Rousteing in at Balmain, Savile Row’s royal role, Cutting costs sustainably, Coach profit soars, Q&A: Sozzani

Olivier Rousteing | Source: Fashionologie

Olivier Rousteing Named New Designer at Balmain (T Magazine) “The new era at Paris’s sex-charged fashion house Balmain is beginning to take shape, with Olivier Rousteing being tapped as the label’s new designer. Rousteing, who joined Balmain in 2009 and is currently in charge of women’s wear.” Savile Row tailors on dressing the royal groom (Telegraph) “Last week, David Cameron briefly stole the limelight from Kate

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Bryanboy’s blogging trajectory, Eco-denim fades, Speaking Shang Xia, Men’s e-commerce, eBay’s fashion voice

BryanBoy | Illustration: Moises Quesada

Blogging from Manila to Milan (WSJ) “Bryan Grey-Yambao, a 24-year-old Filipino based in Manila, began blogging from his parents’ home in Manila in 2004. He is one of the biggest names among a new, increasingly influential crop of fashion bloggers — with their own commercial contracts, front-row seats at fashion shows and multipage spreads in magazines.” In Eco-Jeans, the Green Becomes Harder to Spot (New York Times)

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Google’s Boutiques.com, Chinese ‘grey’ luxury, Sustainable growth, Saks beats expectations, Tavi and Jane Pratt

Boutiques.com | Source: Boutiques.com

Google Debuts Fashion Shopping Site (NY Times) “In a deliberate collision between nerds and fashion mavens, Google has created a new e-commerce site that significantly improves how fashion is presented and sold online. The site, Boutiques.com… may also change how people shop for clothes.” Where Do China’s Luxury Purchases End Up? (Forbes) “While most agree that the newly affluent make some such purchases to

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Liz Claiborne’s rise and fall, Zero waste design, Bigging up bloggers, Fashion’s arty side, The Missoni dynasty

William L. McComb, CEO of Liz Claiborne Inc. | Source: Huffington Post

Targeting Younger Buyers, Liz Claiborne Hits Snag (WSJ) “In an effort to attract a younger audience, Mr. McComb decided to focus on the company’s contemporary brands with the most potential… But he made a series of strategic blunders… The decision to realign the company’s portfolio ‘was a disaster waiting to happen’.” Fashion Tries on Zero Waste Design (NY Times) “Zero-waste

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Seeking male shoppers, Chinese consumers value CSR, Luxe apparel spending lags, Green sneakers, Sewa success

Jack Spade Clothing and Accessories on Gilt | Source: Gilt Groupe

Wanted: Guy Shoppers for Fashion Sites (WSJ) “Online fashion shopping sites like Gilt Groupe and Rue La La have been a hit with women since launching over the last three years. A new push to get men to shop in these web boutiques is proving more difficult.” Foreign luxury companies take note: Chinese consumers favour CSR (FT) “A new study points to a more powerful tool: promoting corporate social responsibility.

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Uniqlo sales fall, Russian retailers to close, Sustainable footwear, Plus-sized social community, Autumn trends

Uniqlo S/S 2009 ad campaign, courtesy of Uniqlo

Uniqlo’s July sales falls 4.2 pct, hurt by weather (Reuters) “Fast Retailing said on Tuesday same-store sales at its Uniqlo casual-clothing chain in Japan fell 4.2 percent in July, the first drop in nine months, hit by unseasonably rainy weather.” One-Third of Russia’s Clothiers Are Going Bust, Exporters Say (Bloomberg) “A third of Russia’s 42,000 clothing retailers will close by the end of this

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PPR’s green film, Future of fashion shows, Gilt Groupe’s capital, Luxury in the Hamptons, BRC “Consumer Advocate”

U.S. 2010 Olympic dress, by Polo Ralph Lauren

Luxury-Goods Makers Brandish Green Credentials (WSJ) “The bad economy and a fundamental shift in the market for luxury goods are forcing an industry that reveres names like Chanel and Versace to embrace a different icon: Mother Nature.” See video here. If You Gave a Fashion Show and No One Came… (WSJ) “Until a few years ago, the magazine editors and retailers who attended runway shows closely guarded access

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Sustainable Luxury | An issue not to be ignored

[caption id="attachment_3333" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Dries Van Noten, courtesy of IHT"][/caption] It's day two of the BoF India Fashion Week and today we turn our attention to Sustainable Luxury, the theme of the most recent IHT Luxury Conference, held this year in India, home of age-old craftsmanship and artisanale traditions. NEW DELHI, India — "What does an economic collapse and a terrorist attack have to do with sustainable luxury?" Everything, strategist and author Jem Bendell suggested as he addressed the attendees of the International Herald Tribune's annual conference on Luxury held last week. The event was re-scheduled from December of last year, due to the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. The topic for this year's conference was Sustainable Luxury—a phrase whose meaning…

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