Industry Highlights – Christopher Bailey’s Revelations at CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, Africa’s Place in Luxury Industry, Italian Luxury Brands Mixed Earnings, Victoria Secret’s Mad Men Marketing, Harry Winstorn to buy BHP Arm

Posted on November 14, 2012

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Christopher Bailey: ‘Donna Karan got naked with me, but Tom Ford kept his shirt on (just)’

“As he revealed Greg Chait as the winner of 2012’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner last night, Burberry designer Christopher Bailey made some fascinating revelations of his own.” (Telegraph)

The Promise of Africa: Hands Across the Water

“What is the connection between Africa and Italy — apart from a link in ancient Roman history and their geographic proximity across the Mediterranean? The answer lies in the skill of human hands. And as absolute luxury now is less about branding and more about an emotional connection between humankind and product, a chain of artisans is what links the two.” (NYT)

Italian luxury brands see mixed earnings

“Salvatore Ferragamo has bucked the earnings slowdown seen across much of the luxury industry sector in recent months, with the Italian accessories brand citing purchases by wealthy tourists as the key driver of sales in 2012.” (FT)

Victoria’s Secret Channels Mad Men Into Hottest Limited

“Limited Brands Inc. (LTD)’s Victoria’s Secret is thriving using a marketing strategy that seems more Mad Men-era than from the age of Twitter.” (Bloomberg)

Harry Winston to buy BHP arm for $500m

“Harry Winston has agreed to buy the diamond operations of BHP Billiton for $500m as the Canadian mining and retail group seeks to extend its resource base and increase its supply of rough diamonds.” (FT)

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