Biba triumphs, The Jimmy Choo man, ASOS sales accelerate, Japan’s department stores slide, Sartorial seniority

Jimmy Choo Men's high-top trainer in cashmere | Source: T Magazine

Vintage labels find a new life (FT) “‘The original Biba [is] very iconic… It changed the face of fashion and people loved it – it was affordable, easy and sexy. The new Biba has been the most successful launch in the House of Fraser’s history – it’s done way, way better than we’d expected.’” Jimmy Choo to launch men’s shoe collection (Telegraph) “Launching for the autumn/winter 2011 season,

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Cathy Horyn’s pointed pen, Coach UK, Fast fashion warning, Versace eyes Japan, 30 years of Japanese fashion

Coach Madison gathered leather handbad detail | Source: Coach

Fashion’s Most Feared Critic (Daily Beast) “Cathy Horyn wields a pointed pen to (sometimes) skewer her subjects…Carolina Herrera, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang, Nicole Miller, and Oscar de la Renta have all banned Horyn and the Times from covering their collections at various points…None of this has seemed to faze the journalist, who, this fashion season, displayed her trademark ability to

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Japanese web bargains, Lagerfeld goes masstige, Richemont sales jump, PVH raises outlook, Wintour’s web

Louis Vuitton Omotosando | Source: Highsnobiety

Web-Bargain Luxury Comes to Japan (WSJ) “For decades, the model for selling luxury imported goods in Japan has been simple: plush surroundings, attentive service—and the ‘Japan premium’… But the cozy system may be cracking, [thanks in part to] third-party websites to jump in with deep discounts.” Karl Lagerfeld cancels Paris show (Catwalk Queen) “Instead, the designer is working on a new

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Manolo for Liberty, Fashion film evolution, Cavalli profits, Lakme links to e-commerce, Real Harajuku girls

Manolo Blahnik at work | Source: Manolo Blahnik

Well heeled: Manolo Blahnik and his left-hand woman (Independent) “As his exclusive collection for Liberty arrives, Manolo Blahnik talks footwear, films and fabrics with his niece and ‘left-hand woman’ Kristina…Since he set up shop in the Seventies Manolo Blahnik has become the world’s most famous artisan shoemaker.” The Evolution of the Fashion Film (WSJ) “‘This is the new

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Flash sales frenzy, Zozotown Japan, Seoul’s empty spaces, Ranking street style bloggers, Enninful’s world

Rue La La Flash Sale Site | Source: Capitolb

Available now, gone in a flash (LA Times) “Private sample sales generated $1 billion last year, a relatively small piece of the $155-billion e-commerce pie. But the category is thriving, with more than $100 million in venture capital flooding into the space in the last six months alone.” Zozotown Gets Japan Fashion Online (WSJ) “Aside from Japanese start-up brands, many high-profile established Japanese brands

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Japanese economy shrinks, H&M sales up, Sombre and 80s in New York, Forever 21 expands concept

The Japanese Flag

Japan’s economy shrinks 3.3% (IHT) The world’s second largest economy is experiencing its worst downturn in 35 years. H&M sales boosted by new openings (Drapers) Driven by new store openings, H&M’s sales rose 9% in January. Sombre start to NYFW (Drapers) “New York Fashion Week got off to a somewhat sombre start on Friday, according to reports from the US, with collection sizes reduced by up to

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Q&A | The lowdown on H&M Comme des Garçons

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Comme des Garçons for H&M"][/caption] TOKYO, Japan - Back in September, H&M experienced one of the most successful Japanese market entries in recent history, with its first store in Ginza drawing incredible mass media coverage and never-ending lines. Now two months later, H&M will open its next Japanese store on November 8 in the youth fashion district of Harajuku. Japanese customers lucky enough to make it through the long queue on Saturday morning will be the first worldwide to be able to buy the latest limited-edition guest-collaboration line: H & M COMME des GARÇONS. For the rest of the world, H&M Comme des Garçons will debut on November 13 in more than 200 H&M stores around…

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H&M | Swedish fast fashion finally comes to Japan

TOKYO, Japan - After two years of intense rumours and breathless anticipation, Swedish fast fashion giant H&M finally opened its first Tokyo store on September 13 in the ritzy neighborhood of Ginza, right down the street from competitors Zara and Uniqlo. When the staff cut the ribbon at 11 a.m., somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese customers (mostly young women) waited in line for their chance to visit the 1,000 square-metre, four-story retail space. Now, twelve days later, the lines continue to stay long, with around 8,000 people visiting the store daily. An incredible success? Although these long lines may help pay back the reported ¥2 billion launch expenditures, a little perspective is required to know what it all means.…

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Everybody’s Talking About | Comme des Garcons for H&M

TOKYO, Japan and STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Some H&M collaborations of the past (Roberto Cavalli, Viktor & Rolf) were more memorable for the pre-launch buzz and subsequent hysteria around the world than they were for the clothes themselves. So ever since Rei Kawakubo announced her upcoming Comme des Garcons collection for H&M, fashionistas have been wondering whether Kawakubo will bring some of the best of Japanese avant-garde fashion to the masses without diluting her signature style. Well the wait is almost over. W Magazine wrote about the collaboration in its September issue and on Friday, Fashionista.com posted the first photos of the complete collection. In typical lightening speed, the blogosphere has been passing judgment and at first glance, it seems many…

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