J.Crew on Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom’s sees results, British creativity, Liberty’s call, Chistopher Kane in bloom

J. Crew Spring/Summer 2010 Preview | Source: J. Crew

J. Crew Is Going Global on Net-A-Porter (Stylelist) “Now, the classic American outfitter, currently available only in North America and Japan, has entered into an agreement with Net-A-Porter to be sold globally starting in May.” Nordstrom’s Profit More Than Doubles (WSJ) “Upscale department-store chain Nordstrom Inc. reported a 152 percent increase in profits during the quarter ended Jan. 30, underscoring

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The Business of Fashion | Happy Holidays

Roberta Furlanetto, Designer, Italy

VANCOUVER, Canada — In what has become an annual tradition here on BoF, we wish you the best for the holiday season (and in line with our veritable obsession with internet technologies) by sharing the most colourful and creative e-greetings we have received from readers all over the world. As the fashion industry takes a break from the incessant hustle and bustle which keeps us running around for most of the year, all of us at the

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Barneys and Holt Renfrew rumours persist, Discount sites boom, Net-a-Porter goes mobile, Jay-Z’s Rocawear

Jak & Jil window at Holt Renfrew, Toronto

Holt Renfrew owner rumoured to be eyeing Barneys New York (National Post) “Barneys, an 86-year-old luxury retailer which has famously catered to a broad and often eclectic range of needs of high-end consumers, would fit well within Mr. Weston’s portfolio and extend his buying power for his other luxury goods chains, including Holts, Selfridges in Britain and Brown Thomas in Ireland, analysts say.” When cheap is

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Prada talks to Richemont, Telegraph partners with Net-a-porter, Middle Eastern muse, Lacroix’s story, Roland Mouret

Prada A/W 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Prada

Prada bankers contact Richemont on stake-paper (Reuters) “Bankers for Italy’s Prada fashion house have contacted Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA about the Swiss company taking a stake in it, la Repubblica newspaper said on Saturday. In an unsourced report, the Italian daily said the banks, including Intesa Sanpaolo SpA and UniCredit SpA, would like an industrial partner for Prada with a stake of up to 30.”

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DVF as fashion business expert, US copyright laws, Fashion uniforms, Net-a-Porter’s new iPhone app

Diane Von Furstenberg

Tightening Belts? She’s the Expert (New York Times) Stephanie Rosenbloom sits down with Diane Von Furstenberg. Proposed new law sparks rift in US fashion industry (Business World) “A proposed new law that would extend copyright protection to clothing has designers in an uproar and threatens to widen a rift in the American fashion industry.” The chambermaid wears Prada (FT) “Designing uniforms for restaurant

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CEO Talk | Sarah Curran, Founder and CEO, my-wardrobe.com

Sarah Curran, Founder and CEO, my-wardrobe.com | Source: My Wardrobe

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Business of Fashion can exclusively reveal that my-wardrobe.com, the London-based fashion e-tailer positioned at a mid-level pricepoint between Net-a-Porter.com on the high-end and Asos.com on the low-end, has just closed its second round of investment. My-wardrobe continues to grow at a rapid pace, having achieved an extremely healthy 169 percent jump in sales in its third year, growing from £1.56m in

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Fashion E-Commerce | How are your clients changing their shopping habits in the downturn?

  LONDON, United Kingdom — London, of course, is widely known in the fashion world for its unbridled creativity and superb emerging fashion talent. But, increasingly, it could also be described as fashion’s Silicon Valley, with a growing number of innovative fashion ecommerce startups sprouting in the city, following in the footsteps of the ultimate luxury e-tailing pioneer, Net-a-Porter.com. During my visit to Vienna

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Inditex Q1 loss, Net-a-Porter profits treble, Bulgari issues bond, China may escape, Ferraris to Versace

Zara S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Zara

Inditex 1Q Net Pft Down 16%; May Trading Resilient (WSJ) “Inditex SA (ITX.MC), Europe’s largest fashion retailer by revenue, Wednesday said its first quarter net profit fell 16 percent on a slump in consumer spending in Europe, but its stock rallied after it reported resilient clothing sales in May and the first week of June.” Net-a-Porter demonstrates strength of business model as profits treble (FT)

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YSL in the black, Net-a-Porter profits, Wal-Mart reflects harsh economy, Lacroix goes back to basics

[caption id="attachment_2450" align="alignnone" width="501" caption="Stefano Pilati of YSL, courtesy of Wallpaper"][/caption] Black is back at Yves Saint Laurent (Financial Times) After ten years of losses, Yves Saint Laurent breaks even amid the current recession. Net-a-Porter profits rocket (Drapers) Due to improved margins, Net-a-Porter's pre tax profits are up 300 percent to £9 million. Wal-Mart's Profits Attributable to Sad State of Economy (Seeking Alpha) "Wal-Mart is one of the few stalwarts to actually expand business amidst today's financial carnage and the glowing statistics are not to be mistaken for a grandiose harbinger of U.S. economic vitality." Christian Lacroix Heads Back to the Basics (WSJ) As a response to the economic tumult, Lacroix pulled back on his signature exuberance.

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Net-a-Porter’s discount site, Milan’s design strategies, Mulberry beats expectations, Online rules

Outnet homepage

Net-a-Porter gives details of discount venture (Drapers) As revealed in BoF’s exclusive interview with Natalie Massenet in November, Net-a-Porter will launch a discount e-Commerce venture called Outnet.com. Milan’s Choice: Appeal to Reason or the Gut? (WSJ) In order to lure customers, designers in Milan employed polarising design strategies. Mulberry to beat expectations (Drapers) According to Mulberry, the holiday

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CEO Talk | Natalie Massenet, Chairman and Founder of Net-a-Porter

Natalie Massenet

  LONDON, United Kingdom – When Natalie Massenet talks, people listen. It wasn’t always that way. When Massenet first proposed the idea of selling luxury products online in 1999, she faced more than a few doubters. Nobody doubts her now. Frequently described as one of the most influential women in the fashion business, as Chairman and Founder of NET-A-PORTER, Massenet has built the pre-eminent online luxury

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Luxury Outlook | “You’ve been shopping, we won’t tell”

LONDON, United Kingdom - In the latest sign of just how quickly consumer psychology is changing, Net-a-Porter yesterday sent an email blast to its huge customer database, offering a "discreet packaging service" to offset the conspicuousness and potential guilt associated with shopping in this, the most severe economic crisis in at least a generation. Whereas previously the direct marketing email from the world's pre-eminent online luxury fashion retailer would have been accompanied by a strong, aspirational fashion image, the latest email features whispering women in a 1950's era photograph. The ad, while cleverly recalling the current fashion revival of the one-piece dress, focuses its message instead on the opportunity to continue to shop "and receive items in an unbranded recycled brown…

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Luxury Outlook | Survival of the fittest

PARIS, France - Even as America teeters on the brink of economic armageddon, fashion week has continued on in full force here in Paris. But, between all the comings and goings, the drama and parties, many designers, buyers and editors have had their eyes and ears tuned into what is going on Stateside, trying to make sense of the ever-changing news. So what should luxury retailers and brands do in troubled times like this? The days of unfettered consumption are over. Multi-thousand dollar canvas bags and poorly made clothes with staggering prices which are designed to last only one season will be a tough sell. More than ever, for consumers, every purchase now will involve the price/quality calculation that constitutes value. Consumers…

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