BoF distills recent fashion stories from the French media.
NEW YORK, United States — Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and chief executive of Moda Operandi, has left the company. The news comes less than a year after the New York-based start-up raised $36 million in a Series C round of funding led by RRE Ventures, with the participation of existing investors New Enterprise Associates, New Atlantic Ventures and Condé Nast, as well as strategic investors IMG and LVMH. Magnúsdóttir, who has
In Japan, the arrival of powerful fashion retailers from Asia has been a theme this Spring. Korean retailer E-Land began opening stores in March, but last month saw the unveiling of the first stores for Charles & Keith, the Singapore retailer which does for shoes and accessories what H&M and Zara do for apparel. Japanese market intelligence provider JapanConsuming investigates.
LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 1.5 percent in April, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost two percentage points. Luxury spending in Europe has been hit by a drop in tourist demand, as well as price increases by brands seeking wider margins. The unusually cold weather, particularly in March, also contributed to weak demand for Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections.
SHANGHAI, China — With flagging sales in their mainland stores and increasingly price savvy consumers, luxury companies are taking a leaf out of casinos' play books by offering junkets to wealthy Chinese clients eager to splurge in their Hong Kong stores.