The Hermès culture, Marc and Vuitton, Sickness spreads in Cambodia H&M factory, Back to the 70s, Zac’s back

Hermès silk printing table by Brigitte Lacomb | Source: WSJ

The Battle for Hermès (WSJ) “‘My job,’ says the lean, formal 44-year-old and sixth-generation descendant of the company’s founder, ‘is to keep the strong creativity of Hermès alive. To nourish the rigor and the vision . . . to make these values vibrate. ‘This,’ he says, ‘is the force of Hermès.’ Those values—the dedication to rigor, vision and creativity—are what set Hermès

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Pandora’s problems, Coach’s margins decline, H&M’s leading lady, Men’s fashion takes a risk, Military Model

Moda Operandi | Source: Refinery 29

Pandora loses its shine after profits warning (FT) “Shares in Pandora, best known for the charm bracelets that it sells in 55 countries, fell 65 per cent after it slashed its full-year earnings outlook and parted company with its chief executive less than a year after it came to market in one of the biggest IPOs in Europe in 2010.” Coach profit boosted by sales, margins a concern (Reuters) “Upscale handbag maker Coach

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BoF Daily Digest| PPR eyes Brioni, Proenza Schouler’s new deal, Forever 21 arrives in London, Beckham at H&M, Behind Swarovski

PPR eyes Brioni (Reuters) “French luxury goods and retail group PPR is considering buying family-owned Italian tailor Brioni for about 350 million euros ($508.4 million)… The deal, if it goes ahead, would allow PPR to make further progress on its pledge to get out of retail and make luxury and sports brands its central focus.” A Proenza Schouler Deal Is Near (On the Runway) “A European private-equity firm is expected to

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Long view on flash sales, Milan gets sporty, SuperGroup saturation, Versace for H&M, Della Valle’s Empire

Gilt Men's Shirt Shop | Source: Gilt

Bargains on Flash Sale Sites Serve a Long-Range View (NY Times) “Flash sale Web sites, a thriving e-commerce trend to promote limited-time sales, started as a way for brands to unload excess inventory… But now they have become something else: a way to advertise and find new customers, many of whom visit the sites of the brands and buy full-price merchandise soon after the sales.” Olympics Ahoy! (IHT) “Love

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Dressing pop stars, Bottega Veneta’s ambition, Burberry reinvests in London, The young Chinese, H&M’s Johansson

Rihanna wears Hervé Léger by Max Azria | Source: Vogue US

Why designers love to dress pop music’s leading ladies (Independent) “A quick glance at red carpeted occasions explains why designers, while still happy to dress actors – from fledgling talent to veritable superstars – might find working with their musical counterparts more inspiring.” Bottega Veneta expands with bags of ambition (FT) “Bottega Veneta, which has built a reputation as a discreet, logo-free

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Celebrating Dame Vivienne, Duffy lawsuit, Oxford Street gets facelift, H&M misses targets, Camilla Bruerberg rising

Fashion Girls for Japan | Source: Fashion Girls for Japan

Westwood: From outsider to subversive insider (FT) “This coming week marks 30 years since Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s ‘pirate’ collection stormed the runway in London with a blaze of sunshine colours and ethnic prints. The show was Westwood’s first swagger on to the catwalk, forging a sophisticated post-punk aesthetic with a billowing new romantic silhouette.” Duffy Sued (Vogue UK) “LVMH

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Getting The Luxury Fashion Business Model Right

Elle Macpherson at Louis Vuitton A/W 2010 | Source: Fashionising

Today, BoF exclusively brings you Savigny Partners’ blow-by-blow analysis of the rapidly shifting luxury fashion business model which is undergoing transformation due to underlying shifts in consumer values, technology and globalisation LONDON, United Kingdom — Luxury fashion is a very exciting business which can generate substantial returns if you get the formula right. Not only is there the ability to charge up to ten times

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Bespoke inflation, Chinese seek experiences, Barneys’ latest hire, H&M and Elin, Missoni’s Museum of Everything

Indochino Bespoke Suit | Source: Gear Patrol

Why Dressing Well Is Costing More (WSJ) “The culprit is the rising price of fabric. Cotton prices climbed a record 91% in 2010, and the price of crossbred wool hit a 14-year high in October, up 50% over 15 months… But higher material costs are only part of the story: Increasing demand caused by rising affluence is another.” New Experience Economy to Drive China Luxury in 2011 (Red Luxury) “Consumer demand

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Fashion’s cost crunch, NewGen winners, H&M soars on Lanvin, Givhan to Newsweek, Pierre Hardy’s fun house

Zara Catalogue A/W 2010 | Source: Zara

Cost, demand pressures face fashion retailers (Reuters) “The rising cost of cotton and labour and sluggish European demand are set to squeeze fashion retailers, results from world number one Inditex and others in the industry showed on Wednesday.” London’s NewGen 2011 Winners Announced (Style.com) “London is famously supportive of its young designers, and today, the British Fashion Council announced the 18 who

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Black Friday brightens mood, Price hikes, Lanvin performs well for H&M, WSJ vs. T, The making of Alexa Chung

Henri Bendel Holiday 2010 Catalogue | Source: Henri Bendel

US department stores gain Black Friday traffic (Reuters) “U.S. shoppers spent 6.4 percent more this Black Friday weekend than last year and hit department stores and clothing shops, rather than focusing on discounters as they had done in recent years.” Christmas shoppers stung by early price hike (Telegraph) “An investigation has revealed Christmas shoppers are being stung by rises of up to 26 per cent on gifts

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Lanvin’s fast fashion couture, Coach conquers Europe, Footwear News power list, Uniqlo sales dip, WWD at 100

H&M Champs Elysées | Source: Superfuture

Fast Fashion Meets Couture in Paris (IHT) “H&M has a particular reason to welcome the [Lanvin] collection to Paris: a new 2,800-square meter… store on the Champs-Élysées, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — the first time a ‘fast fashion’ chain has followed the architectural route.” Coach Gallops Into Europe (IHT) “Mr. Frankfort, chairman and CEO of the American accessories

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — According to network technology and services company Cisco, the number of people who watch web videos will surpass 1 billion by the end of 2010. By 2014, web video alone will account for 57 percent of all consumer internet traffic. Already, more than 2 billion videos are played each day on YouTube alone. With staggering statistics like these, it’s no surprise that fashion brands, both large and small, are investing in online video content, while agencies that represent commercial artists are urging their fashion photographers to reposition themselves as image-makers who can direct short films. But what makes a good fashion film? And are these the same primary concerns that go into a good fashion photograph?…

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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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