Emotional luxury, Sportwear rules in Paris, Authentic artisans, Luisa Via Roma’s new turn, Click chicks

Jewellery of ancient Greece: Gold myrtle wreath | Source: Hellenic Voice

What will be a luxury in the future? (BBC) “The traditions of old luxury – the luxury of things – are awfully dull for new consumers. They want to be touched emotionally by their experiences, and there are new priorities, such as ethical concerns and sustainability.” Sportswear Rules (IHT) “Tailoring can be fresh in shape, color and texture. But in spite of the games designers play to juice up a suit —

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Mining luxury in Mongolia, Surfer dudes in Paris, Made in China, Uniqlo and Jil Sander to part ways, Cardin’s world

The Luxury Frontier (WSJ) “What happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world’s largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots.” Paris Men’s: Dude Surfers (On the Runway) “The Paris men’s shows could always surprise with a great

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Puig’s unique approach, Mining the mid market, Moncler delays IPO, Luxe looks strong, Todd Lynn goes to Ascot

Marc Puig | Source: Tekstovi Pesama

Spain’s Puig Group succeeds by swimming against the stream (FT) “Puig is an anomaly in the luxury market in a number of ways. It is the only Spanish luxury group. It is private and remains family-run.  And it is… a ‘hybrid’ of fashion and fragrance… Marc Puig, chairman and the third generation of the family to run a company founded in 1914, says ‘We don’t really follow the normal rules.'”

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Luxury optimism, Long live the it bag, Hermès sells Jean Paul Gaultier stake, Prada’s naysayers, Face of the future

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Handbags | Source: Louis Vuitton

Luxury goods set for another record year (Reuters) “The outlook for the luxury goods market has improved significantly in recent months, boosted by a stronger-than-expected rebound in the United States and Europe and surging demand in China, consultancy Bain & Co said.” Why those in the know are no longer in with the It Bag (Independent) “The It Bag is dead! Long live the It Bag!… And that is the new

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Innovation on the surface, Galliano crisis at Dior, Ferré expansion, Training tailors, Middle East impact

L-R Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Marni | Source: Style.com

Surface Attraction (IHT) “Sculpted shapes, clean lines and modernist architecture — why is the fashion ‘streamlining’ of today any different from its previous incarnations of the 1930s to the 1990s?… The answer lies on the surface. A combination of hyper-modern fabrics and imaginative decoration is giving 21st-century style a third dimension.” Galliano counter-sues over racist allegations (FT)

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Old is new again, China at the fore in 2020, Investing in Italy’s jewels, A virtual fit, Cat in the hat is back

The women of AMC's Mad Men | Source: AMCTV

This Old Thing? Actually, It’s New (NY Times) “‘People used to laugh at me when I tried to sell these kinds of clothes when I started’… said Alicia Estrada, 39, founder and chief executive of Stop Staring!… the pioneer in reproduction vintage clothing. ‘Now my clothes are sold in 40 countries and more than 1,000 boutiques.'” Dipped in gold, China to be world’s top luxury market by

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Return of big spenders, Issa’s Royal moment, Facebook commerce, Prada profits triple, Bruce Weber looks back

Jean Schlumberger Leaf ring | Source: Tiffany & Co.

Big spenders returning to the luxury fold (Globe and Mail) “In the depth of the recession, Tiffany & Co. struggled to sell $3,200 diamond earrings and $12,000 bangles, while it fared better with $100 silver necklaces. Today, the situation is reversed, as the high-end retailer grapples with softer sales of jewellery under $500.” Is Issa in Line for Throne? (NY Times) “The label is ‘truly the Diane Von

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The future of heritage, Luring Chinese consumers, Contradictory market reports, Asos profits soar, Pugh to Pitti

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2010 featuring the Heritage Collection | Source: Gucci

Heritage Luxury: Past Becomes the Future (IHT) “The subject of heritage is red-hot because, faced with fierce global competition, brands have to decide which way to go: back to the comfort zone of craftsmanship and quality…fast forward into the world of live screening and e-commerce; or a delicate balance between the two?” In China, the Lure of Patrimony (NY Times) “When it comes to attracting China’s new

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Murky outlook, PPR beats estimates, Chanel’s US recovery, M-commerce grows at Rue La La, Theyskens and Rosen Q&A

Bottega Veneta Tech Toys | Source: Bottega Veneta

Luxury market faces spending drought through 2020 (Luxury Daily) “The tough economy has permanently reined in the purchasing habits of the current generation of affluent consumers and upscale brands should expect more conservative spending until Generation Y enters the luxury market in force in 2020.” PPR Third-Quarter Sales Beat Estimates (Bloomberg) “Each of PPR’s luxury brands increased sales at least 10

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Bling is back, Zegna profits grow, Armani interactive, Augmented reality marketing, Chinese models rising

Bono and Ali Hewson for Louis Vuitton | Source: Louis Vuitton

Bling is back (The Economist) “The strength of the recovery was a surprise…. Big brands such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès are the main winners. With their deep pockets, they were able to continue to open new shops and invest in the business during the crisis.” Zegna Sees Sales, Profit Growth (Bloomberg) “Sales will grow ‘well above 10 percent’ this year, led by Zegna’s biggest market of China and

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Reinventing Savile Row, Luxe boom to slow, Marc Jacobs’ chinoiserie, Elite buyer reviews, Boys to men

Saville Row Street Sign W1 | Source The Civilized Gentleman

Reinventing Savile Row (WWD) “Faced with constant pressure from the bottom end of the market, such as low-cost operations that claim to offer ‘bespoke’ goods… and the top end, in the form of slick designer labels… Savile Row’s tailors had a choice —evolve or go extinct.” Luxury goods boom set to falter (FT) “The US and Asia have been behind an unexpectedly strong recovery in luxury

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Lunch with Phoebe Philo, Luxe rebound, Holiday E-commerce, American Apparel’s new hire, Campaign for wool

Phoebe Philo | Source: Courtneycorner

Lunch with the FT: Phoebe Philo (FT) “Everyone was looking at me, and competition is fiercer because of what happened with the economy, but I also felt: it’s really not relevant to me what Céline has been or where it has been. It will be whatever I make it for the time I’m there.” Luxury fashion enjoys a rebound, takes no risks (Reuters) “While buyers are slowly returning to the shops in Western Europe and the

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Women designers at the fore, Surge in luxe demand, Optimism returns, Online ad spend, Paris’ mature tone

Stella McCartney Spring 2011 Look Book | Source: Stella McCartney

Women Designers and the Quiet Revolution (Guardian Weekend) “From Phoebe Philo at Céline to Stella McCartney to Hannah MacGibbon at Chloé, women designers are at the forefront of fashion right now… When women design clothes for women, they do it differently. For women, clothes are not just seen, they are felt from the inside.” Luxury stores caught out by surge in demand (FT) “[Louis Vuitton] is not the only

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