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  1. April 18, 2014

    All eyes on independent sunglasses brands

    Whether they are worn to shield our eyes, strike a pose or conceal a hangover, sunglasses are big business. Most luxury...

  2. April 18, 2014

    Yellow wakes up spring wardrobes

    As our wardrobes come out of hibernation, a splash of yellow suddenly seems the perfect expression of optimism for spring....

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  1. 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...

  2. April 17, 2014

    Mulberry aims for ‘affordable luxury’ after failed move upmarket

    Mulberry will jump back into the “affordable” luxury category after its foray into high-end goods resulted in multiple...

  3. Material World

    April 16, 2014

    What's behind the Oscar de la Renta search rumours

      Getty Images And this is how a fashion rumour gets started. A few days ago Page Six, the New York Post’s gossip column,...

  4. April 16, 2014

    Burberry rises on Chinese sales

    Burberry’s strategy in China has paid off and helped sales at the British luxury goods group rise by almost a fifth in the...

  5. 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,...

  6. beyondbrics

    April 15, 2014

    Private banks exit India's immature wealth market

    By Avantika Chilkoti in Mumbai and Thomas Hale in London Three major private banks have closed operations in India in recent...

  7. April 11, 2014

    The art world we deserve?

    The term “art world” was coined in the mid-1960s by Arthur Coleman Danto, the influential American critic and pioneer of art...

  8. April 11, 2014

    Are men’s shirt collars an economic indicator?

    Collars and dollars Style watchers are likely to be familiar with that barometer of economic strength known as the hemline...

  9. April 11, 2014

    Why logo branding is back in fashion

    After years in the fashion wilderness, the look-at-me logo is back. Whether it’s on sweatshirts, T-shirts or bags, designers...

  10. Material World

    April 11, 2014

    The Russia-Ukraine crisis has some fashion fallout

      Getty Images What happens when you are a Russian designer who shows in Paris and imports all your materials (except...

  11. April 10, 2014

    LVMH enjoys ‘strong creative momentum’

    The strength of LVMH’s flagship Louis Vuitton brand under its first new creative director for 16 years helped lift shares at...

  12. April 10, 2014

    Retail and luxury lifts European indices

    Marks and Spencer was among a handful of retailers pushing UK stock indices higher on Thursday after trading updates showed...

  13. Material World

    April 9, 2014

    With Karl Lagerfeld investment, PVH’s masstige strategy takes shape

      Getty Images The news that PVH has bought an undisclosed minority stake in Karl Lagerfeld’s namesake brand (otherwise...

  14. FT Alphaville

    April 8, 2014

    Who really benefits from EM export feedback loops?

    We all know the role played by the vendor financing feedback loop of hell in dotcom bubble mark 1. Quickly summarised, tech...

  15. Material World

    April 7, 2014

    Will luxury rush to Nigeria now?

      Getty Images Big (literally) news on Monday in the FT that on Sunday, thanks to a government recalculation, Nigeria’s GDP...

  16. April 4, 2014

    Syria’s exiled businessmen set up shop in southern Turkey

    Saeed Nahass spent decades building up his business in Syria but it took just months for the civil war to devastate his...

  17. April 4, 2014

    Power Dressing: Stephen Bayley

    Stephen Bayley, 62, is a critic on design and culture, and a consultant on design exhibitions. Along with Terence Conran, he...

  18. April 4, 2014

    Is spring/summer’s nomad look right for you?

    What Fasten your seat belts for fashion’s whistle-stop world tour. From Zulu skirts to Navajo fringing, designers offered a...

  19. April 4, 2014

    A new crop of rose perfumes

    When it comes to fragrances, would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? As spring bursts into bloom, that is the...

  20. 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 brand. To...

  21. April 3, 2014

    Interview: How perfumer Jo Malone has risen above adversity

    The Jo Loves shop on Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street provides a sumptuous assault on the senses. At Jo Malone’s latest venture,...

  22. beyondbrics

    April 2, 2014

    From periphery to core: EM to dominate global travel

    If your mental map of the global economy puts emerging markets on the periphery and developed markets at the core, then...

  23. Material World

    April 2, 2014

    Is luxury less ethical than it thinks?

    A new ranking – you know I can’t resist a ranking! – was recently released by the Ethisphere Institute, a US-based...

  24. 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...

  25. FT Alphaville

    April 1, 2014

    Readings from the book of Sam

    After a half-century with the FT, Sir Samuel Brittan retired last week, signing off with a valedictory essay and video chat....

  26. Material World

    April 1, 2014

    Apple’s iWatch is a red herring; here’s what they REALLY have planned

      Getty Images All the kvelling and anticipation, all the oh-my-god-wait-for-it-game-changer rumours that have had both the...

  27. March 31, 2014

    Aston Martin discusses with Mercedes making its first SUV

    Aston Martin is in talks with Mercedes-Benz over building its first SUV, but the British carmaker’s owners have ruled out an...

  28. Material World

    March 31, 2014

    China v the Chinese: Where the real luxury market lies

      Getty Images After two weeks in the mountains of Wyoming, I come home and what do I find? Not only is Mulberry without a...

  29. FT Alphaville

    March 31, 2014

    A dangerous or ingenious musical precedent?

    The Wu-Tang Clan are releasing just one copy of their latest “secret” album in the hope of sparking a shift in the way music...

  30. March 31, 2014

    M&S in Saudi Arabia shows attraction for big brands

    When Marks and Spencer, the UK-based retailer, decided to open its first stand­alone lingerie and beauty shop it did not...

  31. March 31, 2014

    Women in business – Maryanne Maina, MBA student

    Maryanne Maina is studying for an MBA in luxury strategies at HEC Paris. She is also the vice-president of the French...

  32. March 30, 2014

    Hugo Boss taps S Korean star power in China

    As Gwyneth Paltrow, the actress and face of Hugo Boss, sparked headlines about the end of her marriage last week, the German...

  33. March 28, 2014

    The enduring appeal of Italian menswear

    I was there at the beginning, when Italian men’s fashion started its soft-shoe shuffle towards world domination. I had just...

  34. March 28, 2014

    Fashion for laughs

    Judging by some of the visual puns on the catwalk, April Fools’ day seems to have come early to certain labels. Given that...

  35. March 28, 2014

    France prepares to serve up foie gras in China

    It may be off the menu in some parts of Europe and the US, but foie gras is finding new converts in China as rapidly rising...

  36. March 28, 2014

    Parents lavish private tutors with bonuses

    Gold bars, cars, jewellery, watches, a tailored wardrobe; not to mention thousands of pounds. These are just a few of the...

  37. March 28, 2014

    Indices: March 2014

    HAGI Classic Car Index By Dave Selby Every February, the high-end international car collecting fraternity migrates to Paris,...

  38. March 28, 2014

    Baselworld 2014: day four

    The trend that won’t go away The Oxford English Dictionary defines a “trend” as “the direction in which something is...

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