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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Hermès Q1 up 19%, GenArt shuts down, ASOS recycling marketplace, Fashion consultants, Fashionair to shutter?

Hermès Spring Summer 2010 | Source: Luxuo

Hermès reports 1st-quarter sales up 19 percent (Marketwatch) “Hermès, the French luxury goods maker, reported that first-quarter sales rose 19% to 507.7 million euros. All sectors performed well, with sales growth at the group’s own stores “particularly robust,” up 26% at constant foreign exchange rates, the company said in a Thursday statement.” Fashion, entertainment nonprofit Gen Art shuts down

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Remembering Dumas, Vuitton tops ranking, At the Met Ball, Up close with Stefano Pilati, Jason Wu collector

Carré Hermès | Source: Hermès

Jean-Louis Dumas, Chief of Hermès, Dies at 72 (NY Times) “Jean-Louis Dumas, who revived the flagging fortunes of Hermès in the late 1970s and in his nearly 30 years as the company’s chief executive transformed it into one of the world’s most successful luxury brands, died Saturday at his home in Paris.” Louis Vuitton Tops Hermes, Gucci as Most Valuable Luxury Brand (Bloomberg) “Louis Vuitton, the French fashion

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Fast Retailing profit soars, NYC fashion incubator, Hardy for Hermès, Retail rebound, CreateThe’s James Gardner

Uniqlo's +J Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Uniqlo

Uniqlo parent raises forecast on brisk H1 results (Reuters) “Fast Retailing reported 43 percent growth in first-half operating profit on Thursday, helped by strong sales at its Uniqlo budget fashion chain, and raised the full-year outlook.” Garment District Hothouse (NY Times) “The most intriguing results may lie in how they relate to the neighborhood, which has been declining as a center of fashion

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McCarthy’s era at W, Burberry and Vuitton top list, Hermès’ profits fall, Fashion Week in Seoul, Twitter etiquette

Patrick McCarthy | Source: W Magazine

A Collector of Scoops Steps Down (NY Times) “As the editorial director of WWD [and W]…Mr. McCarthy always considered his publications to be the singular powerhouse for scoops, whether a designer was changing jobs or a retailer was headed for bankruptcy. In fact, his reign was so great that it was called ‘the McCarthy era.’” Burberry & LVMH Top List for ‘Mystery’ Luxury Shoppers (Just Luxe)

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Next for Hermès, John Lewis bounces back, The Balmain template, YSL’s tomorrow, Remembering Gianni

What’s Next: Luxury Products (WSJ) “Pierre-Alexis Dumas embraces innovation. But as the sixth-generation member of his family to lead, in his case, the creative end of the French luxury house Hermès, he must uphold tradition, as well.” John Lewis Adds to Evidence Of February Sales Bounce (NY Times) “Bellwether retailer John Lewis posted another double-digit percentage rise in weekly sales as wet weather

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LFW meets BAFTA, Luxury rebound, Hermès boss sees tax hikes, Marc Jacobs sues Christian Audigier, Chaos theory

London fashion week meets the Baftas (Guardian) “It’s a brilliant idea to combine the drama of the Baftas with the catwalk glamour of London fashion week. It’s just amazing no one thought of it before.” Stores Reach Into Bag of Tactics As Luxury-Goods Sales Improve (WSJ) “Optimism is creeping back into style, following three seasons of budget slashing, according to luxury-retail executives who will

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Jones buys Rodriguez, US retail recovery, LVMH earnings down, Hermès ups forecast, Which celebrities sell?

Robert Rodriguez Summer 2010 | Source: Robert Rodriguez

Jones Apparel Acquires L.A. Designer Label (Apparel News) “Jones Apparel Group Inc., the… corporation that has been on the hunt for brands, acquired Los Angeles womenswear contemporary label Robert Rodriguez for $28 million. Jones Apparel is hoping to expand the Robert Rodriguez name in other categories and other doors.” US retail groups continue to recover (FT) “Spending by US shoppers continued to bounce

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Mixed luxury recovery, Hermès’ Chinese brand, Milan’s military men, Berlin FW grows, Britain’s best bloggers

Coach Spring Summer 2010 Poppy Collection | Source: Coach

Not quite a luxury resurgence (Marketwatch) “The U.S. economy may be slowly coming out of recession, but it appears we’re still pretty conservative when it comes to buying.” What Hermès’ New Chinese Brand Means for the Luxury Industry (Fashionista) “Three days before Christmas, the savvy folks over at godly luxury company Hermès quietly announced that they would launch a new brand in China called Shang Xia.

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