Op-Ed | Preventing Another Rana Plaza

Rana Plaza collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh | Source: Flickr

In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.

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Photo Diary | NYFW, Day 7: Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Reed Krakoff

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

NEW YORK, United States — Straight from day seven of New York Fashion Week, BoF's contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde brings us backstage images from the Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Scott, Reed Krakoff, Anna Sui and Dion Lee shows.

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Market Pulse | Syria Crisis Pours Cold Water Over the Savigny Luxury Index

Savigny Luxury Index August 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Despite a string of positive results announcements, the Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 0.9 percent in August, nevertheless outperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by close to one percentage point, as markets shuddered at the prospect of foreign intervention in the Syrian conflict.

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Long Overlooked, the Flourishing Philippines

Jacket and tie in the Philippines' national colours | Source: Ayala Land, Inc.

The Philippines has long been overshadowed by its larger neighbours and underestimated by international fashion brands. Now the country is reporting faster economic growth than China. BoF reports.

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Morgan Stanley Adds Michael Kors to Top Picks

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2013 campaign | Source: Michael Kors

NEW YORK, United States — A Morgan Stanley analyst on Monday added Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. to the investment bank's "Best Ideas" list, saying that the high-fashion clothing and accessories company's long-term earnings potential is one of the retail industry's best and not fairly reflected in its stock price.

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Coach’s Cheap Shares Make it a Likely Acquisition Target

Coach 'Legacy' by The Sartorialist | Source: Coach

NEW YORK, United States — Coach’s valuation and cash generation -- enough to give it the third-highest free cash flow yield among peers -- could attract private-equity firms, Atlantic Equities LLP said. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA and PPR SA may be among suitors drawn to its margins and the chance to expand Coach beyond the U.S. and Japan

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