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    1. 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 several...

    2. 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...

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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 April 2013

      The principal reason for the industry’s uncertainty is the clampdown on the giving of ...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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 bring...

    3. 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...

    4. 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 stake...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 been...

    7. 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...

    8. 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 particularly...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    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. Material World

      April 1, 2014

      Apple’s iWatch is a red herring; here’s what they REALLY have planned

        Getty Images All the kvelling and anticipation, all the oh-my-god-wait-for-it-game-changer rumours that have had both the...

    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. Material World

      March 20, 2014

      All about Yves: A review of the new YSL film

      It’s almost a cliché now that you wait years for a fashion film and then two come along at once. It happened with two Chanel...

    16. Material World

      February 25, 2014

      What to watch for at Paris Fashion Week: hottest new names at old houses

        Getty Images Tuesday is travel day, as the fashion flock leaves Milan and heads to Paris, the last leg of the four-week...

    17. February 21, 2014

      Lunch with the FT: Dries Van Noten

      By all rights, designer Dries Van Noten could be excused for being a bit grand. We meet a few days after his wildly...

    18. February 21, 2014

      Kering: marque of trouble

      Kering – the luxury goods group formerly known as PPR in case you’ve forgotten – likes to tell the world that its new name...

    19. 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...

    20. February 20, 2014

      Puma sales worse than expected as brand tackles global image

      Puma, the German sportswear company, aims to position itself to global consumers as the “fastest sportswear brand in the...

    21. 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...

    22. January 15, 2014

      Burberry: getting noisy

      Luxury brands are meant to exude an air of cool, considered, unruffled sophistication. Burberry’s shares do just the...

    23. Material World

      January 15, 2014

      François-Henri Pinault puts his money where his mobile is via Square

      Getty Images There’s an interesting note on François-Henri Pinault’s official bio page on the Kering website.Aafter a the...

    24. January 14, 2014

      Square valuation rises to $5bn

      The valuation of Square, the payments company led by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has soared to $5bn after a private...

    25. January 8, 2014

      London Collections: Men, report 2

      At fashion shows, the focus is meant to be on what is finished: the completed looks that have taken months of toil to...

    26. Material World

      December 16, 2013

      The next big luxury M&A targets in 2014

      Getty Images Whoopee: the very fun holiday game of “Who’s Going to Buy Who Next Year?” has officially begun with a launch...

    27. Material World

      December 10, 2013

      Rumours François-Henri Pinault is leaving France have been greatly exaggerated

      Getty Images Pity the poor luxury CEO in François Hollande’s France: no sooner is your wife speaking to a foreign real...

    28. Material World

      December 6, 2013

      Stakes-raising: Chanel and Paco Rabanne ante up

      Forget obvious battlegrounds such as stores (who has the biggest, the luxist, the most special), or designers. The most...

    29. Material World

      December 5, 2013

      Rei Kawakubo repudiates the fashion 'inspiration' myth

      There’s a terrific essay by Rei Kawakubo, the high priestess/founder of Comme des Garçons, in the current issue of System...

    30. 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...

    31. November 29, 2013

      China’s crackdown on luxury gifts raises industry fears

      Luxury brands in thrall to the east For the past few years, as financial chaos tore through the US and a sovereign debt...

    32. November 22, 2013

      Gucci owner creates snake trade alliance

      First it was a scramble for the highest-quality leather. Then it was all about securing adequate supplies of crocodile skin....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. November 13, 2013

      Kering warns of ‘significant’ profit drop

      Kering, the French luxury and lifestyle group, warned that net income will drop “very significantly” compared with 2012 as...

    36. November 8, 2013

      Luxury brands follow wealthy customers

      Call it the year of transition. A slowing in the Chinese luxury goods market, returning confidence among US buyers, the...

    37. November 4, 2013

      Ghesquière goes to Louis Vuitton

      Louis Vuitton has appointed Nicolas Ghesquière as its artistic director of women’s fashion as it seeks to inject fresh...

    38. Material World

      November 4, 2013

      Nicolas Ghesquière to Louis Vuitton: why and wherefore

      And so the collective breath can be expelled: the thing everyone expected to happen has finally happened, and Nicolas...

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