M&A in the cards for Fast Retailing, Calvin Klein in China, Gareth Pugh for MAC, 90 years of Gucci, Cardin’s career

Pierre Cardin | Source: D La Repubblica

Fast Retailing May Buy Bigger Rival in U.S., Europe on Yen (Bloomberg) “Fast Retailing Co., Asia’s largest clothing chain, may buy a bigger rival in the U.S. or Europe after the yen’s advance to a postwar high against the dollar boosted the Japanese company’s purchasing power… The billionaire aims to take advantage of the yen’s climb to expand outside Japan, where an unexpectedly long summer damped demand for fall and

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Mining luxury in Mongolia, Surfer dudes in Paris, Made in China, Uniqlo and Jil Sander to part ways, Cardin’s world

The Luxury Frontier (WSJ) “What happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world’s largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots.” Paris Men’s: Dude Surfers (On the Runway) “The Paris men’s shows could always surprise with a great

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Fast fashion’s slow death, Loyalty discounts, Gilt’s Goldman boost, Social media ROI, Pierre Cardin’s singularity

Fast Fashion | Source: Sydney Loves Fashion

Why fast fashion is slow death for the planet (Guardian) “With high-street chains churning out fresh designs every few weeks, we now buy more cheap clothes than ever before. But as Lucy Siegle reveals in her hard-hitting new book To Die For, it’s a trend that will cost us far more than we imagine.” Why Pay Full Price? (WSJ) “Neiman Marcus’s loyalty program, InCircle, is a credit card that… allows

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Celebrating Savage Beauty, PPR to buy Volcom, Personalisation start-ups, Cardin ready to sell, Trendspotting business

Savage Beauty, the exhibition | Source: Courtesy

Alexander McQueen in All His Dark Glory (IHT) “The exhibition, which celebrates Mr. McQueen’s wild, unfettered and dark imagination: gothic Victoriana, dresses tufted with blood-red feathers, decorated with dying flowers or rattling with clamshells. The weird, wonderful accessories alone send a tingle down the spine.” PPR to buy Volcom for $607.5 million (Los Angeles Times) “Richard Woolcott, Volcom’s chief

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Pierre Cardin’s eternal future, Heritage at risk, Versace on track, Tod’s beats forecast, Patti Smith’s fashion eye

Pierre Cardin Cosmos Collection 1964 | Source: IHT

Pierre Cardin: One Step Ahead of Tomorrow (IHT) “It is 60 years since Pierre Cardin, fashion’s eternal futurist, opened his Paris fashion house; half a century since he first brought his designs to a desolate, postwar Japan; and more than two decades since he pioneered fashion in China.” Heritage crafts at risk (Guardian) “Modern Britain, it seems, is not much fussed about the skills and knowledge that exist only

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Sustainable style, Hermès profit below expectations, Blogs as catwalks, Perry and Pierre, Russian fashion online

Per Aage Sivertson for FIN

Is This Style’s Sustainable Frontier? (Wall Street Journal) “They are part of a growing social movement in the Nordic countries being led by NICE, the Nordic Initiative Clean & Ethical, created last November to promote the five countries as home to a sustainable and ethical fashion industry.” Hermès profits below expectations (Financial Times) “French luxury group Hermès on Friday posted first-half

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