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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Madonna for Vuitton, Plus-size style, Bangladesh textile protests, High Street Fashion Week in London

Madonna for Louis Vuitton A/W 2009, courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Madonna in New Vuitton Ads (WWD) “Marc Jacobs was so pleased with this spring’s Louis Vuitton campaign featuring Madonna that he was eager to do an encore. But very quickly Marc said, ‘I want something completely different,’ related Antoine Arnault, Vuitton’s communication director.” Plus-size fashion: style for the fuller figure (Telegraph) “On Sunday night, as the British soul singer Adele

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H&M gains, Dior releases trailer, Esprit opens new stores, LV exhibit to open in HK, De La Renta looks to the Gulf

H&M S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of H&M

H&M’s 8% April Comparable Sales Gain Breaks Trend (WSJ) “Fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB Friday said April sales in comparable stores rose for the first time since July, indicating that it may be recovering from the global trend of consumers reining in spending amid the economic slowdown.” Dior Jumps on the Viral-Video Bandwagon ( “The House of Dior will release a short film on May 20,

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Resilient Hermès, Analysts predict 2010 recovery, Most powerful luxury brands, Fashion’s blue book"

Hermès Q1 sales get lift from bags, currencies (Reuters) “Hermès proved again it was resisting the crisis better than many of its rivals with a 3.2 percent rise in first-quarter sales, helped by exchange rates and resilient demand for its handbags.” Have a look at this video from the CBC’s Fashion File to see the underlying craftsmanship that has served the brand well during the downturn. Financial Analysts

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Fashion 2.0 | A Fashion Statement for a Wired World

NEW YORK, United States —Back in March 2008, when Fast Company published a report on “The World’s Most Innovative Companies,” not one fashion or luxury brand (or their parent companies) made the list. This is unfortunate, not least because many of the world’s most successful fashion and luxury brands have a strong heritage of experimentation and innovation. (Louis Vuitton, for example, began by creating a

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Watches’ appeal fades, Bullish accessories, Louis Vuitton halts store, Opening Ceremony

Rolex appeal fades as recession blues hit Singapore (Reuters) As Singapore enters a recession, the demand for luxury watches such as Rolex is declining. Accessories Transform Consumer Fashion Sense Into Billion Dollar Surge (Marketwatch) In a tough market, some accessories categories are experiencing “bullish” growth.” Louis Vuitton Scraps Plans for Ginza Flagship (WWD) A 10 story Ginza flagship store in Tokyo has

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Louis Vuitton and Keith Richards | Viral marketing magic

By now, everyone has seen the striking Annie Leibovitz portrait of Keith Richards, his electric guitar, and his monogrammed Louis Vuitton guitar case. It is the fourth in a series of ads that have featured Mikhail Gorbachev, Catherine Deneuve, and tennis powercouple, Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi. The ads have been in almost every respected magazine and newspaper imaginable, the Richards image is the current homepage image for the Louis Vuitton website, and the former Rolling Stone is blown up to two story proportions as the hoarding in front of the soon-to-be-expanded Louis Vuitton store on London's Bond Street. But somehow, I did miss this YouTube video which goes behind-the-scenes to show how Leibovitz worked her photographic magic with a…

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