Barneys and Holt Renfrew rumours persist, Discount sites boom, Net-a-Porter goes mobile, Jay-Z’s Rocawear

Jak & Jil window at Holt Renfrew, Toronto

Holt Renfrew owner rumoured to be eyeing Barneys New York (National Post) “Barneys, an 86-year-old luxury retailer which has famously catered to a broad and often eclectic range of needs of high-end consumers, would fit well within Mr. Weston’s portfolio and extend his buying power for his other luxury goods chains, including Holts, Selfridges in Britain and Brown Thomas in Ireland, analysts say.” When cheap is

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Luxury’s new king, Barneys and Holts?, Escada deadline, Samsonite bankruptcy, Norma Kamali’s internet push

Francois Henri-Pinault and Salma Hayek

The new king of luxury (Fortune) “Since taking the reins of one of the world’s biggest fashion empires, François-Henri Pinault has put his stamp on Gucci, YSL, and Puma. Now the luxury business is putting him to the test.” Barneys Said to Weigh Debt Swap Amid Buying Interest (Bloomberg) “Barneys New York is weighing a debt restructuring or bankruptcy filing that may wrest control from the Dubai

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Holt Renfrew: Canada’s luxurious monopoly

Unlike the United States, Europe and the Middle East, the Canadian retail luxury landscape is dominated by one major player, Holt Renfrew, which was founded in 1837 in Quebec City.  In 1986, the venerable retail chain was acquired by Galen Weston, who also owns Selfridges in London and Brown Thomas in Ireland.  Since then, Holts has gone on to become the destination for luxury shoppers in Canada with 9 locations in all major cities, an estimated $500m in revenues, and still virtually no competition to speak of in the domestic luxury department store market. However, with monopoly can come complacency.  To address this, in 2004, the company brought in Caryn Lerner to be its new President and CEO. Lerner came…

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