Market Pulse | China Slowdown Casts a Cloud

Savigny Luxury Index April 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 1.5 percent in April, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost two percentage points. Luxury spending in Europe has been hit by a drop in tourist demand, as well as price increases by brands seeking wider margins. The unusually cold weather, particularly in March, also contributed to weak demand for Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections.

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Right Brain, Left Brain | Will India Fulfill Its Luxury Potential?

Hermès Flagship on Horniman Circle, Mumbai | Source: skyscrapercity.com

Back from a whirlwind trip to Mumbai, India, BoF’s editor-in-chief, Imran Amed reflects on the development of the local economy and the luxury goods and fashion market.

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Market Pulse | A Steady Ship in Volatile Waters

Savigny Luxury Index March 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 1.6 percent in March, outperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by just half a percentage point. The SLI has been quite volatile over the month with the eurozone crisis and the US debt ceiling taking centre stage again.

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Hermès Reports Record Profitability as Revenue Surges in Asia

Hermès Spring/Summer 2013 Campaign | Source: Hermès

PARIS, France — Hermes International SCA, the French maker of Kelly bags and silk scarves, reported 2012 earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates as Asian demand soared and proposed a dividend of 2.50 euros a share.

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Market Pulse | Dealing in All Shapes and Sizes

Savigny Luxury Index January 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 2.8 percent in January, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by a touch over 1 percent. Positive economic news coming out of China sent the SLI into a mini-rally at the beginning of the month, however mixed corporate results announcements took some of the wind out of its sails. From a mergers and acquisitions perspective though, the year has started off with a

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Following the Thread of India’s Artisans

Left: Alberta Ferretti for Kanchipuram silk; Right: Burberry for Maheshwari silk | Photo: Matthew Shave

Today, BoF columnist Bandana Tewari reports on Project Renaissance, a unique collaboration between Indian artisans and international fashion brands organised by Vogue India in celebration of the magazine’s fifth anniversary. MUMBAI, India — Living in India, it’s not difficult to see the magic that lies in the country’s artisanal crafts and textiles. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the tip of Kanyakumari, there is tremendous

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Week in Review | Contemplating Paris Couture, Golden Lane, Online Vintage, Paris menswear moments

Week in Review January 21-25

Colin’s Column | Is Haute Couture Poised for Reinvention or Irrelevance? (Opinion) “Couture! This magic word was all but forgotten 30-odd years ago, except in the most exalted and privileged of social circles. Since its high point in the late 1940s and 1950s, couture clients had shrivelled away just as the lifestyles the couturiers once clothed had withered as well.” Colin’s Column | Paris Couture Week,

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Lemaire’s charm, Cracks in luxe, Richemont declines, Metrosexuals in China, Missoni mystery

Christophe Lemaire by Patrick Swirck | Source: Hermès

The Discreet Charm of Christophe Lemaire (WSJ Magazine) “It’s been two years since Lemaire was hired to replace Jean Paul Gaultier as the designer of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermès. This accounts for less than 10 percent of the company’s sales and is dwarfed by accessories, which have the advantage of being both more iconic… and more accessible, like its silk scarves, watches and enamel

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Billion-dollar Burch, Surviving 2013, Hermès buys tannery, Mobile shopping, Menkes honoured

Tory Burch | Source: Maria Shriver

Tory Burch has good reason to party after a billion-dollar brainwave (Telegraph) “Tory Burch may well just have made a $1 billion faster than any other woman in history; faster, possibly, than even that alpha male of fashion, Ralph Lauren. After a fair amount of hoo-ing and haa-ing, Burch, who owns 28.3 per cent of her label, quietly settled a dispute with her former second husband Chris Burch on New Year’s Eve, which

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Market Pulse | Reassurance

Savigny Luxury Index November 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (‘SLI’) increased by almost 3 percent in November, while the MSCI World Index (‘MSCI’) slipped nearly 1 percent for the month.  From mid-November, global markets and the SLI enjoyed a strong rally on better economic news from China and hopes that the US might avoid the feared fiscal cliff. Big news A flurry of positive economic newsflow has lifted investors’

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