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Industry Highlights – Mulberry Loses Out To Prada, Sale of Stopshop Brands Complete, Dior Revolution, Zara’a Eco-Friendly Store, Balenciage Speculate Haute Couture

December 7, 2012

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Mulberry loses out to Prada in luxury market “Profit and margins have been damaged by British handbag-maker Mulberry’s bid to go even more up-market. The leather goods brand reported a 36 per cent drop in half-year profit, in contrast to the Italian designer Prada’s forecast-beating 30 per cent profit jump for its third quarter.” (Independent) […]

Industry Highlights – 25% Topshop for Sale, Marion Cotillard for Dior, Hugo Boss’s “Drive” Mirrors F1’s Speed, Best of Nigeria at Selfridges, Chanel’s Scottish Spectacular

December 5, 2012

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Philip Green to sell 25pc stake in Topshop “Sir Philip Green is close to selling a 25 per cent stake in Topshop and Topman to an American private equity firm in a move that will generate a multi-million pound windfall for the retail tycoon.” (Telegraph) Marion Cotillard Designs For Dior “Marion Cotillard is designing her […]

Industry Highlights – Jil Sanders’ Return; Backstory, Shoppers Ready for Cyber Monday, Designers as Commodities, Amazon’s Luxury Range, Yoko Ono for Menswear

December 3, 2012

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The story behind Jil Sander’s return to her eponymous label “For the first time we have been given a little insight into the (rather complicated) goings-on that led to Jil Sander returning to the helm of her eponymous label after an eight-year hiatus, and the effect her reappointment had on her ousted predecessor, Raf Simons.” […]

Industry Highlights – Net-a-Porter to Launch Magazine, Alexander Wang as Balenciaga’s New CD, Missoni Denies Diffusion Line, Decelerated Holiday Spending Predicted, J.Crew For London

November 30, 2012

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Net-a-Porter CEO: It’s no secret we’re launching a major fashion magazine “Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is planning to launch a printed magazine within the next 12 months, according to CEO Mark Sebba, speaking at the Business Leaders Network’s Making it Mobile event.” (Wired) Alexander Wang confirmed as Balenciaga’s new Creative Director “Yesterday the rumour mill ran […]

Industry Highlights – ASOS invests in Covetique, AnOther and Kate Phelan, Gucci’s Opens Largest Indian Store, Gap gives away Fiats for Holidays, China’s Luxury Demands in 2013

November 28, 2012

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Asos invests in luxury resale site Covetique “ASOS, the fast-growing British online fashion retailer, today confirmed it has made “a significant minority investment” in Covetique, a website that buys and sells pre-owned designer clothing.” (Telegraph) Insiders | Kate Phelan “The day Kate Phelan handed in her resignation at British Vogue to join Topshop was met […]

Industry Highlights – Japan’s 3-D Photobooth, Brazil’s Homegrown Fashion, Bulgari and Save The Children, Record Festive Spending, Burberry’s Bailey Cites Apple as Inspiration

November 26, 2012

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Fashion and the 3D photobooth “The world’s first 3D printing photobooth is coming out in Japan. How should you dress for your insta-sculpture?” (Dazed Digital) How Brazil’s homegrown fashion grew up “The fashion weeks of Rio and São Paulo, once disregarded as the sartorial home of flip-flops and bikinis, now show an industry evolving in […]

Industry Highlights – 1 in 5 Online Shoppers Buy Fake, British Fahsion Awards, Mannequins Spy on Shoppers to Boost Sales, Cacharel’s Overhaul, Chinese E-Commerce Still Faces Challenges

November 21, 2012

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One In Five Online Shoppers Buy Fake Goods “One in five online shoppers hunting for a bargain are tricked into buying counterfeit goods, according to a new consumer report conducted by MarkMonitor. The study revealed that 20 per cent of people based in Europe and the US browsing for discounted designer products on the internet […]