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  1. September 26, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week

    Swinging fringing The 1970s influences echoed throughout Milan, where oversized shades, patchwork details and printed...

  2. September 22, 2014

    Brand gangs and tribal loyalty

    Are trends still relevant in an era when womenswear is no longer circumscribed by an “appropriate” silhouette, or a...

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  1. Business of Luxury

    Bright spots are emerging as a result of macroeconomic and social change. The focus is...
  2. Watches & Jewellery November 2012

    A look at prospects for the holiday season, traditionally the industry’s most lucrativ...
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  1. July 30, 2014

    Luxury group Kering beats forecasts

    Kering, the luxury and lifestyle group, reported better-than-expected sales during the second quarter as growth of its...

  2. Material World

    July 30, 2014

    Kering says Gucci will have a brighter second half

    Those ubiquitous double-G Gucci bags are not whirring retailers’ cash registers as they once used to. Sales at Gucci, the...

  3. July 18, 2014

    Abdullah Al-Turki, contemporary art collector

    Saudi-born Abdullah Al-Turki, 34, is a London-based contemporary art collector and co-founder of Saudi arts initiative 21,39...

  4. June 27, 2014

    Milan spring/summer 2015 menswear shows

    Does anyone look to shows with an eye for trends any more? There was a time when designers dictated the colour of the season...

  5. June 23, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: Menswear report 2

    What is normal in menswear? It is a question that Miuccia Prada brought sharply into focus with her stellar Spring/Summer...

  6. June 13, 2014

    Boom or hype? The truth about menswear

    It’s a simple question: how important is menswear to the main fashion labels? It seems timely, too, since this weekend sees...

  7. May 11, 2014

    Traditional luxury markets benefit as China slows

    After five years of rapid growth driven by voracious Chinese demand, the luxury industry is experiencing a cold blast of...

  8. May 11, 2014

    Kering’s Marco Bizzarri has the billion-euro touch

    In April, Francois Henri Pinault, head of French luxury group Kering, confirmed months of rumours about a shake up in the...

  9. Material World

    April 24, 2014

    Kering's first quarter results are in - and there are some big changes afoot

    The fashion industry is rooted in constant, cyclical evolution. Nowhere is this truer than at major player Kering, where...

  10. Material World

    April 17, 2014

    Mulberry comes to its senses...kind of

      Getty Images So Mulberry interim executive chairman Godfrey Davis, still lacking a CEO and creative director (model Cara...

  11. April 11, 2014

    Are men’s shirt collars an economic indicator?

    Collars and dollars Style watchers are likely to be familiar with that barometer of economic strength known as the hemline...

  12. Material World

    April 2, 2014

    Is luxury less ethical than it thinks?

    A new ranking – you know I can’t resist a ranking! – was recently released by the Ethisphere Institute, a US-based...

  13. beyondbrics

    April 2, 2014

    Everstone gets hitched to India bridal wear queen

    Ritu Kumar is the Vera Wang of Indian bridal wear, one of the oldest and most coveted designers for Indian women on their...

  14. March 26, 2014

    Pomellato buyout boosts cult jewellery brand for independent women

    A big trend in recent years in fine jewellery has been consolidation, as conglomerates have bought up independent brands....

  15. March 21, 2014

    A fresh coat: men’s spring jackets

    It’s spring, which means that a young (or even not so young) man’s fancy turns to light jackets. Only recently, many men...

  16. February 23, 2014

    Italy gets a grown-up attitude

    Over the weekend Italy got a new prime minister – Matteo Renzi was officially sworn in on Saturday – and cabinet: one that...

  17. January 17, 2014

    Milan menswear shows lack energy

    It’s strange the things you suddenly remember from school. Here’s what popped into my head during this week’s Milan menswear...

  18. January 13, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 2

    Miuccia Prada is often expected to pose questions with her shows; questions that are complex, elusive and have no immediate...

  19. December 6, 2013

    Emerald green makes a luxurious alternative to black

    Much has been made of the fashionisation of books, be it Prada publishing new short fiction on its website or brands from...

  20. December 4, 2013

    La Redoute managers in buyout talks with Kering

    Kering has entered exclusive talks to offload its La Redoute mail-order business through a management buyout as it seeks to...

  21. Material World

    December 2, 2013

    Amazon sidles into high fashion via Zappos and André Leon Talley

    Getty Images Despite its amazing Black Friday results, which further enshrine it as a go-to store for consumer goods, Amazon...

  22. November 22, 2013

    Men’s roll-neck sweaters

    From Michael Caine to Daniel Craig by way of Steve McQueen and Sir Ernest Shackleton comes the men’s roll-neck sweater....

  23. Material World

    November 22, 2013

    LVMH and Kering battle for hearts and minds

    Getty Images What a week. Monday, LVMH announced it was opening a giant, Google-like beauty campus in central France to help...

  24. Material World

    November 19, 2013

    Kering’s JV with Tomas Maier, and the growing power of the designer

    Getty Images In yet another sign that the balance of power between designers and the brands and groups that employ them may...

  25. October 11, 2013

    The importance of finding the perfect wallet

    And for those men not ready to embrace the man bag just yet? The wallet remains an essential purchase – one that has to...

  26. beyondbrics

    October 4, 2013

    Genesis Luxury: local partner for high-end fashion in India

    How do international brands such as Jimmy Choo and Burberry work in India? What makes Bottega Veneta and Canali sell in a...

  27. September 27, 2013

    Tomas Maier of Bottega Veneta meets architect Toshiko Mori

    Tomas Maier is creative director of Bottega Veneta, a luxury goods brand he helped resuscitate from near-bankruptcy after...

  28. Material World

    September 25, 2013

    Louis Vuitton's no-longer secret weapon in the handbag wars

    Getty Images To kick off the Paris shows, the final leg in the marathon that are the modern ready-to-wear collections, Louis...

  29. September 22, 2013

    Struggling with degrees of sexual definition

    Sex is a complicated subject in not quite post-Berlusconi Italy. Not as complicated, perhaps, as taxes, but then – what is?...

  30. September 20, 2013

    Genesis Colors’ Sanjay Kapoor opens the door to luxury in India

    When India eased limits on foreign direct investment in retail last year, it was widely regarded as a welcome mat placed...

  31. September 18, 2013

    Gucci goes big for Milan Fashion Week

    London is not the only city that has suddenly woken up to the benefits associated with a thriving fashion industry and begun...

  32. September 13, 2013

    Suits and sneakers

    Holiday season is over but the struggle back to work continues. And sometimes it’s hard to make that abrupt transition....

  33. August 9, 2013

    Chinos: the polo’s casual Friday partner

    As Pavlov would understand, it’s hard to hear the word “polo” without thinking “chino”. Since casual Fridays were born in...

  34. Material World

    August 8, 2013

    Racism in fashion: where is the C-suite?

    Fashion month is fast approaching – the NY shows start (gulp) on Sept 5 (which is also Rosh Hashanah, but let’s just not go...

  35. July 25, 2013

    Luxury goods sales at France’s LVMH rise 6%

    LVMH, the French luxury group, said on Thursday that solid demand for its fashion and leather goods and wines and spirits...

  36. June 24, 2013

    Milan menswear show: runway report 2

    In a season where the lack of business tailoring is becoming something of an issue, trust Miuccia Prada to take the opposite...

  37. June 2, 2013

    Online retailing: Assertive luxury groups act to make their mark on the virtual world

    From buying in franchises to reinforcing their stamp on their online presence, luxury groups are asserting control of their...

  38. June 2, 2013

    Manufacturing: Consumers push big luxury names to account for supply chains

    After successfully completing the listing of a third of his luxury business in Milan last year, Brunello Cucinelli, Italy’s...

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