Luxury groups wait on Chinese stock take

Slide in share prices makes consumers less keen to splash out

Chinese tourists bring cheer to Hermès

Forecasts outpaced as first-half operating profit rises a fifth

Luxury: in the trenches

Fears about Chinese spending have driven luxury stocks down, they need to adapt

Frantic dealmaking sweeps corporate Italy

Economic reforms propel mergers and acquisitions

Shopping: All-in-ones

The dungarees and jumpsuits to get into this season

Personal shopping for menswear

Ryan Thompson tries private shopping for size

Hermès’ mahjong set in rosewood and calf skin

Fashion’s favourite game

How the ancient game of mahjong became a big player in the luxury world

The sartorial poetry of Erdem

As the designer opens his first store, he tells Jo Ellison the story of ‘his woman’ — and where she’s going

BMW matriarch dies at 89

Johanna Quandt was widow of man who saved luxury carmaker

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Alexander Wang attends the SpongeBob SquarePants themed, 41st birthday party for Pharrell Williams at Bikini Bottom at Cipriani Wall Street on April 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

Balenciaga’s creative director bows out

Owner Kering says Wang is leaving fashion house for own brand

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

British singer calls for end to association amid cruelty claims

LVMH’s strong quarter beats expectations

Fashion and leather goods division leads with 10% leap in growth

Six fabulous pieces

Beautiful, bright and dazzlingly expensive, we look at the hottest rocks at the high jewellery collections

The queen of haute jewellery

Dior jewellery designer, Victoire de Castallane brings a child’s greedy wonder to her fantastical creations

Design classic: the Bauhaus chess set

In ridding the game of all religious and monarchical symbolism, Josef Hartwig updated the game for the modern era

Fresh from the furniture archives

The work of acclaimed designers from the past is being reissued — and revised — to attract a new audience

Design classic: Calyx fabric

Lucienne Day’s material, a new stylised take on natural forms, was exhibited at the Festival of Britain in 1951

Young design stars in the spotlight

Two experts pick out some of best emerging talents showcased at London’s New Designers’ show

Swatch: moment of reckoning

Turmoil in China could cut appetite for Swiss group’s watches

Asia slowdown hits Burberry sales

Fall in number of Chinese consumers spending in Hong Kong hurts retailer

Burberry: fashion victim?

Luxury goods group tries to reassure investors over China slump

LVMH gives luxury fashion house free hand

Unlike past acquisitions, Loro Piana has been allowed to keep its development strategy unchanged

PE firms embrace Italian fashion revival

Buyout groups shrug off past failures

Paris menswear SS16 Day 4

Show reviews of Balmain, Dior Homme, Sacai, Undercover and Hermès

Paris menswear SS16 Day 3

Show reviews of Givenchy, Loewe, Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus and Berluti

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