Global Briefing | Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail?

Westgate Mall, Nairobi | Source: kamalkaur.net

NAIROBI, Kenya — In recent weeks, the media hype around Africa has been remarkable, with several articles in major publications proclaiming the continent “the next Asia.” In fashion, Franca Sozzani even dedicated the entire May issue of L’Uomo Vogue to “rebranding Africa,” while this year’s IHT Luxury conference will discuss “the potential of Africa, both as a producer and ultimately consumer of luxury goods.” But to what extent is

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Glare on Alber, Yoox and PPR in JV talks, Gap inches back, Facebook float, Pinterest’s riches

Alber Elbaz | Source: Hypebeast

In the Spotlight’s Glare (NY Times) “Much of what has been written about Mr. Elbaz on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as the designer of Lanvin, a milestone that normally might merit a mention somewhere near the classifieds, could illustrate what is a rare example in the catty fashion industry of the Buddhist concept of mudita, or taking pleasure in another person’s good fortune. These days, everyone seems to love him,

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Waiting for China’s moment, Pinterest’s path, The Gap and teens, Future of retail, Nail boom

Tsai Meiyue Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Fashion Inquisitive

When will the China Fashion Week era arrive? (China Daily) “Fashion weeks are being staged everywhere,and there’s practically a host city for every letterof the alphabet… Beijing recently hosted China Fashion Week, which got some media mileage overseas, but it’s just not on the agenda of the global fashion industry’s movers and shakers.” Is Pinterest going to make any money? (Telegraph) “We

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Looking Back at SXSW Interactive

AUSTIN, United States — Sometimes described as ‘spring break for geeks,’ the annual SXSW Interactive conference is a 5-day whirlwind of panels, presentations, parties, product launches, ‘hackathons’ and happy hours. This year’s conference was said to have attracted more than 25,000 attendees, ranging from tech entrepreneurs to agency executives, to this progressive Texan city with a budding start-up culture of its own, for what, at

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Gap’s broke hipsters, Givenchy CEO, MyWardrobe’s new strategy, Franca power, Iris Apfel

Franca Sozzani by Peter Lindbergh | Source: Interview

Gap’s Targeting of Broke Hipsters May Be Flawed (Bloomberg) “Gap Inc., which drew legions of young adults in the 1990s with classic khakis and swing-dancing ads, is again banking on young, hip customers to resuscitate its sales. Too bad they’re broke now.” LVMH appoints new Givenchy CEO (FT) “Givenchy, the French fashion house owned by LVMH, has announced a new chief executive officer poached from Italian arch

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Prada’s glorious graphics, Gap earnings plummet, Gucci skins, S-commerce now, Paul Smith

Prada, Fendi, Max Mara Autum/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

At Prada: Glorious Graphics (NY Times) “Miuccia Prada went back to her basics: geometric print, graphic, straight line cutting and embellishment — but the result was like seeing reruns of early ideas digitally enhanced to a Blade Runner-style futurism.” Bleak Christmas for Gap as earnings drop 40% (FT) “Gap’s efforts to revive its fortunes suffered another setback in the crucial Christmas quarter when the clothes

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Pragmatic maverick, Urban Outfitters’ lost confidence, Discounting at Gap, Nordstrom eyes Canada, Camilla Skovgaard

Thomas Tait | Source: Dorchester Collection

A London Design Maverick as a Pragmatist (On the Runway) “Thomas Tait was in New York last week for London Showrooms, a presentation of young British fashion talent. Actually, Mr. Tait is Canadian, educated at a technical school in Montreal. In 2010, he completed the master’s program in women’s wear at Central Saint Martins in London, whereupon he joined that distinguished race known as the Young Fashion Designer.”

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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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Ongoing challenges at Gap, Zara in Brazil investigation, Cautious retailers, Big store strategy, Louboutin fights on

Gap cautious on full-year sales outlook (Reuters) “Gap Inc Chief Executive Glenn Murphy said on Thursday that consumer sentiment may deteriorate in the second half of 2011 and was cautious about future sales growth at the apparel retailer… Gap has lost about a quarter of its market value this year as investors questioned the company’s ability to grow sales after several quarters of losing market share.” Zara

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