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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Watches and Jewellery

    The US re-emerges as strong market for the hard luxury industry...
  2. Business of Luxury

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

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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....

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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....

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. Material World

    October 29, 2013

    Americas look set to eclipse the Asia-Pacific as luxury's biggest growth engine in 2013

    The Americas look set to become the luxury industry’s largest growth market in 2013, as a government clampdown on...

  35. Material World

    October 15, 2013

    Burberry shake-up will change fashion industry

    Getty Images Told you I would come out of sabbatical for industry-shaking news. Well, Tuesday’s announcement that Burberry...

  36. Material World

    October 2, 2013

    Saint Laurent, Colette and the World Luxury Wrestling Federation

    Getty Images Sometimes I think overprotecting a brand may not, actually, be the best thing for the brand. Consider the news,...

  37. MBA blog

    September 29, 2013

    Breakfast at Vuitton

    One of the reasons I chose my programme was for the unique learning and networking opportunities emphasized outside the...

  38. 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...

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