GAP buys Intermix, Investing in luxury, Burch Lawsuit ends, MBAs in ecommerce, CFDA calling

Intermix store | Source: The Real Deal

Gap to Buy Luxury Retailer Intermix (WSJ) “Gap Inc. is buying women’s fashion boutique Intermix Inc. for $130 million, a deal that will give the mostly casual-clothes retailer an opening to the all-important luxury market.” Is it time to invest in a little luxury? (Telegraph) “Luxury goods companies were the height of investment fashion in the spring, as their profits soared on demand from brand-hungry

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The Best of BoF | Top Articles of 2012

Best of BoF 2012

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s that time again when we take a look back at the people, places and innovations that have defined the year in the business of fashion. And what a year it’s been. From the debuts of new heavyweight designers at megabrands Dior and Yves Saint Laurent to the flurry of digital innovations and the rising markets of India, China and Brazil, we’ve covered it all. It was also a particularly special year for

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Week in Review | Against Fast Fashion Collaborations, Joe Fresh’s approach, Leutton Postle

Week in Review November 12-16

Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations (Opinion) “These underlying commercial motives are often obscured, however, by a ubiquitous but pernicious phrase: ‘the democratisation of fashion.’ Whoever coined the term is surely the marketing genius of the 21st century. On the face of it, who can argue that ‘the democratisation of fashion’ isn’t a good thing?” Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach (Intelligence)

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Ex factor, Nigerian catwalks, Hong Kong real estate, Emerging retail, Greg Chait wins

Tory and Chris Burch | Source: Business Week

Tory Burch’s Ex Factor (Vanity Fair) “In a brief eight years, Tory Burch has become one of fashion’s biggest names, the golden girl with the golden brand. Is it thanks to, or in spite of, her former husband Chris Burch, who has launched his own, Tory-esque line of shops, C. Wonder, while still sitting on her company’s board?” Nigeria, on the Fashion Catwalk (IHT) “The Nigerian people, upbeat and enthusiastic,

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DVF’s decade, Burberry profits decline, Burch vs Burch, Roitfeld talks, Vogue Hommes folds

Diane von Furstenberg by Patrick Demarchelier | Source: Interview Magazine

Icon of the Decade | the 1970s Diane von Furstenberg (W Magazine) “At 65, Diane von Furstenberg still embodies sultry beauty and feminine power. She is womanly, sensual, and utterly bien dans sa peau as she lounges on a sofa in her office on West 14th Street in Manhattan, portraits and murals and photographs of her in all her feline splendor staring down from the walls.” Burberry profits cut by move into perfumes (FT)

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Week in Review | Tory Burch thinks long term, Andrew Rosen philosophy, Rag & Bone’s focus

Week in Review September 10-14

CEO Talk | Andrew Rosen, Chief Executive Officer, Theory (CEO Talk) “American fashion mogul Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory and Helmut Lang and an investor in several of New York’s most exciting labels, including Proenza Schouler and Rag & Bone, learned the ropes from his father, Carl Rosen, a successful garmento and former chief executive of Seventh Avenue dressmaker Puritan Fashions.” First Person | Tory Burch Says

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Tory Burch Says Work Hard, Think Long Term and Be Patient

Tory Burch | Photo: Patrick Demarchelier

NEW YORK, United States — “There were a lot of people doubting what we were doing in the beginning,” Tory Burch, both creative director and chief executive of her eponymous fashion company, told BoF on the eve of her Spring/Summer 2013 show. “I’m an information gatherer, I like hearing what people feel and think, but at the end of the day, you have to believe in yourself and go with your instinct and gut.” With neither traditional

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Holiday collaboration, KCD and Spring deal, Burberry sales slow, Fashion duel, Canadian incubator

Target and Neiman Marcus | Source: Modern Eve

Target Teams Up With Neiman Marcus to Create a Holiday Sales Smash (Forbes) “You don’t need to be a fashion slave to understand that the newly announced partnership between Neiman Marcus and Target is going to produce a collection that will send holiday shoppers thronging to both stores.” KCD, Spring Form Strategic Partnership (WWD) “KCD, the well-known public relations and events agency, and Spring, the

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Return of Jil Sander, London energy, Tory goes big in digital, J.W. brandman, New supermodels?

Jil Sander | Source: My Daily

Jil Sander Remodels for Her Comeback (IHT) “Last weekend, Jil Sander left her native Hamburg for Milan where, on Saturday, she will show her first collection in seven years for the brand that bears her name.” Shorts Reign in a Men’s Wear Jubilee (IHT) “The first stand-alone British men’s wear shows that the prince was lauding developed into three packed days of presentations this past weekend that played out

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Ghesquière’s futuristic fashion, Chris Burch departs, Philophiles, Upcycling and ethics, Lanvin celebration

Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

Balenciaga: A Fantastic Futurist (NY Times) “The show was Balenciaga’s version of workplace clothes for the 21st century. And from the service personnel at the entrance, in sweaters slashed with a graphic line, to the I.T. department, in serviceable jumpsuits, the result was a faultless parade from a fantastic futurist.” Chris Burch Steps Down As Co-Chair of Tory Burch (The Cut) “We can confirm that Chis Burch has

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Celebrating 5 Years of The Business of Fashion

NEW YORK, United States — On Tuesday evening, fashion creatives, executives, and entrepreneurs from all over the world joined me and the BoF team to celebrate our 5th Anniversary with a birthday bash at the Hotel Americano, co-hosted by Phillip Lim and Julie Gilhart. To be surrounded by so many of our friends and supporters who have helped BoF become what it is today was a very special occasion indeed. So, to mark this important

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Luxury in Chengdu, Tory Burch sets stage for IPO, Unstable spending, Nordstrom’s alias, Andrej Pejic’s story

Marion Cotillard for Lady Dior | Source: Luxuo

Chasing Luxury Dreams – A Tale from Chengdu (Forbes) “It’s one thing that the Chinese government spearheads infrastructure projects such as massive railway development; it’s another thing that it promotes luxury consumption. Yes, that is exactly what the government of Chengdu, a second-tier city in south-west China, has proudly done… According to Chengdu Retail Industry Association, Chengdu is home to 80 percent of international

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Toasting Fred Hayman, Prada IPO over subscribed, Fashion victory, Philip Treacy on Ascot, CSM’s big move

The Fred Hayman Place sign, Los Angeles | Source: Fred Hayman Archives

Fred Hayman: The man behind Rodeo Drive (LA Times) “He’s been called the godfather of Rodeo Drive. And it’s not all hyperbole. Before Beverly Hills was the land of designer logos… Hayman was an architect of luxury in Los Angeles, bringing high fashion, a social shopping atmosphere and white glove service to what was still a sleepy main street when he went into retail in 1967.” Prada IPO five times

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