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    1. Material World

      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...

    2. June 23, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear report 1

      With menswear right now, it has to be modern. These Spring/Summer 2015 shows have been dominated by clothing for the present...

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      Bright spots are emerging as a result of macroeconomic and social change. The focus is...
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    1. Material World

      May 11, 2014

      Part lll: Sub-Saharan Africa

      Dismissed for decades by the industry, it has only been in the past 18 months that sub-Saharan Africa has really started...

    2. 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...

    3. February 14, 2014

      Wool is now a yarn for all seasons

      Spring is approaching but wool, it seems, is fast becoming a yarn for all seasons – a fact embraced by men for whom frequent...

    4. 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...

    5. January 12, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 1

      Heritage is a popular word in menswear, usually applied to those brands currently dressing young men as if they spent their...

    6. November 29, 2013

      Pirelli calendar celebrates 50th anniversary

      The Italian tyre company Pirelli kicked off the A-list’s Christmas party season this year with a 50th anniversary...

    7. beyondbrics

      October 11, 2013

      Nigeria: stumbling on

      From an economic viewpoint, Africa’s most populous country, with about 173m people, is moving in the right direction, as the...

    8. September 19, 2013

      Milan enlists its ‘Team of Rivals’

      Milan’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, organisers of the city’s fashion week, has a new look – one borrowed from...

    9. June 28, 2013

      The luxury of choice

      At this week’s Milan menswear shows, the topic seemed not so much fashion as luxury. Or the lack of it. With Italy’s current...

    10. June 25, 2013

      Milan menswear show: runway report 4

      The final day of the Milan spring/summer 2014 menswear shows traced an arc of extremes. On the one hand, there was Giorgio...

    11. June 24, 2013

      Milan menswear show: runway report 1

      Day one of the Milan S/S ‘14 menswear shows was marked by big drama and big brands, beginning with the return of Stefano...

    12. June 2, 2013

      Sub-Saharan Africa: Where some purveyors of luxury goods are happy to tread

      On a recent sweaty night at Murtala Muhammed international airport in Lagos, a Nigerian man strutted towards the boarding...

    13. May 31, 2013

      Ermenegildo Zegna opens Lagos store in effort to expand in Africa

      The road linking Five Cowrie Creek with the Atlantic Ocean in Nigeria’s biggest city is a study in contrasts. Policemen...

    14. beyondbrics

      May 3, 2013

      New York headlines

      * India cuts rates to boost growth * Cnooc joins global bonds rush * Ikea green light to open in India after lengthy delay *...

    15. beyondbrics

      May 3, 2013

      London headlines

      * US and Mexico agree closer economic ties * Fractured Syrian rebels scour for cash as funders dry up * Slovenia bond issue...

    16. May 2, 2013

      Ermenegildo Zegna sees slowdown in demand from China

      Ermenegildo Zegna, the world’s largest men’s luxury goods group by sales, is seeing a slowdown in demand from Greater China,...

    17. February 21, 2013

      Borsa Italiana reaches out to fashion

      Raffaele Jerusalmi, the straight-talking chief executive of the Milan stock exchange, has one of the tougher jobs in Italian...

    18. January 13, 2013

      Milan Menswear: day one

      To survive in the luxury market these days, a brand must have a clear identity to exploit. Mass trends be damned: what these...

    19. October 23, 2012

      Luxury industry movers and shakers

      The lowdown: Beleaguered French luxury brand Cacharel has dismissed its chief executive of less than a year Pascal...

    20. October 15, 2012

      Luxury goods to slow as Chinese spend less

      Growth in the luxury goods market will slow this year as Chinese consumers spend less at home and give fewer gifts as they...

    21. October 14, 2012

      Ermenegildo Zegna expects a bumpy ride

      “We have to be ready for a bumpy ride,” Gildo Zegna, chief executive of Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, tells the...

    22. beyondbrics

      September 27, 2012

      Louis Vuitton: adieu Argentina

      In Argentina, a country run by a glamorous president with a penchant for couture, luxury brands are dropping like flies. The...

    23. September 20, 2012

      Milan Fashion Week: day one

      On the first evening of Milan Fashion Week, a funny thing happened on the way past the Duomo. There, in the piazza, 1,000...

    24. September 7, 2012

      At the double

      At the New York menswear shows this week, expectations are high for one style in particular: the double-breasted jacket....

    25. September 4, 2012

      Zegna hires former YSL creative director

      Ermenegildo Zegna Group, the Italian luxury fashion house, announced the appointment of Stefano Pilati as head of design for...

    26. Material World

      September 4, 2012

      Up with menswear: Stefano Pilati to Zegna

      Anyone in doubt of the rising prominence of the menswear market, take note: super-dapper designer Stefano Pilati, who was...

    27. August 24, 2012

      Spirit of the Italian dandy

      When luminaries of the film world prepare to hit the Italian coast for the Venice Film Festival this week, they will be...

    28. August 17, 2012

      Culture corner: A spy in the house of fashion

      Styling a film franchise, particularly one as bankable as writer Robert Ludlum’s Bourne series, is often an exercise in...

    29. June 29, 2012

      Suits you, signore

      The London shows this month started the drumroll for British menswear, and now further support is coming from a surprising...

    30. June 29, 2012

      Gold standard

      The London Olympics start in less than a month – but Italian designers began celebrating the sporting spirit early at their...

    31. Material World

      May 3, 2012

      Zegna one-ups the menswear market

      Will “real” men buy silk? And not silk ties, but silk shirts, silk suits, silk trench coats, silk sweaters and...

    32. April 25, 2012

      Zegna targets Africa as profits surge

      Ermenegildo Zegna, one of the largest men’s luxury goods groups by sales, reported a 90 per cent surge in profits in 2011...

    33. March 30, 2012

      Overseas sales boost Italian luxury groups

      A weak outlook for Italy’s economy has done nothing to damp the prospects of its pioneering luxury goods industry, where...

    34. March 20, 2012

      Rich rewards where east meets west

      Success stories in the world of luxury goods today tend to be companies with significant sales in China, while brands that...

    35. February 25, 2012

      Retailers welcome luxury goods tourists

      Walking into the Ermenegildo Zegna store in Milan is a multicultural experience. Shop assistants are speaking Chinese and...

    36. January 6, 2012

      Power dressing: Aurelian Lis

      Aurelian Lis is general manager of Benefit Cosmetics for North America, a beauty subsidiary of the luxury goods conglomerate...

    37. January 5, 2012

      Russians boost sales at Selfridges

      Spending by Russians reached record levels at Selfridges, the London department store owned by Galen Weston, in the run-up...

    38. November 4, 2011

      Power dressing: Rich Riley

      Rich Riley, 38, is senior vice-president and managing director of Yahoo! EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). He joined...

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