Fantasy island, LVMH and Fabindia, High expectations, HBS fashion tech boom, Celebrity designers

Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: NY Times

A Magical Pilgrim’s Path (IHT) “In the sensible world of New York fashion, Marc Jacobs stands alone on fantasy island. And this season, he played his role as agent provocateur and psychoanalyst of style to the ultimate degree.” LVMH’s PE arm buys 8 pct of Fabindia (Reuters) “L Capital, the private equity arm of LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury goods group, has bought the 8 percent stake held by

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Magazine commerce, Mulberry sales up, Asos growth, Chinese couture, Marc Jacobs’ happiness

GQ and Park & Bond pop-up shop, NYC | Source: Selectism

When mags merge with bags (FT) “GQ is not the only media operation to embrace a more overt commercial role. More and more publications have been trying to establish ecommerce operations in an effort to extend their brands beyond the printed page, and find new sources of revenue in a tough advertising market.” Mulberry enjoys strong festive season, sales up (Reuters) “Luxury fashion company Mulberry Group

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Liz Claiborne’s new name, Indian e-commerce, Marc’s world, Media Land changes, Sarah Mower

NetEase Premier | Source: Jing Daily

For Liz Claiborne, will new name bring better luck? (MSN Money) “When Liz Claiborne sold its namesake brand to J.C. Penney late last year for $288 million, it became obvious that a name change was in order. The company indeed announced Wednesday that starting in May it would become Fifth and Pacific. The name reflects New York (Fifth Avenue) and Pacific (The Pacific Ocean). It is not a bad corporate name, but it doesn’t

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The perfect match, Marc Jacobs collection stolen, PPR goes green, Abercrombie suffers, Benetton’s provocation

A Marriage of Economic Convenience (NY Times) “More than a decade since Target first popularized collaborations between high-end designers and mass retailers, and seven years since H&M introduced a collection with Karl Lagerfeld, there is still allure in the concept of cheap and chic… Such collaborations are proving to be both a reliable business model for retailers and a business in themselves.” Marc Jacobs’s

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Spring/Summer 2012 | The Season That Was

LONDON, United Kingdom — It was a fashion season of extreme weather. After the New York Fashion Week schedule was upended, first by an earthquake and then by the State of Emergency declaration that came courtesy of Hurricane Irene, an unprecedented heat wave in Paris threw buyers, editors and bloggers into a wardrobe tailspin. The American editors were worst off, having packed for the European shows two weeks before Paris with no

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The Hermès culture, Marc and Vuitton, Sickness spreads in Cambodia H&M factory, Back to the 70s, Zac’s back

Hermès silk printing table by Brigitte Lacomb | Source: WSJ

The Battle for Hermès (WSJ) “‘My job,’ says the lean, formal 44-year-old and sixth-generation descendant of the company’s founder, ‘is to keep the strong creativity of Hermès alive. To nourish the rigor and the vision . . . to make these values vibrate. ‘This,’ he says, ‘is the force of Hermès.’ Those values—the dedication to rigor, vision and creativity—are what set Hermès

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Marc Jacobs and Dior rumours, Carine talks to Karl, Bespoke fabrics, J.Crew upsets Canada, FNO’s pointlessness

Carine Roitfeld by Karl Lagerfeld | Source: Interview Magazine

Marc Jacobs To Dior? (Huffington Post) “The question of who will take the top job at Dior has remained since Galliano’s ousting. But WWD writes that meetings between Dior representatives from LVMH, the luxury conglomerate that owns the Christian Dior label as well as Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and a host of other top brands, and Jacobs’ legal representatives are set to take place this week in Paris.” Carine

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The Survivor, Sizing matters, Brands flock to Hong Kong bourse, Asos’ international push, Artfully courting China

Marc Jacobs | Source: Wajima

Marc Jacobs: The Survivor (NY Times) “Call him a genius. Call him a junkie, an original, a shameless copycat, a winsome recluse, a brazen exhibitionist. Marc Jacobs has heard it all. And he has absorbed it all with a hard-won equanimity.” One size does not fit all (FT) “Sizing is a national issue: whether fashion brands are upscaling their definition of a size four for the upscaled US consumer, shrinking their

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Big changes at Gucci Group, Behind the Marc, Hermès to LVMH: Cut stake, Rent the Runway, Cast your vote for Calgary

Preparing for the Marc Jacobs show | Source: NY Times

PPR Chief to Run Gucci Himself (NY Times) “The French luxury magnate François-Henri Pinault said… he would personally take charge of Gucci Group as he reorganizes its parent company to focus on the most profitable businesses. Robert Polet, who has headed Gucci since 2004, will be stepping down in a few weeks… Mr. Pinault also said Paul Deneve would replace Valérie Hermann as chief executive of Yves Saint

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BoF Exclusive | At the Heart of Mount Street’s Transformation is a Luxury Community

LONDON, United Kingdom — For years, London’s Bond Street and Sloane Street have been the destinations of choice for luxury brands looking to set up shop in the British capital to serve the wealthy Arabs, Russians, Indians and Asians who call the city home, and more recently, the hundreds of thousands of luxury shoppers that have been descending on London, bolstered by a weaker pound and the depth of riches on offer from every

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A burst of colour in Milan, Brands as publishers, Virtual fitting rooms, Richemont rises, Robert Duffy charms Tokyo

Dolce & Gabbana Autumn 2011 | Source: Style.com

In High Definition Color (IHT) “Orange, marigold, lagoon blue and purple — the start of the Milan menswear winter season has been drenched with color. High Definition vision is the message from designers who seem determined to look forward… and to put a brighter perspective on autumn 2011.” Publishing, Without Publishers (NY Times) “Luxury brands have always advertised in the likes of Vogue, Esquire and

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Quotable | Katie Grand on Dressing Marc Jacobs in Drag

INDUSTRIE Magazine Issue 02 | Source: Industrie Magazine

“Marc pulled on one of the coats, put his hand in the pocket and found a Louis Vuitton Murakami phone charm that I must have been carrying the last time I wore it. He gave me a funny look and said, “I’m actually wearing your clothes. This feels a bit weird” Katie Grand on dressing Marc Jacobs in her personal archive of his designs as captured by Patrick Demarchelier for Issue 02 of INDUSTRIE Magazine, which was

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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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