Unexpected star, Pinault upbeat, Deciphering devices, Post-internet lifestyle, McQ Savile Row

Grace Coddington by Greg Kessler | Source: NY Times

Always in Fashion (NY Times) “Of course, Ms. Coddington’s frankness and profanity, as well as her differences from her boss, are precisely what first endeared her to a mass audience three years ago, when she emerged as the unexpected breakout star of R. J. Cutler’s documentary about Vogue, ‘The September Issue.'” PPR CEO upbeat on luxury goods market (USA Today) “As chairman and CEO of luxury empire

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Market Pulse | Growth, But Perhaps Not As It Used To Be

Savigny Luxury Index October 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) gained 4.2 percent in October, outperforming the MSCI World Index (MSCI) by more than 6 percentage points.  Much anticipated results announcements confirmed that the sector still has strong fundamentals but that the three-year boom is coming to its close. Big news Newsflow pointed to a slowdown in growth for the sector, rather than the meltdown anticipated by the Burberry

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Savvy sisters, Menswear e-tailers, Gucci’s tough trading, Pitti picks, Miyake’s experiments

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen by Amy Troost | Source: WSJ Magazine

Sisters of the Divine (WSJ Magazine) “Watching Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen pose for a photo shoot is like watching a hypnotic piece of performance art. Former child stars, extraordinarily savvy brand nurturers, founders and owners of an estimated $1.5 billion business empire and, now, designers of the critically acclaimed high-end fashion line The Row, the Olsens have spent the great majority of their 26 years either in front

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Uniqlo.com’s US launch, Coach rebounds, Puma profits slump, Pinault’s POV, Nicola Formichetti

Uniqlo.com screen shot | Source: Uniqlo.com

Uniqlo.com to the Rescue of Middle America (Business Week) “Uniqlo, the Japanese clothes giant, launched an online shopping site in the U.S. this week. This may not seem like important news to many, but to a certain American consumer—think very well-dressed, without much money, and living between the coasts—it is like a food drop from a Marshall Plan plane in 1940s Berlin.” Coach bags an earnings rebound (FT)

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Week in Review | The Season that Was, Byronesque launches, Acquiring customers, Brazil’s fashion calendar

Week in Review October 8-12

Spring/Summer 2013 | The Season That Was (Intelligence) “Whereas previous fashion seasons were dominated by designer departures, meltdowns and final exits, this season the narrative focused on two of the fashion world’s most celebrated designers, Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane, and their respective ready-to-wear debuts at two of the industry’s most important houses, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.” Byronesque

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Redcats sale near, Prada exodus, Consumer confidence in China, Tiger burning, Tim Walker

Puma shipping container store | Source: Gliving

PPR nears sale of Redcats catalogue arm (FT) “PPR is to announce the sale of all or part of its Redcats catalogue business before the end of the month, moving closer to its goal of becoming a pure clothing and accessories company.” Third of Prada managers leave after IPO (FT) “Prada the Italian luxury goods group, lost a third of its top managers in the nine months following its initial public offering last year

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Chinese artisans, Gucci may join Yoox JV, Dior Homme, Impossible Wardrobe, Casely-Hayford

Burberry Beijing flagship store | Source: Maosuit

The luxury that dare not speak its name (FT) “But China is no longer just the sweatshop of the world that churns out cheap T-shirts and jeans. The high costs in Europe have meant that many artisans have moved to China, while local manufacturers have also benefited from a transfer of knowledge that has taken place since the country became an outsourcing centre more than three decades ago.” PPR May Include Gucci in Luxury

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Halston anew, Made in Italy, Gilt looks to IPO, Prada’s honesty, PPR’s Laurent Claquin

Halston Autumn/Winter 2012 campaign | Source: Halston

Halston design house gets major alteration under new owner (LA Times) “The storied New York design house Halston once dressed celebrities the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger andLiza Minnelli. Its founder, Roy Halston, partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 and designed Jackie Kennedy’s famous pillbox hat. But after decades of corporate turmoil, the label that once epitomized 1970s glamour in the Big Apple is

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Week in Review | François-Henri Pinault CEO Talk, Etienne Russo, The Man Repeller, Luxury Index falls

Week in Review July 30- August 3

BoF Exclusive | François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPR (CEO Talk) “On the day of the official announcement of a major joint-venture between PPR and YOOX Group, BoF’s Imran Amed speaks to PPR chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault for a global exclusive interview on how the new partnership fits into Mr Pinault’s digital vision for PPR.” Etienne Russo, Fashion Show Producer (The Creative

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CEO Talk | François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPR

François-Henri Pinault | Photo: Virgile Guinard

On the day of the official announcement of a major joint-venture between PPR and YOOX Group, BoF’s Imran Amed speaks to PPR chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault for a global exclusive interview on how the new partnership fits into Mr Pinault’s digital vision for PPR.

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Market Pulse | Same Story, Different Month

Savigny Luxury Index June 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) inched up 1.0 percent in June, relative to an uplift of 2.8 percent in the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”).  Newsflow from China continued to worry investors and sector results, although strong, did show signs of a slowdown in growth over the last few months. Big news China’s growth rate slowed for a sixth consecutive quarter to its slackest pace in over three years

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Week in Review | Camille Bidault-Waddington, Fit for Print, Mentorship tips, Fashion criticism

Week in Review July 23-27

The Creative Class | Camille Bidault-Waddington (The Creative Class) “‘I can’t help it. I’ll always have sweaters full of holes and scruffy hair,’ says Camille Bidault-Waddington, ageless in high-waisted denim shorts and an ’80s sweatshirt, as she serves tea in a vintage Royalty mug.” Op-Ed | What’s Fit for Print? (Opinion)  “As with so many commercial endeavours in the world right now, there are more

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Appetite for luxury, Forerunner’s $40m fund, Billabong bid, September ad counts, Fashion Olympics

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Grazia

Emerging markets buy into luxury (FT) “Emerging market appetites for high-end handbags, fashionwear, champagne and cognac appeared to be holding up in the first half of the year, according to results from the French luxury goods groups LVMH and PPR.” Forerunner Ventures, an All-Female Firm, Raises $40M Institutional Fund (WSJ) “Despite investing in 21 digital commerce start-ups, some of them prominent, Forerunner

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