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    1. 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 Kering, led...

    2. 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 of...

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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 and Jewellery

      The hard luxury industry has been challenged by tumultuous events in a year it would r...
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    1. 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 brands in...

    2. 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, the...

    3. 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 was...

    4. 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 of...

    5. 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 shoppers...

    6. 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 year,...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    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. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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....

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    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 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...

    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. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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