Market Pulse | Stormy Weather

Savigny Luxury Index August 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Hurricane Irene wasn’t the only storm wreaking havoc during the month of August. The financial markets were also stormy. Ongoing economic uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic had investors in a panic, and luxury stocks were were hit hard, though they bounced back towards the end of the month. Big news • August, which is a typically quiet month, has seen some high trading volumes driving

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Ralph’s American dream, Hermès battle continues, Flash sites a boon to new designers, Collecting time, Judith Leiber

Karl Lagerfeld comic, by Johnny Ryan | Source: VICE

Oprah salutes Ralph Lauren and the American dream (LA Times) “So few people, in these starkly striated economic times, during which the barriers between classes have become more insurmountable than ever, get to traverse the chasms of culture and economy that have been leapt by Winfrey and Lauren.” Hermès Ownership Battle Continues (Epoch Times) “The controversial takeover of Hermès by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis

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Fashion’s self-obsession, Burberry bid talk, Prada IPO delayed (again), Fashion-Business faux pas, Open Vogue

Vionnet, Then and Now | Source: PSFK

Is  Fashion In Danger Of Going The Same Way As The Ad Industry? (PSFK) “Sharing the inner workings of the business and marketing of fashion is pop culture these days, behind the scenes interviews, makings of, documentaries, buy from the runway etc. Cleverly marketing the marketing of fashion in consumer culture, or, an industry talking to itself?” Burberry bid talk continues despite price label (FT) “Could the

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Digital Scorecard | Ralph Lauren 4D Projection Mapping

Ralph Lauren 4D at New Bond Street | Photo: Imran Amed

NEW YORK, United States — Last night, two of Ralph Lauren’s flagship stores — the recently opened 888 Madison Avenue and the venerable 1 New Bond Street — became towering, real world canvases for an extraordinary “digital extravaganza,” designed to conjure up and communicate the world of Ralph Lauren at epic scale, demonstrate the brand’s dedication to digital innovation, and celebrate the launch of the company’s “digital flagship”

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The trouble with Italian fashion, Dusting off Loewe, PRL looks abroad, Revamping Liz, Bunmi Olaye’s big break

Detail, double breasted Luciano Barbera suit | Source: The Satorialist

Is Italy Too Italian? (NY Times) “The bolts of wool and cashmere produced at [Carlo Barbera] mill, can indeed be described as high performance, among the finest in the world… The financial performance of the mill that creates this fabric, on the other hand, is far from stellar.” Spanish Brand Focuses on Functionality as It Re-Enters the U.S. (WSJ) “From 2005 to 2007, Stuart Vevers was known for creating

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Ralph Lauren takes on Paris, Uniqlo’s sets 5th Avenue rent record, Outnet demand, Prada lawsuit, Spazio Fendi

Ralph Lauren | Source: American Book Center

Ralph Lauren: New in an Old World (IHT) “Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Élysée Palace, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the American legend Ralph Lauren held a mutual admiration society.” New York’s Fifth Ave. Sets Record with Uniqlo Lease (Bloomberg) “New York’s Fifth Avenue is claiming a city retail record: Japanese clothier Uniqlo agreed to pay $300 million over 15 years to bring its affordable

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Why Brands Should Focus on Mobile Web, Not Mobile Apps

Mobile Screenshot, RUGBY by Ralph Lauren | Source:

With smartphone adoption rates higher than ever, there has recently been a flurry of activity from fashion brands focused on developing and deploying mobile applications. Today, luxury brands like Hermès, Chanel and Gucci have mobile apps for Apple’s popular iPhone. But far less attention has been paid to developing Mobile Web sites. In this guest post, our friends at PercentMobile explain why investing in the Mobile Web can often

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YSL’s fashionless film, Spending quietly, Escada’s rebirth, Ralph Lauren’s mobile magic, A question of heritage

Charging Bull by Arturo Di Modicae | Source: paoladifraia

YSL and a Naked Screen (IHT) “With social networking the subject of the moment, Yves Saint Laurent made a bold decision to link its men’s wear to a new generation…But viewers won’t be getting even a glimpse of the perfectly cut coats, the jackets with a tendency to be rounded up at the base of the spine or even the drop-crotch pants that are a favorite of the designer, Stefano Pilati.” Ready to Spend, but Not to

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China and luxury cachet, Rugby’s online runway, Inditex push in Asia, Mulberry magic, Bonus tax blues?

Rugby's Make Your Own Fashion Show | Source: Rugby

European Luxury Goods Risk Cachet With China Focus (Bloomberg) “European luxury brands are risking their cachet and alienating Western shoppers by changing designs to appeal to the Chinese market, according to Tyler Brûlé , the London-based design consultant and editor of Monocle magazine.” Will Fashion’s Biggest Names Kiss the Runway Goodbye? (Time) “On Dec. 11, Rugby, Ralph Lauren’s collegiate brand,

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