Chanel’s legacy, Fast Retailing push, Editor exodus, Roitfeld goes global, Dream shoemaker

Joan Smalls and Kanye West from 'The Little Black Jacket' | Source: Chanel

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket: How Chanel split the fashion atom (Telegraph) “That innocuous cardie turned out to be fashion’s equivalent of the atom. And Coco split it. First, she took its pockets, which were perfectly positioned far enough down the front panels to encourage a woman to thrust her hands in them confidently, and placed them in corresponding places on jackets. Prior to Coco, women did not thrust, and

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M&A in the cards for Fast Retailing, Calvin Klein in China, Gareth Pugh for MAC, 90 years of Gucci, Cardin’s career

Pierre Cardin | Source: D La Repubblica

Fast Retailing May Buy Bigger Rival in U.S., Europe on Yen (Bloomberg) “Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing chain, may buy a bigger rival in the U.S. or Europe after the yen’s advance to a postwar high against the dollar boosted the Japanese company’s purchasing power… The billionaire aims to take advantage of the yen’s climb to expand outside Japan, where an unexpectedly long summer damped demand for fall and

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Fast Retailing targets USA, Nike in China, Hyperluxury, Liz Claiborne reinvention, Jean Paul Gaultier on big screen

Uniqlo New York | Source: Covenants

Fast Retailing sets sights on US expansion (FT) “Fast Retailing is poised to expand aggressively in the US, where it is opening its largest Uniqlo store on Friday, as part of its plan to globalise operations rapidly and reduce dependence on its home market… Fast Retailing, which made its name selling high quality, affordable, casual clothes, is accelerating its overseas build-up, with plans to open 200 to 300 stores

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Zara chief bows out, Aspirationals still key, PPR E-commerce push, Fast Retailing slows, Lucky Holley

Amancio Ortega | Source: Elmundo

End of the line for Zara tsar (Independent) “Amancio Ortega, the wealthiest man in Spain and perhaps one of the world’s most reclusive moguls, has tiptoed into the spotlight this week by announcing his imminent retirement from the fast-fashion giant Inditex… which he founded with a single store in La Coruna 35 years ago.” Who’s Buying All That Luxury? Not the Rich (WSJ) “Luxury is soaring again…

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Uniqlo loses its way, Drexler’s secret talks, Jimmy Choo for the boys, Vuitton copycats, Pierre Hardy’s NYC

J.Crew Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: J.Crew

‘Superficial’ Fashion Leads Uniqlo Billionaire Astray (Bloomberg) “Tadashi Yanai, Japan’s richest man, used advice from management guru Peter Drucker to build his Uniqlo clothing empire. To pull out of a slump that’s hammered profits and shares, the billionaire is revisiting the lessons.” J. Crew Board Didn’t Have Many Details Ahead of Bid (WSJ) “J. Crew’s chief executive Millard

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Lanvin’s fast fashion couture, Coach conquers Europe, Footwear News power list, Uniqlo sales dip, WWD at 100

H&M Champs Elysées | Source: Superfuture

Fast Fashion Meets Couture in Paris (IHT) “H&M has a particular reason to welcome the [Lanvin] collection to Paris: a new 2,800-square meter… store on the Champs-Élysées, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — the first time a ‘fast fashion’ chain has followed the architectural route.” Coach Gallops Into Europe (IHT) “Mr. Frankfort, chairman and CEO of the American accessories

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Luxury leads recovery, Asos launches US site, Italians invest in India, Fast Retailing sees decline, Runway top ten

Neiman Marcus, Boston | Source: ICSC

US luxury stores outperform rest of retail sector (FT) “US luxury department stores outperformed the rest of the retail sector during September, underlining the extent to which more prosperous shoppers are leading the recovery in consumer spending.” Asos launches US site (Retail Week) “Asos is promoting the new website, Us.asos.com, by giving US customers free delivery. It plans to launch French and German

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Profiling value retailers, Selfridges and D&G fall out, Men’s suits’ sweet spot, Sales up at Gap, Street style e-commerce

H&M Autumn/Winter 2010 Looks | Source: Style Pantry

Profiling the Value Retailers (WWD) “Stores, like people, have personalities. Whether that personality determines the customer, or the customer the personality, is one of those chicken versus egg questions that’s a matter of perennial debate (well, at least among retail nerds).” Selfridges and Dolce & Gabbana in ‘giant falling out’ (Telegraph) “From next spring, the chain’s department stores

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Uniqlo’s social business, ASOS founder cashes in, Inditex into Antipodes, Liberty’s grand plan, Launching Gilt

Liberty's Perspective by Hanslip M. Fletcher c. 1924| Source: vamac

Uniqlo Healing Social Problems With Hipster T-Shirts (Fast Company) “Fast Retailing Co., the company behind the Uniqlo clothing chain, has established a new, wholly-owned subsidiary that’s going to expand its enterprise with a ‘social business’ in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” Asos co-founder cashes in as profits jump (Guardian) “Online retailer Asos sees first-quarter sales rise by

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