In this report

Dampened Chinese demand is hitting luxury brands hard, but they are innovating wildly to compensate. We explore the crisis and the opportunity facing these brands and their consumers.

Instagram rolls out carpet for fashion

Instagram’s James Quarles
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The app’s business development head has unfiltered advice for maisons

Retail therapy will not cure China’s ills

Slowing emerging market economies pose serious problems for luxury brands


James Curleigh talks to Lionel Barber about the jeans company
Daniel Garrahan profiles four businesswomen shaking up the industry

Luxury brands combat global slowdown

Economic pressures call for chic solutions

Is the fashion industry in crisis?

The sector is in tumult as some brands cut the delay between the catwalk and the wardrobe

Hong Kong confronted by changing tastes

Tourists from mainland China are becoming more sophisticated and demanding

Brunello Cucinelli
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Brunello Cucinelli on ‘humane capitalism’

His delicate cashmere jumpers come from a factory that reflects his worldview

Clockwise from top left: Ralph Moullet, Andre Wilson, Cameron Weiss, Yee Hui Chim

Tomorrow’s master craftsmen, today

Meet the next generation of artisans keeping the luxury industry’s heritage trades alive

Shoppers cross Canton road in front of a Chanel SA store in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010
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Tech leaders shake up luxury industry

The internet has changed the buying habits of the rich and brands must respond to the challenge

Currency swings create market inequalities

Is it time for luxury businesses to close the gap in global pricing strategies?

José Neves, FarFetch

Silicon Valley is not dressed for success

Investors have an online fashion blind spot when it comes to digital shopping trends

Campaign strategists fall for the older woman — and man

Fashion houses are turning to more mature muses for added cool and extra credit

Rates, exits and China dominate economic scene

Martin Wolf considers the challenges facing global growth with Gavyn Davies and Willem Buiter

Russians tighten belts after luxury spree

Local entrepreneurs hope national pride can boost sales

Gifts vanish as Chinese buy for themselves

What can be done to woo back Asian clients after the anti-graft drive?