Ethical fashion gets social, Push to ease rules for UK visas, Executive switcheroos, Saks’ leadership, Yohji as himself

Looks from the IOU project | SourceL IOU

Ethical fashion weaves in social media (CNN) “With each piece of clothing there is a link called “This item’s journey” that leads to pictures and profiles of the weaver who created the fabric and of the artisan who cut the material and created the design. Using the IOU Project’s iPhone app, you can take a photo of the QR code to pull that story up again.” Luxury stores urge UK to issue more

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Sleek luxe in Milan, Kiddie couturiers, Saks turns a profit, Chatting with Della Valle, Event producers in focus

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2011 details | Source: Style.com

Sleek and Luxe (IHT) “‘I wanted to play with color, a little of the 1970s and a lot of irony,’ said Ms. Giannini backstage, after the parade of fabulous Ms. Fox furs in turquoise, purple, rust and lilac wrapped around the shoulders above slim leather dresses or those sporty jackets with pleated culotte skirts that looked a lot like Yves Saint Laurent archives updated.” The Kiddie Couturiers (NY Times)

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Pop-up retail goes mobile, Upmarket apps, Della Valle ups Saks stake, Back to basics, Season’s top new models

RRR, available on Facebook | Source: Rachel Rachel Roy

Pop-up mobile for luxury retail (Mobiluxe) “One of the inherent values of the mobile medium for marketers is the very personal nature of the smartphone device itself… This creates a plethora of unique engagement opportunities for luxury brands… [to] re-create the feeling of uniqueness historically inherent in shoppers’ experience with the brand.” Apps Go Upmarket (Ad Week) “A new report from the Luxury

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Luxury leads recovery, Asos launches US site, Italians invest in India, Fast Retailing sees decline, Runway top ten

Neiman Marcus, Boston | Source: ICSC

US luxury stores outperform rest of retail sector (FT) “US luxury department stores outperformed the rest of the retail sector during September, underlining the extent to which more prosperous shoppers are leading the recovery in consumer spending.” Asos launches US site (Retail Week) “Asos is promoting the new website, Us.asos.com, by giving US customers free delivery. It plans to launch French and German

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Asian acquirers, Outsourcing truths, Saks shares surge on bid talk, Boomers get social, McQueen memorial

Relocated labels (FT) “From individual consumers of luxury goods, the Chinese and Indians have become consumers of luxury companies, in a shift that has far-reaching implications for the $80bn (€63bn, £52bn) a year industry.” When luxury brands outsource, should they tell? (Today) “Italy’s Parliament has passed a law that [requires] manufacturers be able to prove that their products were primarily made in

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Betting on E-commerce, Painting Pringle, Sak’s Sadove sits down, Bar code check-in, Saboteur’s geek chic

Handmade apparel on Etsy by Qinliumei | Source: Etsy

Why e-commerce IPOs will soon be the smarter buy (Venture Beat) “In Silicon Valley, market-watchers are looking to digital media in its many forms — social networks, tablet apps, user-generated content — to revive the IPO market… But there’s a smarter bet for investors: e-commerce.” Pringle of Scotland: painting by jumpers (Telegraph) “To celebrate Pringle’s 195th birthday, it has partnered with the

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Jaeger eyes expansion, Saks recovery, Sykes for Aquascutum, Ad pages up and down, Maison Martin Margiela exhibit

Jaeger Summer 2010 | Source: Jaeger

Jaeger says sales picking up, eyes expansion (Reuters) “British luxury brand Jaeger has seen a strong pick up in sales in recent weeks, it said on Wednesday as it posted a 16 percent rise in annual earnings and outlined plans to expand internationally and online.” Saks recovers with stronger merchandising, consumer appeal (Medill Reports) “Luxury department store Saks Inc. recovered from a year-ago loss to post a

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Digital retail, Google wins EU ruling, Saks to shutter weak doors, Indian mass fashion, Weight and wellness

Jeremy Renner in Esquire's Augmented Reality Fashion Spread | Source: Esquire

Luxury brands focus on digital retail experience (Marketing) “Brands and high-end retailers, including House of Fraser and Selfridges, are preparing to launch virtual shopping experiences using cutting-edge digital technologies.” Google wins EU ruling in fake luxury goods case (AP) “Google Inc. won a key European Union court ruling Tuesday that says it did not violate luxury goods trademarks by allowing

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Acquisition frenzy, Bulgari posts loss, Moody’s upgrades Saks, Liberty agrees flagship sale, Russian luxury declines

Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Tommy Hilfiger

A big takeover brings cheer to gloomy fashion retailing (Economist) “PVH’s acquisition of Tommy Hilfiger has aroused widespread interest, because it is a sign of life in an ailing industry. Analysts are predicting that more deals will follow this year. The cutbacks fashion companies have made in the past two years have left some of them with cash to spend on takeovers.” Cost-cuts take shine off Bulgari (FT)

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