Valli girls, Hermès hikes dividend, Tiffany sparkles, Shoptiques’ ambitions, Herb Ritts

Giambattista Valli | Source: FranceTV

Catering to the Valli Girls (NY Times) “Mr. Valli has worn the strand of natural pearls, which he said he purchased from a maharajah in India, ever since Luigi Scialanga, who does the jewelry for his shows, told him that ‘this is you, this is going to be your signature thing.’ Mr. Valli is all about a signature.” Hermès hikes dividend as 2011 profit jumps (Reuters) “France’s Hermès affirmed its

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Couture’s fine line, Made in USA, H&M Q4 profit falls, Permanent markdown, E-tail in 2012

Givenchy Couture Spring 2012 | Source: Style Heroine

The Fine Line (NY Times) “Nowadays, almost no one talks about its demise. Quite the opposite. Not only have revenues reportedly risen, thanks to big spenders in countries like China and Brazil, but there are also more new names on the calendar, like Giambattista Valli and Bouchra Jarrar, who makes ready-to-wear but because of her small quantities and fine sense of craft, shrewdly decided to show during couture. This

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Valli Couture, Pre-fall’s problem, Fakes in the digital age, 2011 in review, Joseph Altuzarra

Harper's Bazaar Screen Shot | Source: Harper's Bazaar

Giambattista Valli is Officially a Couturier Now (The Cut) “Giambattista Valli showed his first couture collection in Paris earlier this year, as a guest of France’s Chambre Syndicale… The process for designers to be granted full, official appellation and membership usually takes five years, but Valli’s status has been upgraded after hyst the one collection.” The problem with pre-fall (FT)

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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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Valli courts royals, Benetton CEO to step down, Ralph’s online show, Brazil’s emerging luxe, CFDA nominees announced

Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Style.com

Inside a Jet-Set Designer’s Atelier (WSJ) “Mr. Valli has become a go-to designer for the rich and royal. Producing confections of silk satin, cashmere and tulle that have been compared to Rolls-Royce sedans and have prices to match, he has dressed clients from Queen Rania of Jordan to Sarah Jessica Parker.” Benetton CEO Leaving In April After Sales Drop (WSJ) “Italian clothing retailer Benetton Group said

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LVMH on the watch, Valli’s production, Affluent friends, McCartney’s minimalism, Paris focuses on daywear

Hublot Platinum Watch Detail | Source: Hublot

LVMH Must Watch It (WSJ) “LVMH should do more to fill out its lack of presence in the ‘hard’ luxury segments of jewelry and high-end watches. High operating leverage at jewelers and watch makers, especially smaller outfits, has left them economically vulnerable and a potential hunting ground to scale up LVMH’s business.” Giambattista Valli to Sew His Own Clothes (WSJ) “Mr. Valli said that, starting today, he

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Burani to license Valli, Menkes on Couture, Berlin Fashion Week, Jewelry cutbacks, Lacroix nears closure

Giambattista Valli A/W 09, courtesy of coutorture

Burani to License Giambattista Valli Fashions (WSJ) “Italy’s Mariella Burani Fashion Group said it has signed a five-year contract to make and distribute the ready-to-wear collection of Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli, a deal aimed at growing both companies as the luxury goods industry suffers through the economic crisis.” Haute Couture Faces Uncertain Times (IHT) “In the closeted world of satin

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Neiman Marcus layoffs, Retail collapse, Magazine ads evaporate, Luxury’s turnaround, Giambattista Valli

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Neiman Sets 375 Layoffs Amid Slump (WSJ) Neiman Marcus is laying off 375 people or 3% of its workforce. Retail Sales Collapse, But Keep the News in Perspective (Seeking Alpha) From August to December, retail sales collapsed 24%. “But it’s important to remember that there is a lot of psychology in these numbers,” reports Seeking Alpha. Magazine Ads Evaporated in 2008, Faster as Months Went On (WSJ) “Capping a

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