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    1. October 23, 2014

      Gucci slowdown holds back Kering growth

      Sales at luxury brand Gucci were weaker than expected during the third quarter, dragging down otherwise resilient revenue...

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      October 22, 2014

      Three to the crowd: the critical timing behind Kering's new slew of CEOs

      Kering clearly believes in the power of three. Tuesday held no less than three high profile CEO announcements from the...

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    1. October 6, 2014

      Out-of-town designer discount centres revolutionise retail

      Cash-strapped but still want a Gucci handbag? From Beijing to Britain’s Bicester Village, fashion-conscious consumers are...

    2. September 26, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week

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

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

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      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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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....

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

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      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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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?...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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....

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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