Valli girls, Hermès hikes dividend, Tiffany sparkles, Shoptiques’ ambitions, Herb Ritts

Giambattista Valli | Source: France TV

Catering to the Valli Girls (NY Times) “Mr. Valli has worn the strand of natural pearls, which he said he purchased from a maharajah in India, ever since Luigi Scialanga, who does the jewelry for his shows, told him that ‘this is you, this is going to be your signature thing.’ Mr. Valli is all about a signature.” Hermès hikes dividend as 2011 profit jumps (Reuters) “France’s Hermès affirmed its

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Behind Uniqlo, Inditex profit, Ted Baker growth strategy, Shang Xia’s Chineseness, Junya’s lace

Yuki Katsuta by Chad Ingraham | Source: WSJ

The Man Behind the Puffy Purple Coat (WSJ) “Mr. Katsuta is senior vice president of global research and design for Fast Retailing’s Uniqlo. Known for urbanized basics like T-shirts, sweaters and khakis, Uniqlo is one of the fastest-growing clothing chains in Asia. Mr. Katsuta joined the company in 2005 and now manages 100-plus designers based in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, directing them like the maestro of an

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Market Pulse | China Sneezes, but Confidence Returns

Savigny Luxury Index February 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) outperformed with a gain of 6.9 percent for the month versus 2.6 percent for the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Confidence in the sector returned towards the end of the month, with many of the bigger luxury stocks posting gains after having been flat for most of February. Big news Earlier in the month, China’s announcement that industrial output was slowing had sent

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Second lines come first, Hermès loses fight, Charlier’s back, DiorMag launch, Rewriting Gucci

See by Chloe Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: IHT

In France, Second Lines Finally Can Come First (IHT) “For French brands, there is always a sneaking feeling that a second line is second best. The Milan designers rejoice that Just Cavalli or Emporio Armani are on the runway… But French ‘subsidiaries’ are either non-existent, hidden or given slightly pejorative names, like ‘diffusion’ line.” France’s Hermès loses China trademark fight

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Benetton ponders delisting, Good life, Bright young things, Diesel collaboration, New extremists

Benetton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Fashion Latest

Benetton to make decision on delisting (FT) “The Benetton family will decide at a board meeting on Wednesday whether to delist the Italian knitwear group known for its brightly coloured jumpers after the company posted another plunge in profits as it struggles to compete with Inditex and H&M.” Luxury Companies That Can Bring You Closer to the Good Life (Money Morning) “A lot of consumers are hurting right now,

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Global Briefing | Is FDI Reform the Answer to the India Problem?

Hermès Flagship, Mumbai | Source: skyscrapercity.com

In our second article this week focused on India, we investigate the barriers impeding the growth of India’s international luxury goods market, which go beyond the recently lifted restrictions on foreign direct investment. MUMBAI, India — “By the end of 2015, emerging markets should account for more than 50 percent of luxury sales,” Antoine Colonna, a luxury analyst at the asset manager Carmignac Gestion in Paris, told The

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Market Pulse | Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Savigny Luxury Index January 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — While the luxury industry entered 2012 with an overall outlook that remain uncertain, the sector remained resilient. Big news The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 2.6 percent in December, whilst the general market index MSCI gained 3 percent over the period.  The cause for this divergence was a temporary sell-off in luxury stocks in mid-December.  Two factors contributed to this: the Italian sovereign debt

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Mobile allure, LVMH grows Hermès stake, Nike’s brand power, Eye for design, Sophie Theallet

Rue La La Screen Shot | Source: Rue La La

Online retailing: The mobile allure (FT) “The transparency and convenience of ‘mobile commerce’ have given Americans the upper hand over retailers, according to Mr Thompson, who echoes the connect-and-inspire ideology of Silicon Valley when he says: ‘The consumer ultimately holds all the power.’ Indeed, for many traditional retailers, rising competition from the internet has capped sales growth,

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Kors’ record IPO, Hermès shores up defense, Startup fever, Retail leaders, Susannah Frankel

Michael Kors by Bryan Derballa | Source: Wall Street Journal

Kors IPO sets US fashion record (FT) “Michael Kors, an upmarket fashion and accessories brand, has launched the biggest-ever public offering in US fashion, selling more shares than expected in a deal that will value the company at nearly $4bn… The deal was heavily oversubscribed and priced at $20 a share, above the projected range of $17 to $19. Investors in the company sold 47.2m shares, more than the 41m initially

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