Has Private Equity Learned Its Lesson on Fashion Investments?

Valentino spring/summer 2014 campaign | Source: Valentino

Current market reports indicate that private equity firm Permira Advisers is aiming to sell its majority stake in Hugo Boss and re-opening talks to invest in Roberto Cavalli. What lessons can private equity firms learn from the company’s last major fashion investment?

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Sources Say Roberto Cavalli Nearing €450 Million Sale to Permira

Roberto Cavalli 2014 | Source: Cavalli

LONDON, United Kingdom — Italian designer Roberto Cavalli is in advanced talks to sell a majority stake in his eponymous fashion house to London-based buyout firm Permira in a sale worth about 450 million euros ($621 million), four sources close to the deal told Reuters.

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Diesel Owner Keeps Cavalli Option Open Amid Push for Purchases

Roberto Cavalli's Autumn/Winter Campaign | Source: Roberto Cavalli

BREGANZE, Italy — The Italian owner of jeans maker Diesel SpA declined to rule out a move for Roberto Cavalli as it seeks to add to its roster of fashion brands and position itself as an “alternative to luxury” group.

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Photo Diary | MFW, Days 3-4: Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Jil Sander, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli

Pucci S/S 2014 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — As Milan Fashion Week continues, our trusty contributing photographer Sonny Vandevelde provides us with behind-the-scenes photos from the Pucci, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Jil Sander, Trussardi, Roberto Cavalli and Emporio Armani shows.

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Cavalli Rules Out Sale Amid Renewed Investor Interest in Luxury

Just Cavalli A/W 2013 | Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

MILAN, Italy — Cavalli Group, the Italian fashion house that dressed actress Jennifer Hudson at the Oscars, ruled out selling a stake any time soon, resisting interest from industry buyers, wealthy families and private-equity firms.

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