Jimmy Choo preps for IPO, Women lead recovery, Twitter talk, Holt Renfrew gets friendly, New faces

Jimmy Choo takes steps to possible IPO (FT) "The private equity owner of Jimmy Choo plans to appoint investment banks to advise on strategic options for the maker of stilettos for the stars, including a possible initial public offering valuing the company at about £500m." Affluent, Generous Young Women Lead Recovery (Marketing Daily) "When it comes to power-shopping our way toward economic recovery, a new report from American Express says well-heeled young women are leading the charge." Should luxury brands use twitter? (Luxury Society) "Luxury is an intricate web of emotions... can it be captured in 140 characters (and that too with a shortened link of some sort if the company is trying to drive some traffic to a specific…

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US retailers track the nation, Hermès’ Shang Xia, Mobile commerce trends, Twitter fails to click, Japan-India exchange

Banana Republic's "Mad About" Window | Source: Shop it to me

Fashion Nation: What Retailers Know About Us (WSJ) “By tracking customers’ spending habits, retailers get a bird’s-eye view of tastes as they ebb and flow. Online retailers, in particular, see every click we make. They know which brands we’ve peeked at, how long we pondered, and what we actually purchased.” 5 Things We Know About Hèrmes’ New China Brand, Shang Xia (Jing Daily) “Everything from

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The end of discounting, Italy’s brighter outlook, M&A activity to rise, Tweeting brands with respect, Rodarte’s future

Barney's Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Barney's

‘Get-It-Cheap Party’ for Luxury Goods Ends at Saks, Barneys (Bloomberg) “Luxury chains including Barney’s and Saks Inc. are selling costlier goods after scaling back discounts and promotions they offered to attract shoppers in the recession.” Outlook brightens for Italian luxury sector: study (AFP) “Prospects for Italy’s luxury goods sector are looking up thanks to strong sales forecasts in Asia, Latin

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CEO Talk | Robert Duffy, President, Marc Jacobs International

Robert Duffy | Photo: Robin Sinha

In our latest CEO Talk, Robert Duffy, longtime business partner of Marc Jacobs, speaks to BoF about the power of Twitter. NEW YORK, United States — When Robert Duffy posted his first-ever Tweet on 30 January, saying “Welcome Tweeties,” he had no idea what he was getting into. What happened in the weeks that followed is an excellent lesson for fashion executives everywhere: the best way to understand social media is to

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The Best of BoF | Top 10 Articles of 2009

Dolce and Gabbana Front Row Spring Summer 2010 | Source: New York Times

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s that time of year again. With over one million pageviews on BoF in 2009, it’s time to take stock of the year that was in a retrospective of the most popular articles from The Business of Fashion. Needless to say, 2009 was the year of social media in fashion and our top 10 list is reflective of the explosion of interest in fashion bloggers, social networks and the now ubiquitous Twitter.

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Shoes and bags endure, Catwalks a-twitter, Back to basics, Recession launches, Vuitton to Lebanon

Courtesy of Chanel

Shoes, bags prove staying power in luxury crisis (Reuters) “At the height of the luxury goods boom, launching a single successful “it” bag was enough to substantially alter a company’s profit outlook. Over the past week at the Paris fashion shows, buyers, designers and executives were hoping the same kind of accessories magic would help luxury firms weather the economic downturn.” World’s fashion

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Fashion 2.0 | New York Fashion Tweek

Fashiontweak.com homepage

NEW YORK, United States—Last season, the fashion flock embraced Twitter like never before, giving fashion consumers a captivating play-by-play from front rows and afterparties at fashion weeks from New York to Paris. Indeed, for a few days, New York Fashion Week became the 4th biggest trend on Twitter. Now, capitalizing on this momentum, a San Francisco-based publishing and advertising network has launched a website called

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Why is Fashion so Anti-social?

LONDON, United Kingdom — Facebook, Twitter, MySpace. Many large fashion brands have pages or accounts on at least one of the big three in social media. As a whole however, the fashion industry has been slow to embrace these tools — certainly a lot slower than their customers. Of the 38 tweeting fashion brands listed by WWD, only nine are based in Europe. Of those nine, Henry Holland is the only one not associated with a large

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The Business of Fashion | We are Dot-Com

The Business of Fashion in Vogue Korea, May 2008

LONDON, United Kingdom — It’s been awhile since our last BoF update. The past few months have been busy on our end, so forgive us for a solely BoF-focused post to keep you abreast of all the developments on our side in recent months, and to share a little about things to come in the months to come. We are dot-com: Probably the most noticeable change since our redesign in December is our new domain name:

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