H&M Could Do More to Catch a Lift from Designer Collaborations

Isabel Marant for H&M launch | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Designer collaborations are helping Hennes & Mauritz rise above a reputation for cheap chic, but the world's second-biggest clothing retailer could do more to entrench that upmarket lift and defend its shrinking margins.

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Photo Diary | PFW, Days 3-6: Isabel Marant, Martin Grant, Acne, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé

PARIS, France —  Today contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde files backstage imagery from the Isabel Marant, A.F. Vandervorst, Sonia Rykiel, Martin Grant, Viktor & Rolf, Acne, Veronique Leroy, Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloé and John Galliano shows, held over days three to six of Paris fashion week.

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Coach goes global, High Street retail rebounds, Archs out from Ungaro, ASOS’ lofty goals, Isabel Marant’s SoHo chic

Burberry SS 2010 | Source: Burberry

Coach Doubles Dividend as Earnings Top Estimates (BusinessWeek) “Coach Inc., the largest U.S. maker of luxury leather handbags, doubled its dividend and announced an expansion in Europe … The company said it planned to open at least 14 stores in France … with Printemps, the French department-store chain. Coach has also agreed in principle to create a joint venture with Hackett Ltd. to open stores in the U.K.,

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Techno Luxury, Saks’ surprise, Asia’s youthful consumer, Sophie Theallet wins CFDA, Marant breaks out

Luxury Firms Move to Make Web Work for Them (NYT) “The luxury goods industry, struggling through a recession that has threatened some well-known names with extinction, is trying to cast off the kid gloves that have hampered its efforts to get a grip on technology.” Saks beats Street with surprise profit, shares up (Reuters) “Upscale U.S. department store operator Saks Inc reported a quarterly profit that beat Wall

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