PPR acquires Brioni, H&M and Versace, Boss ups targets, iPad catalog experience, Alber Elbaz’s real drama

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Luxos

PPR set to buy men’s wear brand Brioni (FT) “PPR, the French luxury goods group, has confirmed it will acquire Brioni, the Italian high end men’s wear group that has dressed Vladimir Putin and the fictional character James Bond in several movie outings. In a statement on Tuesday, PPR said it would be buying 100 per cent of the family owned group for an undisclosed sum… PPR is reorienting and expanding its

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Lacroix’s next move, Hugo Boss optimism, Ethical fashion’s impact, Pose raises funds, Katie Hillier’s secrets

La Source by Anne Deniau | Source: NY Times

What Christian Lacroix Did Next (NY Times) “‘This is my couture,’ says Christian Lacroix, before his latest creations took to the stage in “La Source,” a magical realist ballet created in the 19th century and rarely seen since then. These fantastical costumes, mixing folkloric outfits with diaphanous pastel dresses, scattered with sparkling crystal, are for just one among a series of theatrical events across Europe that Mr. Lacroix

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Introducing Park & Bond, Rising gold prices, Cultivating Chinese brands, Hugo Boss margins up, Carine’s teaser

Park & Bond | Source: Park & Bond

Gilt Groupe Targets Guys for New Luxury Retail Site Park & Bond (Forbes) “Internet retailer Gilt Groupe is straying from its tried-and-true flash sales model to launch Park & Bond, a full-priced menswear site without the limited-time component that’s been responsible for Gilt’s rapid growth since it was founded in 2007… But in order to really flex the buying muscle of its 400,000 male customers Gilt is going to

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Uniqlo’s surprise, PPR beats expectations, Confident Boss, Hilfiger makes Asian inroads, Destination Guangzhou

Jun Takahashi | Source: Forbes

The Experimental Designer Who Will Replace Jil Sander At Uniqlo (Forbes) “In some ways Takahashi is a surprising choice — he’s not exactly a household name outside of Japan, and his clothes veer toward the avant garde… But Takahashi is Japanese, and he has worked with big commercial companies before — he designs a running line for Nike. Furthermore, he’s one of the most innovative, interesting designers working

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Miu Miu strikes a chord, ASOS global, Hugo Boss boost, Louboutin vs YSL, Rocking fashion in Berlin

Miu Miu Autumn Winter 2011 Photographed by Bruce Weber | Source: Miu Miu

Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand (WSJ) “Aiming to cash in on China’s bulging population of young fashion-lovers, Prada is turning its focus in the Chinese market to its… Sister-brand… Miu Miu has struck a chord with China’s young luxury shoppers… Who… Don’t remember the era in which the brand was overshadowed by the Prada label.” Global growth drives ASOS sales (FT) “Online

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Kate Moss and Topshop part ways, Gucci’s digital flagship, Bulgari recovers, Boss sales rebound, Kolkata fashion weeks clash

Kate Moss for Topshop, Autumn 2009 | Source: Topshop

Kate Moss and Topshop to end design deal (BBC) “A three-year design partnership between Kate Moss and Topshop is to end later this year. When the supermodel unveils her autumn and winter range in October – it will be her 14th and last collection for the chain.” Gucci opens its new luxury digital flagship store (Fashion and Runway) “Following an 18 month architectural renovation under the direction of Gucci

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PPR’s growth stategy, Hugo Boss recovers, Ittierre refinancing, Survival of the finest, Singapore Fashion Festival

Helly Hansen Hiking Gear | Source: Helly Hansen

PPR’s retail recovery could speed up sale process (Reuters) “A shopping revival should help French group PPR more easily dispose of its retail units and fulfill its long-held ambition of refocusing on the luxury and outdoor sectors…One attractive target for PPR could be the Norwegian outdoor clothing brand Helly Hansen, owned by Swedish private equity firm Altor since 2006.” Hugo Boss looks forward to growth

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Fashion films flourish, Etailers buck decline, Boss factory survives, Wintour honoured, Helmut’s minimalism

Prada's First Spring | Source: Prada

Cinema à la Prada (WSJ) “With the Internet and digital technology, industry executives say short online videos have become an essential part of the fashion marketing tool box, offering customers a new way to interact with a brand and show clothing in motion.” Web-only luxury retailers fared well during the recession (Internet Retailer) “Luxury goods retailers that sell exclusively online increased their sales by

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LVMH Q1 sales jump 11%, Shedding Talbots’ Granny image, Retail boosts Dow, Boss sees profit growth, Ask a Stylist app

Hugo Boss SS 2010 | Source: hugoboss.com

Luxury goods brand LVMH sees sales soar (Guardian) “A surge in demand for expensive jewellery, fashion goods, perfume and champagne has sent sales soaring at luxury goods firm LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. LVMH saw revenues jump by 11% in the first three months of this year to €4.472bn.” Talbots Politely Shows Granny the Door (WSJ) “To solidify its comeback and boost sales, Talbots must complete a merchandise

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Prints for the Cyberage, Takashimaya suffers, Jil Sander’s new line, Paris to Patna, Basso & Brooke all bottled up

Erdem Autumn/Winter Digital Print Detail | Source: Style.com

Prints for the Cyberage (IHT) “Printed matter has undergone a digital revolution, as the new millennium has witnessed a dramatic change in the way that a pattern is developed to follow the shape of the body and to overlay actual images with virtual versions.” Takashimaya’s Net Slumps 34 percent (WSJ) “Takashimaya Co. said.. that revenue and profit for the year ended Feb. 28 showed steep declines as consumer

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Permira holds Boss, Chanel wins suit, Vuitton’s new ads, Recession’s reality on Rodeo, Christmas trading

Rodeo Drive | Source: Shutterstock

Permira to keep Hugo Boss, ProSieben for years (Reuters) “Permira doesn’t plan to exit from media company ProSiebenSat.1 and fashion label Hugo Boss for a couple of years, the German head of the private equity company told Reuters.” Chanel wins counterfeit case but is forced to pay damages (Telegraph) “A seamstress who took Chanel to court for stealing her small firm’s crochet pattern has lost her

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Hugo Boss down, UK retail fights back, Lulu’s Asian expansion, Prada shortens layoffs, BFC Vogue Fashion Fund

Hugo Menswear | Source: Hugo Boss

Hugo Boss European sales fall 13 percent (Drapers) “Total European sales at Hugo Boss fell 13% to €852m (£766m) over the first nine months of 2009 as the brand and retailer was hit by a turbulent northern European and Spanish trading climate.” M&S and Next fight back while Primark shines (Reuters) “Updates from three of Britain’s biggest clothing retailers should shed a little more light next week on

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Armani loosens grip, Sheikh eyes Lacroix, Black to Boss, China’s widening wage gap, Saks offers stock

Armani Names Group of Lieutenants But Succession Questions Linger (WSJ) "Giorgio Armani, after recovering from a months-long bout of hepatitis, slightly loosened his grip on his fashion empire Wednesday, naming one of his most-loyal executives as deputy chairman, as part of a management reorganization." View the Armani S/S 10 runway video here. Sheikh's position strengthens in Lacroix auction (FT) "The sheikh of Ajman yesterday emerged as the frontrunner to buy Christian Lacroix, the loss-making French fashion house, after Italy's Borletti Group dropped out of the auction." Hugo Boss signs Graeme Black to drive womenswear (Drapers) "Hugo Boss has named London-based designer Graeme Black as creative consultant for the Boss Black women’s collection." Gucci Snake Bag Draws Ire in China as…

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