The China Edit | Taiwanese Shoemaker Takes on Paris, SuperGroup Expands, Lane Crawford’s Shanghai Flagship, Boost to Luxury Outlets

Ming Xi for Lane Crawford Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Lane Crawford

The China Edit is a weekly curation of the most important fashion business news and analysis from and about the world’s largest luxury market.

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Kid luxe, Bergdorf’s digital journey, SuperGroup co-founder exits, Instagram effect, Erin O’Connor

Burberry Childrenswear Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Burberry

Rich toddlers draw fashion designers’ eyes (Business Week) “Top fashion designers are pushing more expensive duds for the increasingly lucrative affluent toddler demographic. This fall, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, and Marni launched collections for the pint-sized.” Bergdorf Goodman’s Online Push (WWD) “The retailer’s digital journey began with YouTube in 2007, followed by Facebook and

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Cheap and cheerful, Tumi soars, Flash vs local, Supergroup profit warning, Tabitha Simmons

Gilt Groupe screen shot | Source: WWD

Uniqlo: Cheap and Very Cheerful (WSJ) “Uniqlo came into being as Unique Clothing Warehouse in Hiroshima in 1984. The company, founded by current group president Tadashi Yanai, was based on the tailoring store that Yanai’s father opened in 1949 in Yamaguchi… The company changed its name to Fast Retailing Co. in 1991 and, in what seems like self-fulfilling prophecy, is now one of Asia’s fastest-growing

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Couture dream, Lion Capital’s defence, Supergroup sales jump, Valentino runway debut, Sole man

Lanvin by But Sou Lai | Source: NY Times

The Inside Story of a Couture Dream in the Making (IHT) “Few dare to focus on a blank page, even if it has a gilded trim, or to imagine that a cover could be made from gros grain, with the texture of a couture dress and no sign of a title — until you find the names embossed on the gilding: ‘Lanvin’ and ‘Alber Elbaz.’… ‘I didn’t want to make it a retrospective, the beginning of the

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Steve Jobs’ legacy, Sea of change, Stubborn optimism, SuperGroup’s IT disaster, Kanye’s disappointment

Steve Jobs | Source: Wired.com

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011 (Wired.co.uk) “The full legacy of Steve Jobs will not be sorted out for a very long time. When employees first talked about Jobs’ “reality distortion field,” it was a pejorative — they were referring to the way that he got you to sign on to a false truth by the force of his conviction and charisma. But at a certain point the view of the world from Steve Jobs’ brain ceased to become distorted. It became

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Arnault’s evolving empire, SuperGroup hits back, Luxury stocks rising, Consumer choice, The Duchess sells

Bernard Arnault | Source: Fashion Pile

Bernard Arnault Rethinks the Cult of Fashion Gurus (Newsweek) “Arnault suggests it’s time for change, time to recast his global, glittering, status-laden empire as something else. The watchwords are: intimate, Old World, artful. And the timing feels right… After all, Arnault has learned that rock-star designers come and go. ‘A good product,’ he says, ‘can last forever.'” SuperGroup rebuts critics

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China’s new woman, Gilt teams with GQ, The role of Resort, SuperGroup bid speculation, Gaultier lands in Montreal

Chinese supergroup Wonder Girls for Chloé | Source: Luxuo

In China, Women Begin Splurging (WSJ) “‘Many people are inclined to believe that gentlemen are generously purchasing luxury gifts for women in China, but our observation is that the great majority [of the buyers] are women who have achieved great success in their business and are now rewarding themselves with the finer things in life.'” GQ, Gilt Groupe Team Up on E-Commerce Site (Ad Week) “Gilt Groupe’s Park

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Surprise satchel success, Fashion’s biggest name, New creatives at Cacharel, SuperGroup slides, CFDA winners

The fluorescent Batchel | Source: The Cambridge Satchel Company

British satchel maker takes fashion world by storm (Guardian) “A traditional chestnut-coloured unisex leather satchel, made in the UK by a mother-and-daughter team, has unexpectedly taken the fashion world by storm. The Cambridge Satchel Company has become 2011’s accidental multimillion-pound global hit, and is competing for popularity with international mega-league brands.” How Prada became the biggest name in

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Post-recession rich, Granjon talks AmEx, Multitasking machines, Supergroup sales slow, New statement shoes

Rodarte Spring Summer 2011 | Source: Rodarte

Post-Recession, the Rich Are Different (WSJ) “Bentleys and Hermès bags are selling again. Yet the wealthiest Americans are emerging from the financial downturn as different consumers than they were… What’s showing up in the latest research is a broad-based caution—a sudden aversion to salespeople, a tepid response to ads focused on brand images, and a new interest in price-shopping.” Vente Privée Founder

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Less is more, Mulberry Men’s, Asia inspires aesthetics, Superdry’s retail superboost, Anya’s record year

Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 presentation | Source: Nitrolicious

‘Less Is More’ Is Mattering Most (NY Times) “‘Why would you want to spend hundreds of thousands on a show when everybody’s on their BlackBerry and the clothes seem secondary… Intimacy, exclusivity and a chance to see the clothes: those are our priorities. We like exposure, but we want a more controlled exposure.'” Mulberry designer Emma Hill has men’s accessories in the bag (The Australian)

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Burberry takes control, Hello Tommy, Superdry boosts profits, H&M revenue weakens, LFW lineup

Burberry Autumn/Winter 2010 | Source: Burberry

Burberry to buy out Chinese franchises (FT) “[Burberry] said it would buy out its Chinese franchises in a £70m deal that will see it take direct control of its 50 stores on the mainland. The deal came in the same week China reported 10.3 per cent growth in the past quarter.” Hello Tommy (Vogue.com) “Tommy Hilfiger is adding a new lifestyle label to its repertoire, entitled Tommy. Aimed at twentysomething men and

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Republic deal, Zegna at 100, Superdry outlet in-house, Harrods degree, D&G mens serious business

Diesel Be Stupid S/S 2010 | Source: The Inspiration Room

TPG agrees 300 mln stg Republic fashion deal (Reuters) “U.S. buyout firm TPG [TPG.UL] is to buy British fashion retailer Republic in a deal worth about 300 million pounds ($445 million) from rival private equity house Change Capital Partners.” Zegna at 100: From the Alps to the World (IHT) “Ermenegildo Zegna — the company that celebrated its centennial Monday during Milan’s menswear week…is the incarnation

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New Look scraps IPO, Superdry flotation, H&M beats forecast, Models’ age-old issue, Horyn’s fashion future

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: style.com

New Look joins list of companies scrapping IPOs (Independent) “The fashion chain New Look yesterday became the third major company in as many days to scrap a planned stock market flotation, blaming the lack of appetite of potential investors.” Superdry owner SuperGroup plans stock-market flotation (Guardian) “SuperGroup, the fashion company behind the fast-growing Superdry label, is expected to unveil plans to

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