Luxury brand hotels, Zara’s speedy secret, Uniqlo ambition, Ideeli investment, Game time

Aldo Shoe Paradise | Source: Aldo

Hautel Check-In: Luxury Labels Extend Brands to Hotels (Brand Channel) “The U.S. economy is sputtering, and the European continent isn’t looking very bullish at the moment. But none of this seems to be terribly concerning to the luxury hotel market. There has been a spate of recent openings — hotel extensions of luxury brands — to prove it.” Polka Dots Are In? Polka Dots It Is! (Slate) “If you’ve ever

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Loewe’s trajectory, Burberry rising, Vuitton’s top spot, Uniqlo expands, Prada and Polanski

Backstage at Loewe Fall/Winter 2012⎮Source: Wonderland Magazine

Spain’s got talent (Telegraph) “Stuart Vevers and Lisa Montague, the British duo who set Mulberry on the road to global superstardom, have taken their recipe to Loewe, the luxury heritage brand based in Madrid. Will it taste as sweet?” Burberry to invest in new, bigger stores (Reuters) “British luxury brand Burberry posted a 26 percent jump in profit as expected and said it would invest up to 200 million

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Cheap and cheerful, Tumi soars, Flash vs local, Supergroup profit warning, Tabitha Simmons

Gilt Groupe screen shot | Source: WWD

Uniqlo: Cheap and Very Cheerful (WSJ) “Uniqlo came into being as Unique Clothing Warehouse in Hiroshima in 1984. The company, founded by current group president Tadashi Yanai, was based on the tailoring store that Yanai’s father opened in 1949 in Yamaguchi… The company changed its name to Fast Retailing Co. in 1991 and, in what seems like self-fulfilling prophecy, is now one of Asia’s fastest-growing

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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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Yves Carcelle to exit Louis Vuitton, Split personality, Hermès shares suspended, Uniqlo global, Condé Nast college

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2011 by Steven Meisel | Source: Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton picks Constans as new chief (FT) “Yves Carcelle, chief executive of Louis Vuitton, will stand aside at the end of the next year to be replaced by Jordi Constans, a senior executive of Danone, the French yoghurt group. The move, announced by Louis Vuitton’s parent company LVMH on Wednesday, reflects a trend among luxury goods groups to hire senior executives from the consumer goods industry as their rapid

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Mining luxury in Mongolia, Surfer dudes in Paris, Made in China, Uniqlo and Jil Sander to part ways, Cardin’s world

The Luxury Frontier (WSJ) “What happens when a country previously hindered by vastness and foreign rule awakens to wealth on its doorstep? With Louis Vuitton on one corner and one of the world’s largest gold deposits down the road, the previously nomadic society of Mongolia is putting down some rich roots.” Paris Men’s: Dude Surfers (On the Runway) “The Paris men’s shows could always surprise with a great

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Lanvin’s fast fashion couture, Coach conquers Europe, Footwear News power list, Uniqlo sales dip, WWD at 100

H&M Champs Elysées | Source: Superfuture

Fast Fashion Meets Couture in Paris (IHT) “H&M has a particular reason to welcome the [Lanvin] collection to Paris: a new 2,800-square meter… store on the Champs-Élysées, designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel — the first time a ‘fast fashion’ chain has followed the architectural route.” Coach Gallops Into Europe (IHT) “Mr. Frankfort, chairman and CEO of the American accessories

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Jil Sander’s Uniqlo glow, Theyskens in the middle, Overdiversification risks, Versace banks on 2011, CFDA awards

Jil Sander Bathes in the Glow of Uniqlo (NY Times) “This sensitive yet strong woman, trained as a textile expert, created a fashion house… and listed her company on the Frankfurt stock exchange… The fact that she walked out twice on Prada… is part of 21st-century fashion legend.” Taking the High Cost Out of Haute Couture (IHT) “In the spirit of the Jil Sander/Uniqlo collaboration — but at a

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The Rise of Smart Fashion

Projects by the Textile Futures Research Group | Source- tfrg.org.uk

NEW YORK, United States — At the Met Ball held earlier this month in New York, singer and songwriter Katy Perry walked the red carpet in a gown made from silk chiffon and over 3000 glowing LEDs that changed colour from blue to pink to yellow to green. Created by London-based firm CuteCircuit, Perry’s gown assured her a lot of publicity. But the coming integration of fashion and technology is about more than making a visual

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Louboutin takes a stand, Macy’s returns to profit, China not a free for all, Luxury lives, Uniqlones invade NYC

Christian Louboutin Destroys Shoes in Web Video (WSJ) "Two weeks ago, luxury footwear designer Christian Louboutin quietly launched a new website that prominently featured a rather unusual video. In it, a truck drives over a pile of what appear to be Mr. Louboutin’s signature red-soled shoes." Macy's reports profit on sales, margin growth (Reuters) "Macy's Inc. posted improved quarterly results on Wednesday as the department store operator benefited from a strong recovery in consumer spending and efforts to cater merchandise to local tastes." Hold Off Being Bullish on China's Luxury Market (WSJ) "China's wealthiest consumers shrugged off the global financial malaise faster than their peers in other parts of the world, but high-end Western brands shouldn't see the Chinese market…

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Tisci’s transgender express, Jones buys Weitzman, Uniqlo sales drop, Burch America’s sweetheart, Katie Eary’s genius

Elie Saab Couture Spring Summer 2010 | Source: Style.com

Tisci’s Trans Europe Express (WWD) “Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has taken the whole idea of ‘coed fashion shoot’ to another level: The designer is using a transexual among the cast for the house’s fall-winter ad campaign.” Jones Apparel to buy Stuart Weitzman (Reuters) “Jones Apparel Group Inc. said it will buy designer shoe company Stuart Weitzman Holdings for an initial cash payment of

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Ralph Lauren takes on Paris, Uniqlo’s sets 5th Avenue rent record, Outnet demand, Prada lawsuit, Spazio Fendi

Ralph Lauren | Source: American Book Center

Ralph Lauren: New in an Old World (IHT) “Standing shoulder to shoulder at the Élysée Palace, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the American legend Ralph Lauren held a mutual admiration society.” New York’s Fifth Ave. Sets Record with Uniqlo Lease (Bloomberg) “New York’s Fifth Avenue is claiming a city retail record: Japanese clothier Uniqlo agreed to pay $300 million over 15 years to bring its affordable

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Fast Retailing profit soars, NYC fashion incubator, Hardy for Hermès, Retail rebound, CreateThe’s James Gardner

Uniqlo's +J Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Uniqlo

Uniqlo parent raises forecast on brisk H1 results (Reuters) “Fast Retailing reported 43 percent growth in first-half operating profit on Thursday, helped by strong sales at its Uniqlo budget fashion chain, and raised the full-year outlook.” Garment District Hothouse (NY Times) “The most intriguing results may lie in how they relate to the neighborhood, which has been declining as a center of fashion

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