Valli girls, Hermès hikes dividend, Tiffany sparkles, Shoptiques’ ambitions, Herb Ritts

Giambattista Valli | Source: France TV

Catering to the Valli Girls (NY Times) “Mr. Valli has worn the strand of natural pearls, which he said he purchased from a maharajah in India, ever since Luigi Scialanga, who does the jewelry for his shows, told him that ‘this is you, this is going to be your signature thing.’ Mr. Valli is all about a signature.” Hermès hikes dividend as 2011 profit jumps (Reuters) “France’s Hermès affirmed its

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Market Pulse | Throwing Caution to the Wind

Savigny Luxury Index January 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s been a strong start to 2012 for the luxury good sector, as equity markets made significant gains in January. Big news The Savigny Luxury Index (‘SLI’) outperformed the benchmark MSCI World Index (‘MSCI’) by 6 percentage points, gaining 11 percent over the month of January, relative to an increase of close to 5 percent for the MSCI. Investors have been exposed to continued good news.  Indeed

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Croc phenomenon, Tiffany loses lustre, Pre-Fall confusion, Moschino at LFW, Straight talking blogs

New breed of bloggers | Source: NY Times

How Crocs Moved from Fashion Trend to $1 Billion Phenom (Forbes) “If they weren’t exactly running out to buy a pair of those bulbous bright resin (please don’t say rubber) clogs sprinkled with holes, investors sure are clamoring to snap up stock in Crocs Inc (CROX). The company whose fugly footwear has been the foundation of its business just announced it expects its full-year revenue to exceed $1 billion for the first time

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Market Pulse | Strong Results Mask Market Jitters

Savigny Luxury Index November 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

  LONDON, United Kingdom — As the luxury and fashion sector enters the critical holiday shopping period on the back of strong results for the first half of the year, there are growing signs that executives are worried about what the future holds for the luxury market in 2012. Big news • This has been another month of record results for the luxury sector, with Hermès, Richemont, Ferragamo, Burberry, Tiffany, Prada and Ports all

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Dior by Demarchelier, Prada profits surge, Tiffany sales slow, Patricia Field’s way, Sean McGirr rising

Dior Couture by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Mama's Rolling Stone

Opening the Doors of Dior (NY Times) “Saint Laurent, Chanel, Dior: the names of the most famous Paris houses sort of dance off the tongue. Their histories defeat the idea that younger generations might be bored with old things. And a stream of books and films helps to assure that they won’t be. “Dior Couture” (Rizzoli), by the photographer Patrick Demarchelier, is far and away the most gorgeous book on the house…What

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Market Pulse | Bounce Back Amid Clouds

Savigny Luxury Index October 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The market roller coaster continues, but the luxury sector has once again outperformed the general market. While questions remain about the ability for China to sustain the growth of luxury brands, investors seem to be on side again, at least for now. Analysts remain divided about the future of the luxury sector in 2012, amid much macroeconomic uncertainty. Big news • Renewed confidence in the sector

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Web to print, PPR sees no slowdown, MaxMara’s design tour, Tiffany defends Louboutin, Rankin’s new magazine

Style.com/Print | Source: Fashion Snap

Finally, the Web at Hand (NY Times) “Next week, the first issue of a glossy magazine from the editors of Style.com, with the puzzling name of  Style.com/Print, will hit newsstands… Aside from the novelty factor of its origins, it is a surprisingly effective product, one that reads with a swiftness that is not unlike the experience of clicking through multiple screens at a time. The first 100 pages can be read in five

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Market Pulse | The Luxury Consumer Is Back

Savigny Luxury Index March 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — This month’s Market Pulse shows a continuing upward trend for luxury and fashion stocks versus the MSCI World market benchmark, erasing any lingering doubts about the return of the luxury consumer. Big news • Luxury brands have had an excellent start to the year reporting strong Q1 results. Double digit sales growth has been fuelled by continued strong growth in China and economic recovery in the US

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Ascher London relaunched, Galeries Lafayette to China, Hermès’ suitor, Tiffany ups forecast, Watching Latin America

Ascher printed floral mohair boucle for Cardin 1958 | Source: Telegraph

Ascher London is relaunched (Telegraph) “The once-legendary scarf brand Ascher was famous for its collaborations with the 20th century’s most illustrious artists. Now the founder’s grandson is setting out to revive the tradition.” Galeries Lafayette in Beijing return (FT) “The group said it expected its first store to open in Beijing in 2013… The announcement comes three years after Galeries

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