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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Richemont disappoints, UK retail plunges, J Crew beats Street, Zara’s Indian move, DIY design blogs

Chloè Spring-Summer 2010 | Source: Chloè

Richemont downbeat over sector prospects (FT) “Richemont’s restraint, along with lower than expected net profits, disappointed some analysts. Sales fell by 4 per cent to €5.18bn ($6.4bn), while net profits from continuing operations dropped 18 per cent to €603m. The closely watched margin fell to 16 per cent from 17.9 per cent.” Falling retail sales dampen recovery hopes (Times) “Retail sales plunged to a

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