Robert Duffy’s role, Mulberry shares tumble, Star shopping, Brands as publishers, Aubin & Wills folds

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

Marc Jacobs: A Conversation with Robert Duffy (Port Magazine) “Ask any creative person trying to make a living from design or art what the hardest part of their working life is and they’ll probably tell you it’s the business side of the company that keeps them awake at night…  So it must have been a relief for Marc Jacobs when he, 28 years ago, met and befriended Robert Duffy.” Mulberry shares tumble on profit

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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 | 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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Mulberry shares fall, Male mentality, Resort collections evolve, GQ Live, Lou Dalton dreams big

Mulberry Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: A White Carousel

Mulberry growth shows signs of slowing (FT) “Shares in Mulberry, the English luxury goods maker, fell heavily on Thursday after its annual results were not quite as stellar as analysts had expected, while recent sales figures showed a slowdown in growth.” London men stake their place in the fashion spending arena (Telegraph) “Tagging the male mentality towards fashion as a basic ‘famine or feast

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Market Pulse | No Sparkle Despite Shiny Results

Savigny Luxury Index April 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) continued its sluggish performance this month, ending almost flat (SLI components actually fell an average of nearly 2 percent when expressed in local currency) compared to a drop of 0.7 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (MSCI).  Newsflow was good overall, with strong results and two successful IPOs, but dampened somewhat by concerns about growth prospects. Big news

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Market Pulse | China Sneezes, but Confidence Returns

Savigny Luxury Index February 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) outperformed with a gain of 6.9 percent for the month versus 2.6 percent for the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Confidence in the sector returned towards the end of the month, with many of the bigger luxury stocks posting gains after having been flat for most of February. Big news Earlier in the month, China’s announcement that industrial output was slowing had sent

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Magazine commerce, Mulberry sales up, Asos growth, Chinese couture, Marc Jacobs’ happiness

GQ and Park & Bond pop-up shop, NYC | Source: Selectism

When mags merge with bags (FT) “GQ is not the only media operation to embrace a more overt commercial role. More and more publications have been trying to establish ecommerce operations in an effort to extend their brands beyond the printed page, and find new sources of revenue in a tough advertising market.” Mulberry enjoys strong festive season, sales up (Reuters) “Luxury fashion company Mulberry Group

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Behind the brands, Mulberry boost, CFDA rejects offer, Facebook fashion, Ohne Titel

Hermès Canton Road | Source: B on brand

Behind the brands (China Daily) “A survey confirms China’s luxury goods buyers are young and keen on pampering themselves.Gan Tian reports… The focus of this year’s survey is in line with China’s luxury industry profile, where the majorityof buyers are aged between 20 and 30 – significantly younger than their counterparts inWestern countries or nearby Japan.” Mulberry profits boosted by

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Luxury demand soars, UK ‘retro’ brands, Topshop in Vegas, Gilt’s online expansion, Eyeing Proenza Schouler?

Hermes Autumn Winter 2011 | Source: Hermes

Luxury Market Surges While the Rest of the Economy Sputters (Atlantic Wire) “Economic news these days is pretty bleak: job growth is anemic, retail sales are stagnating, and consumer confidence is plummeting. But the luxury goods market is another story… According to Reuters, investors are now pouring money into luxury stocks.” UK brands: retro in new markets (FT) “Clamour for British brands among emerging

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Gospel from Forever 21, Mulberry booming, Fashion in Doha, Luxury price elasticity, CFDA’s copyright campaign

The gospel according to Forever 21 (Guardian) “This is the American fashion chain run as a family business, the chain that, thanks to its “pile very high, sell very cheap” operation, has been a phenomenal success, with profits (in 2008) of $135m despite the fact that nothing it sells costs more than $65.” Mulberry Tops Fashion Retailers on Sales Boom (Bloomberg) “The 40-year-old British luxury-handbag

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Rick Owens meets Kris van Assche, ASOS’ future, Madewell remade, Mulberry profits surge, Talking to Tim Blanks

Kris Van Assche by Paolo Roversi | Source: Interiew Magazine

Kris Van Assche By Rick Owens (Interview) “The last two years have marked a subtle turning point for the 35-year-old Van Assche, who has weathered the early storms, turned back the critics, and started to carve out his own territory. But as he confesses to Rick Owens, beneath his organized, controlled surface lies a quiet intensity that continues to fuel his work.” The height of fashion (Marketing Week) “‘If

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Less is more, Mulberry Men’s, Asia inspires aesthetics, Superdry’s retail superboost, Anya’s record year

Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 presentation | Source: Nitrolicious

‘Less Is More’ Is Mattering Most (NY Times) “‘Why would you want to spend hundreds of thousands on a show when everybody’s on their BlackBerry and the clothes seem secondary… Intimacy, exclusivity and a chance to see the clothes: those are our priorities. We like exposure, but we want a more controlled exposure.’” Mulberry designer Emma Hill has men’s accessories in the bag (The Australian)

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Paris’ understated man, Plokhov’s renaissance, Lacroix for Desigual, Mulburry performs, Fashion’s blurring lines

Rick Owens Autumn 2011 Runway | Source: GQ.com

Paris Men’s: Fashion Hams and the Home Front (NY Times) “Despite some of Mr. Helbers’s knowing design details, especially in the mix of textures, the dark clothes were plain enough to make you seem invisible, one more dude in the lonely crowd. But if you can afford Louis Vuitton, would you want that distinction?” An Exclusive Sit-Down with Alexandre Plokhov (MANual) “Like pretty much everyone else who follows

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