Market Pulse | Growth, But Perhaps Not As It Used To Be

Savigny Luxury Index October 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 4.2 percent in October, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by more than 6 percentage points.  Much anticipated results announcements confirmed that the sector still has strong fundamentals but that the three-year boom is coming to its close. Big news Newsflow pointed to a slowdown in growth for the sector, rather than the meltdown anticipated by the Burberry

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Savvy sisters, Menswear e-tailers, Gucci’s tough trading, Pitti picks, Miyake’s experiments

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen by Amy Troost | Source: WSJ Magazine

Sisters of the Divine (WSJ Magazine) “Watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose for a photo shoot is like watching a hypnotic piece of performance art. Former child stars, extraordinarily savvy brand nurturers, founders and owners of an estimated $1.5 billion business empire and, now, designers of the critically acclaimed high-end fashion line The Row, the Olsens have spent the great majority of their 26 years either in front

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Chinese artisans, Gucci may join Yoox JV, Dior Homme, Impossible Wardrobe, Casely-Hayford

Burberry Beijing flagship store | Source: Maosuit

The luxury that dare not speak its name (FT) “But China is no longer just the sweatshop of the world that churns out cheap T-shirts and jeans. The high costs in Europe have meant that many artisans have moved to China, while local manufacturers have also benefited from a transfer of knowledge that has taken place since the country became an outsourcing centre more than three decades ago.” PPR May Include Gucci in Luxury

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Photo Diary | 10 Fashion Moments in Milan for S/S 2013

A new Etro, as defined by florals and Japanese inspired silhouettes | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

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

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Italy’s little guys, Fashion fortunes, Ford goes sporty, Digital revolution, Schuman on backlash

Gucci Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: The Independent

Italy Today: Creative Flow vs. Cash Flow (IHT) “The big labels packed up their logo luggage and sprinted for Asia a while ago now, relying on a more robust market to support a frenzy of new store openings and to buoy their balance sheets. That leaves the little guys — small, young, independent Italian fashion brands with no mono-brand stores of their own — to struggle along.” Sexy and practical: can Gucci revive

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Fashion week in São Paulo, Joe Fresh at J.C. Penney, Flashy deals, Gucci’s win, PPR star

Reinaldo Lourenco June 2012 | Source: The Seattle Times

São Paulo Fashion Week: One of the biggest fashion weeks in the world (Exec) “For many years, quality fashion in Brazil came from the European market. Brazilian magazines used to make​​their fashion editorials based on the international aesthetic. The designers of the time were required to follow trends dictated by the international textile industry. However, there was a need to explore the fashionable Brazilian cultural

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Ending note, J Brand eyes IPO, China slowdown, Ralph signs on for 5 more years, Cost of fast fashion

Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino Couture 2012 | Source: Style.com

Ending on a Grace Note (IHT) “For all the the flesh still flashed on the red carpets, there is a change of mood on the runways. Perhaps the change can best be seen in the long-sleeved dresses with hemlines at the shoe-level that have taken over for the once-prevalent winter bare-the-body look.” J Brand hires bank to explore sale, IPO (Reuters) “Women’s apparel maker J Brand has hired Morgan Stanley to help

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Are Fashion Brands Underestimating the Importance of China E-Commerce?

Gap Store on Tmall | Source: Tmall

BEIJING, China — With its burgeoning middle class and status-conscious consumer culture, China remains the primary engine driving luxury market growth, even in a rapidly weakening global economy. But recent reports from China’s National Bureau of Statistics show that even China’s economy is experiencing what one Chinese cabinet member called a “sharp slowdown.” For fashion brands operating in China, this presents a distinct

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Gucci’s payoff, Tales of Hermès, Hong Kong rents spike, Runway tweens, Theyskens’ singular voice

Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 campaign | Source: Gucci

Gucci wins $4.66 million, ban on Guess knock-offs (Reuters) “A U.S. judge said Gucci may recover just $4.66 million in its lawsuit accusing apparel retailer Guess Inc of copying its trademarked designs, a small fraction of the more than $120 million sought by the Italian luxury goods company.” Hermès tells a playful tale of leather (IHT) “Every invention by Hermès, the French leather goods company, seems to have a

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