Pushing femininity, Hudson’s Bay IPO, Frank & Oak, Friedman’s POV, Augustin Teboul

Clare Waight Keller | Source: Marie Claire

Who Are You Calling Girly? (NY Times) “In the year since Ms. Waight Keller, formerly the designer of Pringle of Scotland, became the creative director at Chloé, many visitors have noted the remarkable calmness that radiates from her studio. That, and the fact that roughly 80 percent of the hundreds of employees at the company are women, which is a point of pride at a house that has projected an aura of femininity for 60

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A metallic edge, Luxury relief, Fancy’s next move, Alistair Carr to McQ, VFiles launch

Burberry Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Examiner

Metallics, florals and futuristic edge rock London fashion (Reuters) “Rainbow colored metallics, abstract prints and edgy florals sashayed down the runway on day four of London Fashion Week, which featured a star-studded line-up of designers from Peter Pilotto to Christopher Kane and Burberry’s Christopher Bailey.” Relief for luxury groups in French court (FT) “The French luxury goods industry drew a sigh of

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Bloggers’ editorial integrity, Embracing online video, Pringle bailout, Altuzarra triumph, Anndra Neen sisters

Bryan Boy, third from left, and Tommy Ton, right, in Milan | Source: NY Times

Can You Trust the Editorial Integrity of Personal Style Blogs? (Fashionista) “Whether it’s by partnering with brands, styling shoots, receiving payment (or free product) for writing posts or getting commission on the sale of items they post about, some bloggers are seriously cashing in on their influence… But as blogs make the transition from personal style diaries to profit-turning businesses, some readers have begun to feel that

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Reiss’ royal revival, Pringle knitting pretty, Ferragamo plans IPO, PVH beats forecast, Rutson’s Chinese secrets

Reiss Shola dress, worn by the Duchess of Cambridge | Source: Reiss

Kate Middleton: putting the regal into Reiss (Telegraph) “‘The Reiss dress was perfectly pitched… Britain has the best high street in the world. No one exemplifies the strength of that better than the Duchess of Cambridge.'” Knitting pretty (FT) “As well as giving Pringle a youthful burst of creativity, the Archive Project provides the brand with a reputation for supporting new talent…

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The Fashion Trail | In Italy, Digital Strategies are only Screen Deep

Hogan A/W 2011 Presentation | Source: The Business of Fashion

MILAN, Italy — In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, luxury fashion brands found themselves scrambling to develop strategies for the so-called “new normal.” Logos and conspicuous consumption were out, it was said. Customers were now looking for understated luxury, value and discretion. And so, in uncanny lock-step syncopation, brands from Louis Vuitton to Gucci to Dolce & Gabbana began a strategic march to

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Betting on E-commerce, Painting Pringle, Sak’s Sadove sits down, Bar code check-in, Saboteur’s geek chic

Handmade apparel on Etsy by Qinliumei | Source: Etsy

Why e-commerce IPOs will soon be the smarter buy (Venture Beat) “In Silicon Valley, market-watchers are looking to digital media in its many forms — social networks, tablet apps, user-generated content — to revive the IPO market… But there’s a smarter bet for investors: e-commerce.” Pringle of Scotland: painting by jumpers (Telegraph) “To celebrate Pringle’s 195th birthday, it has partnered with the

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Pringle set for success, Aurora returns to profit, Digital control, Valentino wins case, Hat fit for a Queen

Pringle boss reveals blueprint (Daily Record) “Pringle boss Mary-Adair Macaire has revealed her plans to turn the knitwear brand into Scotland’s answer to Chanel… she’s confident that Pringle… will soon win a place among luxury brands from around the world.” Beleaguered fashion chain returns to profit (Guardian) “The fashion chains Oasis, Karen Millen, Coast and Warehouse, which became

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Pringle push, Luxury sales reveal confidence, Burberry 3D, Vuitton’s emotional intelligence, The meaning of green

Pringle thrown an £18m as it moves to recapture the luxury market (Guardian) “The wealthy foreign owners of Pringle of Scotland have pumped another £18m into the loss-making brand’s continuing attempt to become a Burberry-style luxury label… accounts show the company has received injections of £10m and £8m from its owners, Hong Kong textile dynasty the Fang family.” Luxury sales reveal return of confidence

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Pringle’s new fairytale, Creative commerciality, Fashion’s Night Out, London’s homecoming, Burberry gets social

Norma Kamali for Walmart, courtesy of Walmart.jpg

A lady from Chanel who wants to drive Pringle off the golf course (Guardian) “American Mary-Adair Macaire aims to restore the struggling Scottish knitwear firm’s name for elegance.” From the Garage to the Runway (WSJ) “Little more than a year ago, 27-year-old Hannah Marshall spent most days at a garage in rural Essex, two hours outside London, working in a makeshift studio to create tight, sexy-sinister

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Comme at 40, Luxury turbulence, Oliver Sweeney rescued, Escada bond swap, Pringle to London

An advertisement in a Tokyo railway station, courtesy of The New York Times

Positive Energy: Comme at 40 (New York Times) “Comme des Garçons is marking its 40th anniversary by bringing out a guerrilla-style, temporary brand called “Black” that epitomizes the style, the inventiveness and the originality of its founder.” Luxury market faces turbulence: Hermès (Reuters) “Hermès believes turbulence could hit the global luxury goods industry for the next two years and has put some

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Lacroix seeks partner, Bamford and Pringle organize, Fast Retailing reports success, U.S. retail vacancies rise

Illustrations by Christian Lacroix recently showcased at the National Museum of Singapore

Fashion House Lacroix Seeks Partner (WSJ) “The owner of the iconic but unprofitable Christian Lacroix couture fashion house is in talks to sell a stake in the firm to private investors, people familiar with the matter said, as cutbacks by U.S. department stores take a toll on apparel designers.” Bamford, Pringle said to be restructuring (WWD) “Two British luxury labels—Bamford and Pringle of Scotland—are

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