E-Commerce Week | The Stage is Set for an E-Commerce Explosion

Fab Screenshot | Source: Fab.com

Yesterday, BoF was first to bring you the news of the recent $18 million investment in Farfetch.com. Today, we continue a week focused on e-commerce by examining the historical challenges faced by online retailers and how recent innovations and infrastructural advances have fundamentally improved the economics of e-commerce, setting the stage for a renaissance in online retail. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Following the burst of

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Billion dollar man, Yoox samples China, Inditex eases, Fake shopping bags, Helen Bullock

Michael Clinton | Source: Hearst

Michael Clinton, Hearst’s Billion-Dollar Man (WWD) “It was a mere 18 months ago that many questioned whether his career at Hearst Magazines was over… But Clinton, a 30-year publishing veteran, has had plenty of practice at taking a proverbial punch, shaking it off and bouncing back. Since his very public pass over, he’s been promoted to president, marketing and publishing director and one could argue his career is

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Slimane’s second act, Ralph Lauren shares hit, Yoox growth, Moda Operandi makes big hires, Yohji’s world

Hedi Slimane | Source: Hypebeast

A Fashion Designer’s Second Act (NY Times) “When Hedi Slimane stepped down as artistic director at Dior Homme in 2007, Fashion Wire Daily summed up his tenure this way: ‘Slimane leaves Dior with the well-earned reputation as the single most influential men’s designer this century, the most copied of his peers and the only one to achieve the status of a rock star.’… But Mr. Slimane seems to have left fashion

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The man behind Yoox, Katie Grand’s pyramid, Designer of the moment, China fashion week, ALT’s exhibition

Federico Marchetti | Source: econsultancy

Net prophet (AFR) “In 2000, Federico Marchetti, who was born in a small town below Venice on Italy’s Adriatic coast… Launched an innovative e-commerce business that has made him an industry titan. The planning that led up to the launch and what has happened since surely distinguish Marchetti as the ultimate ‘zagger’.” The Beating Heart of Fashion (WSJ) “Even if you don’t follow

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Gucci turns 90, Milanese glamour, Chinese boom, Yoox targets China, Cash injection for JustFabulous

Gucci Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: Style.com

Gucci at 90: ‘Hard Deco’ (IHT) “The Gucci designer Frida Giannini, celebrating the brand’s 90th year, certainly sent out a polished and upscale collection, with shiny metallic surfaces and a focus on jazzy evening outfits — even if they were inspired by the 1920s, when flappers danced up to the edge of the Great Depression.” Milan fashion picks glam over gloom (Reuters) “Designers have prepared a

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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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Risking Barneys’ cool, Moncler fights fakes, Gilt goes full price, Yoox to open in China, First look at Tom Ford

Judy Collinson with Julie Gilhart | Source: Rodim

Will Top Firings Change Barneys’ Cool? (On the Runway) “Increasing Barneys’ profitability was a prime objective… The recession forced retailers to become leaner and more competitive, in particular with online sales, and that urgency will be critical to Barneys’ cool.” Moncler fights against fakes (Fashion United) “The Italian Fashion Chamber is joining Moncler and also stepping up against fakes…

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Soaring Superdry, Yoox ekes out Q1 profit, Fashionair shuts down, The new lkbennett.com, Wearable technology

Sales soar at fashion label Superdry (Telegraph) “The chain said that expectations for pre-tax profit for the year to the start of May will be ‘not less’ than the £25.7m it outlined in its IPO prospectus earlier this year. Total group sales over the year are up by £63m, or 83pc, to £139m.” Italy’s Yoox Posts 1Q Growth In Net Profit, Revenue (WSJ) “Italian Internet fashion retailer Yoox SpA

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George Davies GIVes, Prada remains upbeat, Yoox sales up 50 percent, Tamara Salman exits Liberty, CSM fashion stars

George Davies | Source: George Davies

George Davies has further designs on women (Guardian) “The man who invented Next and George at Asda is launching a spring collection with a brand new label. …GIVe – Davies’s fourth attempt to capture the hearts and minds of British women.  With the launch of its spring collection only days away, he cautiously reflects: ‘We are where I hoped we’d be when we set off. Overall, I’m

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