Coach shares slump, Couturier virtues, Tod’s in line, Freedom in Paris, Vogue tops ad pages

Valentino couture by Valerio Mezzanotti | Source: NY Times

Coach handbag sales take hit, stock slumps (Reuters) “Coach Inc on Wednesday reported weak holiday-quarter results and unveiled a new strategy for shoes and clothing, spooking investors with the notion that the days of strong demand for its premium leather handbags may be numbered.” And Precisely So (NY Times) “The designers are learning to use the extraordinary skills of a couture atelier to be more self-critical

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Flocking to UK luxury bargains, China’s leg up, Blogging for bucks, InStyle retail, Perfect black

Gucci store Bicester Village | Source: Thread

Luxury shoppers travel to UK for bargains (FT) “The changing appetites of Asian shoppers have driven share prices of luxury groups up and down during the course of 2011… Angela Ahrendts, Burberry’s chief executive, has coined the term ‘Travelling Luxury Consumer’ or TLC to describe its key customer group, arguing this is a more powerful force than the Chinese market alone.” A leg up for Condé Nast

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