Back to the core, How we shop, Mystique of the handmade, Valentino not for sale, Fashion copyrights

Balenciaga Giant First Handbag, available at Barneys | Source: Balenciaga

Luxury Market Turns Its Attention Back to Core Customers (Retail Traffic) “Most consumers have curbed spending, paid down debts and started to replenish their savings. ‘That doesn’t leave you a whole lot of money at the end of the month to buy a $6,000 handbag.’” How we shop now (Times Online) “The politicians say it is an age of austerity, yet sales of It bags are booming. Welcome to the era of

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Horyn and Menkes beg to differ on designer appointments, Vuitton’s boom, Eco-friendly factories, Luxury Titanic?

Christophe Lemaire, new chief designer at Hermes | Source: Adah

Three Separate Challenges (NY Times) “With a number of companies now being run by equity-market managers, you can bet your bottom dollar that they would love to get their hands on an experienced design maestro — if more were available.” A New Pragmatism Behind the Catwalk (IHT) “A post-recession strategy likely to define luxury brand management for the early 21st century has emerged from a week packed with

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Louboutin takes a stand, Macy’s returns to profit, China not a free for all, Luxury lives, Uniqlones invade NYC

Christian Louboutin Destroys Shoes in Web Video (WSJ) "Two weeks ago, luxury footwear designer Christian Louboutin quietly launched a new website that prominently featured a rather unusual video. In it, a truck drives over a pile of what appear to be Mr. Louboutin’s signature red-soled shoes." Macy's reports profit on sales, margin growth (Reuters) "Macy's Inc. posted improved quarterly results on Wednesday as the department store operator benefited from a strong recovery in consumer spending and efforts to cater merchandise to local tastes." Hold Off Being Bullish on China's Luxury Market (WSJ) "China's wealthiest consumers shrugged off the global financial malaise faster than their peers in other parts of the world, but high-end Western brands shouldn't see the Chinese market…

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The end of discounting, Italy’s brighter outlook, M&A activity to rise, Tweeting brands with respect, Rodarte’s future

Barney's Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Barney's

‘Get-It-Cheap Party’ for Luxury Goods Ends at Saks, Barneys (Bloomberg) “Luxury chains including Barney’s and Saks Inc. are selling costlier goods after scaling back discounts and promotions they offered to attract shoppers in the recession.” Outlook brightens for Italian luxury sector: study (AFP) “Prospects for Italy’s luxury goods sector are looking up thanks to strong sales forecasts in Asia, Latin

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YSL’s fashionless film, Spending quietly, Escada’s rebirth, Ralph Lauren’s mobile magic, A question of heritage

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modicae | Source: paoladifraia

YSL and a Naked Screen (IHT) “With social networking the subject of the moment, Yves Saint Laurent made a bold decision to link its men’s wear to a new generation…But viewers won’t be getting even a glimpse of the perfectly cut coats, the jackets with a tendency to be rounded up at the base of the spine or even the drop-crotch pants that are a favorite of the designer, Stefano Pilati.” Ready to Spend, but Not to

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Luxury recovery, Macy’s brand hunt, Search engines serve up luxury, Mainland Chinese spend less, Shirt details

Luxury Goods Will Regroup as Economy Recovers (Apparel News) “Discounters and off-price stores were the real winners in 2009 as bargain-hungry shoppers gobbled up inexpensive clothing and sale items. Meanwhile, luxury goods were pariahs, stuck on shelves as well-to-do consumers re-evaluated their stock portfolios and played it conservative. But that scenario could be turned upside down this year.” Macy’s on the

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Tiffany shines again, Tony Blair and LVMH, Italy to exit crisis first, Shifting values of the wealthy, Chic clicks

Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany's | Source: Tiffany & Co.

Shine returns as Tiffany’s sales rise (FT) “Tiffany, the US jeweller, raised its profit outlook yesterday as strong holiday sales brought some shine back to an industry that cash-constrained consumers shunned during the worst of the recession.” Tony Blair could help LVMH’s forays into new markets (Reuters) “Tony Blair’s expected appointment as adviser to LVMH… could help it penetrate tough

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Luxury reconditioning, iPhone apps abound, Topshop’s US success, Consumer confidence rises, Edun’s great hope

Even Luxe Buyers Expect Discounts (Adweek) “We examine some other aspects of the luxury-buyer mind-set, including attitudes toward discounting and brands’ use of the Internet, as well as the post-recession outlook.” The New Must-Have Accessory (WSJ) “Amid a recession that’s clobbering sales of designer apparel, growing numbers of designers are rushing to embrace mobile-device technology in hopes of

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Luxury recovery, Americans boost spending, France aids artisans, Targeting Indian consumers, Global designs at Hermès

Hermès silk ties | Source: Hermès

Luxury goods industry on track for recovery (FT) “The luxury goods industry will return to growth next year while the decline in 2009 will be less severe than expected thanks to strong sales in Asia, especially China, according to a study published on Monday.” Wealthy U.S. Shoppers Boost Spending 29 percent, Survey Says (Bloomberg) “Spending in the U.S. on luxury goods and services spurted 29 percent in the third

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