NYFW ends on high note, Crafts lookout, M&A delay, Designing a catwalk show, Real Ted Baker

Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2013 by Jennifer S. Altman | Source: NY Times

Freed From the Constraints of Plaids and Stripes (NY Times) “Let’s get the mundane business out of the way: the Proenza designers stepped things up. They set off some new technical fireworks with woven leather (in a wonky geometric pattern) and silk-jacquard tweeds based on Gerhard Richter’s abstract paintings. They sharpened their low-riding silhouette.” European luxury groups on the lookout for crafts (Reuters)

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Behind Uniqlo, Inditex profit, Ted Baker growth strategy, Shang Xia’s Chineseness, Junya’s lace

Yuki Katsuta by Chad Ingraham | Source: WSJ

The Man Behind the Puffy Purple Coat (WSJ) “Mr. Katsuta is senior vice president of global research and design for Fast Retailing’s Uniqlo. Known for urbanized basics like T-shirts, sweaters and khakis, Uniqlo is one of the fastest-growing clothing chains in Asia. Mr. Katsuta joined the company in 2005 and now manages 100-plus designers based in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, directing them like the maestro of an

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Carine Roitfeld marks 30 years, Ted Baker up, Fashion and technology, Queen of the glossies, Pioneering Pernet

"Irreverent" by Carine Roitfeld | Source: NY Times

A Super-Stylish Vampire (IHT) “If the definition of a vampire is a pallid, blood-sucking monster with frightening fangs, Carine Roitfeld, former editor of French Vogue and a pivotal figure in the fashion world, does not seem to fit the bill… ‘Why a book — especially for someone like me who hates looking back?’ Ms. Roitfeld asked herself… ‘It marks 30 years. The end of a chapter is a good moment —

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Troubled American Apparel, Resort’s commercial power, Mulberry’s Asian growth spurt, Ted Baker upbeat, Craft and clout

American Apparel Summer 2010 | Source: American Apparel

Why American Apparel is going out of fashion (Independent) “After years of headlines about sexually charged advertising and accusations of sexual harassment on the part of the company’s eccentric founder, Dov Charney, American Apparel looks like it is going down the way it came up: in a blaze of controversy.” A Winter Break Is Now the Longest Season in Fashion (NY Times) “A resort collection used to be the

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Tory Burch sells stake, Shiny Media’s demise, Born by Ted Baker, Hermès to Brazil, Swine flu rocks confidence

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Tory Burch Sells Minority Stake to Tresalia (WWD) “Tory Burch has found a new partner. After a yearlong search for additional financing, the designer has sold a minority stake in her more than $200 million firm.” To view the video of Tory Burch’s Spring 2009 presentation click here. Shiny Media: my thoughts on its demise (Telegraph) Katie Lee, co-founder of Shiny Media, discusses the rise and fall of the

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CFDA upside, Ted Baker profits, Newgen winners announced, Crombie to save Aquascutum, Garment district dissolves

2009 CFDA winners Tim Hamilton, Justin Giunta and Alexander Wang

Do CFDA Winners’ Businesses Grow? (Forbes) “The backing of the Council of Fashion Designers of America confers recognition–but not always sales–to fledging designers.” Ted Baker Sales Rise; Profit to Shift to Second Half (Bloomberg) “Ted Baker Plc, the clothing company that dressed actor Daniel Craig as James Bond for ‘Casino Royale,’ said group sales gained 7.6 percent in the 19

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Sustainability in vogue, Ted Baker’s profits drop, Haute not out, Inditex sales up, Stella on ecology

Ted Baker advertising campaign | Source: Ted Baker

Sustainability is back in fashion (IHT) As the industry redefines the meaning of luxury, “Sustainability” and “Responsibility” have become the new buzz words. Ted Baker profits fall (Drapers) Ted Baker saw pre-tax profit fall 19.5% to £17.8 million for the 53 weeks ended January 31. In Fashion, Some Like It Haute (WSJ) “Economic crisis doesn’t mean the end of luxury. But while many brands have

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