Band of Outsiders’ big push, Fashion and Finance, EBay ‘Flash’ sales, Smythson’s politics, Hardy Amies bespoke

Leslie Mann wearing Boy | Source: Boy. by Band of Outsiders

Can an Outsider Cash In? (WSJ) “Scott Sternberg, a former Hollywood talent agent, is pushing to turn his small, successful label into a fashion empire. Formerly with Creative Artists Agency, Mr. Sternberg quit his job seven years ago to launch the label Band of Outsiders, spawning a boom in skinny ties and riding the surge in modern prep wear.” Top fashion brands enjoy a new vogue (FT) “Fashion and finance have

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McCarthy’s era at W, Burberry and Vuitton top list, Hermès’ profits fall, Fashion Week in Seoul, Twitter etiquette

Patrick McCarthy | Source: W Magazine

A Collector of Scoops Steps Down (NY Times) “As the editorial director of WWD [and W]…Mr. McCarthy always considered his publications to be the singular powerhouse for scoops, whether a designer was changing jobs or a retailer was headed for bankruptcy. In fact, his reign was so great that it was called ‘the McCarthy era.’” Burberry & LVMH Top List for ‘Mystery’ Luxury Shoppers (Just Luxe)

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Pringle push, Luxury sales reveal confidence, Burberry 3D, Vuitton’s emotional intelligence, The meaning of green

Pringle thrown an £18m as it moves to recapture the luxury market (Guardian) “The wealthy foreign owners of Pringle of Scotland have pumped another £18m into the loss-making brand’s continuing attempt to become a Burberry-style luxury label… accounts show the company has received injections of £10m and £8m from its owners, Hong Kong textile dynasty the Fang family.” Luxury sales reveal return of confidence

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Richemont stake in Prada?, Frugality fatigue, UK’s strong holiday, Vuitton’s savoir-faire, Nicola Formichetti goes Gaga

Prada Autumn/Winter 2009 | Source: Prada

Luxury jewelry maker Richemont eyes Prada stake (New York Post) “Prada is close to a tie-up with Swiss watch and jewelry maker Richemont that could shake up the luxury landscape worldwide, sources told The Post. The Italian fashion house — whose ambitions to expand have been hampered for years by a crippling debt load — is nearing a deal to sell about a third of the cash-strapped label to Richemont.” Luxury

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Permira holds Boss, Chanel wins suit, Vuitton’s new ads, Recession’s reality on Rodeo, Christmas trading

Rodeo Drive | Source: Shutterstock

Permira to keep Hugo Boss, ProSieben for years (Reuters) “Permira doesn’t plan to exit from media company ProSiebenSat.1 and fashion label Hugo Boss for a couple of years, the German head of the private equity company told Reuters.” Chanel wins counterfeit case but is forced to pay damages (Telegraph) “A seamstress who took Chanel to court for stealing her small firm’s crochet pattern has lost her

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Margiela confirms exit, Primark’s record sales, Talbots in surprise merger, Lara Stone for Vuitton, The Power 25

Martin Margiela to Leave Fashion House He Founded (NY Times) “Insiders had known for months that Mr. Margiela had left the company in all but name. The designer’s particular vision, which had focused on the authenticity of the vintage artisan fused with modern photo prints depicting wrinkles or handwork, was missing from recent shows.” Primark beats its one-day sales record (Independent) “The flagship Primark

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Shoes and bags endure, Catwalks a-twitter, Back to basics, Recession launches, Vuitton to Lebanon

Courtesy of Chanel

Shoes, bags prove staying power in luxury crisis (Reuters) “At the height of the luxury goods boom, launching a single successful “it” bag was enough to substantially alter a company’s profit outlook. Over the past week at the Paris fashion shows, buyers, designers and executives were hoping the same kind of accessories magic would help luxury firms weather the economic downturn.” World’s fashion

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H&M sales disappoint, LFW looks forward, Condé Nast prepares for cuts, Leibovitz for LV, Luxury and social media

Jimmy Choo for H&M, courtesy of H&M

H&M August sales disappoint (FT) “Hennes & Mauritz, the world’s third-biggest clothing retailer by sales, on Thursday announced a 4 per cent increase in third-quarter earnings but August sales were worse than expected.” Eye on London: Fashion Week at a Turning Point (WSJ) “A three-year, $6.9 million funding package from the London Development Agency has helped fund the British Fashion Council’s

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Google vs. Vuitton, Hermès: Japan slump continues, U.K. online sales climb, Fashion branding, Savile Row survival

Handbags at dawn for Louis Vuitton and Google (FT) "It will be handbags at dawn on Tuesday in Strasbourg as the world’s luxury goods makers line up to listen to the European Court of Justice’s advocate-general give his opinion in the case of Google versus Louis Vuitton." Click here to watch the Bloomberg video. Hermès CEO Sees No Light in ‘Tunnel’ This Year on Japan Slump (Bloomberg) "Hermès International SCA Chief Executive Officer Patrick Thomas said he isn’t optimistic about the next six months because of a delayed economic recovery in Japan, the French luxury-goods maker’s biggest market." U.K. August Online Sales Climb More Than Expected on Clothing (Bloomberg) "U.K. online retail sales climbed more than expected in August as shoppers, lured…

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Nick Knight speaks, Inditex’s online push, Shared origins of Calvin and Ralph, Star style power fades, LV in Beirut

Nick Knight on location

Nick Knight on fashion, photographs and failings (Times) Luke Leitch interviews Nick Knight: “I have friends in the City who are amazed by how the fashion business is conducted. It’s controlled by a few people, and not particularly well.” Inditex 1H Pft Beats Views; Plans Online Push (WSJ) “Inditex SA, Europe’s top fashion retailer by revenue, Wednesday said it plans a major push online for its flagship Zara-brand, as it reported

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Fashion redefined, LV wins counterfeiting suit, Fashion Darwinism, Inspiring bloggers, Fashion cycles

High Fashion Faces a Redefining Moment (New York Times) "Designer fashion — the creative wellspring of the American apparel industry, the engine of style magazines, the stuff of plain old dreams — is experiencing a serious case of the blues. As another show season rolls out across the city, against the chilliest retail climate in years, many believe this is not merely a difficult moment for high-end fashion but a defining one as well." Louis Vuitton Wins Suit Against Counterfeiter (Korea Times) "Louis Vuitton Malletier, a unit of French luxury goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said Thursday that it has won a lawsuit filed last year against a Korean wholesaler, which has been manufacturing and selling imitation bags…

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Louis Vuitton film award, Boris in ELLE, Burberry comes home, Fashionair talent hunt

Vuitton to Sponsor Film Award (WWD) "Louis Vuitton said Monday it would bestow $25,000 prizes to the two student filmmakers who make the best two-minute works on the theme of “life as a journey." Dishevelled London mayor graces fashion cover (AFP) "London's famously dishevelled mayor, Boris Johnson, will grace the cover of fashion bible Elle next month in what many will see as a surprising partnership to mark 25 years of London Fashion Week." Burberry has come home (Telegraph) "The launch of this collection will be a massive event, the highlight of London Fashion Week. Not only is it the 25th anniversary of LFW and the British Fashion Council, it is also the first time since Bailey joined the brand…

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Chanel’s Future, Chinese luxury tastes, Cautious Green, Givenchy couture, E-tailers struggle for marketshare

Chanel Haute Couture show, courtesy of The New York Times

Chanel, Now and Then (New York Times) Cathy Horyn discusses the future of Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld. Louis Vuitton, Cartier Are Preferred by Chinese, Survey Shows (Bloomberg) “Louis Vuitton and Cartier are the top choices of Chinese consumers for purchases as their thirst for luxury goods remains unabated in the global economic crisis, a survey commissioned by Ruder Finn Asia showed.” Sir Philip Green cautious on

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