Spanish hotspot, Alaïa’s fashion philosophy, Gilt Groupe acquisition, Playing designer, Anna-Sophie Berger

Amancio Ortega | Source: Telegraph

How Zara clothes turned Galicia into retail hotspot (Reuters) “The green, rainy region of Galicia in northwest Spain is best-known as the destination for pilgrims hiking the Camino de Santiago to pay tribute at the remains of apostle Saint James… But a different kind of pilgrim also makes the journey here — retail sector analysts visiting the headquarters of Spain’s most successful modern export, Zara

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Flash sales lose flash, Storm clouds over Chinese e-commerce, LVMH confidence, India’s luxury boom, LFW to LA

Fendi on sale | Source: Xiu.com

Online flash sales less flashy as inventory shrinks (Reuters) “The flash sales business has lost some of its flash, forcing online luxury clothing merchants such as Gilt Groupe, Ideeli and Rue La La to radically change their business models. These businesses burst onto the fashion scene during the recession to try to move a mountain of unsold clothes. Now there is less luxury inventory and flash sales sites are bigger. That has

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Introducing Park & Bond, Rising gold prices, Cultivating Chinese brands, Hugo Boss margins up, Carine’s teaser

Park & Bond | Source: Park & Bond

Gilt Groupe Targets Guys for New Luxury Retail Site Park & Bond (Forbes) “Internet retailer Gilt Groupe is straying from its tried-and-true flash sales model to launch Park & Bond, a full-priced menswear site without the limited-time component that’s been responsible for Gilt’s rapid growth since it was founded in 2007… But in order to really flex the buying muscle of its 400,000 male customers Gilt is going to

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China’s new woman, Gilt teams with GQ, The role of Resort, SuperGroup bid speculation, Gaultier lands in Montreal

Chinese supergroup Wonder Girls for Chloé | Source: Luxuo

In China, Women Begin Splurging (WSJ) “‘Many people are inclined to believe that gentlemen are generously purchasing luxury gifts for women in China, but our observation is that the great majority [of the buyers] are women who have achieved great success in their business and are now rewarding themselves with the finer things in life.’” GQ, Gilt Groupe Team Up on E-Commerce Site (Ad Week) “Gilt

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Little luxuries, Prada’s rich valuation, Off-price Chinese portals, Gilt’s Park & Bond, The best of Tumblr

Lanvin Petite | Source: Courtesy of Lanvin

Little Luxuries: Designer Apparel for Children is the Next Big Thing (Forbes) “Move over fast fashion collaborations, another way haute designers will reach more consumers this year is by crafting luxury clothing for the scooter set… Back to school will bring even more designer collections to the playground.” Can Prada get away with a luxury valuation? (CTV News) “The price range looks rich. The question is

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Fast fashion’s slow death, Loyalty discounts, Gilt’s Goldman boost, Social media ROI, Pierre Cardin’s singularity

Fast Fashion | Source: Sydney Loves Fashion

Why fast fashion is slow death for the planet (Guardian) “With high-street chains churning out fresh designs every few weeks, we now buy more cheap clothes than ever before. But as Lucy Siegle reveals in her hard-hitting new book To Die For, it’s a trend that will cost us far more than we imagine.” Why Pay Full Price? (WSJ) “Neiman Marcus’s loyalty program, InCircle, is a credit card that… allows

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Mini fashion moguls, Man shops Net, All Saints rescue deadline, Elie Saab story, Lunch with Vidal Sassoon

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Source: Andrew Hetherington for Newsweek

Look, Ma, We’re Fashion Moguls! (Newsweek) “With their high-end label The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have such a grown-up hit on their hands that even Michelle Obama wears their clothes.” Man Shops Net (WSJ) “Sites like the dapper Mr Porter, an extension of Web retail pioneer Natalie Massenet’s empire; avant-garde portal Oki-ni; Southern-bred start-up Lyonstate and flash-sale favorite Gilt Man and

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LFW delivers drama, America’s got talent, China’s blingdom, Gilt considers IPO, Fashion and immigration

L-R Issa, Topshop Unique, and House of Holland | Source: IHT

Catherine Versus Kate (IHT) “The marriages this year of Kate and Kate — the future Princess Catherine and the rock-on model Kate Moss — are stirring excitement in Britain… [LFW] is doing its best to deliver. As the liveliest city in the lineup of autumn 2011 show locations, there are designers to suit every need, from royal wedding to Goth glamour.” America’s got talent (FT) “The British may be invading the

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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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Risking Barneys’ cool, Moncler fights fakes, Gilt goes full price, Yoox to open in China, First look at Tom Ford

Judy Collinson with Julie Gilhart | Source: Rodim

Will Top Firings Change Barneys’ Cool? (On the Runway) “Increasing Barneys’ profitability was a prime objective… The recession forced retailers to become leaner and more competitive, in particular with online sales, and that urgency will be critical to Barneys’ cool.” Moncler fights against fakes (Fashion United) “The Italian Fashion Chamber is joining Moncler and also stepping up against fakes…

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Lam’s eBay launch, Upbeat holiday outlook, Gilt looks West, LVMH to continue Hermès spree, The last Moss

Derek Lam | Source: Derek Lam

Derek Lam launches crowd-sourced collection on eBay (The Cut) “Upon the collection’s initial unveiling, anyone with Internet access will be able to vote immediately for their favorite looks online to determine what goes into production.” U.S. luxury, dept stores set for Xmas bounce (Reuters) “Luxury and department stores will be the biggest beneficiary of expected growth in the U.S. retail market this

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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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Gauging Gilt’s impact, Chanel to finally sell online, Herrera holds hope for luxury, Andam prize grows, LFW preview

Christian Louboutin, Picture Hanna Whitaker | Source: NY Magazine

What’s a Dress Worth? (NY Magazine) “The online retailer Gilt Groupe offers a great deal: Buy designer clothes at deep discounts. But is it good or bad for fashion?” Chanel to sell goods online (Marketing) “Chanel is to begin selling products directly through its website later this year in a landmark decision likely to be followed by rival luxury brands.” Carolina Herrera Sees Signs of Life in Luxury (WSJ)

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