Bits & Bytes is a weekly roundup of the most important news in the fast evolving fashion-tech space.
LONDON, United Kingdom — Barbadian singer Rihanna on Wednesday won a legal case against British fashion chain Topshop over the use of her image on T-shirts it sold without her approval.
Topshop’s Sir Philip Green: How he became king of the High Street (BBC News) “The moment Sir Philip Green finally ‘arrived’ was in the year 2000, when he bought the dowdy British Home Stores chain for £200m and rebranded it BHS. According to Stuart Lansley, his restless mind had spotted a beguiling new way to make money from the High Street…” Spain’s Inditex posts 27 pct rise in nine-month
Anatomy of a maison (AFR) “In the Medieval age, the sight of a towering spire signalled a city of splendour. Today, it is cathedrals of retailing that indicate metropolitan status in the global pecking order. The December 3 opening, not of another Louis Vuitton store – there are already 460 of those worldwide – but of a much grander Louis Vuitton ‘Maison’ (of which there are just 13) proves Sydney must be a very smart town
A Wish of E-Shoppers Everywhere, Now in China (WSJ) “FedEx Corp. delivery men will wait on the doorsteps of Chinese consumers while they inspect their purchases, try them on for size, and decide if the products are worthy of keeping or sending back… The goal is to draw more of that luxury spending online. It is also part of a larger trend of retailers offering special perks to impress upon China’s consumers they
LONDON, United Kingdom — Last year, the online fashion community in London was abuzz when Leon Bailey Green and London’s Independent newspaper co-published the ‘Online Fashion 100,’ a list of the most “Inspirational, Interesting, and Influential people in the Online Fashion Industry.” Today, BoF has the exclusive scoop on a few of the names that will appear on this year’s list, due to be
Arcadia profits soar (Retail Week) “Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group has reported a 13% rise in pre-tax profits, despite the recession. Young fashion brands Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge all had record years.” Harvey Nicks boss says luxury needs to evolve (Drapers) “Harvey Nichols chief executive Joseph Wan has warned the luxury sector will not recover from the global banking collapse for at least five years
Gap Revamping Old Navy, Seeking To Reclaim Mkt Share (WSJ) “Gap, which is the largest U.S. clothing chain, will remodel 50 Old Navy stores this year after a successful pilot in California, according to Chief Executive Glenn Murphy, speaking at a Piper Jaffray conference in New York Wednesday.” Rodarte: California dreamers put B-movies before business (Times) “Interest in the Mulleavy sisters and their fantastical