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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Florence rising, Alexa boosts Mulberry, Lululemon’s devoted following, Vintage clothing wars, Fashion in 2010

Salvatore Ferragamo | Source: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

Florence Reasserts Craftsmanship (JC Report) “Gone are the days that glossy surface advertising alone meant stellar profits, and even designers such as Tom Ford, who helped accelerate the previous generation of luxury sales, are now reverting to more authentic brand propositions.” Mulberry bags huge profits rise (Evening Standard) “The fashion retailer — which beat Burberry, Pringle of Scotland and Victoria

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Game-changing Spring, Monetising Facebook, Mulberry’s growth, Gap’s brand oblivion, Top Chinese designers

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 RTW Runway | Source: Style.com

Spring, Fashion’s Operatic Season (NY Times) “The season was the powerful game changer that retailers and editors have been hoping for — if only to give customers a new reason to shop. The longer skirt lengths and more forgiving jacket cuts with looser shoulders.. are easier to wear, and sell.” How Facebook Can Become Bigger Than Google (Tech Crunch) “Facebook’s alleged revenue has grown from $275 million in 2008

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