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Spotlight on...Has Chinese retail lost its lustre? Petah Marian | 3 Aug 12

China's reputation as one of the most attractive emerging consumer markets has come under pressure in recent months, with jitters around its slowing retail growth combined with a series of profit warnings from local brands. However, reports that China is loosing its lustre may be premature, as Petah Marian reports.

just-style management briefing: Latin America luxury market could overtake China Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Aug 12

It's no secret that China continues to steal the bulk of the world's luxury apparel and goods sales, accounting for some 50% of the total. But with China's growth rate forecast to slow in 2016, luxury houses could be forced to expand in other markets - with Latin America topping that list.

HONG KONG: Lane Crawford new hires to drive omni-channel Katie Smith | 30 Jul 12

Designer department store chain Lane Crawford has announced two newly-created senior management appointments to drive the company's omni-channel growth strategy.

Focus: Men's wear and the internet - the perfect match Euromonitor International | 16 Jul 12

As the digital platform continues to bring about sweeping changes in the global apparel arena, Ashma Kunde, apparel research analyst at Euromonitor International, looks at the role the internet has played in driving the boom in the men's wear market.

In the money: Burberry continues to eye growth in Asia Katie Smith | 11 Jul 12

Despite seeing a slowdown in first quarter sales growth in a "more challenging external environment," luxury fashion and accessories brand Burberry is focusing on the positives - including "enormous" opportunities in China, higher selling prices and British-made goods.

UK: Burberry disappoints as Q1 sales growth slows Katie Smith | 11 Jul 12

Luxury fashion brand Burberry saw its share price fall 5.53% in early morning trading today (11 July) after sales growth slowed in a "more challenging external environment."

ITALY: Brendan Mullane named Brioni creative director Katie Smith | 10 Jul 12

French luxury goods group PPR has appointed former Givenchy designer Brendan Mullane as creative director for the Brioni men's wear brand, which it acquired at the beginning of this year.

Focus: Luxury fashion shifting to the middle ground Euromonitor International | 22 Jun 12

Luxury goods positioned at accessible price points are a key industry battleground, and increasingly the core revenue drivers of some of the fastest growing luxury goods players, including Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, Coach and Michael Kors. But is this democratisation of luxury a good thing for the industry, or is there a risk of diluting status consumption culture?

UK: Burberry launches digital campaign Katie Smith | 29 May 12

Luxury brand Burberry is embracing its British heritage with a new campaign that will allow consumers to pre-order items from its catwalk show.

UK: Burberry posts full-year profit growth Petah Marian | 23 May 12

Burberry today (23 May) revealed a rise in full-year profit as it saw strong growth in men's wear, revealing plans to open more large format stores.

UK: Burberry wins GBP114m in two infringement cases Katie Smith | 21 May 12

Luxury brand Burberry has been awarded GBP114m (US$180m) in two litigation judgements where Chinese websites were found to be selling counterfeit Burberry goods.

UK: Burberry in trademark row over Bogart image Katie Smith | 14 May 12

A row has broken out between luxury brand Burberry and the estate of Hollywood icon Humphrey Bogart over the use of an image of the actor in a Burberry trench coat.

UK: Burberry shares hit as H2 sales slow Petah Marian | 17 Apr 12

Luxury brand Burberry has seen its share price fall today (17 April) on the back of slowing sales growth over the second-half.

FRANCE: Children Worldwide Fashion to axe 169 jobs Stuart Todd | 13 Feb 12

Children Worldwide Fashion (CWF), which makes luxury children's apparel under license for a number of leading brands, is to axe 149 jobs out of total workforce of around 400 at its HQ in Herbiers, in western France, as part of a restructuring programme.

FRANCE: LVMH FY profit breaks EUR5bn barrier Richard Woodard | 3 Feb 12

Double-digit growth for its fashion and leather goods brands helped luxury powerhouse LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton to record full-year net profits of EUR5.26bn in 2011.

UK: BFC chairman Tillman extends term Richard Woodard | 23 Jan 12

Harold Tillman CBE is set to become the longest-serving chairman of the British Fashion Council (BFC) after his term was extended for another 12 months.

UK: Burberry records 21% hike in Q3 sales Petah Marian | 17 Jan 12

Luxury fashion brand Burberry today (17 January) attributed a rise in third-quarter sales to strong growth in key markets like the UK, France and China.

ITALY: Prada books 75% jump in nine-month profit Petah Marian | 30 Nov 11

Prada has reported a 75% jump in net profit in the first nine-months of the year as margins improved on the back of a shift towards retail, a better markdown strategy and improved scale and manufacturing efficiencies.

China expansion not without its challenges Leonie Barrie | 25 Nov 11

Gap's plans to triple its store network in China next year are hardly surprising given the country's booming consumer market, demand for western brands and, of course, the retailer's own strategic focus on global growth. But it admits the move is not without challenges.

UK: Global growth lifts Burberry H1 profit by 41% Petah Marian | 15 Nov 11

Burberry has reported a 41% hike in first-half net profit, helped by strong sales growth and international expansion.

Interview: Elle Roseby, CEO, Sportsgirl Petah Marian | 7 Nov 11

Trendy Australian fashion retailer Sportsgirl has spent the last five years working to establish a presence in all areas of its customers' lives. CEO Elle Roseby spoke to Petah Marian about how the 63-year-old brand has managed to remain relevant for its internet-savvy shoppers.

India's luxury clothing market starting to take off Raghavendra Verma | 13 Oct 11

The Indian luxury apparel market is starting to take off and major international brands are preparing to exploit the opportunities, a New Delhi conference was told this week. But while the government is considering lifting the limit on foreign direct investment in single brand retail, its suggestion that firms also make India a sourcing hub was not so enthusiastically received.

UK: Burberry H1 sales surge up 30% Richard Woodard | 12 Oct 11

Luxury company Burberry Group has posted a 30% underlying sales rise in the first half of the fiscal year, boosted by undimmed demand in flagship and emerging markets.

UK: Retailers urged to take action to end sweatshops Leonie Barrie | 16 Sep 11

Campaigners are using the start of London Fashion Week to step up calls for high street retailers to take more action to end poverty pay for overseas workers.

Top stories on just-style this week... Petah Marian | 16 Sep 11

Research that luxury fashion sales are being propelled by average consumers, brands boycotting Uzbek cotten harvested using forced child labour and ongoing talks around the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact were among the most read stories on just-style this week.

WORLD: Apparel firms join Uzbek cotton ban Leonie Barrie | 12 Sep 11

More than 60 of the world's best known apparel companies and brands, including Adidas, Burberry, C&A, Levi Strauss, Li & Fung, Liz Claiborne, PVH Corp and Wal-Mart Stores, have vowed not to source Uzbek cotton harvested using forced child labour.

just-style management briefing: 3D technology in the fashion business MJ Deschamps | 1 Sep 11

With 3D technology selling movies and electronics, it only makes sense that fashion is also focusing on this cutting edge trend. Certain brands are exploring ways in which 3D technology can enhance everything from couture shows to advertisements to e-business; but while the drive for innovation is there, some industry experts say the technology still has a way to go before online fitting rooms are mainstream.

UK: Ben Sherman hires commercial director from Burberry Petah Marian | 15 Aug 11

Ben Sherman has poached Burberry's director of menswear, Adrian Ward-Rees, and has appointed him as its new commercial director.

Speaking with style: Dr Harry Lee, CEO of TAL Apparel Leonie Barrie | 26 Jul 11

TAL Apparel, one of the world's leading garment suppliers, has turned the threat of inflation across the supply chain into an opportunity to do things differently. Here CEO Dr Harry Lee tells just-style how the Hong Kong based firm's long-time focus on efficiency, sustainable development, and added value is helping to combat rising costs and set it apart from the competition.

Retail expansion: which strategies work best? Katie Smith | 21 Jul 11

Faced with constant pressure to expand their businesses, fashion brands and retailers have a number of choices: they can add new merchandise lines, target customers at new price points or in new geographical markets, or attempt all three. But what is the best strategy? A new report from just-style offers advice to apparel brand managers wanting to breath new life into existing portfolios.








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