Sarah Rutson-Pang (The Creative Class) “With her striking looks and impeccable taste, it’s no surprise that Sarah Rutson-Pang is a permanent fixture in the front rows of Paris and Milan… As the fashion director of the highly influential Hong Kong-based luxury department store Lane Crawford, Rutson-Pang has the important — and sometimes difficult — job of educating and enticing the world’s largest group of luxury
LONDON, United Kingdom — Over the course of the last decade, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, from Neiman Marcus to Macy’s, have seized the digital opportunity and built impressive online businesses, with web sales of apparel and accessories currently growing faster than any other e-commerce product category and expected to reach $40.9 billion in 2012, up from $34.16 billion in 2011, in the US alone, according to eMarketer.
Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)
Could small be the new big for the fashion industry? (Guardian) “Small companies have proven to be leaders in innovation, particularly when it comes to re-engineering products or processes, and when trying brand new approaches. The UK trend forecasters, Index B, identify six major UK trends in its The Ones to Watch report 2012.” Windows of opportunity open among sales rails (Marketing Week) “Brands are using
Gucci Accuses Guess of Massive Design ‘Knock Off’ Scheme (Bloomberg) “Gucci, a unit of Paris-based, sued in 2009 claiming that Los Angeles-based Guess was selling items in stores and online with logos that are ‘studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks.’ The trademarks include a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and a diamond pattern with repeating interlocking G’s,
The Reality of ‘Fashion Star’ (WWD) “Fashion and entertainment is nothing new.But add commerce into the mix and you’ve got the novel ingredients for “Fashion Star,” the latest entry in the fashion-reality genre that made its debut on NBC Tuesday. Unlike some of its predecessors, this show landed with a concept that was compelling — too bad the clothes weren’t.” Lucy Yeomans quits Harper’s Bazaar for Net-A-Porter
Catwalks Echo the Oscar Elegance (IHT) “If there is such a thing as a female dandy, that was the Armani look: long jackets, curving in at the waist, perhaps with a flat fabric flower on the label. Slim pants made up the lower half, until the jackets were cropped shorter for fuller pants.” Net-A-Porter Buys Into China Luxury E-Commerce Market (Jing Daily) “A little over one year since its establishment by Adrienne
We continue this week’s focus on e-commerce by turning our attention on how to succeed in the rapidly expanding e-commerce market in China. BEIJING, China — According to a recent report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), China is set to become the world’s next e-commerce superpower, surpassing the United States to become the largest online commerce market in the world, with an estimated market size of $300 billion. In