Cut From the Same Cloth: Esprit Tries on Zara for Fashion Makeover

Esprit Autumn/Winter 2013 Campaign | Source: Esprit

HONG KONG, China — Esprit Holdings' chief is doubling down on a bet to fix the struggling clothing retailer he took charge of a year ago by revamping its existing business model and recreating it in the image of his former employer-now-rival, Zara.

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Esprit Hires Ex-Zara Executive Rafael Pastor as Product Chief

Esprit Autumn/Winter 2013 Campaign | Source: Esprit

HONG KONG, China — Esprit Holdings Ltd., the Hong Kong apparel seller which lost two executives in 48 hours in June last year, has appointed Rafael Pastor Espuch as new chief product officer amid slumping European sales.

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Remembering Anna Piaggi, Tumi soars, Esprit’s key hire, Vilebrequin acquisition, Model memoir

Anna Piaggi by David Bailey | Source: David Bailey

Anna Piaggi, Fashion Editor With a Keen Eye for Trends, Dies at 81 (NY Times) “Anna Piaggi, an oracular Italian fashion editor known for an endless array of eye-popping, wildly colorful outfits of the most peculiar combinations, ranging from vintage Patou to thermal mountain rescue coats to a uniform vest from late-period McDonald’s, died Tuesday at her home in Milan.” Tumi shares soar on strong profit forecast

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Kors crushes earnings, Esprit plummets, Inditex defies crisis, Louboutin woes, Vogue Ukraine

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Lelima

Kors Crushes Earnings: Will the Growth Continue? (Daily Finance) “Shares of design house Michael Kors popped on the open today, with the stock climbing more than 5%. The luxury-goods retailer reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that beat on both the top and bottom lines.” Clothing retailer Esprit’s shares slide 23 percent as CEO quits (Reuters) “Shares of Esprit Holdings Ltd fell by nearly a quarter on

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Questioning fashion copyrighting, Chinese forays, Lanvin for H&M, Esprit’s decline, Revamping John Lewis

Canal Street AF1, created to drive counterfeit awareness | Source: Kicks on fire

Copyrighting Fashion: Who Gains? (NY Times) “Paradoxically, the payoff from free copying has been enormous.  The fashion cycle turns faster, and the industry gets richer – and creates new designs more frequently. So why on earth would anyone want to change that?” Luxury brands wrest back China market, eye smaller cities (Reuters) “Many piled into China over the last decade, pairing with re-sellers and joint

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Kate Moss the designer, Esprit beats forecast, Abercrombie played out, Marc streams and Duffy tweets, Luxury 2010

Abercrombie & Finch Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Abercrombie & Finch

Kate Moss: Bags of Style (IHT) “‘I am not doing it for different personalities — it’s what I like,’ says Ms. Moss — or Kate, as she is known. At age 36, she has taken another step in her second life, as a designer rather than as a supermodel using her pretty face and sensual lips to promote other brands.” Esprit 1st-Half Net Profit Down 5.2 percent; Beats Forecasts (WSJ) “Fashion retailer Esprit

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Esprit’s China push, Neiman trades down, Moufarrige out, Madonna for D&G, Dsquared2’s humble roots

Esprit Fall/Holiday 2009 | Source: Esprit

HK’s Esprit buys $500M JV stake in China push (Reuters) “Hong Kong fashion retailer Esprit Holdings is buying out its partner in a Chinese retail joint venture for HK$3.88 billion ($500 million) as part of a drive to expand in the world’s third largest economy. The deal will see Esprit take full control of the 10-year-old venture, while China Resources Enterprise, which is selling the stake, will focus on its core

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Runway ready rooms, Plus-size market minus, Esprit profits plummets, Another fashion week in India

Missoni Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Runway-ready rooms (Globe & Mail) “Fashion houses have found a new creative outlet: Hotels. In Europe and the Mideast, designers from Armani to Missoni are delivering chic interiors, stylish experiences and nice bedspreads.” Plus-size fashion market squeezed in recession (AP) “The American waistline may be expanding, but plus-size shoppers are tightening their belts. People just aren’t buying plus-size

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H&M gains, Dior releases trailer, Esprit opens new stores, LV exhibit to open in HK, De La Renta looks to the Gulf

H&M S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of H&M

H&M’s 8% April Comparable Sales Gain Breaks Trend (WSJ) “Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB Friday said April sales in comparable stores rose for the first time since July, indicating that it may be recovering from the global trend of consumers reining in spending amid the economic slowdown.” Dior Jumps on the Viral-Video Bandwagon ( “The House of Dior will release a short film on May 20,

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Raf Simons expands, Clothing prices fall, Esprit tumbles, Lower NY rents, Jay-Z in licensing deal

Velcro High top sneakers by Raf Simmons

Designer Raf Simons Forges Ahead (WWD) Raf Simons reveals plans for his eponymous label as well as a number of other design based ventures. (Subscription required) Clothing prices fall 4.9% in March (Drapers) “Prices fell 4.9% in the clothing and footwear sector during March, according to the British Retail Consortium Nielsen Shop Price Index.” Esprit in free fall after CEO replaced (Forbes) “Esprit sank more than

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Just Cavalli extends license, Esprit appoints CEO, Retailers on the offensive, Shoppers gamble

Just Cavalli S/S 09 Advertising campaign

Just Cavalli Extends License With Ittierre SpA (WWD) “Roberto Cavalli has signed a new five-year license with Ittierre.” (Subscription required) Esprit Appoints Ronald Van der Vis To Replace Krogner As CEO (WSJ) Esprit Holdings Ltd. will name Ronald Van der Vis as their new CEO, replacing Heinz Krogner as the brand’s top man. Big Retailers Revamp for ’09 (WWD) “After a tumultuous fall – defined

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