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  1. Material World

    April 15, 2014

    Fashion’s next big family-run acquisition target?

      Getty Images Maud Lescroart, the CMO of Sophie Hallett, the family-run French lacemaker that seems to supply – well,...

  2. beyondbrics

    April 2, 2014

    India elections: daily wrap

    Raghuram Rajan wasn’t kidding when he said the central bank was ready to hand out new banking licences as soon as the...

  1. beyondbrics

    April 2, 2014

    Everstone gets hitched to India bridal wear queen

    Ritu Kumar is the Vera Wang of Indian bridal wear, one of the oldest and most coveted designers for Indian women on their...

  2. 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...

  3. Material World

    April 15, 2013

    From Fendi to Hermes: how fashion pushes your furniture buttons

    The Salone del Mobile, aka the Milan Furniture Fair closed on Sunday, and with it Milano Moda Design, the side event created...

  4. November 2, 2012

    No baggage

    Let us pause amid the pre-election madness to consider the female power player – specifically, her handbag. Or should that...

  5. Material World

    October 25, 2012

    US fashion brands lagging in emerging markets

    There’s a really interesting study out today from the Digital Luxury Group. Researchers looked at data from more than 31m...

  6. Material World

    September 17, 2012

    More Middle Eastern money pours into high fashion

    Oooooh, I sense another Fashion Week trend! After the Qatari sovereign wealth fund bought Harrod’s in 2010, an un-named...

  7. August 28, 2012

    Buyout firm to acquire David’s Bridal

    David’s Bridal, the biggest wedding dress retailer in North America, is being acquired by private equity firm Clayton...

  8. Material World

    August 6, 2012

    What's up with those Qataris?

    Let’s do a quick recap here: in the last two years the Qatari sovereign wealth fund has bought all of Harrods and a 5.2%...

  9. February 13, 2012

    New York Fashion Week

    In the first of their daily reports from the front row, the FT’s Vanessa Friedman and Elizabeth Paton report from the...

  10. Material World

    January 13, 2012

    Fashion still [hearts] Obama

    AP/Paul Beaty The US electorate in general may be voicing ambivalence about the current administration (though it’s unclear...

  11. December 29, 2011

    ‘Made in China’ does not always translate well

    Stella International makes shoes for a list of clients that reads like the who’s who of the fashion world – Prada, LVMH,...

  12. Material World

    September 13, 2011

    What Madeleine Albright did next

    Madeleine Albright. Image by Vanessa Friedman. Maybe, by watching the world’s most fashionable First Ladies, we’ve all been...

  13. June 24, 2011

    Kate’s wedding dress, part two

    I have weddings on the brain this week. Not just because my parents have been married 50 years today – mazel tov – but...

  14. May 14, 2011

    Power dressing: Dr Patricia Wexler

    Dr Patricia Wexler is a Manhattan-based cosmetic dermatologist. She is also an associate clinical professor for the Mount...

  15. Material World

    April 29, 2011

    McQueen for a future queen

    So the answer is in: Sarah Burton (left) did indeed make Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. A major British brand for a new...

  16. Material World

    April 1, 2011

    Bloomberg TV swoons over Anna Wintour

    Last night Bloomberg TV contributed a whopper of a show to the Anna Wintour hagiography (which also includes the WSJ...

  17. November 12, 2010

    Mid-priced US retailers ring up rising sales

    Three of the largest US department stores have provided further evidence that middle-income consumers are spending more, in...

  18. Material World

    September 26, 2010

    Mourning Catherine Walker in Milan

    Catherine Walker, the Frenchwoman who became one of Princess Diana’s favourite designers and helped modernise British royal...

  19. July 31, 2010

    Chelsea’s big day

    So, on July 31 the long wait was finally over, the rabid curiosity of America sated, and the questions – so many pressing...

  20. April 5, 2010

    Taiwan exports its wedding photographers

    The sand at Shalun beach is rough, the waves are too small for surfing and the beach is bounded by rocky outcrops that...

  21. February 13, 2010

    Fashion at the Winter Olympics

    US figure skater Evan Lysacek in Vera Wang In terms of competitiveness and global scale, few sporting events can rival the...

  22. May 30, 2009

    Designers enter the bridal market

    Ah the glitz! The glamour! The gorgeousness of François-Henri Pinault whisking wife Salma Hayek off to Venice last month...

  23. March 27, 2009

    Waterford Wedgwood to hasten overseas production

    The new owner of Waterford Wedgwood plans to use the fabled but struggling ceramic and crystal tableware brands as a...

  24. March 27, 2009

    Waterford's new owner to accelerate shift overseas

    The new owner of Waterford Wedgwood intends to use the celebrated but struggling ceramic and crystal tableware brands as a...

  25. March 26, 2009

    Waterford Wedgwood to hasten overseas production

    The new owner of Waterford Wedgwood plans to use the fabled but struggling ceramic and crystal tableware brands as a...

  26. February 7, 2009

    End of the runway?

    As another slew of fashion weeks fast approaches, it appears that designers are increasingly leaving an old friend out in...

  27. February 7, 2009

    The catwalk is going out of fashion

    As another slew of fashion weeks fast approaches, it appears that designers are increasingly leaving an old friend out in...

  28. January 8, 2009

    US group closes on Waterford rescue

    KPS Capital Partners, a US private equity company, has signed a letter of intent to buy the “major assets” of Waterford...

  29. January 6, 2009

    Waterford in talks on asset sale as loans called in

    Talks to salvage Waterford Wedgwood were under way last night with at least three US parties after the owner of the historic...

  30. January 5, 2009

    Waterford talks with US groups on asset sale

    Talks to salvage Waterford Wedgwood were under way with at least three US parties on Monday night after the owner of the...

  31. December 9, 2008

    New-look Barbie seeks to collar Chinese market

    A year after becoming embroiled in a product safety recall relating to millions of its toys made in China, Mattel has made...

  32. December 9, 2008

    New-look Barbie makes a play for Chinese hearts

    A year after becoming embroiled in a product safety recall relating to millions of its toys made in China, Mattel has made...

  33. December 8, 2008

    Shanghai surprise for the all-American Barbie

    A year after becoming embroiled in a product safety recall relating to millions of its toys made in China, Mattel has made...

  34. September 15, 2008

    Short-changed on true innovation

    Interestingly, at a time of change - or a time when change is talked about a great deal, and lauded, and held up as the...

  35. September 14, 2008

    Short-changed on true innovation

    Interestingly, at a time of change – or a time when change is talked about a great deal, and lauded, and held up as the...

  36. June 14, 2008

    Wayne, Coleen and me

    And so the much-balleyhooed wedding of the footballer and the shopper has finally arrived. Wayne Rooney and Coleen...

  37. April 3, 2008

    Cameron resigns from struggling Waterford

    Waterford Wedgwood, the troubled ceramics and crystal manufacturing company, has confirmed that Peter Cameron is stepping...

  38. April 2, 2008

    Cameron resigns from struggling Waterford

    Waterford Wedgwood, the troubled ceramics and crystal manufacturing company, has confirmed that Peter Cameron is stepping...

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