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  1. Material World

    May 29, 2014

    The battle for cyber real estate hots up in the luxury world

    In a world where online control of both brand name and territory is considered increasingly essential, it is of little...

  2. Material World

    May 11, 2014

    Part lll: Sub-Saharan Africa

    Dismissed for decades by the industry, it has only been in the past 18 months that sub-Saharan Africa has really started...

  1. Material World

    April 22, 2014

    There’s a new player in the private equity/fashion world and they are spending

      Getty Images The on-again/off-again love affair between private equity and fashion seems to be heating up again, what with...

  2. Material World

    April 14, 2014

    Assessing the Alexander Wang/H&M collaboration

      Getty Images So Alexander Wang, left, is the latest runway designer to team up with H&M in their high/low limited-edition...

  3. March 16, 2014

    Jimmy Choo owner eyes London listing

    The owner of Jimmy Choo is considering a float of the luxury shoe business, helping spur a wave of European and US initial...

  4. December 30, 2013

    Raised to start a business

    Jack Barber was born into a family of food entrepreneurs. Barber Foods, a frozen-poultry company, was started by his...

  5. November 13, 2013

    Mellon memoir sticks the Jimmy Choo boot in

    Tamara Mellon’s life combines the hallmarks of Greek tragedy, Dynasty-style soap opera and the modern fairy tale of a career...

  6. beyondbrics

    October 4, 2013

    Genesis Luxury: local partner for high-end fashion in India

    How do international brands such as Jimmy Choo and Burberry work in India? What makes Bottega Veneta and Canali sell in a...

  7. September 30, 2013

    Nature-inspired accessories at Milan Fashion Week

    The newest muse for accessory designers in Milan was neither a film star nor a rock star but someone altogether more ...

  8. September 27, 2013

    Italian lessons

    Bare essentials Blame it on Michelle Obama’s elegant arms and the related tricep/bicep workout craze, but women want to show...

  9. Material World

    August 30, 2013

    Annie Leibovitz and M&S: money well spent or the emperor's new clothes?

    Much hoo-ha this week about Marks & Spencer’s announcement they hired photographer Annie Leibovitz for their autumn/winter...

  10. August 23, 2013

    Fashion’s autumn ad campaigns

    It’s August, and this being fashion, that means September – September issues, that is, all hitting the coffee table with a...

  11. August 16, 2013

    Step out in Mediterranean sandals

    From catwalks to urban sidewalks, the Mediterranean sandal, with its artisanal feel, vegetable tanned leather and stitched...

  12. Material World

    July 29, 2013

    What Tamara Mellon did next: disrupt fashion

    Today, downtown at the Pace Gallery in New York, Tamara Mellon finally unveiled her new brand – not mention plans for the...

  13. June 18, 2013

    London menswear show: runway report 2

    If anyone is still sceptical about the need for a third menswear city, aka the year-old London men’s shows, I have two words...

  14. June 14, 2013

    London calling

    The new men’s catwalk season begins in London this weekend under the banner London Collections: Men (“LC:M”). It kicks off...

  15. June 2, 2013

    Top luxury executives play game of musical chairs

    The stagnating eurozone, a global tourism slowdown plus a crackdown in China on ostentatious gift-giving have all taken...

  16. May 10, 2013

    Does art really sell product?

    It’s Frieze weekend in New York, which means that for the past two weeks the art-fashion love-in has been in full swing....

  17. Material World

    May 2, 2013

    Jimmy Choo starts writing its post-Tamara story

    I had a very illuminating chat yesterday with Jimmy Choo chief executive Pierre Denis. He’s been in the job not quite a year...

  18. Material World

    April 4, 2013

    Tamara Mellon’s Act II: a book, a brand, a...biopic?

    What do you do when you are stuck in a non-compete for a year? Write a memoir, which is in part a tell-all about your former...

  19. March 28, 2013

    Germans show appetite for coffee brands

    Joh A Benckiser’s hunger for consumer brands just keeps growing. Run by former Reckitt Benckiser chief executive Bart Becht,...

  20. March 1, 2013

    Milan Fashion Week 2013: spikes and seams

    It was probably only a matter of time. Once the Metropolitan Museum announced that the subject for the Costume Institute’s...

  21. February 10, 2013

    Lion Capital acquires GHD

    A British-based hair-straightening brand represented by pop star Katy Perry has been bought by Lion Capital, the private...

  22. February 8, 2013

    Black-tie thinking

    At Sunday night’s Bafta film awards, Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, it’s not just actresses who will be in the fashion...

  23. February 7, 2013

    TowerBrook raises $3.5bn fund

    Defying a depressed fundraising market, TowerBrook, the British-American private equity firm that used to own shoe designer...

  24. Material World

    December 6, 2012

    Labelux and Mulberry race for leathergoods crown

    Two interesting announcements this morning. First, Labelux announces that instead of embracing (and chasing) hard luxury, it...

  25. September 28, 2012

    Footloose and fantasy

    For all the talk doing the rounds this week about the importance of Made in Italy and the creativity that can only happen...

  26. September 7, 2012

    Crazy feet

    The only shoe dilemma faced by many men used to be deciding between black or brown but now, eye-catching footwear is opening...

  27. September 3, 2012

    You can take the cult out of culture

    Among many proposals about how to restore a positive corporate culture at companies that have lost their way, no one has yet...

  28. August 31, 2012

    Mature markets

    If you thought that 40 was the new 30, think again. Rolling out in cinemas comes Cannes film festival Palme d’Or winner...

  29. Material World

    August 2, 2012

    More private equity action in fashion

    Hey! That rhymes. It could almost be a rap. Or a jingle: action/fashion…action/fashion. Getty Images Onwards. It’s also...

  30. July 23, 2012

    Peet’s Coffee in near-$1bn buyout by Benckiser

    Peet’s Coffee & Tea, a US chain that claims a devoted following of “Peetniks”, is to be acquired for nearly $1bn by Joh A...

  31. July 17, 2012

    Burberry may quit Interparfums agreement

    Burberry is preparing to pay €180m in cash to extricate itself from a licensing agreement with the French company that...

  32. 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...

  33. Material World

    June 25, 2012

    The luxury middle ground returns

    So after all the chat about the current economic situation driving a polarisation of price-points – either super-high-end...

  34. Material World

    May 30, 2012

    What is a "luxury lifestyle" brand?

    Does anyone else feel like suddenly everywhere they turn, another erstwhile satisfied luxury brand is re-christening...

  35. May 25, 2012

    Bold platforms for France’s new agenda

    I am now going to write something I have never written before; something, in fact, I never would have thought it possible I...

  36. April 13, 2012

    Slip-on solutions

    Here’s a riddle: what do 51-year-old Sotheby’s Europe chairman Melanie Clore, 40-year-old film director Sofia Coppola, and...

  37. April 11, 2012

    Former Jimmy Choo exec to lead Bergdorf Goodman

    Joshua Schulman, former Jimmy Choo chief executive officer, has been appointed as president of luxury US department store...

  38. April 6, 2012

    Tamara Mellon puts the boot in to buyouts

    Tamara Mellon spent a decade working for private equity, turning Jimmy Choo, the footwear company she founded in 1996, into...

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