Longchamp’s journey, Nordstrom profit up, Richemont co-CEO’s, ASVOFF, Hi-tech Hermès

Longchamp: A long way from pipes in Paris (Independent) “Longchamp’s signature product is a handbag seen on the arms of hundreds of women everywhere from London to Sao Paulo and Singapore. Its Le Pliage foldable handbags launched in 1993 and the company still sells three million of them every year, helping to explain a recent 22 per cent growth in group sales. Despite its products being a common sight among the masses,

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Fast fashion fatigue, Hermès forecasts, Yoox results, Mideast online promise, Westwood’s passion

Undercover for Uniqlo Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Hypebeast

Gap Gains With Zara Responding to Fast-Fashion Fatigue (BusinessWeek) “Call it fast-fashion fatigue. Millennials, after years of settling for apparel retailers’ downgraded fabrics and workmanship, are pushing for higher- quality clothing again, and chains are getting the message. Gap Inc., the biggest U.S. specialty-apparel retailer, and Fast Retailing Co. Uniqlo are able to charge more for better basics.” Hermès lifts

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A 4th dimension, Hermès endures, Moncler appeal, Fashion incubators, Marino’s star status

Peter Marino | Source: Architectural Digest

Then Comes the 4th Dimension (IHT) “To be modern in fashion today, a designer needs a sculptural knowledge of the human body, an architect’s understanding of graphic proportions and an ability to absorb the digital revolution.  Then comes the fourth dimension. The Paris shows for summer 2013 over fashion’s long weekend have divided the protagonists into those who get the depth of possibilities — and those who are still making

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Zegna hires Pilati, Richemont Asia sales slow, Dispute escalates, Online trade-offs, Cost of craft

Stefano Pilati by Evan Sung | Source: NY Times

Zegna Hires Designer From Saint Laurent to Bolster Brand (NY Times) “The Italian men’s wear company Ermenegildo Zegna moved on Tuesday to strengthen its core brand and breathe new life into its little-known women’s fashion line by hiring a designer best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent.” Richemont’s Asia bonanza slows, tourists boost Europe (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest

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Market Pulse | Back in the Tourist Business

Savigny Luxury Index August 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 5.5 percent in August, outperforming the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by over four percentage points.  Strong results by sector leaders confirmed continued growth in Asia and increased tourist spending in Europe, thanks in part to a weaker euro. Big news Richemont, Hermès, Prada, Tod’s, Michael Kors and Ferragamo all confirmed a healthy outlook for 2012, driven

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J.Crew influencers, Gap lifts profits, Prada’s independence, Handbag appeal, Jourdan Dunn

Rodarte Autumn/Winter 2012 backstage | Source: Fashionising Pictures

J.Crew Taps Street Style, Industry Insiders, and Tumblr’s Founder (Fashionista) “You won’t see any big-name models in J.Crew’s fall 2012 ad campaign–but that doesn’t mean you won’t recognize any of the faces. The mega-retailer has tapped a handful of successful fashion industry types (who just, you know, happen to be model-good-looking) to star in its latest ad campaign.” Gap lifts profit view, Aeropostale

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Market Pulse | Same Story, Different Month

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) inched up 1.0 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 2.8 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Newsflow from China continued to worry investors and sector results, although strong, did show signs of a slowdown in growth over the last few months. Big news China’s growth rate slowed for a sixth consecutive quarter to its slackest pace in over three years

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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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Raf Simons speaks, Hermès growth slows, China fashion in London, Leather art, Olympic fall guy

Raf Simons on his Dior couture debut (Telegraph) “Speaking in a video posted on Dior’s official YouTube page, Simons explains the concept behind his much-lauded collection and how it felt entering into a house with such rich history in his first interview since the July 2 show.” Hermès sales growth slows as economies falter (Reuters) “French luxury goods maker Hermès said second-quarter sales growth slowed

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Copping’s time, EBay on the high-end, Investcorp buys into Orka, Birkin appeal, Home shopping

Ebay logo | Source: Bloomberg

Peter Copping: L’Homme du Temps (WSJ) “Peter Copping studied fashion at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art before going to work for Iceberg, Sonia Rykiel and Louis Vuitton. Copping’s stint at Louis Vuitton under artistic director Marc Jacobs lasted 12 years—until, in 2009, he was appointed creative director of Nina Ricci.” EBay Follows Target, Aims for

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Draped crusader, Fancy model, Carven out menswear, Hermès crackdown, Sarah Burton OBE

Haider Ackermann by Inez Vinoodh Matadin | Source: Fashion Indie

Haider Ackermann: The Draped Crusader (Independent) “So it is with Haider Ackermann who first showed at the Paris collections 10 years ago now and who has built up a loyal following with the most sartorially forward thinking. Now, though, his runway presentations and the highly singular vision they represent are one of the high points of the French fashion season across the board.” Pinterest Has Users, Fancy Has a

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The Week in Review | Fashion’s new frontier, Hiut’s artisanal denim, CSM’s Drew Henry

The Week in Review, May 28 - June 1, 2012

Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail? (Global Briefing) “With large international fashion retailers like Mango, Zara, Levi’s and Gap already active in Africa, and ASOS offering free deliveries to the continent, perhaps it’s time to ask the question: could Africa be fashion’s next frontier?” Hiut Denim Unites Artisans with Technology (Intelligence) “In 2011, with the goal of bringing

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Hermès names CEO, Neiman profits up, Consumer confidence sinks, Made in Britain, Dolce & Gabbana

Le Carré Hermès Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign | Source: Hermès

Hermès Family Back in Saddle (WSJ) “The founding family of French luxury-goods maker Hermès International Tuesday named a member of its sixth generation to become chief executive next year, cementing its grip as the threat lingers from larger rival LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.” Neiman Marcus 3Q profit rises 35 pct (Businessweek) “Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus Inc. said Tuesday its fiscal third-quarter profit

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