Market Pulse | Back in the Tourist Business

Savigny Luxury Index August 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) gained 5.5 percent in August, outperforming the benchmark MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by over four percentage points.  Strong results by sector leaders confirmed continued growth in Asia and increased tourist spending in Europe, thanks in part to a weaker euro. Big news Richemont, Hermès, Prada, Tod’s, Michael Kors and Ferragamo all confirmed a healthy outlook for 2012, driven

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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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Burberry tech team, Atwood acquired, Tourist shoppers, Facebook’s Open Graph, Xander Zhou

Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts: High tech’s fashion model (Fortune) “Ahrendts has been boldly reinventing Burberry’s image and operations since she arrived at the British company six years ago. Her moves have paid off handsomely: Annual sales of some $3 billion are more than double 2007 levels, and the stock has returned nearly 300% since Ahrendts’ arrival.” Jones Group tries on new shoes

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The Week in Review | Contemplating the New Aesthetic, Curated commerce, Inez and Vinoodh, Introducing Edeline Lee

The Week in Review, 14-19 May 2012

Is Fashion Ready for a New Aesthetic? (Intelligence) “Over the past year, a loose group of creatives in London’s East End have given birth to a counter-narrative to the growing tide of heritage and nostalgia, examining the reality of our increasingly artificial and technology-mediated world head-on.” Commerce That’s Curated Just for You (Fashion 2.0) “Ambitious start-ups are aiming to offer consumers more sophisticated personalised

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Richemont beats estimates, Brazil rising, Sportswear gold, My-wardobe in Asia, After J.Crew

Richemont CEO Johann Rupert | Source: Connecting Watches

Richemont Full-Year Profit Beats Estimates on Asian Sales (Bloomberg) “Richemont, the second-biggest luxury goods company, reported full-year profit that beat analysts’ estimates as sales were boosted by buoyant demand for high-end goods in the Asia-Pacific region. Net income climbed 43 percent to 1.54 billion euros ($1.96 billion) in the 12 months through March 31, the Geneva-based company said today in a statement.”

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JC Penney’s big loss, Richemont optimism, Millennial spend, Alexis Bittar expands, Jess Hallett

JCPenney campaign with Cindy Crawford | Source: Adrants

J. C. Penney Posts Big Loss as 3 Retailers Gain (NY Times) “While retailers including Home Depot, Saks Fifth Avenue and TJX Companies reported solid profits on Tuesday, J. C. Penney, in the midst of an ambitious turnaround plan, posted a big loss and said its quarterly sales had dropped 20 percent.” Strong Asia demand keeps Richemont optimistic (Reuters) “Richemont, the world’s second-largest luxury goods

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Market Pulse | Status Quo

Savigny Luxury Index March 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) traded in a relatively narrow bandwidth this month, slipping 0.3 percent, whilst the benchmark MSCI World Index (MSCI) edged up 0.2 percent. Worries over a slowdown in China were offset by yet another string of exceptional results announcements, resulting in a status quo for the month of March. Big news The sector has been awash with strong results announcements with Prada,

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Market Pulse | Throwing Caution to the Wind

Savigny Luxury Index January 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s been a strong start to 2012 for the luxury good sector, as equity markets made significant gains in January. Big news The Savigny Luxury Index (‘SLI’) outperformed the benchmark MSCI World Index (‘MSCI’) by 6 percentage points, gaining 11 percent over the month of January, relative to an increase of close to 5 percent for the MSCI. Investors have been exposed to continued good news.  Indeed

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Canada’s fashion wave, Ready-to-war, Italian optimism, Richemont sales rise, Prada star power

Joe Fresh Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Mens Models Talk

New wave of Canadian fashion brands is looking to build a worldwide presence (FT) “Canada has many assets – commodities, natural resources, space, poutines – but most people would not count fashion among them… Yes, the Canadians are coming. And no, it’s not all lumberjack shirts and ice hockey jerseys. Their arrival marks a sense of maturity for retailers on both sides of the border.” France and Italy:

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Market Pulse | Strong Results Mask Market Jitters

Savigny Luxury Index November 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

  LONDON, United Kingdom — As the luxury and fashion sector enters the critical holiday shopping period on the back of strong results for the first half of the year, there are growing signs that executives are worried about what the future holds for the luxury market in 2012. Big news • This has been another month of record results for the luxury sector, with Hermès, Richemont, Ferragamo, Burberry, Tiffany, Prada and Ports all

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Akris’ discreet charm, PPR invests in The Fancy, Richemont cautious, Nordstrom disappoints, Versace’s bright idea

Albert Kriemler of Akris | Source: Estilo Moda

The Discreet Charm of Akris (WSJ) “Perhaps it is Kriemler’s understated, reluctant approach to anything overt or loud—fashionable or otherwise—that attracts women as powerful and talented as Condoleezza Rice, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman to his clothes… Kriemler works extensively with artisans from Akris’s hometown of St. Gallen. The town is renown in the business for its skilled

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NYFW 10 years on, Richemont sales rise, The move to Lincoln Center, Virtual closets, Diana Vreeland

Tory Burch | Source: Accessories Magazine

Fashion Week, 10 Years Later: A Bond Forged in Tragedy (NY Times) “It is but a small footnote to history that the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened on what was to have been the fourth day of New York Fashion Week for the spring 2002 season… In the days that followed, many designers, as they struggled to make sense of their world and resume the daily business of fashion, arranged simple presentations… But for the

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Market Pulse | Strong results fuel sector growth before tailspin in early August

Savigny Luxury Index July 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Over the past few days, international markets have plummeted in the face of growing uncertainty about the global economy, in particular the debt crisis in Europe and the downgrade of US treasuries by Standard & Poors. In this month’s Market Pulse, we analyse the market’s strong performance in July and provide a market update from the first few days of August. Big news • H1 results beat

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