The Long View | Simone Cipriani Says Ethical Fashion is Good Business

Simone Cipriani, Andreas Kronthaler, Vivienne Westwood, Federico Marchetti | Source: The Ethical Fashion Programme

FLORENCE, Italy — Simone Cipriani spearheads the Ethical Fashion initiative of The International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation. Connecting “the world’s most marginalised people to the top of fashion’s value chain for mutual benefit,” it enables communities of artisans and micro-manufacturers — the majority of them women — to thrive in association with the talents of the

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Celebrating Dame Vivienne, Duffy lawsuit, Oxford Street gets facelift, H&M misses targets, Camilla Bruerberg rising

Fashion Girls for Japan | Source: Fashion Girls for Japan

Westwood: From outsider to subversive insider (FT) “This coming week marks 30 years since Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s ‘pirate’ collection stormed the runway in London with a blaze of sunshine colours and ethnic prints. The show was Westwood’s first swagger on to the catwalk, forging a sophisticated post-punk aesthetic with a billowing new romantic silhouette.” Duffy Sued (Vogue UK) “LVMH

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Tribes versus trends, Tokyo stores reopen, India’s luxury real estate crunch, Inditex profit up, John Lobb bespoke

Ann Demeulemeester Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Cutting Class

The Tribes of Westwood, Owens and Demeulemeester (The Cutting Class) “While some designers tend to beat to the drum of being on-trend, others have already cultivated their own communities and are even referencing it within their collections. In the recent Ann Demeulemeester, Rick Owens and Vivienne Westwood collections you feel that they are speaking in a language that their customers already know and understand.”

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Joe Zee: Fashion’s chatty ambassador, New wealthy, Ones to watch in China, CFDA nominees, Westwood’s imagery

Louis Vuitton, limited edition 5 Canton Road Shoes | Source: Nitrolicious

Fashion’s Approachable Ambassador (NY Times) “As fashion has evolved from an insular club to mass-market obsession — helped in part by proliferating Web sites, blogs and TV shows like ‘Project Runway’ — Mr. Zee, 42, has come to epitomize a new form of top-of-the-masthead personality. He is not the aloof style arbiter, gazing out silently behind Frisbee-size sunglasses, but a chatty and approachable ambassador of

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Equity looks to fashion, Coach moves production, Sustaining success, Selfridges’ talent, Westwood extravaganza

Fashionista.com | Source: Fashionista

Equity turns fashionable (Fashion United) “Investing in something more than a covetable wardrobe is turning to be a trend that arrived to stay. Even more equity and investment firms are looking for opportunities to enter the fashion business, which is proving to be resilient to crisis and financial turmoils.” Coach to Move Production From China (WSJ) “Leather-goods maker Coach plans to gradually move some

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Versace slashes workforce, Fashion’s (second) Night Out, Tillman buys Koodos, Chinese fashion, SJP and Westwood

Versace Cuts a Fourth of Its Work Force (NY Times) “Versace Group, the fashion house based in Milan, said Wednesday that it would cut 26 percent of its worldwide work force and consolidate its operations as it targeted a return to profitability in 2011.” Fashion’s Night Out on the calendar for 2010 (AP) “ShopperTrak, an independent reporter of consumer traffic, estimated a 50 percent jump in retail foot

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