Breaking News | Coach Shares Rise on Report of Sale Rumours

NEW YORK, United States — Coach Inc. shares rose 5 percent on Wednesday to $48.90 after a DealReporter article said there were rumours among investment bankers that the leather-goods maker was exploring a sale of the company. A Coach spokeswoman said the company does not comment on speculation or rumours. A share price of $48.90 would give Coach a market value of $13.7 billion. DealReporter cited two bankers as saying there were rumours Coach was exploring a sale, and a third banker who said Coach was rumored to be exploring strategic options, but was unable to provide specific information. Last month, Coach reported disappointing quarterly earnings and has faced growing competition from companies like Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. Two weeks…

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Vuitton CEO surprise, Web only no more, Instagram outrage, Vice buys i-D, Posen on Project Runway

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Louis Vuitton

LVMH says Louis Vuitton CEO quits over ill health (Reuters) “Louis Vuitton’s new chief executive has quit suddenly from the helm of luxury group LVMH’s top brand because of health reasons, LVMH said on Tuesday. The world’s largest luxury company said Jordi Constans would be replaced by Michael Burke, chief executive since February of Bulgari, the Italian jeweller that LVMH added to its stable last

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Market Pulse | Reassurance

Savigny Luxury Index November 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (‘SLI’) increased by almost 3 percent in November, while the MSCI World Index (‘MSCI’) slipped nearly 1 percent for the month.  From mid-November, global markets and the SLI enjoyed a strong rally on better economic news from China and hopes that the US might avoid the feared fiscal cliff. Big news A flurry of positive economic newsflow has lifted investors’

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Shanghai express, Calm after storm, Kors strengthens, Italy’s shoemakers, Parsons in Paris

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Gucci

Frida Giannini: Gucci’s Shanghai express (Telegraph) “Gucci’s first two shops on the Chinese mainland opened in Beijing and Shanghai in 1997, three years after Tom Ford started to transform the brand. Today there are 53 stores across 33 cities, and counting. So it is not surprising that Giannini has decided to spend some time getting to know Shanghai before continuing on to Seoul in South Korea for a store opening

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Yoox targets China, Bostock to ASOS, Facebook ‘Want’, Bio-degradable shoes, Kors and effect

Yoox.cn screen shot | Source: Yoox.cn

Two Years After Entering Market, Yoox Launches Chinese Site (Jing Daily) “Two years after entering the China market with the launch of emporioarmani.cn, this week Milan-based designer discount e-commerce site Yoox launched a new Chinese site, Yoox.cn.” M&S retail veteran Bostock to join Asos (FT) “Kate Bostock, the former head of non-food retailing at Marks and Spencer, is to join Asos, the online fashion

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Market Pulse | Burberry Causes a Downpour

Savigny Luxury Index September 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 6.9 percent in September, underperforming a flat-ish MSCI World Index (MSCI) by nearly seven percentage points.  Burberry’s profit warning sent the sector into turmoil mid-month and no amount of good news from the likes of Prada and Michael Kors could lift investors’ spirits. Big news Burberry announced a substantial slowdown in sales growth, with same store sales

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Market Pulse | Back in the Tourist Business

Savigny Luxury Index August 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 5.5 percent in August, outperforming the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by over four percentage points.  Strong results by sector leaders confirmed continued growth in Asia and increased tourist spending in Europe, thanks in part to a weaker euro. Big news Richemont, Hermès, Prada, Tod’s, Michael Kors and Ferragamo all confirmed a healthy outlook for 2012, driven

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Ethical high fashion, Michael Kors’ gain, Social media issues, Website watch, McQueen immortalised

Masai beaders by Chloé Mukai | Source: IHT

Bags Made by Hand, in East Africa (IHT) “At the heart of the African fashion collectives is Simone Cipriani, an Italian from his country’s leather industry who has made it a mission for the United Nations to develop an Ethical Fashion Initiative at the International Trade Center in Geneva. (The I.T.C. is a joint body of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.)” Luxury Designer Struts Its Stuff With Nearly

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Zombie malls, Kors profit rises, American Apparel sales up, Rodriguez’s role, First cover

Keeping zombies out of the mall (FT) “The Garrard Street mall in Reading, a 40-minute drive from west London, is a warning to developers everywhere. Abandoned and soon to be demolished as part of a broader redevelopment… A lethal combination of thrifty consumers and a commercial real estate slump have turned malls into the walking dead of retail.” Michael Kors 1st-qtr profit rises, raises forecast (Reuters)

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Week in Review | François-Henri Pinault CEO Talk, Etienne Russo, The Man Repeller, Luxury Index falls

Week in Review July 30- August 3

BoF Exclusive | François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPR (CEO Talk) “On the day of the official announcement of a major joint-venture between PPR and YOOX Group, BoF’s Imran Amed speaks to PPR chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault for a global exclusive interview on how the new partnership fits into Mr Pinault’s digital vision for PPR.” Etienne Russo, Fashion Show Producer (The Creative

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Market Pulse | Worry in China, Drama in Europe Weigh on Luxury Sector

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom —  The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) fell 4.2 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 4.0 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Worrying news out of China, the continued drama of the European debt crisis and downward revisions in growth estimates for 2012 caused the sector to go out of favour. Big news The month started off with a bang: China announced a slowdown in its factory output for the

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Kors crushes earnings, Esprit plummets, Inditex defies crisis, Louboutin woes, Vogue Ukraine

Michael Kors Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Lelima

Kors Crushes Earnings: Will the Growth Continue? (Daily Finance) “Shares of design house Michael Kors popped on the open today, with the stock climbing more than 5%. The luxury-goods retailer reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that beat on both the top and bottom lines.” Clothing retailer Esprit’s shares slide 23 percent as CEO quits (Reuters) “Shares of Esprit Holdings Ltd fell by nearly a quarter on

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