Nasty Gal’s phenom, Sports energy in Paris, Fashion for good, Dreamy trunks, Nordstrom NYC

Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso: Fashion’s New Phenom (Forbes) “In four years her spunky retail fashion site has streaked across the Web, pushing new ways to sell trendy but inexpensive clothing. The company is on its way to quadrupling sales this year to $128 million, racking up gross margins of more than 60%, up there with retail’s most profitable ventures.” Get Ready for Action (NY Times) “With a sneaker

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Jil Sander’s return, Shopping R29, Spending clouds, Dolce & Gabbana couture, Fashion and art

Refinery29 website | Source: Refinery29

Jil Sander Gets Her Groove Back (On the Runway) “‘Don’t ask me why,’’ Jil Sander said with a laugh on Tuesday, when asked why she had decided, at age 68, to leave a comfortable retirement and return to the fashion fray.” Refinery29 Launching R29 Shop (WWD) “Up until now, Refinery29’s business model has relied heavily upon advertising to drive revenue, with approximately 80 percent of it coming from ads

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Prada taps emerging markets, Asos payout, Nordstrom online, Rosen’s honour, Proenza Schouler

Prada to Add 260 Shops in 3 Years on Demand From BRICs (BusinessWeek) “Prada, the Italian fashion company that owns the Miu Miu and Church’s brands, plans to add 260 stores in the next three years to tap demand in emerging markets including Brazil, China and Persian Gulf countries.” Asos fashion retailer’s top managers reap £66m payout (Guardian) “Seven top managers of online fashion retailer Asos are being

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Bonobos raises $16m, Gilt Groupe gabs, PPR downgrade, Fashion Television folds, Moscow men

Andy Dunn | Source: NY Times

Stores Go Online to Find a Perfect Fit (NY Times) “When Andy Dunn helped start Bonobos five years ago, he wanted to shake up the retail industry with a men’s wear brand exclusively sold online. Now Mr. Dunn, 33, is embracing the brick-and-mortar model, striking a partnership with Nordstrom. It is a symbiotic deal. Bonobos will get $16.4 million in cash and more than 100 stores to sell its clothes, while Nordstrom will get

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The Long View | Why Fashion Brands Need APIs

Oren Michels | Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

NEW YORK, United States — Today, rapid innovation in consumer technologies and accelerating adoption rates are driving explosive growth of new devices and platforms — from iPads and gaming consoles to web-connected cars and internet-enabled TVs — putting pressure on brands to design and support a diverse and fast proliferating array of digital touchpoints. Keeping pace with consumers means thinking beyond the web browser. The days

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Pragmatic maverick, Urban Outfitters’ lost confidence, Discounting at Gap, Nordstrom eyes Canada, Camilla Skovgaard

Thomas Tait | Source: Dorchester Collection

A London Design Maverick as a Pragmatist (On the Runway) “Thomas Tait was in New York last week for London Showrooms, a presentation of young British fashion talent. Actually, Mr. Tait is Canadian, educated at a technical school in Montreal. In 2010, he completed the master’s program in women’s wear at Central Saint Martins in London, whereupon he joined that distinguished race known as the Young Fashion Designer.”

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Akris’ discreet charm, PPR invests in The Fancy, Richemont cautious, Nordstrom disappoints, Versace’s bright idea

Albert Kriemler of Akris | Source: Estilo Moda

The Discreet Charm of Akris (WSJ) “Perhaps it is Kriemler’s understated, reluctant approach to anything overt or loud—fashionable or otherwise—that attracts women as powerful and talented as Condoleezza Rice, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman to his clothes… Kriemler works extensively with artisans from Akris’s hometown of St. Gallen. The town is renown in the business for its skilled

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Fashion showmanship, Luxury sales firm, Superdry soars again, Hong Kong haberdashers, CDFA goes to Paris

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2005 | Source: Hapsical

Tents, but No Circus (NY Times) “But what the increasingly industrialized Fashion Week now signally lacks is a certain giddy excitement, the fanfare and promise of genius that were common in the days when you could still get close enough to it all to see the greasepaint and smell the sweat… Ms. Roitfeld claimed flatly that fashion is not much fun anymore. ‘It’s less light-hearted, less spontaneous,’ Ms.

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Luxury in Chengdu, Tory Burch sets stage for IPO, Unstable spending, Nordstrom’s alias, Andrej Pejic’s story

Marion Cotillard for Lady Dior | Source: Luxuo

Chasing Luxury Dreams – A Tale from Chengdu (Forbes) “It’s one thing that the Chinese government spearheads infrastructure projects such as massive railway development; it’s another thing that it promotes luxury consumption. Yes, that is exactly what the government of Chengdu, a second-tier city in south-west China, has proudly done… According to Chengdu Retail Industry Association, Chengdu is home to 80 percent of international

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Michael Kors’ huge valuation, Surface to New York, Nordstrom profit up, Kirkwood heels, Fabergé’s relaunch

Surface to Air Paris Store | Source: High Snobiety

Michael Kors sells minority stake in deal that values brand at $2.5B (New York Post) “The New York fashion label — whose black-clad founder and namesake also moonlights as a tough judge on the “Project Runway” TV reality series — has sold a minority stake to a group of investors in a deal that values the brand at a whopping $2.5 billion.” Surface to Air Comes to New York (IHT) “In a sense, the business model of Surface to Air was

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Autumn/Winter 2011 – The Season That Was

John Galliano | Source: The Creator Blog

PARIS, France – The process of writing this season’s wrap-up left a somewhat bitter taste in my mouth. Looking back, several of the most salient themes from this round of fashion weeks involve unsavoury behaviour, gossip and highly unprofessional comments from some of the industry’s most important figures. Whether it was John Galliano’s inexcusable anti-Semitic rant captured on video for the whole world to watch, the scrum of

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Women of Wang, Hermann to Reed Krakoff, Nordstrom to buy HauteLook, CNN fashion, Digital fashion moment

Alexander Wang's dance party | Source: Modelinia

Women of Wang (New York Magazine) “He’s built an approximately $25 million business on cool but benign day-into-night clothes for lithe, pragmatic downtown girls who all appear to work in galleries or PR… anything vaguely “creative.” Wang synthesized the street-style-blog-derived notion of looking like a “model off duty,” a louche fantasy of effortlessly sexy living if ever there was one.” Reed Krakoff Names

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Nordstrom innovates, Emerging fashion, American Apparel warned, Content is king, Condé Nast courts India

Laura Theiss Autumn/Winter 2010, at Début | Source: Début New York

Nordstrom Links Online Inventory to Real World (NY Times) “The company wove in individual stores’ inventory to the Web site, so that essentially all of the stores were also acting as warehouses for online. Results were immediate… It also means that inventory is moving faster, and often at higher prices.” The Demand for Emerging Fashion: Part I (Huffington Post) “[The first trend] noticed was brand exhaustion

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