Sunglass Hut, Mango Among Global Retailers Set to Open in Ghana

Ghana's capital Accra | Source: Shutterstock

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — International retailers including Sunglass Hut International Inc. and Spanish clothing chain Mango have signed leases to open branches in Ghana, seeking to take advantage of rising consumer spending in Africa.

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Mango Mirroring Zara Challenges Europe’s Wealthiest Man

BARCELONA, Spain — Two years ago, Spanish retailer Mango could barely convince its employees to wear its dresses, skirts, and blouses, which many workers — and customers — thought were too formal. Today, Mango has ditched the glitz in favor of more casual attire like that from Spanish rival Inditex SA, the world’s biggest seller of apparel and owner of the Zara brand. The change has helped Mango outpace Inditex in Spain’s 16.2 billion-euro ($21 billion) clothing market. “We had gone way too far with our focus on clothes for parties and events,” said Enric Casi, general manager of the Barcelona-based retailer. “Not even our employees wore Mango.” The casual push wasn’t the only lesson Mango took from Arteixo, Spain-based Inditex as it…

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Global Briefing | Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail?

Westgate Mall, Nairobi | Source: kamalkaur.net

NAIROBI, Kenya — In recent weeks, the media hype around Africa has been remarkable, with several articles in major publications proclaiming the continent “the next Asia.” In fashion, Franca Sozzani even dedicated the entire May issue of L’Uomo Vogue to “rebranding Africa,” while this year’s IHT Luxury conference will discuss “the potential of Africa, both as a producer and ultimately consumer of luxury goods.” But to what extent is

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Interior motives, Mango’s bold expansion, Conversation web, Kleiner Perkins bets on Rent the Runway, Regal Launer

S/S look from the House of Holland, Interior of Indochine Resto | Source: WSJ

Interior Motives (WSJ) “Among other things, this spring could be known as the season when the term ‘fashion insider’ takes on a new meaning. That’s insider as in interior, as in interior decoration. As in a print of a Baroque molding blooming out of the bodice of a striped Prada dress, or Rodarte’s collection of grainy faux-bois tops and skirts inspired in part by Stephen Shore’s photographs of

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Lacroix’s non-fairytale ending, J.C. Penney and Mango, Designer rentals, Yoox IPO, McCartney meets Morrissey

End of a fairytale: Christian Lacroix fashion house to strip down (Guardian) “Christian Lacroix, the celebrated French designer whose fantastical creations and luxurious image captured the decadence of its age, was told today that the fashion house he founded over two decades ago is to cease making haute couture.” J.C. Penney Is Betting Big By Adding A European Flair (WSJ) “J.C. Penney Co.may be making its biggest

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Mango to Iraq, Luxury and the environment, Williamson returns to London, Topshop expands, Adidas educates

High fashion and Hollywood glamour as Mango open stores around the world (Times) After a successful launch in Iran, Mango looks to move further into the Middle East, setting up a store in Irbil, Iraq. Is luxury fashion good for the planet? (Observer) “Premium brands don’t have the best reputation when it comes to social and environmental issues, but change is in the air.” Matthew Williamson returns to London

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Vacancies on Madison Avenue, Mango’s sales up, Response to NYFW move, Berlin Fashion Week

Scene on Madison Avenue, photo courtesy of the New York Times.

On Madison Avenue, Shops Pack Their Hand-Tooled Bags (New York Times) “New York’s most elegant shopping corridor, the Gold Coast of Madison Avenue, from 57th Street to 72nd Street, is pockmarked with vacancies as retailers flee sky-high rents.” Mango’s sales rise 8% (Drapers) Beating the downward retail trend, Mango’s sales rise 8 percent. Industry Reacts to Lincoln Center Move (WWD) Lincoln Center’s

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