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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BARCELONA, Spain — Shoppers in the 109 countries where Spanish fashion chain Mango has stores recognise its celebrity faces well, but few know much about the company behind the clothes modelled by Kate Moss, Gerard Pique and Scarlett Johansson.
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…
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
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
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
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
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