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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Retail versatility, Vuitton tops ranking, D&G mentorship, Lincoln Center vs. Bryant Park, Mulberry’s Emma Hill

Prabal Gurung Spring/Summer 2011 Runway | Source: Style.com

Stores Cheer Versatile Designs (WSJ) “Nearly two years after the bottom fell out of the luxury business, retailers are selectively increasing their spending budgets, targeting fashions their core customers will splurge on and key pieces that the still-wary aspirational consumers will find compelling to buy.” Louis Vuitton tops fashion brand rankings (Just Style) “The LVMH-owned label maintained its 16th place in

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Troubled American Apparel, Resort’s commercial power, Mulberry’s Asian growth spurt, Ted Baker upbeat, Craft and clout

American Apparel Summer 2010 | Source: American Apparel

Why American Apparel is going out of fashion (Independent) “After years of headlines about sexually charged advertising and accusations of sexual harassment on the part of the company’s eccentric founder, Dov Charney, American Apparel looks like it is going down the way it came up: in a blaze of controversy.” A Winter Break Is Now the Longest Season in Fashion (NY Times) “A resort collection used to be the

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Mulberry blooms, Mickey Drexler’s jewel, Bored with frugality, LVMH cautious, Valuing Facebook fans

Mulberry Spring/Summer 2010 featuring the Alexa bag | Source: Mulberry

How Mulberry bagged success in the battle for affordable luxury (Guardian) “Many women spending nearly £1,000 on a handbag may salve their conscience by telling themselves it is an investment. But is it? ‘I am rather keen on the idea,’ chuckles Godfrey Davis, the chief executive of the fast-growing luxury brand Mulberry.” Mickey Drexler Has Yet Another Reason to Be Giving High Fives (Vanity Fair) “The

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McQueen brand to continue, PPR profits up, Burberry restructures in Spain, Alexa joy for Mulberry, London’s lights

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2010 | Source: style.com

Alexander McQueen label will survive (Times) “Alexander McQueen’s fashion label will live on despite the designer’s apparent suicide last week, it was announced this morning.” PPR full year net profit increases 7 percent (AP) “Retail-to-luxury group PPR SA reported a 7 percent increase in 2009 profits Thursday and said it is launching a sales offensive to boost revenues in fast-growing markets such as

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China and luxury cachet, Rugby’s online runway, Inditex push in Asia, Mulberry magic, Bonus tax blues?

Rugby's Make Your Own Fashion Show | Source: Rugby

European Luxury Goods Risk Cachet With China Focus (Bloomberg) “European luxury brands are risking their cachet and alienating Western shoppers by changing designs to appeal to the Chinese market, according to Tyler Brûlé , the London-based design consultant and editor of Monocle magazine.” Will Fashion’s Biggest Names Kiss the Runway Goodbye? (Time) “On Dec. 11, Rugby, Ralph Lauren’s collegiate brand,

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Eddie Bauer files for bankruptcy, Mulberry gains, Beth Ditto designs, Diesel Black Gold pulls out of NYFW

Eddie Bauer goose down slippers, courtesy of Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer Plots Its Next Ascent (WSJ) “Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc., the nearly 90-year-old outdoor retailer with a rich history, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, overcome by a heavy debt load.” British style captures mood of times, says Mulberry (Reuters) “The leather bags specialist said UK like-for-like sales leapt 21 percent in the first 10 weeks of its new financial year, helping to send its shares

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