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    1. February 5, 2016

      You’ve been framed

      Tomas Maier is not the sort of designer likely to embark on anything hastily or faddishly. No way. Take, for instance,...

    2. December 4, 2015

      Chanel’s Roman holiday

      The world gathered in Paris this week to try and secure a multilateral initiative on climate change. In Silicon Valley,...

    Special Reports

    1. Watches & Jewellery April 2013

      The principal reason for the industry’s uncertainty is the clampdown on the giving of ...
    2. Watches & Jewellery November 2012

      A look at prospects for the holiday season, traditionally the industry’s most lucrativ...
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    1. November 14, 2015

      Women watchmakers in a man’s world

      There is little doubt that the watch industry is predominantly a man’s world. This is not to say however, that there...

    2. October 23, 2015

      Raf Simons’ exit at Dior speaks to creative tensions of luxury

      If the luxury industry needed reminding of how fraught creative leadership can be at the world’s biggest fashion...

    3. October 23, 2015

      Kering: bags and shoes

      Should a luxury goods retailer be worth less because it also sells trainers? The valuation of Kering, the French group,...

    4. October 21, 2015

      Gucci sets out on quest for better times

      A freak rainstorm threatened to drench movie star guests including Salma Hayek and Dakota Johnson at the Gucci...

    5. October 12, 2015

      China slowdown weighs on Hong Kong luxury rents

      Rents in what were the world’s most expensive shopping streets have dropped by as much as 40 per cent as the impact of...

    6. July 31, 2015

      Balenciaga’s creative director Alexander Wang bows out

      Luxury and lifestyle goods group Kering is to part ways with Alexander Wang as creative director of its Balenciaga...

    7. July 26, 2015

      Patricia Barbizet, Christie’s: Loyal dealmaker comes to the fore

      It seems only natural that growing up in a home filled with paintings and sculpture, Patricia Barbizet should return to...

    8. June 5, 2015

      Antonio Calce: ‘I have a piece of gold in my hands’

      Considerable personnel moves among watch and jewellery companies were in evidence at Baselworld recently, but none was...

    9. May 17, 2015

      Kering sues Alibaba over sales of counterfeit goods

      Alibaba is being sued by the company behind luxury brands including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, which alleges the...

    10. May 6, 2015

      Puma warns of hit from strong dollar

      Shares in Puma fell 7.2 per cent in early trading before regaining ground, after the world’s third largest sportswear...

    11. April 21, 2015

      Gucci ‘transition’ hurts Kering results

      A deep reorganisation at the heart of Gucci took its toll during the first quarter as sales at Kering’s flagship luxury...

    12. March 30, 2015

      Yoox and Net-a-Porter confirm merger talks

      Online luxury retailers Yoox and Net-a-Porter are closing in on a deal to merge their operations, in the latest sign of...

    13. February 17, 2015

      Gucci fails to bag sales growth

      Falling sales at Gucci in the final quarter of 2014 took the shine off results for luxury brand owner Kering — despite...

    14. February 16, 2015

      Puma asks for patience over turnround

      Puma, the German sports brand that sponsors sprinter Usain Bolt and last year signed pop star Rihanna as a creative...

    15. January 21, 2015

      Gucci appoints Alessandro Michele as new creative director

      Gucci has appointed Alessandro Michele, its relatively unknown accessories designer, as creative director following the...

    16. December 12, 2014

      Kering and Gucci: Pinault noir

      There is no room for emotion in luxury, whatever the adverts suggest. It may be a fortnight before Christmas but...

    17. December 12, 2014

      Chief executive and creative director to leave Gucci

      Gucci, the Italian luxury goods brand, is parting company with its chief executive Patrizio di Marco and his partner,...

    18. December 12, 2014

      New Gucci chief Bizzarri viewed as a rising star

      Marco Bizzarri, named on Friday as the new chief executive of Gucci, has earned a reputation as one of the rising stars...

    19. December 12, 2014

      What went wrong for Gucci’s power couple?

      For a decade at Gucci, Patrizio di Marco and Frida Giannini had presided over one of the world’s best-known luxury...

    20. December 3, 2014

      Pinault loyalist Patricia Barbizet rises to top of Christie’s

      Talk about French business, and sooner or later the name of Patricia Barbizet crops up. Yet the person who on Tuesday...

    21. November 7, 2014

      It takes more than a tax rise to spoil Japan’s taste for luxury

      Japan’s hard luxury sector is optimistic: the market has experienced steady but certain growth after extended periods...

    22. November 7, 2014

      East and west are in perfect accord, just off the Place Vendôme

      French fine jewellery might be widely regarded as the best in the world. But as ever-increasing numbers of Chinese...

    23. November 7, 2014

      Patrik Hoffmann: ‘Kering was the right partner to keep Ulysse Nardin innovation in place’

      The number of independent Swiss watchmakers has dwindled to a handful in recent years. That group shrank further this...

    24. 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...

    25. October 10, 2014

      ‘Logo fatigue’ and austerity curb the bling binge

      A key driver of the high growth enjoyed by luxury’s largest companies until late last year was status symbol-fuelled...

    26. October 10, 2014

      Mounting global woes weigh on luxury industry

      Downturn for luxury goods Stellar growth appears to have gone out of fashion in the luxury goods industry. After...

    27. September 5, 2014

      Analysis: Kering buys Ulysse Nardin

      As analysts dialled in to a conference call in July to discuss Kering’s financial results, there was one question that...

    28. September 5, 2014

      ‘We need to be contemporary,’ says Boucheron chief executive

      One of the first decisions made by Pierre Bouissou after he was appointed chief executive of Boucheron in 2011 was to...

    29. 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...

    30. Material World

      August 27, 2014

      Will LVMH buy a stake in Proenza Schouler? Three key takeaways

      The luxury M&A rumour mill has gone into overdrive yet again amid reports that LVMH is looking to acquire a minority...

    31. 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...

    32. July 4, 2014

      Paris spring/summer 2015 menswear shows

      At the Paris menswear shows for spring/summer 2015, barely anyone used the word “luxury”. For many seasons, luxury has...

    33. June 6, 2014

      Kering’s latest hiring signals gear change for hard luxury

      When Kering confirmed this year that it was hiring Albert Bensoussan to head its watches and jewellery division, the...

    34. May 14, 2014

      Puma revenues dip as currency effects take their toll

      Puma, the German sportswear company, revealed a dip in revenues in the first quarter of the year with Asia hit...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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,...

    38. 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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