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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Uniqlo’s social business, ASOS founder cashes in, Inditex into Antipodes, Liberty’s grand plan, Launching Gilt

Liberty's Perspective by Hanslip M. Fletcher c. 1924| Source: vamac

Uniqlo Healing Social Problems With Hipster T-Shirts (Fast Company) “Fast Retailing Co., the company behind the Uniqlo clothing chain, has established a new, wholly-owned subsidiary that’s going to expand its enterprise with a ‘social business’ in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” Asos co-founder cashes in as profits jump (Guardian) “Online retailer Asos sees first-quarter sales rise by

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Acquisition frenzy, Bulgari posts loss, Moody’s upgrades Saks, Liberty agrees flagship sale, Russian luxury declines

Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

A big takeover brings cheer to gloomy fashion retailing (Economist) “PVH’s acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger has aroused widespread interest, because it is a sign of life in an ailing industry. Analysts are predicting that more deals will follow this year. The cutbacks fashion companies have made in the past two years have left some of them with cash to spend on takeovers.” Cost-cuts take shine off Bulgari (FT)

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Richemont to buy Net-a-Porter, PVH acquires Hilfiger, Prada’s maltreatment, Liberty bid, GenY luxe life

Chloé Jumpsuit on Net-a-porter.com | Source: Net-a-porter

Net-a-Porter is being acquired for up to £350m by Richemont (Telegraph) “The deal, expected to be completed this week, will see founder Natalie Massenet, a former fashion journalist, become at least £50m richer as Richemont acquires the remaining 70pc of the company it doesn’t already own.” Phillips-Van Heusen Acquires Hilfiger for $3 Billion (NY Times) “Phillips-Van Heusen, the clothing conglomerate that

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Daily Digest | Phoebe Philo’s third act, Bottega Veneta grows up, Liberty to sell freehold, Vogue’s new app, Milan’s directions

Phoebe Philo by Solve Sundsbo | Source: NY Times

Phoebe Philo’s Third Act (T Magazine) “A designer’s debut at a new label is always exciting, especially if it is backed by a luxury colossus, as Céline is by LVMH. But this particular designer is the fashion superstar who made Chloé one of the hottest labels of the early 2000s.” Bottega Veneta Grows Up (WSJ) “As Bottega pursues its strategy to grow from a niche player into a global brand, it has been conducting a

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J.Crew on Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom’s sees results, British creativity, Liberty’s call, Chistopher Kane in bloom

J. Crew Spring/Summer 2010 Preview | Source: J. Crew

J. Crew Is Going Global on Net-A-Porter (Stylelist) “Now, the classic American outfitter, currently available only in North America and Japan, has entered into an agreement with Net-A-Porter to be sold globally starting in May.” Nordstrom’s Profit More Than Doubles (WSJ) “Upscale department-store chain Nordstrom Inc. reported a 152 percent increase in profits during the quarter ended Jan. 30, underscoring

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George Davies GIVes, Prada remains upbeat, Yoox sales up 50 percent, Tamara Salman exits Liberty, CSM fashion stars

George Davies | Source: George Davies

George Davies has further designs on women (Guardian) “The man who invented Next and George at Asda is launching a spring collection with a brand new label. …GIVe – Davies’s fourth attempt to capture the hearts and minds of British women.  With the launch of its spring collection only days away, he cautiously reflects: ‘We are where I hoped we’d be when we set off. Overall, I’m

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Hermès denies rumours, Olsens conquer fashion, Liberty comeback, Wintour’s power, Fashion finger puppets

Jean Paul Gaultier | Source: Courtesy

Hermès Denies Any Gaultier Plans To Quit (Fashion Wire Daily) “Hermès and Jean Paul Gaultier have vehemently denied recent reports on the Internet that the French designer was planning to quit his position as creative director of women’s wear for the luxury label.” Good Things Do Come in Pairs (New York Times) “Very few celebrities are either so fascinating or appalling that they manage to get under our skins, as

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JPG to leave Hermès?, Liberty in talks with Target, Escada’s white knights, End of discounting

Jean Paul Gaultier Said to be Leaving Hermès (Fashion Week Daily) “Change is brewing at Hermès, and it’s starting with Jean Paul Gaultier. The designer is said to be resigning from the company; his last collection for the house is due to bow in Paris this October.” Liberty linked to Target collaboration (Drapers) “Liberty, the iconic London department store, is reported to be in talks with US value chain

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Liberty explores sale, EU internet sales, Dutch auctions, Chinese consumers, China overtakes the US

Iconic floral prints, courtesy of Liberty

Liberty appoints advisers to review the business (Drapers) “Liberty has confirmed it is set to appoint advisers to lead a review of the business, which could lead to a sale of the iconic London department store.” LVMH, Chanel Force EU to Modify Draft Law on Internet Sales (Bloomberg) “Luxury goods makers LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and Chanel SA may win more control over how Web-based retailers sell their

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Missoni at 50, Fast Retailing rises, Seoul menswear, Liberty standalone closes, Hope for Italian menswear

Missoni S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Missoni

Stars in their stripes: Missoni a fashion powerhouse (Independent) “For 50 years, it has dressed the stylish in its striped and zig-zag knits. Missoni is a fashion powerhouse, a family business and, a new exhibition argues, an Italian national treasure.” Fast Retailing Lives Up to Name With Global Gains (WSJ) “Despite the economic gloom brought on by Japan’s shrinking domestic consumption, Fast Retailing Co.

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Liberty’s Open Day, Sales rise, Retail’s 2010 recovery, Marketing Helix

Liberty of London, courtesy of The Moment

Liberty launches Open Day to support British design talent (Drapers) “Liberty will host an open day where up and coming designers will have the opportunity to present their ranges to its buying team and battle for a chance to be stocked in the department store.” Retail Sales Rise on Heavy Discounting, Inventory Reductions (Seeking Alpha) “Retail sales in February jumped more than expected last week.”  Retail

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