Breaking News | Richemont confirms acquisition of Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter homepage | Source: Net-a-Porter

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s official and finally confirmed. Net-a-Porter, the world’s pioneering and leading luxury ecommerce retailer has been acquired by Richemont, which was already the largest shareholder in Net-a-Porter prior to the announcement of the transaction this morning, valuing the business at a whopping £350m. Natalie Massenet, Net-a-Porter’s Founder and Executive Chairman has long been a friend

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Luxe M&A returns, Richemont and Net-a-Porter link up, Fashion Culture, Nilsson’s 9 lives, Sartorialist knockoff

Julianne Moore for Bulgari 2010 | Source: Bulgari

Luxury sector readies for increase in deals (Financial Chronicle) “Merger and acquisition activity in the luxury sector is set to rise after a twoyear hiatus, driven by a recovery in the sector, closer price agreement between buyers and sellers and the weaker euro.” Richemont seeks to buy UK’s Net-a-Porter (Reuters) “Swiss luxury goods maker Richemont is seeking to buy the 67 percent of UK online fashion

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Richemont to buy Net-a-Porter, PVH acquires Hilfiger, Prada’s maltreatment, Liberty bid, GenY luxe life

Chloé Jumpsuit on Net-a-porter.com | Source: Net-a-porter

Net-a-Porter is being acquired for up to £350m by Richemont (Telegraph) “The deal, expected to be completed this week, will see founder Natalie Massenet, a former fashion journalist, become at least £50m richer as Richemont acquires the remaining 70pc of the company it doesn’t already own.” Phillips-Van Heusen Acquires Hilfiger for $3 Billion (NY Times) “Phillips-Van Heusen, the clothing conglomerate that

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Revamping Richemont, China rules out luxury tax, Online boomers, Theyskens’ next act, Paris looks to the past

Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Ferragamo

Revamping Richemont’s Wardrobe Search The Source (WSJ) “A logical alternative to Prada, which has denied reports about selling a stake [to Richemont], would be Ferragamo, which has been mulling an IPO for a couple of years. The Italian company offers an opportunity for diversification–with a portfolio ranging from footwear and clothes to perfumes and accessories it could complement Richemont’s strengths.” MOF rules out

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Richemont recovery, Menswear’s positive signals, Discount sleight-of-hand, Oligarchs tested, Ford picture perfect

Cartier Panther | Source: Cartier

Richemont reveals recovery in demand (FT) “Richemont, the world’s second-biggest luxury goods group, on Monday reinforced signs of a recovery in demand for expensive watches, jewellery and accessories with Christmas sales well ahead of expectations.” Hopes for 2010 fashion recovery at Milan menswear (Reuters) “Many executives and designers at Milan’s menswear shows said they were looking ahead with guarded

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Richemont stake in Prada?, Frugality fatigue, UK’s strong holiday, Vuitton’s savoir-faire, Nicola Formichetti goes Gaga

Prada Autumn/Winter 2009 | Source: Prada

Luxury jewelry maker Richemont eyes Prada stake (New York Post) “Prada is close to a tie-up with Swiss watch and jewelry maker Richemont that could shake up the luxury landscape worldwide, sources told The Post. The Italian fashion house — whose ambitions to expand have been hampered for years by a crippling debt load — is nearing a deal to sell about a third of the cash-strapped label to Richemont.” Luxury

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Rupert helms Richemont, The new front row, Tom Ford’s focus, Prada pushes boundaries, Pratap weaves magic

Johann Rupert, CEO Richemont Group | Source: Connectingwatches

Rupert ready to resume the helm at Richemont (FT) “Johann Rupert said yesterday that he would retake the helm as chief executive of Richemont from April, indicating that the world’s second-largest luxury goods group still expected storms ahead.” Style bloggers take centre stage (FT) “Also on the front row… sits a slender, less familiar figure dressed in grey T-shirt, jewelled necklace and tuxedo

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Richemont reshuffles, Bally looks East, Bulgari back in black, Ungaro speaks out, Alexander Wang in profile

Richemont’s Rupert to Take Over as CEO; Profit Slumps (Bloomberg) “Richemont SA, the world’s largest jewelry maker, said Chairman Johann Rupert will replace Norbert Platt as chief executive officer in April, taking more control amid the deepest recession since the 1930s… Richemont’s first-half profit fell 60 percent.” In downturn, luxury brand Bally eyes Asia and beyond (Reuters) “Fresh from a makeover,

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CEO Talk | Christopher Colfer, Chief Executive Officer, Alfred Dunhill

Christopher Colfer, CEO, Alfred Dunhill | Source: Dunhill

LONDON, United Kingdom — In 1893, at the age of 21, Alfred Dunhill inherited his father’s saddlery business in London and slowly but surely transformed it into a global business spanning several categories including timepieces, automobile accessories and clothing. In this way, it was the first global luxury men’s brand, paving the way for brands like Ermengildo Zegna, Dior Homme and Tom Ford to follow in its footsteps

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Aquascutum sold, Fashion stimulus, Henry to Debenhams, Neiman Marcus Q4 down 23%, Richemont declines

Aquascutum A/W 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Aquascutum

Tillman Buys Storied Clothier Aquascutum (WSJ) “U.K. retail mogul Harold Tillman, chairman and majority owner of Jaeger Ltd., has purchased Aquascutum Group PLC, the luxury clothier and trench-coat maker that has dressed British elites from Margaret Thatcher to Sean Connery for 158 years.” Fashion elite tries on stimulus for size (FT) “The fashion industry in 13 countries will on Thursday attempt to do what

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Cavalli takes on investor, New Look soars, Sugar Inc. gets a cash injection, Richemont seeks sanction

Roberto Cavalli, courtesy of H&M

Cavalli agrees to sell 30 percent to Clessidra (Reuters) “Italian designer Roberto Cavalli has signed a letter of intent with Italian investment fund Clessidra to sell 30 percent of his fashion house.” New Look EBITDA soars 10 percent (Drapers) “Total group sales in the year to March 28, grew by 14.9 percent to £1.32 billion and EBITDA rose 10.2 percent to £217.6 million.” What Is Sugar, Inc. and Why Is It

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Richemont appoints Wikstrom, Burberry expands in the Americas, J. Crew drops, Della Valle and Saks

Jude Law for Dunhill 09, courtesy of Dunhill

Richemont Creates Post To Turn Around Ailing Brands (WSJ) “The world’s second-largest luxury company by sales named Martha Wikstrom, 52, head of a portfolio comprising most of Richemont’s less-prominent brands, including Alfred Dunhill and Lancel, which market so-called soft luxury goods such as leather and fashion.” Burberry eyes expansion in U.S. (Guardian) “While other retailers apply the brakes on

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