Has Private Equity Learned Its Lesson on Fashion Investments?

Valentino spring/summer 2014 campaign | Source: Valentino

Current market reports indicate that private equity firm Permira Advisers is aiming to sell its majority stake in Hugo Boss and re-opening talks to invest in Roberto Cavalli. What lessons can private equity firms learn from the company’s last major fashion investment?

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Hugo Boss Q2 Earnings Up 8 Percent, Meets Expectations

Hugo by Hugo Boss autumn/winter 2014 | Source: Hugo Boss

FRANKFURT, Germany — Hugo Boss AG, the German luxury clothing maker, reported second-quarter earnings that met analysts’ estimates as the company opened more of its own stores to showcase its goods and rely less on outside retailers.

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Hugo Boss Quarterly Earnings Miss Forecasts on Drop at Wholesale

Joan Smalls and Anja Rubik for Hugo Boss Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Hugo Boss

FRANKFURT, Germany — Hugo Boss AG, the German luxury clothing-maker, reported earnings that missed analysts estimates as a difficult market environment in China and a weakening wholesale business offset higher retail sales.

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