Coach shares slump, Couturier virtues, Tod’s in line, Freedom in Paris, Vogue tops ad pages

Valentino couture by Valerio Mezzanotti | Source: NY Times

Coach handbag sales take hit, stock slumps (Reuters) “Coach Inc on Wednesday reported weak holiday-quarter results and unveiled a new strategy for shoes and clothing, spooking investors with the notion that the days of strong demand for its premium leather handbags may be numbered.” And Precisely So (NY Times) “The designers are learning to use the extraordinary skills of a couture atelier to be more self-critical

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Chanel’s legacy, Fast Retailing push, Editor exodus, Roitfeld goes global, Dream shoemaker

Joan Smalls and Kanye West from 'The Little Black Jacket' | Source: Chanel

Chanel’s Little Black Jacket: How Chanel split the fashion atom (Telegraph) “That innocuous cardie turned out to be fashion’s equivalent of the atom. And Coco split it. First, she took its pockets, which were perfectly positioned far enough down the front panels to encourage a woman to thrust her hands in them confidently, and placed them in corresponding places on jackets. Prior to Coco, women did not thrust, and

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Future of fashion week, Rising rents in HK, Hearst upbeat, France’s families, House of Style

Hong Kong shopping district | Source: Purse Rush

Debating Fashion Week’s Role In The Digital Age (Style.com) “‘When I started New York fashion week in 1993, digital cameras did not exist and photographers used actual film,’ Fern Mallis told a crowd of students, bloggers, and aspiring designers last night at the first in a series of conversations presented by Fashion GPS. ‘Today is a different world, everyone is a critic and the only photographer that uses

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Facebook buys Instagram, Roitfeld’s biannual, Tumi IPO, Youtube fashion, Phillip Lim expands

A mock-up fashion spread in CR by Sebastian Faena | Source: Style.com

Facebook buys Instagram: inflating the new tech bubble? (Telegraph) “Instagram has a significant user base in its own right, of around 30 million registered smartphone owners who have been promised the favourite photo app will retain its own identitiy. But with no particularly unique technology, the cash and stock Mark Zuckerberg will lay down for the firm is eye-popping.” Carine Roitfeld’s Initial Foray (WWD)

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Billion dollar man, Yoox samples China, Inditex eases, Fake shopping bags, Helen Bullock

Michael Clinton | Source: Hearst

Michael Clinton, Hearst’s Billion-Dollar Man (WWD) “It was a mere 18 months ago that many questioned whether his career at Hearst Magazines was over… But Clinton, a 30-year publishing veteran, has had plenty of practice at taking a proverbial punch, shaking it off and bouncing back. Since his very public pass over, he’s been promoted to president, marketing and publishing director and one could argue his career is

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Inside Dries Van Noten, Chinese Vogue’s positive problem, Indian ‘Game-changer’, Hearst digital, Chris Moore

Dries Van Noten | Source: Girl Scene

The Insider’s Outsider (WSJ) “In today’s fashion world of corporate ownership, design by committee and mass production and sales, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is an anomaly. Since he launched his brand in 1985, the 53-year-old Van Noten has lived and worked in Antwerp, avoiding the fashion capitals circuit except for his shows in Paris.” Too Much Demand, Too Little Space: Chinese Vogue (Forbes)

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Gucci’s Florentine museum, Economic clouds at PFW, Cavalli sees luxury slowdown, Hearst digital sales, Gareth Pugh

Gucci Museo | Source: Oyster Magazine

Gucci Feeds Its Florentine Roots (IHT) “The museum, housed in a 14th-century building in the Piazza della Signoria, is designed to honor the company’s leather goods legacy and to bring it into the 21st century by juxtaposing the innovation of bamboo-handled bags or luxe sports equipment with modern art… The idea of facing off past with present — under the slogan “forever now” — was the brainchild of Frida Giannini, the

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Brands push for shop-in-shops, Lion Capital rescues All Saints, Hearst and Apple deal, Gentle Burton, The F-factor

Kiton Concession at Saks Fifth Avenue | Source: Lushbling

Luxury Brands Stake Out New Department Store Turf (WSJ) “As the luxury market rebounds, powerful global brands including Gucci, Prada and Dior are starting to press for more control over the way their products are presented and sold in U.S. department stores. The goal is to chip away at the old sales model used for decades by American department stores and instead operate a store-within-a-store.” All Saints fashion

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Asos overseas explosive growth, J.Crew online in UK, Made in France, Ferragamo planning IPO, A Hearst trio

Christian Louboutin's World | Source: Christian Louboutin

Asos overseas sales overtake UK sales for first time (BBC) “Online fashion retailer Asos has said that overseas sales have overtaken those in the UK for the first time. In the three months to the end of March, international sales rose 161% to £48.4m compared with a year ago…  Asos has reported strong results in recent years and is bucking the current downbeat retail trend in the UK.” J.Crew to launch UK online

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Wealthy holiday shoppers, King of Hearst, Versace back in Japan, POST matter, The Met gets a face-lift

Damiani Sophia Lauren Pink and White Gold Diamond Ring | Source: Damiani

Wealthy treated themselves during the holidays (WSJ) “The rich treated themselves like royalty this holiday season. That spun the holidays into gold for Tiffany & Co. and other high-end retailers… shoppers traded up to more expensive gold and diamond jewelry from silver charms. Designer clothing and purses were back.” The King of Hearst (WWD) “By the time Hearst finishes acquiring Hachette from

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