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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Business of Luxury 2013

    Strategic industry comes of age...
  2. Watches and Jewellery

    It is no surprise that as members of the industry gather in Switzerland at the annual ...
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  1. 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....

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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....

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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,...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. September 18, 2013

    Gucci goes big for Milan Fashion Week

    London is not the only city that has suddenly woken up to the benefits associated with a thriving fashion industry and begun...

  32. September 18, 2013

    London Fashion Week: The creativity behind the commerce

    “The fashion industry is beginning to be taken seriously by the wider business community” – so said UK business secretary...

  33. Material World

    September 18, 2013

    The biggest Fashion Week trend: supporting young designers

    Anyone else think this is a halcyon time for young designers? I mean, first the big luxury groups make their first...

  34. September 6, 2013

    CEO interview: Richard Mille seeks secure future for his ‘baby’

    In the years after Richard Mille founded his own watch company in 2001, a number of suitors have expressed interest in the...

  35. September 6, 2013

    The middle market: New segment emerges for the upwardly mobile

    The flourishing market in fashion fine jewellery “has the potential to do for the jewellery segment what contemporary brands...

  36. August 28, 2013

    US high-end retail: just below the top

    Central bank asset purchases are supposed to help the economy. How do they do it? The debate over “transmission mechanisms”...

  37. August 19, 2013

    Fashion cents and sensibility

    When New York Fashion Week comes to town in the first week of September, a cadre of young designers will host exclusive...

  38. July 25, 2013

    Luxury goods sales at France’s LVMH rise 6%

    LVMH, the French luxury group, said on Thursday that solid demand for its fashion and leather goods and wines and spirits...

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