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    1. June 19, 2015

      The democratisation of tastemaking

      A few years ago, on a cycling holiday in South Dakota, I arrived famished, after a long-day’s ride, at a late-afternoon...

    2. May 8, 2015

      Seven exhibitions inaugurate Milan’s Prada Foundation

      Italy, unrivalled site of Old Master pilgrimage, came late to modern art and even later to embracing the contemporary....

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    1. April 24, 2015

      Patchwork: fashion’s form of alchemy

      Miuccia Prada pieced together ornate jacquard fabrics into trophy coats and shift dresses; Junya Watanabe, with his...

    2. March 31, 2015

      How does one make it as a business pioneer?

      How do we define a business pioneer? This was the first question the six judges — three Financial Times columnists and...

    3. March 27, 2015

      The fine art of retail

      An aesthetic war is being waged in stores, with fashion’s leading luxury brands battling to lure and seduce consumers...

    4. February 25, 2015

      Jo Ellison’s London Fashion Week round-up

      Rather like a pushy mother trying to promote her youngest, inexplicably single son at a wedding, there is a tendency...

    5. January 18, 2015

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear report 2

      At its best, Prada acts as a reset to zero. For autumn/winter 2015, Miuccia Prada sent out a collection that was hard...

    6. December 23, 2014

      Food the new frontier for Italian luxury

      Christmas panettone crowd the copper counters of Pasticceria Marchesi, the 200-year-old Milanese coffee and cake house...

    7. September 29, 2014

      Italy targets Prada chiefs in tax probe

      Italian authorities are investigating the personal finances of Prada’s co-chief executives, in the latest phase of a...

    8. September 24, 2014

      Milan: interview with Vogue Italia’s Franca Sozzani

      On the closing evening of Milan Fashion Week, the great and the good of Italian fashion came to pay their respects to...

    9. September 19, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Day 3

      Miuccia Prada built her spring/summer 2015 show from the ground up. A collection of heavy black coats with burnt orange...

    10. September 19, 2014

      Prada shares fall out of fashion as consumer fears hit profits

      Luxury goods group Prada’s net profit fell 20 per cent in the first half of this year as the once fashion darling of...

    11. June 23, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear report 2

      What is normal in menswear? It is a question that Miuccia Prada brought sharply into focus with her stellar...

    12. Material World

      April 3, 2014

      Prada to eat cake on way to new profits

      Getty Images Back from Prada’s investor day, analysts are musing over the future of the multibillion-euro Italian...

    13. Material World

      March 4, 2014

      The J Crew/Fast Retailing rumours: cherchez l’amitié

      Getty Images It’s interesting, in all the breathless reports about Fast Retailing’s maybe-possibly-hope-so acquisition...

    14. February 21, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: The leap from catwalk to the street

      Kiev was burning and in Milan, Jeremy Scott made his debut at Moschino with a series of bad jokes. This is not the non...

    15. Material World

      January 30, 2014

      The most creative business people in fashion: guess who!

      Getty Images Oh, yay! Another list! The Fast Company 1000 is out, a list of the 1,000 “most creative people in...

    16. January 17, 2014

      Feminism is back in fashion

      The overriding trend that’s shaping fashion for the coming season, the one thing that no one will be able to avoid, is...

    17. January 13, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 2

      Miuccia Prada is often expected to pose questions with her shows; questions that are complex, elusive and have no...

    18. January 12, 2014

      Milan Fashion Week: Menswear runway report 1

      Heritage is a popular word in menswear, usually applied to those brands currently dressing young men as if they spent...

    19. 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...

    20. November 29, 2013

      Pirelli calendar celebrates 50th anniversary

      The Italian tyre company Pirelli kicked off the A-list’s Christmas party season this year with a 50th anniversary...

    21. Material World

      October 24, 2013

      After fashion, films, museums and art Prada takes on the printed word

      Miuccia Prada has always positioned her stylistic vision firmly at a crossroads where fashion both intersects – and...

    22. October 18, 2013

      Designers embrace Steiff bear’s faux fur

      For shoppers seeking comfort in the winter, what could be cosier than wrapping up in the stuff of the original teddy...

    23. September 20, 2013

      Prada plays with feminine stereotypes on the runway at Milan

      “I wanted to be nasty. I’m fed up with everything.” So said Miuccia Prada after her emphatic spring/summer show, which...

    24. September 6, 2013

      Italian industry: A trial of style over substance rests on what people will buy

      On a recent morning in the Prada store in Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II, a sales assistant was explaining the...

    25. September 6, 2013

      Statement spectacles: Glasses with the hallmarks of a luxury timepiece

      A growing consumer appetite for technologically advanced, expertly constructed eyewear – often out of the world’s most...

    26. June 24, 2013

      Milan menswear show: runway report 2

      In a season where the lack of business tailoring is becoming something of an issue, trust Miuccia Prada to take the...

    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. Material World

      May 20, 2013

      Rumble in Milan

      Oooh, the trash talk out of Milan. Having finally woken up to the fact that London Fashion Week is getting buzzier, and...

    29. April 26, 2013

      Pride keeps Italian luxury brands isolated

      A few years back, an experienced Italian dealmaker with a string of successes under his belt tried to get Giorgio...

    30. February 22, 2013

      Milan Fashion Week: runway report 3

      “Of course I thought about it,” said Miuccia Prada backstage after her show. “How could you not? But then I thought:...

    31. January 18, 2013

      Is Milan on the money?

      Milan’s autumn/winter 2013 menswear shows drew to a close last Wednesday, but what continues to resonate? Houndstooth....

    32. January 14, 2013

      Milan Menswear: day two

      Reality is a word not that often heard at Prada. But the menswear show that Miuccia Prada sent out in Milan on Sunday...

    33. September 21, 2012

      Milan Fashion Week: day two

      Italy has stagnation on the mind – and not just because of the economy. The fashion industry, long dominated by the...

    34. June 29, 2012

      Creative heights

      Surrealism may be in the air, thanks to the revival of the house of Schiaparelli, which opens its historic doors on...

    35. Material World

      May 7, 2012

      Amazon embraces highest-end fashion

      Tonight Jeff Bezos, a man generally pictured in jeans, jackets and no tie, will stand at the top of the grand staircase...

    36. March 30, 2012

      Overseas sales boost Italian luxury groups

      A weak outlook for Italy’s economy has done nothing to damp the prospects of its pioneering luxury goods industry,...

    37. March 29, 2012

      Prada: when more may be less

      The Pope wears Prada, or so it is rumoured (the Vatican has denied it). So do a growing cohort of Asians. Because of...

    38. March 29, 2012

      Prada to add 160 stores to retail empire

      Prada, the Italian luxury goods group, said it plans to ramp up expansion of its retail stores over the next two years...

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