Lunch with Marc Jacobs, White hot Givenchy, Coach vs. Chicago, Ann Taylor rebounds, Brand new dandies

Marc Jacobs | Source: FT

A New Marc Jacobs? (FT) “‘I can’t do everything, and I’m not good at everything… I feel like what I do creates some sort of direction for the company, and that’s good, and then I can leave it to other people to interpret.’” Why Givenchy is more desirable than ever (NZ Herald) “Givenchy struggled to reinvent itself for over a decade, but today – with Riccardo Tisci at the helm – the

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CEO Talk | Robert Duffy, President, Marc Jacobs International

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

In our latest CEO Talk, Robert Duffy, longtime business partner of Marc Jacobs, speaks to BoF about the power of Twitter. NEW YORK, United States — When Robert Duffy posted his first-ever Tweet on 30 January, saying “Welcome Tweeties,” he had no idea what he was getting into. What happened in the weeks that followed is an excellent lesson for fashion executives everywhere: the best way to understand social media is to

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Robert Duffy’s crystal ball, Men’s luxury in focus, NYFW goes hi-tech, Online numbers game, The science of seating

Robert Duffy | Source:

The Future Of Fashion, Part One: Robert Duffy ( “That unflappability has presumably served Duffy well over the last two and a half decades, as he and Jacobs have gone from being the self-described “rebels” of American fashion to becoming the leaders of a global mega-brand. During our conversation… he talked about his experiences with tweeting and live streaming.” Rewarding Men With a Store of Their Own

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LFW meets BAFTA, Luxury rebound, Hermès boss sees tax hikes, Marc Jacobs sues Christian Audigier, Chaos theory

London fashion week meets the Baftas (Guardian) “It’s a brilliant idea to combine the drama of the Baftas with the catwalk glamour of London fashion week. It’s just amazing no one thought of it before.” Stores Reach Into Bag of Tactics As Luxury-Goods Sales Improve (WSJ) “Optimism is creeping back into style, following three seasons of budget slashing, according to luxury-retail executives who will

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Kate Moss the designer, Esprit beats forecast, Abercrombie played out, Marc streams and Duffy tweets, Luxury 2010

Abercrombie & Finch Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Abercrombie & Finch

Kate Moss: Bags of Style (IHT) “‘I am not doing it for different personalities — it’s what I like,’ says Ms. Moss — or Kate, as she is known. At age 36, she has taken another step in her second life, as a designer rather than as a supermodel using her pretty face and sensual lips to promote other brands.” Esprit 1st-Half Net Profit Down 5.2 percent; Beats Forecasts (WSJ) “Fashion retailer Esprit

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Shoes and bags endure, Catwalks a-twitter, Back to basics, Recession launches, Vuitton to Lebanon

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Shoes, bags prove staying power in luxury crisis (Reuters) “At the height of the luxury goods boom, launching a single successful “it” bag was enough to substantially alter a company’s profit outlook. Over the past week at the Paris fashion shows, buyers, designers and executives were hoping the same kind of accessories magic would help luxury firms weather the economic downturn.” World’s fashion

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Sander consults, Delhi gets ready, Moncler fever, CFDA nominees, Escada tumbles

Jil Sander and Tadashi Yanai, courtesy of AFP

Jil Sander to join Uniqlo (Drapers) Jil Sander is set to become a design consultant at Uniqlo, “which will see her take overall creative control of the value fashion chain’s womenswear and menswear ranges.” Delhi gears up for two fashion ‘weeks’ (India PRwire) “Term it excess in times of a global economic slump, but two parallel events – the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) and the

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Tweets and Tribes

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NEW YORK, United States — As another fashion week season comes to a close, we’ve seen everything from intergalactic armour to a full-fledged ’80s revival on the runways. But when it comes to covering and commenting on the collections, one trend stands out. This time around, we came closer than ever to capturing and transmitting the real experience and energy of the shows thanks to fashion’s growing love affair

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New York Fashion Week | Cleansing the Palate

Yohji Yamamoto, Pied Piper of New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, United States — New York Fashion Week is always a blur of meetings, shows and parties, and this week is no exception. But there is also something different in the air for Autumn/Winter 2009 — a palpable sense that some serious change is coming, and in some quarters, the slightest hint of optimism that we may be reaching a market bottom. On Monday evening, Marc Jacobs scaled back his show significantly: there was no major

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Marc Jacobs: Getting into the fray

In what is what is likely a first in the fashion industry when it comes to the blogosphere, Marc Jacobs has joined the ongoing online debate raging about his supposed row with Suzy Menkes, the highly regarded fashion editor of the International Herald Tribune. In his comment on Cathy Horyn's On the Runway blog, Jacobs says: I did NOT stick my tongue out at Suzy Menkes……I pulled a stupid face with my tongue out in happiness for being done with what has been a great but most stressful season for me. I am not stupid, childish or a vindictive person….I had prior to the show left a silly t-shirt and a nice note for Suzy on her seat. Why would…

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New York Fashion Week: Marc Jacobs is backwards, upside down and inside out

Last night I witnessed the intricate ballet of savvy PR and event-planning that has helped build Marc Jacobs into one of the only truly successful, global luxury brands that has been launched in the past 20 years. It was evidence of the basic human psychological desire to be part of the cool crowd. You know those nightclubs that intentionally keep people waiting outside to give off the impression of being the hot spot of the moment? This was not all that different, except Marc Jacobs has been doing this for almost 20 years, and he has it down to a fine art. Plus, this is not just hype. He has a reputation for delivering collections that will inspire designers and…

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Marc Jacobs: The Cult of Corporate Cool, New York

Who said that big brands can't retain the DNA of what made them interesting in the first place? This past week in New York, I visited the Marc by Marc Jacobs store on Bleecker Street, the little brother store to Marc Jacobs mainline collection. Both businesses are owned by LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods conglomerate. Marc Jacobs is also the Creative Director for Louis Vuitton, the company's largest fashion brand. So, you might expect that the company feels corporate and over marketed. Thus, it was a pleasant surprise to walk into the Marc store and see a huge yellow chicken mascot sitting in the store window. A (suitably cool) photographer named Thom was taking photos of customers posing with…

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