NRDC spree, Giles style and Levi’s liftoff

The man who wants to fix retail (Fortune) Fortune magazine profiles NRDC's Richard Baker who is on a retail and fashion acquisition spree having bought Lord & Taylor, Fortunoff, and Peter Som and is said to have his eyes on Saks. Giles Style (Scottish Daily Record) Giles Deacon talks to a Scottish paper about the fashion designer of the 21st century -- one who has his feet on the ground and is passionate about gardening and reading. Levi's turns a corner (International Herald Tribune) Armin Broger , President of Levi Straus Europe, is successfully turning around the Levi's business by refocusing its collections and using cities like Antwerp as fashion business laboratories. Peter Som A/W 2008 photo courtesy of Coutorture.

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Links | JC Report, Wear Palettes and Tom Fishburne

In the run-up to the Easter long weekend, which has already begun here in London, we thought we'd share some our new favourites for lazy Sunday reading from the ever expanding fashion  and business blogosphere. JC ReportNot technically a blog, but now presented in a blog format, JC Report is one of the leading online authorities for thoughtful fashion content on the cutting edge. We've been working with Jason Campbell, JC Report's charismatic founder, on restructuring the JCR value proposition, launching a newly designed site, and engaging JCR's truly global fashion community. We're delighted with the results: daily news, editorial and intelligence that you can't find anywhere else.  The latest issue, released yesterday, features a denim hunter from London, shopping…

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The new icons | La Roitfeld and Queen Agy

Two articles this week gave an inside look into two of the women who are changing the face of fashion. And unlike the mysterious, impenetrable images that helped to create previous fashion icons, these women seem to be comfortable just being themselves, even if it is politically incorrect. Is authenticity the new must-have? The Anti-Anna (New York Magazine) In an unabashedly honest look into one one most important women in fashion, the editor of Paris Vogue, Carine Roitfeld makes no apologies for who she is. Comparison to Anna Wintour aside, we were most intrigued by Ms. Roitfeld's comments on the fashion business, saying "Right now, I think that fashion in the world becomes a bit boring. There is so much…

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Links | Vuitton’s TV spot, Gucci’s unrequited love, and Cathy’s Halston test drive

Louis Vuitton | Going back to its luxury roots (Marketing Week) The iconic French luxury brand is poised to launch its first ever television advertisement (click on video above to view it). The ad is being positively received by industry analysts and observers who say it takes the brand back to its heritage in luxury travel. Gucci | "Loves" New York but city not returning sentiment (CNBC) As Gucci opened its new 5th Avenue store, declaring its undying love for the city, some New Yorkers are trying to get in Cupid's way. Halston | Fast fashion test drive (Cathy Horyn - On the Runway) While the fashion pack moved over to London, Cathy Horyn decided to give Net-a-Porter's fast fashion…

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Links | It bags and Whistles

Why It bags are out (Wall Street Journal)Stephanie Solomon of Bloomingdales tells the WSJ that "The 'it' bag isn't important any more. It's all about looking different from your neighbor."  Consumers are looking for something special, unique and exclusive. And, with a recession in the wind, observers are saying people will consume less conspicuously and may not want an instantly identifiable bag. It bags RIP? Jane Shepherdson to Buy Whistles (Catwalk Queen)With a little help from some Icelandic friends, Jane Shepherdson, a former TopShop business dynamo, has become Chief Executive and part-owner of Whistles. Smart move on the part of Baugur who recognised the expertise that Shepherdson could bring to the table and how to keep her there. Fashion Inc…

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Links | Cris Barros, Luxury IPOs and Men’s A/W 2008

Cris Barros: Concrete Plans (Style.com)During our recent trip to South America, we were introduced to designer Cris Barros and her business partner Luiz Felipe. Barros is one of Sao Paulo's hottest designers. This is a piece we wrote for Style.com on her new flagship which opens in March. Fashion Change: Hilfiger's IPO is shelved (Wall Street Journal)Tommy Hilfiger is the first high-profile fashion IPO scheduled for 2008 that has been called off as global economy continues to deteriorate. Will Prada call off it's IPO for the fourth time running? Just last week, DowJones contacted The Business of Fashion to ask our opinions on this very topic. Paris Men's Fashion Week (Men.style.com)We caught the tail end of  Men's fashion week for…

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Links: The Sheikh of Chic, Fragrance failures, and Made in Italy

Majed Al-Sabah, The Sheikh of Chic (New York Times, The Moment)Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah is the guest blogger on 'The Moment' this week. Majed's first posting gives his perspective on bringing Western luxury brands to the Middle East and the second reflects on the Middle East "youthquake." It makes for interesting reading, particularly as the Middle East is one of the most promising markets for luxury brands. Majed reveals how this wasn't always the case. Why the Perfume Business is Beginning to Stink (The Wall Street Journal)Perfumes used to be a guaranteed money-spinner for fashion brands and a way for the masses to buy into the carefully woven dreams of fashion designers. This article suggests that the economics of perfumes may…

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Links: Russia, Boombox and Mash-up

Rubles are a Girl's Best Friend (New York Times)We came across this multilingual sign on the new Dolce & Gabbana store on London's Bond Street the other day. It's a sign of the times that many of the customers are from the Middle East and Russia. This article  describes the celebrity angle of Russia's fashion scene. The Real Story Behind Boombox (A Shaded View on Fashion)Mandi Lennard, London's uber PR for the hip and happening in the fashion business sent out an email last week confirming a report on the Business of Fashion that Boombox is to shut down by the end of the year. Diane Pernet interviews Richard Mortimer in this piece to get the back story. Heart to…

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