Perry Ellis’ legacy, Gieves & Hawkes for sale, New Bergdorf CEO, New York report, Dior remix

Perry Ellis by Norman Parkinson | Source: NY Times

Perry Ellis Still Has Something to Say (NY Times) “For men of a certain generation, the Perry Ellis look of the early ‘80s was a classic: impeccably constructed khaki pants and a crisp white or blue cotton shirt, perhaps paired with a buttery soft trench coat, all of it conveying a kind of effortless elegance.’ When Perry Ellis was alive, no one did it better,’ Michael Bastian, the men’s wear designer, said

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LVMH and CSM alliance, Mellon exits Jimmy Choo, Branded luxury jewellery, Big in Japan, Digital catalogs

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Consumerism

LVMH and Central St Martins Partnership (Vogue UK) “Central St Martins new Kings Cross building will feature a state-of-the-art lecture theatre sponsored by LVMH. The luxury conglomerate has also announced plans for a scholarship programme to recruit promising designers from the university for its stable of brands.” Tamara Mellon leaves Jimmy Choo (FT) “Tamara Mellon has stepped down from Jimmy Choo, the footwear and

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Market Pulse | All Systems Go

Savigny Luxury Index May 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — As luxury stock valuations continue to roar ahead, even as the overall market has stalled, and luxury brands go to private and public investors to finance further expansion, we take our monthly check of the Market Pulse to understand the key drivers. Big news • The Savigny Luxury Index continues its upward trend led by the bullish outlook for the sector in terms of both organic growth and acquisitions •

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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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The Post-Advertising age, Tunisian runway, Jimmy Choo eyes HK IPO, PPR sales skyrocket, Ageless supermodels

The Post-Advertising Age (Luxury Society) “Today, the only way brands can connect with customers and prospects is by genuinely adding value to their lives, either by providing a useful service or by telling rewarding stories. Brands have no choice. Messages that aren’t valued will be ignored.” A Revolution Sallies Forth on the Tunisian Runway (IHT) “The textile and garment industry, though battered by economic

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Shoemaking renaissance, Jones eyes Jimmy Choo, China’s challenges, Museum couture, González’s poetry

Allen Edmonds' McAllister shoe | Source: Allen Edmonds

At Their Feet, Crafted by Hand (NY Times) “It has not been lost on workers at Allen Edmonds, or those at about a half-dozen shoe companies that still produce in the United States, that the craft of shoemaking is experiencing something of a renaissance. Over the last few years, as heritage brands have been rediscovered by a new generation of customers, especially young men.” Jones Group one of bidders for Jimmy Choo

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Van Assche’s moment, Kamali innovates, Jimmy Choo the man, Mumbai eyes UAE, Shulman talks Middleton

Dior Homme: The Time I Had Some Time Alone (Dazed Digital) "A world away from Slimane’s razor sharp aesthetic, the sense of ease and movement balanced with extreme rigor in the S/S11 collection betrays Van Assche’s growing confidence in his place at Dior Homme. Dazed spoke to Van Assche about the collection and his first foray into the digital realm – a film with photographer Willy Vanderperre." Fashion Rethinkers: Norma Kamali (JC Report) "She uses Skype as a medium for customer service, the pieces from her most recent collection, which was shown in February, will hit her store in just a few weeks (compared to the normal delivery of a few months)... In other words, Kamali has never played by…

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Rethinking couture, The battle for Hermès, Obama debate continues, Jimmy Choo profits triple, Rankin’s army

L-R: Valentino, Gaultier, Chanel, Saab, Dior, Armani, Givenchy | Source: FT

All about the Atelier (FT) “It’s possible we’re thinking about this all wrong – this being the now-shrunk-to-three-days-with-only-six-full-fledged-couture-brands couture shows. It’s possible we’re asking the wrong questions. It’s possible that, instead of perennially rending our garments and plunging into the long tunnel of debate over whether couture is relevant in a not-entirely-post-recession 21st century, we should

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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, a

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Uniqlo loses its way, Drexler’s secret talks, Jimmy Choo for the boys, Vuitton copycats, Pierre Hardy’s NYC

J.Crew Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: J.Crew

‘Superficial’ Fashion Leads Uniqlo Billionaire Astray (Bloomberg) “Tadashi Yanai, Japan’s richest man, used advice from management guru Peter Drucker to build his Uniqlo clothing empire. To pull out of a slump that’s hammered profits and shares, the billionaire is revisiting the lessons.” J. Crew Board Didn’t Have Many Details Ahead of Bid (WSJ) “J. Crew’s chief executive Millard

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Jimmy Choo preps for IPO, Women lead recovery, Twitter talk, Holt Renfrew gets friendly, New faces

Jimmy Choo takes steps to possible IPO (FT) "The private equity owner of Jimmy Choo plans to appoint investment banks to advise on strategic options for the maker of stilettos for the stars, including a possible initial public offering valuing the company at about £500m." Affluent, Generous Young Women Lead Recovery (Marketing Daily) "When it comes to power-shopping our way toward economic recovery, a new report from American Express says well-heeled young women are leading the charge." Should luxury brands use twitter? (Luxury Society) "Luxury is an intricate web of emotions... can it be captured in 140 characters (and that too with a shortened link of some sort if the company is trying to drive some traffic to a specific…

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Chalayan buys back brand, Abboud wins name, Social Media and CRM, Wooing the well-heeled, Jimmy Chuggs?

Hussein Chalayan Buys Brand Back from Puma (Mediabistro) “Chalayan has bought his brand back from Puma parent company Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR). The French conglomerate acquired a majority stake in the designer’s London-based fashion business in March 2008.” Designer Abboud Gains Limited Use of Name (WSJ) “A federal district court in New York ruled that menswear designer Joseph Abboud, who sold his

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Luxury goes social, Bridging the Zac, Slim inventory, Jimmy Choo’s risky strategy, The illusion of brand control

Gucci Facebook page | Source: Facebook

Luxury Brands and the Case for $4,000 Sunglasses (IHT) “Imran Amed, who runs a Web site called The Business of Fashion, said that two years ago, when he started urging big luxury brands to embrace social networking as a communications tool, executives of these companies told him the idea was ‘stupid.’ He is getting a lot less of that these days.” Zac Posen’s New Venture (WWD) “Z Spoke is a new

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