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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America’s new heritage, Testing the recovery, Cautious spending, Booming accessories, Katie Grand’s next step

L.L. Bean Brushed Lambswool Crew Fair Isle Sweater | Source: L.L. Bean

Is L.L. Bean Driving the Runway? (WSJ) “So-called ‘new heritage’ brands, created by youthful designers and inspired by iconic outdoor apparel companies, are opening their doors with Gold Rush speed.” Italian fashion houses see 2011 as key test for recovery (Reuters) “The luxury industry will only see in 2011 whether a full recovery is under way… with one predicting global sales could double in

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Asian acquirers, Outsourcing truths, Saks shares surge on bid talk, Boomers get social, McQueen memorial

Relocated labels (FT) “From individual consumers of luxury goods, the Chinese and Indians have become consumers of luxury companies, in a shift that has far-reaching implications for the $80bn (€63bn, £52bn) a year industry.” When luxury brands outsource, should they tell? (Today) “Italy’s Parliament has passed a law that [requires] manufacturers be able to prove that their products were primarily made in

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Authenticity’s worth, Luxe rebound, Gareth Pugh’s retail debut, Singer shakes it up, Givenchy and Lea T break barriers

Apple's iPhone4 | Source: Apple

Why Do We Care About Luxury Brands? (Wired) “There’s now suggestive evidence that our faith in the authentic – especially when the authenticity is supported by effective marketing campaigns – is a deep seated human instinct, which emerges at an extremely early age.” Champagne corks popping again in luxury business (AFP) “Champagne corks are popping again in the luxury business as “It” bags and

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Middle East focus, Gianfranco Ferré auction begins, Reviving Edun, Gucci Group lawsuit, Goyard’s bible

DLF's Emporio Mall, New Delhi | Source: defence.pk

India, Brazil on hold, luxury targets Middle East (Economic Times) “Luxury groups discouraged by thickets of red tape and taxes are putting on ice ambitions to expand into India and Brazil and focusing instead on the Middle East, their No.2 priority after fast-growing China.” Auction of Fashion House Gianfranco Ferré to Begin (WSJ) “The auction of bankrupt Italian fashion house Gianfranco Ferré SpA kicks off

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African fashion influence, Brands look back, E-commerce innovation, European M&A, Mickey the Merchant Prince

Lanvin Autumn/Winter 2010 Detail | Source: Style.com

Africa’s influence in the fashion industry (FT) “A long way from the World Cup epicentres of Johannesburg and Durban, catwalkers in New York and Paris are already marching to an African beat… chiming with the prevailing mood makes economic as well as sartorial sense.” Will Last Century’s Styles Open Today’s Wallets? (NY Times) “Brands are combing their archives in the hope that old clothing styles with a

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