Shanghai express, Calm after storm, Kors strengthens, Italy’s shoemakers, Parsons in Paris

Gucci Autumn/Winter 2012 | Source: Gucci

Frida Giannini: Gucci’s Shanghai express (Telegraph) “Gucci’s first two shops on the Chinese mainland opened in Beijing and Shanghai in 1997, three years after Tom Ford started to transform the brand. Today there are 53 stores across 33 cities, and counting. So it is not surprising that Giannini has decided to spend some time getting to know Shanghai before continuing on to Seoul in South Korea for a store opening

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Market Pulse | Burberry Causes a Downpour

Savigny Luxury Index September 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 6.9 percent in September, underperforming a flat-ish MSCI World Index (MSCI) by nearly seven percentage points.  Burberry’s profit warning sent the sector into turmoil mid-month and no amount of good news from the likes of Prada and Michael Kors could lift investors’ spirits. Big news Burberry announced a substantial slowdown in sales growth, with same store sales

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Shopping as entertainment, India’s growing appetite for luxury, Rodarte’s sister act, BFA nominees, Tavi’s ‘Rookie’

Zegna virtual store iPad app | Source: NY Times

Next Step for Labels: Cyber-Boutiques (IHT) “The ultimate challenge for all luxury brands is to go digital — without losing their key attributes of individuality and identity. Yet click onto almost every big name fashion Web site and while the product offering might be tempting, the experience is often bland and only two-dimensional. The success of Net-a-porter.com and of its witty masculine version, Mrporter.com, is the

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Bling is back, Zegna profits grow, Armani interactive, Augmented reality marketing, Chinese models rising

Bono and Ali Hewson for Louis Vuitton | Source: Louis Vuitton

Bling is back (The Economist) “The strength of the recovery was a surprise…. Big brands such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès are the main winners. With their deep pockets, they were able to continue to open new shops and invest in the business during the crisis.” Zegna Sees Sales, Profit Growth (Bloomberg) “Sales will grow ‘well above 10 percent’ this year, led by Zegna’s biggest market of China and

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Saving the garment district, Dubious pricing, PPR returns to growth, Zegna Q1 sales up, McQueen investigation closed

Needle and Thread Still Have a Home (NY Times) “How is the garment district like a coral reef? A coral reef, as Animal Planet instructs us, shelters diverse species of sponges, snakes, clownfish and barracudas. So does the garment district.” Why Does This Pair of Pants Cost $550? (NY Times) “Even in a season when designers made no secret about reining in prices… it is still possible to walk into a store and

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SJP for Halston, Burberry beats forecast, Zegna sees growth, Emotion in a digital age, EcoChic in Geneva

Burberry Spring/Summer 2010 | Source: Burberry

Sarah Jessica Parker partners with Halston (Times) “Sarah Jessica Parker and Halston may be banking on fashion sequels: The storied designer label reportedly has hired the “Sex and the City” star in a creative role for its newly announced Halston Heritage collection.” Burberry beats forecasts as luxury goods come back into fashion (Guardian) “Recession or no recession, it seems luxury goods are on the

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Aquascutum teetering, Lower profits for Zegna, Bergdorf and Neiman share talent, Luxury here to stay, Bastian buzz

Aquascutum S/S 09 ad campaign, courtesy of Aquascutum

Aquascutum puts entire workforce into consultation (Drapers) “Aquascutum has put its entire workforce into consultation, fueling speculation about the future of the luxury heritage brand.” Italy’s Zegna sees lower profits in 2009 (Reuters) “Italian luxury men’s suits maker Gruppo Ermenegildo Zegna forecast lower profits this year after a 20 percent drop in net profit excluding an extraordinary item for

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