Industry Highlights – Muji Introduces Diffusion Line, Philosophy’s New Creative Director, Uniqlo.com Rescue Middle America, Cruz Sisters Design for Agent Provocateur, Asos to Lose Another Top Exec

Posted on October 25, 2012

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Muji introduces diffusion line

“Japanese lifestyle brand Muji is launching a new and exclusive diffusion collection, Muji Labo, which will be sold in just four of its stores throughout Europe.” (Fashion United)

Philosophy Names New Creative Director

“Natalie Ratabesi is the new creative director of Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti – a move that sees the label’s eponymous founder step down from the design helm for the first time.” (Vogue UK)

Uniqlo.com to the Rescue of Middle America

“Uniqlo, the Japanese clothes giant, launched an online shopping site in the U.S. this week. This may not seem like important news to many, but to a certain American consumer—think very well-dressed, without much money, and living between the coasts—it is like a food drop from a Marshall Plan plane in 1940s Berlin.” (Bloomberg)

Penelope and Monica Cruz design Agent Provocateur diffusion line

“The new collection, which will go on sale in August next year, is named L’Agent and has been designed in collaboration with the famous siblings. It will feature 15 styles, each of which will have seven or eight pieces – such as briefs, thing and corsets – with an average price tag of £40 – less than half the price of the label’s main line, which averages at £95.” (Telegraph)

Asos to lose another top executive

“Asos revealed that it is to lose another top executive, as it set out plans to launch Chinese and Russian language websites and poured cold water on talk of a bid by Amazon.” (FT)

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