Uniqlo Billionaire’s Drive for Global Crown Fuels J.Crew Talks

Tom Odell and Dakota Fanning for Uniqlo | Source: Uniqlo

TOKYO, Japan — The Japanese owner of Uniqlo is in talks about a potential acquisition of J. Crew Group Inc., the U.S. retailer owned by TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners LP, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

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J. Crew Said to Be Talking With Banks About IPO Later This Year

J. Crew A/W 2014 presentation | Source: Nowfashion.com

NEW YORK, United States — J. Crew Group Inc., the retailer owned by TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners LP, is interviewing banks as it weighs an initial public offering in the U.S. later this year, people familiar with the matter said.

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Turning Point | How Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Found Its Footing

Dexter and Byron Peart | Source: Want Les Essentiels de la Vie

Today, accessories brand Want Les Essentiels de la Vie is stocked at some of the world’s best stores. But a few years back, the business was on the verge of collapse. Co-founders Byron and Dexter Peart tell BoF how J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler helped them regain faith in their brand — and take it to the next level.

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The iPad effect, Dior’s earthly delights, Watchmakers lose lustre, Dress inflation, Jenna’s world

Christian Dior by Raf Simons by Chris Moore/Karl Prouse | Source: IHT

The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds (FT) “Sales staff are using iPads featuring a range of digital technologies to encourage customers to play with and try on jewellery and watches virtually. One technology company has almost doubled in size in the past year to accommodate demand from watch, jewellery and luxury clients.” At Dior, Garden of Earthly Delights (IHT) “Flowers budding, blossoming,

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Italy’s British outpost, Beautiful youth, Changes at Lucky, Luxury’s big secret, Model lawsuit

Dsquared Autumn/Winter 2013 | Source: NOWFASHION

In Italy, a British Outpost (NY Times) “In other words, Burberry, Dsquared, Cavalli and Gucci are not names you will often read in the same sentence. Yet a pronounced Englishness ran through the collections from each of those houses, making Milan feel temporarily like an extension of the Tuscan region called Chiantishire.” Youth Is Beautiful (IHT) “The passing of the flame from a much older 70-something generation

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Victoria’s Secret hits London, J.Crew results, Ferragamo growth, Antonio Lopez, African blogs

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2011 | Source: Mod TV

Underwear: The next big thing in smalls (Independent) “For a lingerie brand that has built a worldwide reputation by flaunting (and boosting and covering in rhinestones) the assets of some of the world’s top models, the exterior of the new Victoria’s Secret flagship store in London is somewhat demure.” J. Crew returns to profit in 2nd quarter (AP) “Preppy clothing seller J. Crew Group Inc. said

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