High Street King, Inditex profit rise, PPR invests, Top luxury buyers, Carolina Herrera

Sir Philip Green by Ben Gurr | Source: The Times

Topshop’s Sir Philip Green: How he became king of the High Street (BBC News) “The moment Sir Philip Green finally ‘arrived’ was in the year 2000, when he bought the dowdy British Home Stores chain for £200m and rebranded it BHS. According to Stuart Lansley, his restless mind had spotted a beguiling new way to make money from the High Street…” Spain’s Inditex posts 27 pct rise in nine-month

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Week in Review | Against Fast Fashion Collaborations, Joe Fresh’s approach, Leutton Postle

Week in Review November 12-16

Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations (Opinion) “These underlying commercial motives are often obscured, however, by a ubiquitous but pernicious phrase: ‘the democratisation of fashion.’ Whoever coined the term is surely the marketing genius of the 21st century. On the face of it, who can argue that ‘the democratisation of fashion’ isn’t a good thing?” Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach (Intelligence)

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Sporty styles, ASOS’ steady growth, Inditex grows profit, Burberry ethics row, Chanel pays out

Roksanda Ilincic, Mulberry, Simone Rocha Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion

Sporty? It’s the Olympics, Stupid! (IHT) “This year has been a game changer in British attitudes toward sports, leaving behind the typical ironic and laconic talk about being ‘good losers’ and instead rejoicing in gold medal glory. So it is with fashion. While New York designers appear to be moving away from their American sportswear roots, the London summer 2013 collections are embracing dynamic

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Kors crushes earnings, Esprit plummets, Inditex defies crisis, Louboutin woes, Vogue Ukraine

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Lelima

Kors Crushes Earnings: Will the Growth Continue? (Daily Finance) “Shares of design house Michael Kors popped on the open today, with the stock climbing more than 5%. The luxury-goods retailer reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that beat on both the top and bottom lines.” Clothing retailer Esprit’s shares slide 23 percent as CEO quits (Reuters) “Shares of Esprit Holdings Ltd fell by nearly a quarter on

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Fast fashion formula, Neiman Marcus’ China venture, Skirt variety, Lululemon’s secret, Body talk

Zara | Source: Gurus Blog

Fashion forward (The Economist) “Flogging fashion is like selling fish, as Amancio Ortega, the founder of Inditex, likes to say. Fresh fish, like a freshly cut jacket in the latest colour, sells quickly and at a high price. Yesterday’s catch must be discounted and may not sell at all. This simple insight has made Inditex one of the world’s two biggest clothes makers. ” Neiman Marcus to woo China shoppers via the web

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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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Billion dollar man, Yoox samples China, Inditex eases, Fake shopping bags, Helen Bullock

Michael Clinton | Source: Hearst

Michael Clinton, Hearst’s Billion-Dollar Man (WWD) “It was a mere 18 months ago that many questioned whether his career at Hearst Magazines was over… But Clinton, a 30-year publishing veteran, has had plenty of practice at taking a proverbial punch, shaking it off and bouncing back. Since his very public pass over, he’s been promoted to president, marketing and publishing director and one could argue his career is

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Lunch with Carine, Jimmy Choo sold to Labelux, Transeasonal Inditex, Digital China, Denim for deep pockets

Jimmy Choo Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: El Sinfonie Rojo

Lunch with the FT: Carine Roitfeld (FT) “Roitfeld, 55, has built a career on being cool. She made her mark as a stylist in the 1990s, when she and the photographer Mario Testino created risqué campaigns for Gucci… [As the editor of French Vogue] she became one of the most powerful women in the fashion industry, famous for edgy, sometimes controversial and frequently erotic photo shoots.” Jimmy Choo sold to Labelux

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Tribes versus trends, Tokyo stores reopen, India’s luxury real estate crunch, Inditex profit up, John Lobb bespoke

Ann Demeulemeester Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Cutting Class

The Tribes of Westwood, Owens and Demeulemeester (The Cutting Class) “While some designers tend to beat to the drum of being on-trend, others have already cultivated their own communities and are even referencing it within their collections. In the recent Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Vivienne Westwood collections you feel that they are speaking in a language that their customers already know and understand.”

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Joys of Joyce, Re-launching Charles Frederick Worth, Zara’s 5000th store, Sartorialist inspiration, Sci-fashion future

Emerald and Diamond "Thread" ring by JAR | Source: Christie's

The Joys of Joyce (Dazed Digital) “Joyce was a pioneer which was the first to bring international designers such as Givenchy, Lanvin, Margiela, and Fendi, amongst other luxury names, to Asia. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Joyce has specially commissioned works of over 50 designers.” 5000th Zara store: Inditex embraces eco-fashion (Fashion United) “Showing off its real aim to embrace the latest eco-trends

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Uniqlo’s social business, ASOS founder cashes in, Inditex into Antipodes, Liberty’s grand plan, Launching Gilt

Liberty's Perspective by Hanslip M. Fletcher c. 1924| Source: vamac

Uniqlo Healing Social Problems With Hipster T-Shirts (Fast Company) “Fast Retailing Co., the company behind the Uniqlo clothing chain, has established a new, wholly-owned subsidiary that’s going to expand its enterprise with a ‘social business’ in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” Asos co-founder cashes in as profits jump (Guardian) “Online retailer Asos sees first-quarter sales rise by

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Neimans in the black, Inditex margin spike, India’s talent pinch, Gucci goes green, Sally Singer moves to T

All Saints Summer 2010 | Source: All Saints

Neiman gains from luxe spending but Euro worries persist (Reuters) “The operator of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores said it is monitoring Europe’s debt crisis and has yet to see vendors there pass on gains from a weak euro. Neiman also noted that a weak euro could negatively impact travel to New York.” Inditex Beats Views As 1Q Sales, Margins Jump (WSJ) “Spain’s Inditex, the fast-growing

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