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  1. May 28, 2014

    Michael Kors continues to outpace accessible luxury crowd

    Michael Kors beat expectations as North American fourth-quarter sales jumped 43 per cent and more than doubled in Europe,...

  2. 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...

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  1. Material World

    May 8, 2014

    Dior Cruise: clothes, consumers and concept

      Getty Images And so that extended and amorphous season known as Cruise or Pre-fall – you know, the clothes that go on sale...

  2. May 2, 2014

    Fashion world sashays to Instagram for brand-building

    Instagram and fashion In the early days of Instagram, supermodels, street-style bloggers and fashion designers took to the...

  3. 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...

  4. Material World

    April 17, 2014

    Mulberry comes to its senses...kind of

      Getty Images So Mulberry interim executive chairman Godfrey Davis, still lacking a CEO and creative director (model Cara...

  5. Material World

    March 12, 2014

    With CFDA nominations, New York fashion officially welcomes its new generation

      Getty Images OK, yes, as readers may know it has been a bit of a busy morning for me, but in the meantime, I have been...

  6. 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...

  7. February 13, 2014

    New York Fashion Week: Runway report 10

    Those who have been watching know it’s been a bit of an upset Olympics thus far, what with Sean White and Bode Miller not...

  8. February 4, 2014

    Michael Kors continues to outshine luxury rivals

    Michael Kors raised its full-year sales and profit forecasts as it reported European third-quarter sales had more than...

  9. FT Tech Hub

    January 7, 2014

    CES 2014 Watch - January 7

    Monday was all about the big technology companies planting their flags in the areas believed to have a mainstream impact in...

  10. Material World

    January 6, 2014

    Competing shows: LC:M vs CES

    Getty Images Forget the uproar around competing menswear shows LC:M, which starts Monday and ends Wednesday (read Charlie...

  11. Material World

    December 18, 2013

    Google’s most-searched terms in 2013: fashion shocker in the US and France!

    Getty Images Google has published its annual list of most-searched names in multiple categories in countries all over the...

  12. December 13, 2013

    What fashion adds to the tech world

    Pity the poor fashion editor. Life is so confusing these days. Half the time I am wading through Christmas presents and...

  13. Material World

    December 3, 2013

    The fashion billionaires list

    Getty Images It just keeps growing! As Forbes pointed out, the Versace stake currently for sale is being discussed as a...

  14. November 5, 2013

    Michael Kors: in the bag

    Michael Kors, the fashion house from the American designer of the same name, has another stellar quarter in the bag. Revenue...

  15. November 5, 2013

    Michael Kors beats rivals in luxury retail

    Michael Kors consolidated its enviable foothold in luxury fashion retail in Europe and North America in the September...

  16. FT Tech Hub

    November 1, 2013

    Users cry out after Instagram's first ever advert

    The first advert on Instagram, the social photo app owned by Facebook, was published on Friday to a chorus of complaints...

  17. Material World

    September 26, 2013

    The JW Anderson-Loewe deal and the shifting balance of power

    Getty Images On Wednesday, LVMH announced it had signed up YBD JW Anderson (aka Jonathan William Anderson, left) to be the...

  18. Material World

    September 17, 2013

    The Harrods-isation of Saks: a new general in the department store wars

    Getty Images The news yesterday that Marigay McKee (left, with Michael Kors), former chief merchant of Harrods, was moving...

  19. Material World

    September 13, 2013

    Race on the Runway: a report card

    Getty Images Given the diversity debate that raged during New York Fashion Week – and which is making its way over the ocean...

  20. September 12, 2013

    New York Fashion Week: runway report 5

    The news that the most exciting feature of the new iPhone5c was . . . wait for it . . . colour! broke, appropriately enough,...

  21. 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...

  22. August 9, 2013

    Michael Kors v Coach: in and out

    Fashion is a notoriously fickle business. One season you are in, the next you are out. Take the luxury goods companies...

  23. July 12, 2013

    The new squeezed middle

    At last month’s Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awards, the star of the show was a harness cut-out gown by...

  24. Material World

    June 26, 2013

    Who determines “cool” in fashion?

    Getty Images BusinessInsider.com thinks they know! Yes, the web site (which I generally highly recommend for anyone who...

  25. June 14, 2013

    The latest from resort 2014 ... and after the rain

    Just as pre-fall appears in stores, pre-spring (aka resort) appears on runways. But how to make sense of a season that spans...

  26. June 7, 2013

    The end of seasons

    Last weekend I experienced an unfamiliar clothing trauma (I know, I shouldn’t admit it). Coming from New York, where it was...

  27. June 2, 2013

    Listings: Stock markets compete with buyouts

    When Milanese jeweller Pomellato wanted to raise funds to expand into Asia, its first choice was a listing on the Milan...

  28. 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...

  29. May 29, 2013

    Aggressive expansion boosts Michael Kors

    Aggressive expansion and record sales helped Michael Kors more than double its fourth-quarter earnings, as new store...

  30. Material World

    May 24, 2013

    Making sense of 'accessible' luxury

    Getty Images The other day I was talking to Geraldo da Conceicao, Sonia Rykiel’s new creative director, about his plans for...

  31. Material World

    May 21, 2013

    Not-so-valuable Luxury brands

    The WPP/BrandZ Top 100 Global Brands ranking is out today – OMG! OMG! – and, as usual (for me, anyway) what ISN’T on it,...

  32. April 23, 2013

    Coach: worth holding

    Coach had been looking a bit worn and faded. At the start of the year, the US handbag maker posted a rare sales decline in...

  33. March 22, 2013

    Stripes are back

    If it’s spring (or nearly spring), it must be time for stripes. Blame it on the urge to go to the beach as soon as the...

  34. beyondbrics

    February 22, 2013

    Morgan Stanley splurges over $1bn on Moscow retail mall

    With European stores looking empty, commercial real estate investors have turned to Russia where shoppers are still out in...

  35. February 21, 2013

    Michael Kors eyes secondary public offer

    Michael Kors, the upmarket handbag and fashion brand, has unveiled plans for a secondary public offering on behalf of...

  36. February 14, 2013

    Coach chief Frankfort to step down

    Lew Frankfort, Coach’s chief executive, is stepping down and will be replaced by the head of the handbag brand’s...

  37. February 14, 2013

    New York: runway report five

    Forget tea leaves and tarot cards: on Wednesday in New York the fashion crowd was attempting to read the runway – not just...

  38. February 12, 2013

    Michael Kors shares hit record high

    Michael Kors, the upmarket handbag and fashion brand, reported a 70 per cent jump in quarterly revenue to $637m as it...

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