ZURICH, Switzerland — While Richemont last week reported a 30 percent gain in annual profit as shoppers spent more on its Cartier jewelry and IWC watches, leather goods and fashion brands such as Lancel and Chloé have struggled. Earnings at Richemont’s so-called soft luxury unit fell by more than half in the last fiscal year.
LONDON, United Kingdom — Martha 'Marty' Wikstrom, chief executive of fashion and accessories at Compagnie Financière Richemont, has resigned from her post, the luxury group announced today. Richemont is the Swiss parent company of fashion, jewellery and watchmaking companies including Dunhill, Chloé, Cartier and Piaget.
PARIS, France — Growth in sales of luxury goods is expected to ease slightly this year, hit by subdued spending in Europe and slower growth in China, consultancy Bain & Co said in a study on Thursday.
ZURICH, Switzerland — Richemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the world's second-largest luxury goods group in the hands of a recently-named joint chief executive team.
LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 1.5 percent in April, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost two percentage points. Luxury spending in Europe has been hit by a drop in tourist demand, as well as price increases by brands seeking wider margins. The unusually cold weather, particularly in March, also contributed to weak demand for Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections.
BoF distills recent fashion stories from the French media.
ZURICH, Switzerland — Cie. Financiere Richemont SA, the maker of Cartier jewelry and IWC watches, said full-year net income rose about 30 percent, boosted by favorable exchange rates. Operating profit rose about 18 percent in the year through March as sales rose 14 percent, the Geneva-based company said today in a statement. Revenue rose 9 percent excluding currency shifts. The company said Swiss stock exchange rules required the announcement and the company will report full results on May 16. By: Janice Kew; Editors: Thomas Mulier, Tom Lavell
BoF editor-in-chief Imran Amed recaps the week in the business of fashion.
As money pours into fashion-tech start-ups, at sky high valuations, BoF talks to leading investors to assess the existence of a bubble and understand what separates winning investments from those that are failing.