Luxe Ad sales down, Barney’s mailer, Paris shopping, Perfumers, Macy’s consolidation

For Luxury Brands, Less Money to Spend on Ads (New York Times) The rapidly plummeting market for luxury goods in the United States (down 20.1% in October according to MasterCard) is having a knock-on effect on advertising spending. Barney’s Designer Mailer Online Catalogue (Dualité) Following in the steps of Net-a-Porter, Barney's "Designer Mailer" signals a continuing trend in "shoppable editorials" online. Paris's newest and hippest shopping destination (IHT) In Paris on Rue Mont Thabor, "a quiet [shopping] revolution has been taking place since the Maria Luisa store, with its raft of artfully selected designers, moved there after 20 years on Cambon." Perfumers Make Their Big Holiday Push (WSJ) Despite fragrances' slumping sales this year, companies are still launching new scents…

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McQueen for Target, E-commerce slows, Clothes in a downturn, Gaultier’s president

Alexander McQueen to collaborate with Target (Drapers) Alexander McQueen creates a range for Target geared towards a "slightly older customer." Online Retailers: Slower Growth Expected This Holiday Season (WSJ) Online retailers are resilient when it comes to the economy, but they’re not immune," according to Scott Silverman, Shop.org's executive director. What Moves During An Economic Downturn (JC Report) "One might assume that demand for timeless basics would be on the rise in such uncertain times, many retailers report that it's the exact opposite." Jean Paul Gaultier Said to Tap New President (WWD) Veronique Gautier is said to be the new president of Jean Paul Gaultier. Alexander McQueen, photo courtesy of Alexander McQueen.

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India’s slow Internet march

One look at the current advertising campaign for Hermès, and it's clear that India is on the radar screen of Western luxury brands. But this is not a new phenomenon. At the recent Walpole Seminar on China & India, Dr. Amin Jaffer, International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s, described the long relationship that India has had with European luxury brands, dating back to the late 1800's. Today, however, things aren't as straightforward. Other Walpole seminar participants like Mohan Murjani (of the Murjani Group - partners to Jimmy Choo, Gucci and Bottega Veneta in India) also revealed that new luxury entrants in India are up against strong domestic players, labyrinthine bureaucracy, and inconsistent infrastructure. Break-even will take longer than some…

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