista Valli: “True Luxury Is When Others Come To You” (Style.com) “There’s something about Giambattista Valli’s clothes that is so fundamentally optimistic, they’ve got you at hello,” said Style.com’s Tim Blanks—and last week, the designer opened his first Paris boutique, in the centuries-old Galerie de la Madeleine.” Diane Von Furstenberg and China: A Perfect Fit? (NY Times) “Today, there are roughly three

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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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Marketing with cultural sensitivity, Sponsoring bloggers, Social CEOs, Ebay’s fashion push, Corrine Day’s legacy

Dior's Shanghai Dreamers | Source: antbazaar

Chinese people as identical Maoist robots? (Guardian) “If fantasy is part of the appeal of fashion, then wouldn’t it be worthwhile for Dior, Chanel, and other couture houses to figure out how Chinese people fantasise and see themselves?” Marketing’s New Rage: Brands Sponsoring Influential Bloggers (WWD) “Forget about just display ads. Increasingly, the future of advertising online seems to be through

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