Cut From the Same Cloth: Esprit Tries on Zara for Fashion Makeover

Esprit Autumn/Winter 2013 Campaign | Source: Esprit

HONG KONG, China — Esprit Holdings' chief is doubling down on a bet to fix the struggling clothing retailer he took charge of a year ago by revamping its existing business model and recreating it in the image of his former employer-now-rival, Zara.

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Has Zara Reached Saturation Point? Far From It, Investors Bet

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

MADRID, Spain — The world's largest fashion retailer, Inditex, shows no sign of stalling and investors are betting that its Zara "fast fashion" model has plenty of room to expand in emerging markets by appealing to the growing ranks of brand-conscious middle classes.

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Inditex First-Half Profit Beats Estimates as Sales Increase

Zara Autumn/Winter 2013/4 | Source: Zara

MADRID, Spain — Inditex SA, the Spanish owner of the Zara and Massimo Dutti chains, reported a 0.7 percent increase in first-half profit that beat analysts’ estimates as the retailer expanded by opening 95 stores in 40 markets.

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H&M Adds Retro Hunting Gear to Beckham Wear to Snare Men

David Beckham for H&M | Source: H&M

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Your grandfather called them his longjohns. At Hennes & Mauritz AB these days, they’re trousers. The Swedish retailer, which typically takes inspiration from the catwalk, today is introducing a new menswear line that pays homage to the company’s history. H&M dusted off material from Mauritz Widforss, one of its two predecessor companies, to create the “Mauritz Archive,” a collection that includes $39.95 long

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Long Overlooked, the Flourishing Philippines

Jacket and tie in the Philippines' national colours | Source: Ayala Land, Inc.

The Philippines has long been overshadowed by its larger neighbours and underestimated by international fashion brands. Now the country is reporting faster economic growth than China. BoF reports.

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Chinese Malls Waive Rents as Vacancies of 30 Percent Loom

TaiKoo Hui Mall, Guangzhou, China | Source: Shutterstock

BEIJING, China —Chinese landlords are forgoing rent and paying to outfit stores for mass-market fashion brands including Zara and H&M, a bid to blunt the impact of a boom in shopping-mall construction that threatens to push up vacancies.

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Right Brain, Left Brain | Clouds Looming Over Australian Fashion

Westfield Sydney | Source: Westfield

BoF’s editor-in-chief reports from Sydney, Australia, on a local fashion market that’s being radically reshaped by the arrival of global fast fashion chains and the meteoric growth of international e-tailers.

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