Wall Street sours on Aéropostale, LVMH dazzles, Inflation in China, Technology disruption, A Royal imprint

Aéropostale: Cheap Clothes, Cheaper Stock (Daily Finance) “Aeropostale thrived during the Great Recession, posting record-high margins as cash-strapped customers loaded up on its cheap-but-stylish tops and pants. However, discounts from teen retail competitors, rising commodity costs, and a few fashion missteps have weighed on the company’s profits lately. After two consecutive disappointing quarters, Wall Street has soured

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Versace takes a stand, Luxury funds outperform, Hangzhou’s savvy, Bow ties boom, The Royal Frock

Versace Jeans Couture | Source: Denim Therapy

Why Versace is putting workers’ health before style (Independent) “Italy’s style capital has become the unlikely focus of a battle to save some of the world’s poorest textile…Versace… Announced that it was throwing its weight behind a campaign to end sandblasting – a manual process used to produce trendy worn-look denim – but which campaigners claim destroys workers’ lungs.” ‘Luxury funds’ are in vogue (JoongAng Daily)

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Arnault’s evolving empire, SuperGroup hits back, Luxury stocks rising, Consumer choice, The Duchess sells

Bernard Arnault | Source: Fashion Pile

Bernard Arnault Rethinks the Cult of Fashion Gurus (Newsweek) “Arnault suggests it’s time for change, time to recast his global, glittering, status-laden empire as something else. The watchwords are: intimate, Old World, artful. And the timing feels right… After all, Arnault has learned that rock-star designers come and go. ‘A good product,’ he says, ‘can last forever.'” SuperGroup rebuts critics

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Reiss’ royal revival, Pringle knitting pretty, Ferragamo plans IPO, PVH beats forecast, Rutson’s Chinese secrets

Reiss Shola dress, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge | Source: Reiss

Kate Middleton: putting the regal into Reiss (Telegraph) “‘The Reiss dress was perfectly pitched… Britain has the best high street in the world. No one exemplifies the strength of that better than the Duchess of Cambridge.'” Knitting pretty (FT) “As well as giving Pringle a youthful burst of creativity, the Archive Project provides the brand with a reputation for supporting new talent…

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Waiting for the dress, I.T.’s Asian dominance, Chinese luxury heights, Puma raises target, Social opportunities

Waiting for the Dress (NY Times) “Many believe that Ms. Middleton’s dress, like the bouffant gown Princess Diana wore in 1981, will be a game changer, inspiring replicas or adaptations at every level of the marketplace, some within weeks or even days of its debut.” I.T Is About Brand Management (WSJ) “Sham Kar Wai started selling clothes in 1988 because he couldn’t find the British punk fashion that he liked

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Considering Kate’s dress, UK retail suffers, Louboutin strikes again, PSFK fashion highlights, Jones’ hats in a line

Kate Middleton and Prince William | Source: Stylelist

Kate’s Dress: Who Will It Be? (WWD) “There are three weeks to go until K-Day, when royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will, after five months of keeping the public on tenterhooks, reveals her sartorial secret… the secrecy has ignited a flurry of speculation as to which designer is doing The Dress.” Retailers suffer sharp fall in spending (FT) “Sales of clothing… showed the largest decline in any

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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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Gap to shutter 200 stores, Impact of Japan crisis, The Kate effect, Tod’s hikes dividend, Jean Touitou: designer

Gap Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Twitexpress

Turning point for Gap as 200 stores close worldwide (Independent) “Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy has announced that Gap is to close 200 of its 900 worldwide stores by 2013, and focus on modernising its signature look. He also admitted that Gap had not tried hard enough to attract ethnic minority customers in the US.” Luxury goods firms fear effect of Japanese disaster (Guardian) “Shares in some of the

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Anya Hindmarch’s dreams, Personalising the future, A tailored approach, Black Friday creep, Why Kate matters

Anya Hindmarch Cooper Tote | Source: Purseblog

Dreaming of Clasps and Tassels (WSJ) “Handbag designer Anya Hindmarch designs in her sleep—literally. Some of her best-selling ideas come in the early hours of light sleep at her London townhouse, when a dream culminates in an image of a bag, shoe or detail like a clasp or tassel.” The Future Will Be Personalized (Tech Crunch) “Today, we live in a world where we’re constantly overwhelmed by information. There are

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