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  1. July 11, 2014

    Paris couture autumn/winter 2014

    Paris couture shows autumn/winter 2014 There was a clear message from the couture shows in Paris this season: that despite a...

  2. 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...

  1. June 26, 2014

    Paris Fashion Week: menswear report 1

    With Paris comes clarity. That has been the mood on the first day of the spring/summer 2015 menswear season in the city,...

  2. June 13, 2014

    Fashion insiders reveal the hottest ‘pre’ collection buys

    Erdem Moralioglu is talking about inspiration. “I spent a lot of time in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s archives at Blythe...

  3. February 24, 2014

    Permira seeks out deals in Italian fashion

    Permira almost lost its shirt after buying luxury group Valentino on the eve of the global financial crisis. Though this...

  4. January 16, 2014

    Paris Fashion Week: Men’s, report 1

    Here is how you know you are in Paris, far away from corporate Milan: one of the hottest menswear designers chooses to put...

  5. December 4, 2013

    Italian state fund puts in highest offer for Versace stake

    Italy’s state-backed investment fund has tabled the highest bid for a minority stake in Versace, with an offer that values...

  6. Material World

    November 4, 2013

    The really interesting implications of Versace's suitors, from Permira to Investcorp

    Getty Images Stay out of the office (more or less) for a month on sabbatical, and what happens? Strange things! I mean,...

  7. September 6, 2013

    Swarovski steps into world of film-making

    When the lights dim and the credits roll on the cinematic premiere of the “21st century re-imagining” of Shakespeare’s Romeo...

  8. September 4, 2013

    Fiat plots road to recovery in Italy with focus on luxury

    Fiat is pushing ahead with plans to make Italy the hub of its premium and luxury car business after chief executive Sergio...

  9. August 20, 2013

    Italian business: No way back

    Over six decades, Cesare Geronzi ascended to the summit of Italian finance. Every step of the way, he took three scarlet...

  10. 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...

  11. June 2, 2013

    Private equity: Deals follow shift in consumer luxury spending

    Six years after the height of private equity’s interest in luxury fashion was marked by Permira’s acquisition of Valentino...

  12. May 10, 2013

    Collectors’ items

    Fashion’s relationship with art is often viewed with suspicion, as if low-brow fashion is out to milk all the cultural cred...

  13. April 4, 2013

    Versace eyes stake sell-off or float

    Gianni Versace has underscored its recovery from the brink of collapse three years ago by reporting a 39 per cent jump in...

  14. January 17, 2013

    Paris Menswear: day one

    When Raf Simons, Dior’s (relatively) new womenswear designer, makes his own label menswear, he gets to play. His...

  15. December 7, 2012

    Still making dress sense

    When it comes to iconic party dresses, there are few silhouettes to rival the one created by Spanish designer Mariano...

  16. November 5, 2012

    Italian police seize castle in €65m tax probe

    Italian police have confiscated €65m of assets, including a 15th century castle, from the Marzotto family and its business...

  17. October 26, 2012

    The bewitching hour

    Fashion’s Halloween party: dress code “dark and dangerous”. Yes, goth is back but forget whey-faced, post-punk teenagers in...

  18. October 3, 2012

    Paris Fashion Week: day seven

    The spring/summer collections came to a close just before Mitt Romney and Barack Obama faced off at the University of Denver...

  19. July 12, 2012

    Permira/Valentino: fashion statement

    Permira is making as elegant an exit as it can from its journey into haute couture. In 2007 the private equity group bought...

  20. July 12, 2012

    Qatari buyers acquire Italy luxury groups

    The Qatari royal family has snapped up luxury Italian brands Valentino and the M Missoni licence business for €700m, hoping...

  21. July 8, 2012

    Permira plans to refinance Birds Eye Iglo

    Permira, the private equity firm, is planning a €500m refinancing of Birds Eye Iglo, the frozen foods business, which will...

  22. July 8, 2012

    Qatari royal family in talks for Valentino brand

    The Qatari royal family is in advanced talks with private equity firm Permira over the sale of Valentino, the Italian luxury...

  23. February 9, 2012

    SVG strikes upbeat note for year

    SVG Capital reported an increase in fourth-quarter earnings and struck an upbeat note for 2012 that contrasted sharply with...

  24. December 20, 2011

    SVG to expand beyond Permira

    SVG Capital is to redistribute £170m ($264m) to shareholders and diversify its holdings beyond Permira, the buy-out group in...

  25. November 14, 2011

    Permira sells portion of Hugo Boss stake

    Permira sent Hugo Boss’ shares lower after it sold a €307m stake to institutional investors, in the first such disposal...

  26. October 5, 2011

    A triumph of powerful introspection

    In the end there was no revolution to televise. Paris Fashion Week – and, indeed, the whole spring/summer 2012 season –...

  27. September 26, 2011

    Specifications for the way we live now

    As the fashion pack leaves Milan for the start of the Paris shows on Tuesday, one designer will go with them: Alessandra...

  28. October 29, 2010

    SVG posts gains as Permira rebounds

    A rebound in profitability at Permira’s biggest portfolio companies, including fashion houses Valentino and Hugo Boss,...

  29. Material World

    September 16, 2010

    Acquisition rumours trend at Fashion Week

    Proenza Schouler. Image from Catwalking.com. Q: What do you get when you put hundreds of fashion people in a room and make...

  30. August 27, 2010

    SVG Capital books gains on Permira rebound

    A rebound in the performance of Permira’s biggest portfolio companies, including German television broadcaster...

  31. June 26, 2010

    Shorts circuit

    From left: designs by Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Chloé and Hermès Each summer, as predictably as the movie blockbuster season...

  32. December 15, 2009

    Business diary: Matteo Marzotto, Vionnet

    Matteo Marzotto spent 17 years at his family business, the Marzotto Group, most recently as president of Valentino, the...

  33. December 14, 2009

    Business diary: Matteo Marzotto

    Matteo Marzotto spent 17 years at his family business, the Marzotto Group, most recently as president of Valentino, the...

  34. December 4, 2009

    Permira sizes up deal to buy Valentino debt

    Private equity’s costliest excursion on to the catwalk is about to become more expensive as Permira, the UK buy-out house,...

  35. August 28, 2009

    Private equity groups hint worst is over

    Three of Europe’s biggest listed private equity groups on Friday reported drops in the value of their investment portfolios...

  36. August 22, 2009

    Mystery Shopper: Best buys in Buenos Aires

    Recently I travelled to Argentina to participate in a three-day training conference on compliance with international law....

  37. August 10, 2009

    Luxury M&A

    Fashion has not become an ugly place, according to those who run the business. Although LVMH’s first-half profits have...

  38. June 29, 2009

    Valentino hits Permira's pocket

    Private equity's costliest excursion on to the catwalk risks turning into a flop as Permira, the UK buy-out house, nears...

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