Is London’s Luxury Ground-Zero Under Threat?

Inside Céline’s new Mount Street store | Source: Céline

London’s Mayfair continues to attract large numbers of high-net-worth individuals from around the world and the luxury brands that court them. But there are concerns in some quarters that the area’s high-end hipness is threatening the very characteristics that made it desirable in the first place.

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A metallic edge, Luxury relief, Fancy’s next move, Alistair Carr to McQ, VFiles launch

Burberry Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Examiner

Metallics, florals and futuristic edge rock London fashion (Reuters) “Rainbow colored metallics, abstract prints and edgy florals sashayed down the runway on day four of London Fashion Week, which featured a star-studded line-up of designers from Peter Pilotto to Christopher Kane and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey.” Relief for luxury groups in French court (FT) “The French luxury goods industry drew a sigh of

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Anya’s story, Tourist spending boost, Paul Smith’s megastore, McQ runway to reality, The ‘It’ bag

Anya Hindmarch | Source: Styleite

Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)

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High-rise designers, Fung acquisition, Guangzhou rising, McQueen’s reign, Work ethic

Erdem, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

High-Rise Designers (IHT) “Pinstripes with an edge of cool, surfaces smooth and metallic, and fashion show locations in a high rise building in London’s financial district — could it be that city slick is making a comeback?” Hong Kong Investors Buying Sonia Rykiel Fashion House (NY Times) “Fung Brands, a luxury investment firm backed by two Hong Kong billionaires, is acquiring 80 percent of Sonia Rykiel, one of

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Gilt Groupe mulls IPO, Jack Wills in Hong Kong, Art deco fashion, McQ’s LFW debut, Elle’s Body and brains

Gilt Groupe screenshot | Source: Gilt Groupe

Gilt Groupe consider going public in 2012 (FT) “Gilt Groupe, a ‘flash’ sales site for designer clothes, plans to join its peers Groupon and Amazon as a public company, perhaps by the end of next year, when the company will be close to generating $1bn in annual sales… Gilt and rival sites… Are among the fastest-growing segments of online retail, which is itself expanding faster than traditional retail

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Digital China, Milan menswear, JNBY shape shifters, Ferlisi in at McQ, Scottish Fashion Awards

Georgio Armani Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Style.com

Connecting Digitally With Chinese Consumers (Jing Daily) “In recent years, as Chinese luxury consumers have gotten younger and more sophisticated, and the marketplace has become more crowded, digital outreach in China has become critical for major global luxury brands.” Italian menswear gets young, bold and beautiful (Reuters) “Designers shrugged off the global economic slump at Milan’s menswear fashion

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