Best of British, Quality heritage, Saks beats estimates, Editorial investment, Future of prints

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

London fashion week showcases the best of British (Guardian) “This week Stella McCartney and Sarah Burton arrived on a catwalk previously ruled by Burberry and Christopher Kane, and yet it felt more like a celebration than a contest, because the strongest brand in London fashion is London itself.” UK manufacturing skills a lure for luxury brands (Reuters) “Britain’s fashion manufacturing is experiencing a

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Evolution of print, Luxury addresses CSR, Saks’ online push, Stella to show in London, Abraham Moon’s magic mills

Thinking, and Literally Looking, Very Big (IHT) “Of all the performer’s covers, this Visionaire production, with its photograph of a slinky, shimmering mermaid Gaga with a tar-covered fish tail, has to be the most flamboyant. The magazine is two meters high and 1.5 meters wide, or 6 feet high and 4.8 feet wide.” Luxury conquers its CSR fear (FT) “An interesting policy shift is creeping through the luxury industry:

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Plotting Mellon’s future, Hong Kong IPOs, Saks growth, $40m for Fashion & You, Fabien Baron’s philosophy

Tamara Mellon | Source: Mogulite

Tamara Mellon: write her off at your peril (Telegraph) “‘Jimmy Choo customers feel a strong affinity with her,’ says Emma Elwick-Bates, Vogue’s market editor. ‘She’s incredibly glamorous, but also a successful businesswoman and single mother. She ticks a lot of boxes.’ All of which makes the radio silence from Jimmy Choo following the rupture look a little like panic. This is not an ailing

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Fashion showmanship, Luxury sales firm, Superdry soars again, Hong Kong haberdashers, CDFA goes to Paris

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2005 | Source: Hapsical

Tents, but No Circus (NY Times) “But what the increasingly industrialized Fashion Week now signally lacks is a certain giddy excitement, the fanfare and promise of genius that were common in the days when you could still get close enough to it all to see the greasepaint and smell the sweat… Ms. Roitfeld claimed flatly that fashion is not much fun anymore. ‘It’s less light-hearted, less spontaneous,’ Ms.

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Brioni shock, Interpreting sustainable luxury, Slim’s Saks stake, Hong Kong retail precedent, Germany on the radar

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | Source: The Lux Beat

Brioni Shock (Vogue UK) “Brioni is ending its womenswear line, and its contract with the label’s creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Brioni’s manufacturing plant in Italy, which was dedicated to the production of the brand’s womenswear collections, will be shut down in September.” Why luxury goes hand in hand with sustainability (Guardian) “As social and environmental stresses increase

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Barneys’ new team, M-commerce on the rise, Saks warns of market turmoil, J.Crew arrives in Canada, Lisoka

Barneys' new team photographed by Jason Schmidt | Source: NY Mag

Barneys’ Fall Line (NY Magazine) “Like many of its clients, Barneys has had its ups, its downs, and its great many in-betweens, and it is, at right this very moment, engaged in that most New York of pursuits: a reinvention… Last summer, Mark Lee was hired as Barneys’ new CEO. His reputation is as golden as it gets in the fashion world: He’s spent his career in Europe occupying high-level positions at important fashion

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