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CHINA: Ellassay invests in PLM to support global growth Leonie Barrie | 29 Jan 14

Chinese women's wear brand Ellassay has chosen Lectra Fashion PLM to support its brand management and global business strategy.


INDIA: Luxury market “to treble” in three years Richard Woodard | 8 Jan 14

India’s luxury goods market has been largely unaffected by the country’s economic slowdown and is poised to expand threefold in the next three years, according to new research.


FRANCE: Kering invests in Tomas Maier brand Katie Smith | 19 Nov 13

Kering (formerly PPR) is stepping up investment in its luxury portfolio by entering into a joint venture with Tomas Maier to develop the US-based brand.


UK: "Mini-me" craze boosts spending on children's wear Leonie Barrie | 8 Nov 13

Sales of children's wear in the UK have grown by an estimated 16.9% over the past five years, boosted by demand for more fashionable designer clothing, according to new research.


FRANCE: Louis Vuitton names Ghesquière artistic director Leonie Barrie | 4 Nov 13

Former Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquière has been named the new artistic director of women's collections at Louis Vuitton - replacing Marc Jacobs who is thought to be preparing his namesake brand for a possible IPO.


FRANCE: Kering forecasts job cuts at La Redoute Katie Smith | 31 Oct 13

French luxury goods group Kering has said it expects the restructuring and sale of its La Redoute mail order business will have a "significant" impact on jobs.


FRANCE: Gucci, Puma weigh on Kering Q3 sales Katie Smith | 25 Oct 13

French luxury group Kering (formerly PPR) reported a 1.5% decline in third-quarter revenue, weighed down by its performance at Gucci and at its sportswear brand Puma.


FRANCE: Kering silent on La Redoute disposal Katie Smith | 22 Oct 13

French luxury group Kering (formerly PPR) has refused to be drawn on reports that it is looking to invest at least EUR300m (US$410.2m) into La Redoute to try to find a buyer for the mail order business.


RFID: Technology innovation and development Lee Adendorff | 3 Sep 13

Although it has been the subject of intense speculation over recent years, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging has fulfilled many of the predictions made by industry forecasters more than ten years ago, when pilots of wide-scale deployment by retailers began.


FRANCE: Kering H1 profit plummets on Fnac sale Katie Smith | 26 Jul 13

French luxury and sportswear group Kering, owner of the Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Yves Saint Laurent brands, has seen its first-half profit plummet 64% after it was weighed down by a loss on the sale of its entertainment retail chain Fnac.


FRANCE: Kering names Sustainability Technical Advisory Group Petah Marian | 23 Jul 13

French luxury group Kering has set up an advisory group to help advise and advance its sustainability strategy.


FRANCE: Bellettini to take helm at Yves Saint Laurent Katie Smith | 3 Jul 13

Francesca Bellettini has been named as the new chief executive officer at luxury label Yves Saint Laurent, replacing Paul Deneve who has resigned to take up a new post in another industry.


US: Coach names Vevers executive creative director Katie Smith | 25 Jun 13

New York-based upscale footwear, handbag and accessories retailer Coach Inc has named Stuart Vevers as its new executive creative director.


FRANCE: PPR completes name change to Kering Petah Marian | 19 Jun 13

French luxury group PPR has officially changed its name to Kering, after its AGM yesterday (18 June).


ITALY: Gucci continues trademark battle against Guess Petah Marian | 17 Jun 13

Gucci is set to appeal a judgement in its ongoing trademark battle against Guess in Italy.


ITALY: Gucci loses trademark case against Guess Petah Marian | 7 May 13

Gucci has lost the latest bout in a trademark battle against Guess in Italy.


US: Ralph Lauren appoints Lendrum to head US stores Katie Smith | 7 May 13

Ralph Lauren has confirmed the appointment of former Gucci executive Laura Lendrum to the position of president of the group's US stores division.


US: Cache names Cohen chief marketing officer Katie Smith | 29 Apr 13

Women's wear retailer Cache has appointed Arnold Cohen to the post of executive vice president and chief marketing officer.


AUSTRALIA: Online and luxury offer opportunity for fashion retailers Petah Marian | 9 Apr 13

The online and luxury segments are set to provide a silver lining in what is an otherwise gloomy outlook for Australia's fashion industry, according to research released by IbisWorld.


FRANCE: PPR acquires crocodile skin company France Croco Petah Marian | 25 Mar 13

French luxury group PPR, which will be renamed Kering in June, has acquired French crocodile skin company France Croco.


FRANCE: PPR changes name to Kering Katie Smith | 22 Mar 13

French apparel group PPR is changing its name to Kering as it looks to position itself as a luxury and sportswear business.


FRANCE: PPR mulls name change? Katie Smith | 6 Mar 13

French apparel and luxury group PPR is reportedly considering changing its name to Kering as it looks to focus on its luxury and sportswear businesses.


FRANCE: Redcats to sell Ellos brand to Nordic Capital Katie Smith | 25 Feb 13

PPR's Redcats division has entered an agreement to sell its apparel and homeware brands Ellos and Jotex to Nordic Capital Fund VII for EUR275m (US$365m).


ITALY: Tod's hires former Gucci design director Facchinetti Katie Smith | 21 Feb 13

Italian luxury shoe maker Tod's has appointed former Gucci and Valentino designer Alessandra Facchinetti as the creative designer of its women's collection.


FRANCE: PPR luxury brands boost 2012 profits Petah Marian | 15 Feb 13

PPR is confident of continued growth in 2013, after posting a rise in 2012 net profit as strong sales of its luxury brands offset weakness in its sports division.


US: PPR completes sale of OneStopPlus Petah Marian | 7 Feb 13

PPR has completed the sale of its OneStopPlus US plus sized clothing business to private equity firms Charlesbank Capital Partners and Webster Capital.


CHINA: Apparel retailers turn to lower-tier cities Katie Smith | 15 Jan 13

International apparel retailers are looking to strengthen their presence in lower-tier cities in China amid increasing competition, a report by the Li & Fung Research Centre has found.


UK: PPR acquires majority stake in Christopher Kane Petah Marian | 15 Jan 13

French apparel and luxury group PPR has acquired a 51% stake in designer brand Christopher Kane in order to help develop the business.


RUSSIA: PPR acquires EUR10m stake in Bigfoot I Katie Smith | 13 Dec 12

French retail group PPR has acquired a EUR10m (US$13.1m) stake in Bigfoot I, the holding company that owns Russian online retailer Lamoda.


US: PPR sells plus size business to private equity firms Petah Marian | 6 Dec 12

French apparel group PPR has entered into an agreement to sell its US plus size business OneStopPlusGroup to private equity firms Charlesbank Capital and Webster Capital as it works to focus on its luxury and sportswear businesses.

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