Industry Highlights – Olympics, Parasols, Ebay&BFC

Posted on July 27, 2012

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PPR finds bolt no match for champagne in race with LVMH

“When Usain Bolt steps into the starting blocks at the London Olympics, Francois-Henri Pinault will likely be watching with greater interest than most fans of the Jamaican sprinter called the fastest man on earth. As chief executive officer of PPR SA — the French company that owns shoemaker Puma SE (PUM) — Pinault has a lot riding on Bolt, one of the few star athletes to wear the footwear brand.” (Bloomberg)

The Fashion Olympics

“The London 2012 Olympics begins tonight and looks set to be the most stylish sporting event in history – with designers from all over the world showing their support for their respective countries.” (Vogue UK)

Should shops be open longer on a Sunday permanently once the games are over?

“Drapers’ Victoria Gallagher and Ruth Faulkner discuss the Sunday trading hours.”  (Drapers)

Japanese men drop inhibition, turn to parasols to beat the heat

“It’s summer in Japan, which means shaved ice, cold noodles and parasols against the blinding sun – for men.” (Reuters)

Ebay goes fashion forward

“Online marketplace eBay has long been the place to uncover a vintage gem, but now they are doing their bit to support the future of fashion, by partnering with the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward Initiative.” (Stylist)

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