Industry Highlights – Armani Designer and Chinese Cashmere, Plus-Size Men’s Fashion, H&M in NYC, Trinity Up 10%, Uniqlo Global Domination

Posted on August 24, 2012

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Former Armani Designer Looks To Take Chinese Cashmere Brand Global

Home-Grown Chinese Brands Have Global Aspirations, But Also Need To Convince Chinese Shoppers (Jing Daily)

Fashion for Plus-Size Men

“Men who fit into the size range offered by most brands have Mr. Porter, Valetmag.com and GQ to look to for style inspiration. But where can plus-sized fashion-focused gentlemen go? Chubstr.com, a Web site founded by Bruce Sturgell in 2011. Mr. Sturgell said he saw few fashion platforms that catered to a more plump crowd. So he started Chubstr, an online style guide for men whose appreciation for fashion is as large as their waist size.” (NY Times)

H&M’s New NYC Store Will Be as Big as a Football Field

“H&M always manages to make affordable fashion really exciting and keep itself at the forefront of our thoughts: Sticking underwear-clad David Beckham statues all over NYC, launching a home line, teasing us incessantly with e-commerce, and of course–the anticipation of that upcoming Margiela collab.” (Fashionista)

Trinity, owner of Gieves Hawkes and Cerruti, posts 10 percent increase in profits

“Trinity Limited, controlled by Chinese giant Li Fung, and owner of Gieves Hawkes, Cerrutti and Kent & Kurven closed the first half of 2012 with a 10,5 percent increase in its profits, which reached a total of 265,3 million dollars. The company’s turnover rose to 1,4 billion dollars, an increase of 13,4 percent compared to the same period last year. Cerruti has been the best performing brand from the company’s portfolio, while geographically, Hong Kong and China registered the best performances.” (CPP)

This Man Wants to Clothe the Planet

“Tadashi Yanai, founder of the global clothing retailer Uniqlo…is refreshingly open about his goals these days: making Uniqlo the number-one apparel retailer in the world.”  (WSJ)

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