Ascher London relaunched, Galeries Lafayette to China, Hermès’ suitor, Tiffany ups forecast, Watching Latin America

Ascher printed floral mohair boucle for Cardin 1958 | Source: Telegraph

Ascher London is relaunched (Telegraph) “The once-legendary scarf brand Ascher was famous for its collaborations with the 20th century’s most illustrious artists. Now the founder’s grandson is setting out to revive the tradition.” Galeries Lafayette in Beijing return (FT) “The group said it expected its first store to open in Beijing in 2013… The announcement comes three years after Galeries

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Behind the veil, Richemont’s cash plans, Social commerce, Fashion’s food groupies, David Szeto on the record

Burberry on Twitter | Source: Twitter

Giving a Glimpse of How It Is Done (NY Times) “‘The point is, luxury brands cannot compete on product alone… They all sell beautiful products and follow the same trends, so loyalty is low. Brands are seeking ways to connect to consumers and show how they’re different.’” Richemont’s Focus on Saving Cash Pile Damps Hermès Speculation (Bloomberg) “Richemont said the world’s largest jewelry

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Bonnie Brooks’ quest at The Bay, Tapping the blogosphere, Hermès’ defense, Adidas’ big plans, Kenzo celebrates

The Bay's Bonnie Brooks' lifelong ‘quest to be the best’ (Globe and Mail) "Ms. Brooks is used to thinking big.  [At Lane Crawford], she used some of the same tactics that she’s applying at the Bay to turn it around: introducing an array of with-it brands, ditching old ones and putting a spotlight on high-margin shoes and handbags." How luxury brands can tap the blogosphere’s growing influence (Luxury Daily) "Consumers trust blogs more compared to traditional media than they did five years ago. Brands should actively look for ways to generate positive press by developing relationships with prominent industry bloggers." Hermès needs to style media defense to unsaddle LVMH (Reuters) "Winning the media war against luxury giant LVMH which began…

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Cotton crisis, Hermès’ message to Arnault, NYC fashion campaign, SVG’s Permira gains, Drawing fashion

Cotton Ball Illustration | Source: Cotton in Sector

Cotton Clothing Price Tags to Rise (NY Times) “Cotton inventories had been low because of weak demand during the recession. This summer, new cotton crops were also depleted because of flooding in Pakistan and bad weather in China and India, all major cotton producers.” Luxury group Hermès tells LVMH to back off (Business Times) “‘The family has clearly and unanimously said: If you want to be friendly, Mister

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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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Theyskens and Theory, LVMH Hermès investigation, Content and commerce, Puma ups forecast, Leith’s Lula

Olivier Theyskens | Source: Frillr

Olivier Theyskens Is Theory’s New Artistic Director (The Cut) “Theyskens previously signed a deal to design the Theyskens Theory label for the brand, which debuts for spring 2011, but will take over design for the entire label as artistic director beginning with the fall 2011 season.” French regulator to examine LVMH swoop on Hermes (Reuters) “French luxury goods company LVMH’s surprise acquisition of 17.1

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LVMH scores stake in Hermès, Condé Nast Digital loses Style.com, Digital tools, Web traffic leaders, Obama effect

Hermès belt detail | Source: Hollyscoop

LVMH `Playing a Waiting Game’ for Hermès Takeover (Bloomberg) “[LVMH said] it doesn’t intend to launch a tender offer, take control or seek board representation at the maker of Birkin bags after announcing it owns 14.2 percent of Paris-based Hermès, with the option to increase the stake to 17.1 percent.” Conde Nast Digital Loses Style.com (WSJ) “Conde Nast executives say the move is a natural pairing of two

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Horyn says Paris hits redial, Forever 21 in UK, Luxury fast fashion, Serving affluents online, Saving Asian craft

Balanciaga Spring 2011 Runway | Source: Style.com

In Paris, Designers Hit the Redial Button (NY Times) “Nicolas Ghesquiere was showing Balenciaga at the Crillon, Balmain was at the Grand, and an American, Zac Posen, was making his debut here, in the very place where Yves Saint Laurent used to show. So why did the day feel like a broken record?” Forever 21 to launch in the UK (Telegraph) “Forever 21, America’s answer to Primark and New Look, will be opening

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J.Crew’s leading man, Logo-less luxe, Hermès goes street, Nordstrom matches view, Diane Pernet’s world

J.Crew Takes a Leading Role in Men's Fashion (Bloomberg) "The men's fashion landscape has long been dominated on one side by luxury brands... [or alternatives] that no longer seem au courant.  J.Crew has emerged in this void as the merchant of a new style that bridges work and leisure, youth and age, vintage and contemporary, gay and straight." Will Chinese Shoppers Embrace Luxury Goods–Sans Logo? (Forbes) "Although luxury shoppers in established, recession-stung markets may gradually be lured back into stores by understated items...will this trend appeal to potential buyers in emerging — and lucrative — markets like China, where garish still equals good?" Hermès launches street style website (MyFashionLife) "Dedicated solely to its signature square scarves, the new website, called…

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US retailers track the nation, Hermès’ Shang Xia, Mobile commerce trends, Twitter fails to click, Japan-India exchange

Banana Republic's "Mad About" Window | Source: Shop it to me

Fashion Nation: What Retailers Know About Us (WSJ) “By tracking customers’ spending habits, retailers get a bird’s-eye view of tastes as they ebb and flow. Online retailers, in particular, see every click we make. They know which brands we’ve peeked at, how long we pondered, and what we actually purchased.” 5 Things We Know About Hèrmes’ New China Brand, Shang Xia (Jing Daily) “Everything from

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Marino’s temples of desire, Hermès raises forecast, Luxe lift, Worth Revival, Louise Amstrup bags Visionary award

Conjuring Temples of Deep Desire (IHT) “In the top 100 of fashion ‘influentials,’ Peter Marino is up there on page one, alongside creative geniuses and big brand managers. Yet… the American architect has not been publicly recognized for what he is: the impresario of 21st-century luxury.” Hermès Raises 2010 Sales Growth, Operating Profit (Bloomberg) “[Hermès] raised its 2010 revenue forecast after

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BoF Exclusive | Getting to know Christophe Lemaire, the new Artistic Director of Hermès

Christophe Lemaire | Photo: Nicholai Fischer, Fashion Editor: Sam Ranger

Last week, Christophe Lemaire was named Artistic Director of Hermès for womenswear, replacing longtime incumbent Jean-Paul Gaultier and catching industry observers everywhere by surprise. In this exclusive excerpt from an interview with Lemaire in b magazine given prior to the announcement of his appointment, BoF gets to know the new man at one of France’s most prestigious luxury brands. PARIS, France — Almost 20 years since

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Burton takes reins at McQueen, Gaultier exits Hermès, Theyskens for Theory, Vuitton ads banned, Giles talks Ungaro

Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen A/W 2010 | Sources: Telegraph, Style.com

Sarah Burton confirmed as Creative Director at Alexander McQueen (Telegraph) “A statement from Alexander McQueen and its ‘parent’ company, Gucci Group, announced that Burton will supervise the creative direction and development of all collections of the brand going forwards.” New Designer at Hermès (NY Times) “After seven years, Jean Paul Gaultier is giving up his ready-to-wear duties at Hermès and will be

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