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  1. September 17, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: Day 1

    Irony is not something that I automatically associate with Italian style. Sophisticated? Yes. Strong? Always. Sexy too – if...

  2. September 16, 2014

    Hermès takes the long view of its position in China

    Hermès is all about the long view. It takes a long time to train its craftsmen. It has a long waiting list for its Birkin...

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  1. The Business of African Luxury

    Bain forecasts double-digit luxury sales growth for the continent over the next severa...
  2. Business of Luxury

    Bright spots are emerging as a result of macroeconomic and social change. The focus is...
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  1. September 10, 2014

    Luxury goods: on sale

    Luxury goods are going out of fashion – at least if share prices are any guide. This year, leading luxury companies have at...

  2. September 3, 2014

    Safilo shares suspended as Gucci ends licence deal

    Share trading in Safilo, an Italian eyewear company, was suspended on Wednesday after it was announced that its licence with...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. July 25, 2014

    Sharp new looks for the exercise class

    As ready-to-wear designers continue to poach elements from the streamlined world of sportswear, a clutch of independent...

  6. June 27, 2014

    Carlos Jereissati, Iguatemi chief executive

    Carlos Jereissati, 42, is chief executive of Iguatemi, which owns the eponymous shopping mall chain in Brazil. Suit by Gucci...

  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 24, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: menswear report 3

    No matter how fanciful, clothing should have a purpose. At Gucci, the overt theme was nautical. It was there in the...

  9. June 22, 2014

    Luxury brands battle to stay in fashion in South Korea

    Kwak Ji-yoon, a 42-year-old South Korean housewife, used to be a loyal customer of Louis Vuitton but she does not buy LV...

  10. 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...

  11. Material World

    June 11, 2014

    Lost in translation: how language barriers might affect a luxury brand’s 'temperature'

    I read an interesting note to investors from the luxury analysts at Exane BNP Paribas last week, exploring the idea of...

  12. June 1, 2014

    A lesson from kindergarten on executives’ bonuses

    Last week in the duty-free shop at Stansted airport, I was idly trying on sunglasses and wondering why so many had lenses...

  13. Material World

    May 29, 2014

    The battle for cyber real estate hots up in the luxury world

    In a world where online control of both brand name and territory is considered increasingly essential, it is of little...

  14. May 16, 2014

    Why floral prints – with an unsettling twist – are blossoming

    What: Everything’s coming up roses – and peonies and orchids and tulips and primroses. Yes, there’s a veritable seed...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. FT Tech Hub

    May 7, 2014

    Online shopping with Chinese characteristics

    Alibaba, which filed for its US IPO on Tuesday, is frequently called the Amazon or eBay of China. But while there may be...

  19. Material World

    May 6, 2014

    China vs North America: did luxury freak out too soon?

    All the hoo-has recently over North America retaking China as the source of luxury growth may be greatly exaggerated—at...

  20. 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...

  21. April 14, 2014

    Bigger, better brands

    Lonsdale is not usually mentioned in the same breath as Gucci or Burberry. But a few years ago, Sports Direct’s best-known...

  22. April 4, 2014

    Power Dressing: Stephen Bayley

    Stephen Bayley, 62, is a critic on design and culture, and a consultant on design exhibitions. Along with Terence Conran, he...

  23. March 28, 2014

    The enduring appeal of Italian menswear

    I was there at the beginning, when Italian men’s fashion started its soft-shoe shuffle towards world domination. I had just...

  24. March 28, 2014

    Fornasetti and the Italian design houses seeking brand success

    Milan’s Triennale Design Museum had a sleeper hit this past winter. Twenty years in the planning, a stunning but little...

  25. 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....

  26. March 21, 2014

    Denim still at the cutting edge of fashion

    Eighty years have passed since Levi’s launched its female version of the blue jean and denim is still at the cutting edge of...

  27. 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...

  28. February 21, 2014

    Kering profits slip on restructuring charges

    Kering, the luxury and lifestyle group, said deep restructuring charges and weaker sales at its flagship Gucci brand...

  29. February 19, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: Gucci takes a new generation back to the ’60s

    There was a grey cloud hanging over Milan on Wednesday as the fashion flock flew in, but in the Gucci world, all was light...

  30. Material World

    February 19, 2014

    Ralph Lauren joins the rush to luxury

    Getty Images In yet another indication that high-end fashion brands see growth opportunities in charging ever-further...

  31. February 7, 2014

    How to get away with wearing pink

    Not so shocking pink When Caroline Neville, president of trade body Cosmetic Executive Woman, appeared on CNBC last year to...

  32. 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...

  33. beyondbrics

    January 16, 2014

    Latest numbers on India's fakes - are they for real?

    From flash ‘Guchi’ trainers to fashionable ‘Caiwen Kelai’ boxers, Mumbai’s popular Chor Bazaar (meaning “thieves’ market”)...

  34. January 14, 2014

    Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 3

    What is new in Milan menswear? The question seems apt as the shows near their conclusion. The answer: some stuff. Enough to...

  35. Material World

    January 13, 2014

    Golden Globes red carpet: it's the men, stupid

    Getty Images If there is any doubt that menswear is now the Next Big Hope of luxury, let that be put to rest by Sunday...

  36. Material World

    January 10, 2014

    Tiffany joins hottest fashion trend: documentaries

    Getty Images Following Vogue (The September Issue), Gucci (The Director), Bergdorf Goodman (Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s),...

  37. December 30, 2013

    Luxury brands eye trends for 2014

    Luxury goods: a look to the new year The stellar growth of the luxury industry’s global groups slowed considerably in 2013,...

  38. MBA blog

    December 18, 2013

    After the studying, fun and exploration in Paris

    As the term comes to an end, I find it even more crucial (for my sanity at least) to balance my studies with some fun and...

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