PARIS, France — LVMH will throw open the doors of its Louis Vuitton workshops and Hennessy cognac cellars at the weekend in the latest salvo of an advertising war among luxury groups to show off the craftsmanship behind their brands.
With the support of L Real Estate, developer Craig Robins’ vision for Miami’s off-kilter luxury enclave is coming to life.
LONDON, United Kingdom — Louis Vuitton is losing ground as the world’s most valuable luxury brand as competitors including Gucci and Prada gain, a new research report shows.
MILAN, Italy — Today, BoF's trusty contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage imagery from the Gucci, N21 by Alessandro Dell' Acqua, Max Mara, Fendi, Just Cavalli and Prada shows, held on the opening two days of Milan Fashion Week.
Berlin’s Ku’Damm in Style as West Draws Hip Shops (Business Week) “The decision by fashion brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton to focus on west Berlin has shifted attention away from Friedrichstrasse, the eastern strip that attracted most retail investment after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.” Hong Kong retail: as the rich go to Paris, the rest go mid-market (FT) “The very wealthy Chinese appear to be
MILAN, Italy — Sonny Vandevelde was backstage in Milan again this season to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the Milan menswear collections for Autumn/Winter 2013. Accessories were strong, with bold shoes and standout leathergoods from Burberry, Bottega Veneta and Prada. Mrs Prada also advocated a relaxed, but considered geek chic vibe amongst some of the more put together looks in shades of grey, black and beige seen
MILAN, Italy — We tipped our friend Sonny Vandevelde to give us a behind-the-scenes look into the collections in Milan for Spring/Summer 2013. Japan was clearly on the mind, with unmistakable silhouettes and motifs from the island nation appearing in strong outings from Prada and Etro. Versace and Dolce & Gabbana made their seasonal statements in a flurry of prints, textures and covetable accessories, all in the spirit of their
Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)
Ralph Lauren: New in an Old World (IHT) “Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Élysée Palace, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the American legend Ralph Lauren held a mutual admiration society.” New York’s Fifth Ave. Sets Record with Uniqlo Lease (Bloomberg) “New York’s Fifth Avenue is claiming a city retail record: Japanese clothier Uniqlo agreed to pay $300 million over 15 years to bring its affordable
Burlington Coat Factory Ordered To Pay Damages To Fendi (Business Insider) “Federal Judge Leonard Sand in New York ruled Monday that Burlington Coat Factory knowingly violated Italian fashion company Fendi’s trademarks, and awarded the luxury brand treble damages.” A Campaign to Leaven the Mood (NY Times) “The Saks campaign is indicative of a trend on Madison Avenue to evoke elements of the dire days of the
The Future of Fendi: Hotels, Men’s line and F project (CPP-Luxury) “Michael Burke, CEO of FENDI confirmed in a recent interview the relaunch in 2010 of the men’s line which was stopped earlier this year,” as well as the extension of the F Factory and a new hotel concept. Replay majority stake bought by new investors (Drapers) “An acquisition vehicle has bought a majority 60% stake in Fashion Box SpA
BRUSSELS, Belgium — Sometimes, a mere glimpse of a product’s silhouette is enough to tell which designer or fashion house created it: the Chanel No 5 perfume bottle, the toe of a Berluti shoe, the unique shape of the Fendi baguette. Today, there is renewed interest in these kinds of classic products as shape and design have made a return in making a product desirable, especially now when consumers don’t want their