Stores Still Critical to Wooing Men, But Leaders Re-Wiring for Digital Age

Gucci Brera boutique in Milan | Source: Gucci

In the age of e-commerce, physical flagships are still critical to engaging male luxury consumers, though market leaders are integrating their online and offline presence to create new digitally enhanced stores.

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Right Brain, Left Brain | Clouds Looming Over Australian Fashion

Westfield Sydney | Source: Westfield

BoF’s editor-in-chief reports from Sydney, Australia, on a local fashion market that’s being radically reshaped by the arrival of global fast fashion chains and the meteoric growth of international e-tailers.

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Op-Ed | Is Church and State Obsolete?

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With the rise of shopable magazines and a new hybrid business model built around retail, advertising and newsstand sales, Jeremy Langmead, editor-in-chief of Mr Porter, argues that it’s time to dispense with the pretense of ‘church and state’ divisions between the commercial and editorial sides of a fashion media business.

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The Milano man, Buyers flock to Pitti, Britain Creates, Mr Porter manifesto, Anna Dello Russo

Brioni Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Brioni

All the World’s a Stage (IHT) “If all the world’s a stage, the Milan designers found a way to put simple, modern clothes into different contexts. And Brioni, since it was bought by the PPR luxury group, has burnished its offerings and apparently lowered the age range.” More foreign buyers at Pitti Uomo (Fashion United) “Despite the numbers, which reveal that the Italian fashion industry will end 2012 in the

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Kors vs Coach, Ferragamo rising, Dover Street Tokyo, Fashion hunt, Front row takeover

Front Row Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: China Daily

Michael Kors Brand Takes on Coach in U.S. Luxury Market (Bloomberg) “Coach Inc. faces an upstart with momentum and brand recognition. His name is Michael Kors. Since the designer’s company went public three months ago, his ambitions have become clear.” Ferragamo eyes growth after profits beat forecasts (Reuters) “Italian luxury shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo is expecting ‘significant growth’ in 2012

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How Commercial Content is Changing Editorial

Mr Porter Screenshot | Source: Mr Porter

NEW YORK, United States — What began as a trickle is now starting to look more like a mass exodus. Jeremy Langmead, formerly of Esquire, is now at Mr. Porter. Andrea Linett, formerly of Lucky magazine, is now at eBay. Dennis Freedman, formerly of W, is now at Barneys. Fiona McIntosh, formerly of Grazia, is now at My Wardrobe. And the list goes on. It seems that there are almost weekly reports announcing that yet another magazine

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Mini fashion moguls, Man shops Net, All Saints rescue deadline, Elie Saab story, Lunch with Vidal Sassoon

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Source: Andrew Hetherington for Newsweek

Look, Ma, We’re Fashion Moguls! (Newsweek) “With their high-end label The Row, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have such a grown-up hit on their hands that even Michelle Obama wears their clothes.” Man Shops Net (WSJ) “Sites like the dapper Mr Porter, an extension of Web retail pioneer Natalie Massenet’s empire; avant-garde portal Oki-ni; Southern-bred start-up Lyonstate and flash-sale favorite Gilt Man and

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