The China Edit is a weekly curation of the most important fashion business news and analysis from and about the world’s largest luxury market.
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.
E-commerce is set to grow dramatically in the Gulf States over the next few years. Which fashion retailers are poised to seize the opportunity and how they are adapting their models to suit the specifics of the market?
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.
As money pours into fashion-tech start-ups, at sky high valuations, BoF talks to leading investors to assess the existence of a bubble and understand what separates winning investments from those that are failing.
LONDON, United Kingdom — After much speculation, pure play luxury fashion e-tailer Net-a-Porter is, finally, set to add beauty to its offering with the launch, on March 20, of a highly curated selection of makeup, hair, fragrance, nail polish and skin care products.
Net-a-Porter editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans talks to BoF about her decision to leave Harper’s Bazaar, blending commerce and content, her vision for Net-a-Porter’s new editorial presence, separation of church and state, the global fashion consumer and building the fashion magazine of the future.
British Fashion Gets a Web Dynamo (IHT) “This month Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter and Internet guru to the fashion world, will throw her might behind London Fashion Week. As the newly appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council, she will use her power to promote designers not in their traditional role as funky and cool, but as major players in a global arena.” Carlyle, KKR among Maje, Sandro
The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds (FT) “Sales staff are using iPads featuring a range of digital technologies to encourage customers to play with and try on jewellery and watches virtually. One technology company has almost doubled in size in the past year to accommodate demand from watch, jewellery and luxury clients.” At Dior, Garden of Earthly Delights (IHT) “Flowers budding, blossoming,
PPR buys 51 per cent stake in Christopher Kane (Telegraph) “Following on from rumours which surfaced in November , the luxury conglomerate PPR has today confirmed that it has bought a 51 per cent stake in the business of London Fashion Week label Christopher Kane.” Net-A-Porter sees sales increase by 55 per cent (Telegraph) “Net-A-Porter, the online luxury fashion destination, experienced a 55 per cent rise in
The Business of Blogging | Into The Gloss (Fashion 2.0) “It’s the natural curiosity behind this approach, alongside the site’s impeccably professional aesthetics, that have made Into The Gloss one of the most compelling new voices in the fashion and beauty blogosphere with the potential to grow into a full-fledged media business for the digital age.” Retail Recon | Table of Contents is a ‘Three-Dimensional