In China, Women Begin Splurging (WSJ)
"'Many people are inclined to believe that gentlemen are generously purchasing luxury gifts for women in China, but our observation is that the great majority [of the buyers] are women who have achieved great success in their business and are now rewarding themselves with the finer things in life.'"
GQ, Gilt Groupe Team Up on E-Commerce Site (Ad Week)
"Gilt Groupe’s Park & Bond, an upcoming online retail spin-off for men, will host a GQ online store that will feature items picked by the magazine’s editors. Starting with the September issue, the picks will be marked in the magazine as well as on GQ.com, which will send shoppers to the e-commerce site."
Resort isn't a season for fashion to take a break (AP)
"The resort season is not a time for fashion to take a vacation. Resort collections, which hit stores during the all-important Christmas holiday shopping season, are a growing part of designer businesses as consumers move toward styles they can wear year-round."
City speculates on Abercrombie bid for SuperGroup (Retail Week)
"US retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may be interested in acquiring trendy fashion retailer SuperGroup, City speculators believe... Shares in SuperGroup, which floated last year and subsequently rocketed, have fallen lately on fears of a sales slowdown."
Jean Paul Gaultier lands in Montreal (Montreal Gazette)
"The object of the show... is to allow the public an up-close view of haute couture, which only those invited to the shows in Paris or the very few clients of haute couture in the world can see."