Uniqlo’s surprise, PPR beats expectations, Confident Boss, Hilfiger makes Asian inroads, Destination Guangzhou

Jun Takahashi | Source: Forbes

The Experimental Designer Who Will Replace Jil Sander At Uniqlo (Forbes) “In some ways Takahashi is a surprising choice — he’s not exactly a household name outside of Japan, and his clothes veer toward the avant garde… But Takahashi is Japanese, and he has worked with big commercial companies before — he designs a running line for Nike. Furthermore, he’s one of the most innovative, interesting designers working

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BoF Daily Digest| PPR eyes Brioni, Proenza Schouler’s new deal, Forever 21 arrives in London, Beckham at H&M, Behind Swarovski

PPR eyes Brioni (Reuters) “French luxury goods and retail group PPR is considering buying family-owned Italian tailor Brioni for about 350 million euros ($508.4 million)… The deal, if it goes ahead, would allow PPR to make further progress on its pledge to get out of retail and make luxury and sports brands its central focus.” A Proenza Schouler Deal Is Near (On the Runway) “A European private-equity firm is expected to

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Donatella talks to Riccardo Tisci, Social media’s new wave, PPR on the prowl, India’s wealthy ways, Fairytale dresses

Riccardo Tisci photographed by Steven Klein | Source: Interview Magazine

Riccardo Tisci By Donatella Versace (Interview) “Like any competitive industry, fashion understands the market need for a constant infusion of fresh blood and untapped talent. But among the crop of sartorial prodigies to have emerged in recent years, none has ascended from young upstart to master of the universe as rapidly as 36-year-old Italian designer Riccardo Tisci.” Social Media: The Second Generation (WWD)

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Ethical fashion gets social, Push to ease rules for UK visas, Executive switcheroos, Saks’ leadership, Yohji as himself

Looks from the IOU project | SourceL IOU

Ethical fashion weaves in social media (CNN) “With each piece of clothing there is a link called “This item’s journey” that leads to pictures and profiles of the weaver who created the fabric and of the artisan who cut the material and created the design. Using the IOU Project’s iPhone app, you can take a photo of the QR code to pull that story up again.” Luxury stores urge UK to issue more

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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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The Post-Advertising age, Tunisian runway, Jimmy Choo eyes HK IPO, PPR sales skyrocket, Ageless supermodels

The Post-Advertising Age (Luxury Society) “Today, the only way brands can connect with customers and prospects is by genuinely adding value to their lives, either by providing a useful service or by telling rewarding stories. Brands have no choice. Messages that aren’t valued will be ignored.” A Revolution Sallies Forth on the Tunisian Runway (IHT) “The textile and garment industry, though battered by economic

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Gucci Group shake-up explained, Dior’s new chapter, Paris round up, Hermès profit jumps, Gaga to the rescue

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 Campaign | Source: Fashion Fame

The reasons behind the major shake up at Gucci Group (CPP Luxury) “International media as well as major luxury players have been taken by surprise this week by several major changes within PPR/Gucci Group and it seems this is just the beginning…. Francois Henri Pinault has radically changed management… responding fast to market conditions.” Dropping Galliano lets Dior open new chapter (Reuters) “Behind

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Zara chief bows out, Aspirationals still key, PPR E-commerce push, Fast Retailing slows, Lucky Holley

Amancio Ortega | Source: Elmundo

End of the line for Zara tsar (Independent) “Amancio Ortega, the wealthiest man in Spain and perhaps one of the world’s most reclusive moguls, has tiptoed into the spotlight this week by announcing his imminent retirement from the fast-fashion giant Inditex… which he founded with a single store in La Coruna 35 years ago.” Who’s Buying All That Luxury? Not the Rich (WSJ) “Luxury is soaring again…

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Murky outlook, PPR beats estimates, Chanel’s US recovery, M-commerce grows at Rue La La, Theyskens and Rosen Q&A

Bottega Veneta Tech Toys | Source: Bottega Veneta

Luxury market faces spending drought through 2020 (Luxury Daily) “The tough economy has permanently reined in the purchasing habits of the current generation of affluent consumers and upscale brands should expect more conservative spending until Generation Y enters the luxury market in force in 2020.” PPR Third-Quarter Sales Beat Estimates (Bloomberg) “Each of PPR’s luxury brands increased sales at least 10

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Model comeback, American Apparel stock plunges, PPR profit leaps, Bulgari’s modest gain, Buranis arrested

Zimmerman and Jovanovic for Gucci A/W 2010 | Source: Fashion and Runway

Why fashion has fallen out of love with its A-list clotheshorses (Independent) “This time around, the women chosen… are united by their anonymity outside of [fashion]… prompting many insiders to wonder: is fashion’s long-running love affair with celebrity finally over?” American Apparel Shares Plunge as Auditor Steps Aside (WSJ) “American Apparel shares plunged as much as 25% Thursday after the

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In Ethical Fashion, Desirability is Sustainability

NEW YORK, United States — Over the past ten years, the eco-fashion movement has been gathering steam. Following the lead of pioneering brands like Stella McCartney and NOIR, which were founded on the basis of ethical principles near the turn of the millennium, there are now entire fashion exhibitions, forums and blogs all focused on so-called sustainable fashion. Ethical fashion is also high on the agenda of the major luxury goods

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PPR’s growth stategy, Hugo Boss recovers, Ittierre refinancing, Survival of the finest, Singapore Fashion Festival

Helly Hansen Hiking Gear | Source: Helly Hansen

PPR’s retail recovery could speed up sale process (Reuters) “A shopping revival should help French group PPR more easily dispose of its retail units and fulfill its long-held ambition of refocusing on the luxury and outdoor sectors…One attractive target for PPR could be the Norwegian outdoor clothing brand Helly Hansen, owned by Swedish private equity firm Altor since 2006.” Hugo Boss looks forward to growth

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Saving the garment district, Dubious pricing, PPR returns to growth, Zegna Q1 sales up, McQueen investigation closed

Needle and Thread Still Have a Home (NY Times) “How is the garment district like a coral reef? A coral reef, as Animal Planet instructs us, shelters diverse species of sponges, snakes, clownfish and barracudas. So does the garment district.” Why Does This Pair of Pants Cost $550? (NY Times) “Even in a season when designers made no secret about reining in prices… it is still possible to walk into a store and

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